Rendezvous in Rifle, murder mystery in Silt and dancers take the stage in Carbondale |

Rendezvous in Rifle, murder mystery in Silt and dancers take the stage in Carbondale

April E. Clark
Steppin’ Out with April

One of the most enjoyable characteristics of the Western Slope is the seemingly nonstop abundance of community fairs and events.

The party is just getting started.

The summer months are notorious for historic festivals and a family-friendly lineup of outdoor celebrations that invite the community to eat, dance and be merry under Colorado’s bluebird skies. In June, there’s the historic Strawberry Days, followed by the laid-back fun of Mountain Fair in July, and the 4H tradition of the Garfield County Fair to close out the summer.

All involve elephant ears.

This weekend, the fair season commences with Rifle Rendezvous, in its 18th year, featuring arts, crafts, food and carnival rides.

I recommend waiting at least a half hour after eating before getting on anything that moves in circles, upside down or side-to-side.

Rifle Rendezvous starts at 4 p.m. today and goes through Sunday. Derringer rounds out tonight’s entertainment, there’s a car show and bull riding Saturday and a breakfast by Little Britches Rodeo and nondenominational service and potluck breakfast Sunday morning.

Here’s to summer and all the magic that mountain festivals bring.


As a kid, I loved to play the Hasbro board game Clue. I always knew it was Colonel Mustard, in the ballroom, with the candlestick. The fun of Clue comes to life tonight as Silt hosts the return of its popular Murder Mystery and Dinner at 6:30 p.m. at Town Center, 600 Home Ave. Dress for murder mystery success to win the Best Sleuth, Costume and Character contests. Think old-fashioned and mountain formal. Tickets are $25 per person, $40 a couple with a cash bar and all the mystery fun Clue lovers can handle. Just reserve a spot and pay upfront by calling 876-2353, ext. 814, and information will be emailed on how to dress up and arrive in character. Keep an eye for out Miss Scarlett, though. She’s a wild card.


For those who haven’t had a chance to check out the live music scene blowing up at the Eagles Club in downtown Glenwood, tonight is the night. This spot is hot. I saw my new favorite band, Betty Ford Explorer, there back in April with Carbondale’s Josh Phillips, Ananda Banc, Frank Botti and Steve Cook, and the show was everything I hoped it would be and more. The giant eagle with wings spread painted by Glenwood native Matt E. Hayes behind the stage is one of my favorite touches. In the last several months, the rejuvenated venue at 312 Seventh St. has hosted a metal show, comedy night, and today the Springtime Folk Show starting at 9 p.m. with bands Samwise Solomon, Jackdaw Shine, Ant and special guests. Admission is $7 per person or $10 for two for a date night with a musical twist, at the door.

Saturday and Sunday

The Glenwood Dance Academy is known for its professionally produced dance programs that have featured dancers who have performed in New York City and beyond. This weekend, the academy dancers tip their cowgirl and cowboy hats for “A Day in Tumbleweed County” performance at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for seniors and students at Carbondale Middle School, 180 Snowmass Drive. Learn more about Glenwood Dance Academy’s love of the dance arts at

April E. Clark recommends the Elks Beer and Beard Contest for all the bearded mountain men on the Western Slope Saturday evening at Rifle Rendezvous. She can be reached at

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