Friday night laughs, join the Pardon My Garden! Club tour, and a magical mystery tour to Pepperland |

Friday night laughs, join the Pardon My Garden! Club tour, and a magical mystery tour to Pepperland

April E. Clark
Steppin’ Out with April

Coming to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2002, I hadn’t seen anything like Carbondale’s Mountain Fair.

I’ve felt that way every year since.

I remember watching in awe as people twirled and danced under the faithful watch of majestic Mount Sopris. The live, rhythmic music seemed to coordinate perfectly with nature’s beauty that encompasses the annual weekend festival.

Life in a mountain town, condensed.

Next weekend, from July 25-27, Mountain Fair returns to Sopris Park in Carbondale. Themed “Wild at Heart: Celebrating Our People, Town, and Wilderness,” this year’s fair celebrates the 50th year of the Wilderness Act signing. As always, there will be live music, arts, crafts, food, libations, wood splitting, horseshoe throwing, cake and pie baking, and more.

Start planning that funky fair attire now and be ready for next Friday with a soft opening at noon and the beats by the crowd during the giant drum circle opening ceremony at 4 p.m.

Bands playing throughout the colorful weekend feature a mix of national touring and valley-based bands including Radio La Chusma, Let Them Roar, Dirty Bourbon River Show, Lunar Fire, Todo Mundo and more.

For Carbondale, Mountain Fair will always be wild at heart.


I would call Denver comic and producer Tobias Livingston a visionary. In a funny kind of way. This year, Livingston and his crew of Front Range comics have successfully transformed every third Friday at Loyal Brothers, 813 Grand Ave., into a comedy extravaganza. For July, Toby and friends have a killer lineup of comedy, bringing Denver’s laugh professionals Mitch Jones, Joshua Skillman, Gary Sixkiller and Glenwood’s own Cody Spyker to the LB stage. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. There’s no cover and the party continues after the comedy with DJ dance music. Check in and RVSP at and pack the room Friday night for this especially funny breed of performers.


July is the perfect month for the valley’s gardens to be in full bloom, and Pardon My Garden! Club — my favorite name for a garden club — is showing off Carbondale’s finest flowers and more. Rain or shine, this self-guided tour of 12 gardens in Carbondale, features a continental breakfast and a detailed guidebook, available at the Old Thompson Barn from 9 a.m. to noon. Proceeds support the Pardon My Garden! Club’s grant program to fund Carbondale’s popular community gardening projects. Gardens will be open for touring from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Advance tickets, at $15, can be purchased online at and by check at Eagle Crest, Mountain Greenery, and Planted Earth nurseries, Old Thompson Barn and River Valley Ranch. Same-day tickets are $20. Make sure to stop and smell all the beautiful flowers, not just the roses.


I’m sensing a theme with Sunday’s Music and Movies at Third Street, 520 S. Third St., in Carbondale. The Strolling Scones, out of Paonia, will play and “Yellow Submarine” will premiere Sunday evening on the inflatable outdoor screen in the Third Street backyard. Pack a picnic dinner and dress the part of The Beatles’ 1968 musical comedy for family-friendly fun going into warm-up week for the much-anticipated, upcoming Mountain Fair. Pull out those paisley shirts and go-go boots and bring a camp chair or blanket to lounge on while relaxing on a Sunday evening and watching the Fab Four and the Yellow Submarine avoid Blue Meanies in Pepperland. The live music starts at 7 p.m., and admission is free.

April E. Clark’s favorite Beatle is John Lennon. She can be reached at

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