Friday night hot rod cruise, County Fair country concert, and shindig at Hattie Thompson’s place |

Friday night hot rod cruise, County Fair country concert, and shindig at Hattie Thompson’s place

April E. Clark
Steppin’ Out with April

Apparently the word apparently is so mainstream — and apparently overused — that today’s youth are using it in everyday conversation.

There is an apparent need for a definition.

A quick Google search reveals that apparently is an adverb defined as “a word used by speakers or writers to avoid committing themselves to the truth of what they are saying,” or meaning “as far as one knows or can see.” Something tells me we’re all using the term out of context.


The Internet’s newest sensation, a 5-year-old named Noah Ritter, also known as the “Apparently Kid,” made an impromptu interview at his county fair in Pennsylvania that has the word now front-and-center in the media. The cute little red-haired personality is making the rounds of pop culture websites and a variety of media channels with his generous use of the word. In this digital age, a star can be born any second. With a quick wit and healthy vocabulary, he is certainly worthy of the apparent worldwide attention. I know I giggle every time I watch the viral video of the interview.

Hopefully the Apparently Kid will continue to bring smiles to all.

He certainly has the catch phrase for it.


Growing up in the racing capital of the world, Indianapolis, with a dad and grandpa who owned several hot rods in their day, I developed an early appreciation for fast, well-manicured cars. One of my dad’s pride and joys was a silver ’73 Nova. And boy it could move. I remember as a little girl pretending to drive my grandpa’s ’56 white T-bird in the front seat while it was safely parked in his garage. Those memories come flooding back for me anytime I go to the Hot Summer Nights Cruise Series at Vicco’s Charcoalburger Drive-In, 51659 Highway 6 and 24, on a Friday night. There is something magical about being around vintage cars and the car owner camaraderie that sparks a feeling of being in a scene from one of my favorite movies, “American Graffiti.” I still pine for the ’56 white T-bird, just like the one my grandpa owned. Pull those hot rods out of the garage today and head to Charcoalburger for a barbecue and cruise to follow. The barbecue starts at 6, and Vicco says vehicles in all stages of restoration are welcome.


With hit songs including “She Won’t Be Lonely Long,” “Live Laugh Love,” and “Before the Next Teardrop,” American country music artist Clay Walker knows how to pull at the heart strings. I love a romantic love song, and the country crooner at the Garfield County Fair Concert should fit the country ballad bill. Walker, who is working on his 10th studio album since hitting the country scene hard in 1993, has sold more than 11 million albums and has had 11 No. 1 hit singles. The family-friendly show starts at 7 p.m. Friday, and tickets are $20 for adults or child (premium arena — bring your lawn chair), $15 grandstand seating and $10 for seniors (65+) and youth (7 and under free) grandstand only. For presale ticket info, call 800-626-8497 and visit and Trendz Clothing Co., 424 Railroad Ave, Rifle. Cowboy up with Clay tonight.


On its website, the Mt. Sopris Historical Society has a quote from James Burke that really resonates with me. It reads, “If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you are.” In the last year, I have found that is most certainly the honest-to-goodness truth. Calling Carbondale and the Roaring Fork Valley home is a privilege, and the Mt. Sopris Historical Society is celebrating that honor with a community party Saturday at the national historic landmark, the Thompson House, 633 N. Bridge Drive. The Shindig, being dubbed “the social event of the season,” will featuring live music by Steve Skinner and the Thompson Dividers, the Carbondale Rhythm Collective, Bill Kight as Carbondale pioneer Jasper Ward, a pit barbecue, old-fashioned lawn games, and guided tours. Tickets are $75 with all proceeds benefiting the Mt. Sopris Historical Society. Learn more at

April E. Clark apparently needs a catch phrase. She’s taking suggestions at

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