Get your ’gator on Saturday at Cajun Clay Night |

Get your ’gator on Saturday at Cajun Clay Night

Will Grandbois

The Carbondale Clay Center hosts its 16th annual Cajun Clay Night from 6-9 p.m. this Saturday, June 28.

Organizers hope to see a return to some of the whimsy of the event’s early days. They’re encouraging — but by no means requiring — costumes or at least silly hats. Perhaps most significantly, the ticket price has dropped back to $35 for advance tickets and $40 at the door. Youth tickets are $20 and $25, respectively.

“It’s the deal of the century this year,” said executive director Jill Oberman. “We’re hoping that all our old friends will be able to come out for it.”

Cajun Clay is the biggest event of the year for the nonprofit art center, which provides weekly classes and workshops as well as a prestigious artist residency program.

Festivities include live music, gumbo, a silent auction, libations, a costume contest, kids games and a magnificent gator cake. Adult tickets come with a ceramic bowl by a local artist.

Olivia Pevec of All the Pretty Horses / Let Them Roar fame has assembled local musicians into “Roomy Boots and the One Night Stand” to perform. Mark Fischer, chef extraordinaire and owner of Town, Phat Thai and the Pullman, will prepare the gumbo.

The event takes place during the height of Carbondale’s Mt. Sopris Music Festival (formerly Lobsterfest), but Oberman says she hopes folks will take the chance to take part in both. She said the coscheduling was unintentional, but that it was nearly impossible to find a date without a conflict.

“There’s something happening on every weekend in the summer in Carbondale,” observed Oberman.

The Clay Center is hoping to sell between 150 and 200 tickets but has bowls for more than 300 just in case.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to or call 970-963-2529.

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