Men in kilts, women in dirndls and creatives celebrating art and dance |

Men in kilts, women in dirndls and creatives celebrating art and dance

Steppin’ Out with April April E.Clark

I’ve never been to Ireland or Germany. Or any country in Europe for that matter.

I know, my loss.

Thank goodness the Irish and German cultures can be celebrated without even leaving the Roaring Fork Valley this weekend in Carbondale. The town’s festive First Friday takes on an international party flare with the Celtic Fest downtown around the Fourth Street Plaza and Black Nugget and Steve’s Guitars fronts. Carbondale certainly knows how to party — no question there — so don’t miss out on the Celtic Fest street fair atmosphere that toasts to the Emerald Isle.

I have a feeling Irish eyes will be smiling,

There will be Celtic-inspired festivities such as bagpiping and live music by The Indulgers, cold beer on tap, and a best-legs-in a-kilt contest for the men.

That alone should get the ladies out of the house.

To gear up for Saturday’s Oktoberfest, enjoy German cuisine such as brats, wiener schnitzel, dumplings, haschee knoedel and soft pretzels with spicy mustard on Friday night under the big tent.

They had me at schnitzel.

The next day, start off the Oktoberfest fun at 11 a.m. with kids’ pumpkin-carving and crafts, a cornhole tournament and live music by Average German Band. The beer garden opens early, and the Oktoberfest activities continue all day with liter-holding and nail-driving competitions, and music by Those Austrian Guys polka band, and the Starletts and the Third Street Players.

Get jiggy with it.


Take a sneak peek on what to expect from The Starletts, a groovy group of valley female musicians who sing the standards and favorite Motown hits, Friday night at the Black Nugget in downtown Carbondale. They’ll be joined by the Third Street Players as they rock the after-party Friday after Celtic Fest at 9:30 p.m., followed by a rousing renditions of their favorite songs Saturday at Oktoberfest from 7-9 p.m. Best yet, all the music is free for your pleasure. Rock it, ladies.

Friday and Saturday

The music and dancing isn’t just limited to First Friday and Carbondale this weekend. The volunteer musicians of the highly heralded Symphony in the Valley present the classic “Peter and the Wolf” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Glenwood Springs High School and Saturday at Rifle High School. The concerts mix music and dancing with the Advanced Dance Company of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Featuring conductor Kelly Thompson, narrator Cindy Hines and dance director Maurine Taufer. Tickets are available at the door.

Friday and Saturday

October celebrates Supporting Women Artists Now (SWAN), an event close to my heart. For the last two years, I have performed in two comedy shows that have featured women cracking jokes and singing funny songs for laughs. I will miss the fun this year, but my heart will be with all the creative ladies who are participating in the SWAN art exhibit opening for First Friday at the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities R2 Gallery and Coredination: A Movement Studio’s dance performance at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Third Street Center Round Room. A little bird told me to look for emerging SWAN artist Kat Rich’s burlesque-inspired art. Her art will move you.

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