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Riverside dancing, kitchen history in Silt, and Agatha Christie in Carbondale

April E. Clark
Steppin’ Out with April

Welcome to Easter weekend, where I eat a ridiculous amount of honey-cured ham and break out the pastels like it’s 1982.

Pastels always make a comeback.

I love Easter not only for the spiritual message of hope and starting anew, but also the celebration. This year, my birthday falls on Easter, so the party should be spectacular. On Easter, the brunches and lunches reach expansive proportions and usually feature two of my favorite foods, hollandaise sauce and ham.

Best served warm on an English muffin and egg.

I consider eating a spiritual journey. Especially at Easter, when the hard-boiled egg competes with bunny rabbits for who’s the biggest star. I can eat a hard-boiled egg like it’s my job.

That would be interesting on the old digestive system.

Easter is that time of year when eggs take center culinary stage. Hard-boiled eggs can be dyed, painted, stained and bejeweled. After they make their seasonal debut in brightly colored baskets filled with plastic green grass, they can be enjoyed in a variety of capacities. I like hard-boiled eggs sprinkled with salt and pepper.

Chili powder if I’m feeling adventurous.

The beauty of the hard-boiled egg is that it can also be sliced up and made into egg salad, a delicious mayo-based treat. Some more mayo, mustard, vinegar, horseradish and hard-boiled eggs become deviled eggs.

Don’t even get me started with the hollandaise sauce.

Happy Easter, bunnies.


When it comes to a party, consistency is often key. There are times when the week has been way too long or life has gone completely awry and it just feels right to go where the people are always nice and everyone knows your name. That’s how I describe Rivers on a Friday night. Especially when Glenwood’s Missing Link Band plays. It may be one of those special nights where friendships are made, drinks are doubled and bets are lost. So put the work week in the past and head over to Rivers Restaurant, 2525 S. Grand Ave., tonight at 9. The band will be playing live rock, R&B, country and blues for the crowd’s dancing pleasure. There’s no cover and a free view of the river.


When it comes to preserving the past with thoughtful and whimsical delight, Silt Historical Park never lets me down. This month, at 1 p.m. Saturday, history buff Mindy Langston takes a revealing look at kitchen gadgetry from the past. She might even talk about what life would be like without the whisk. Such a revolutionary tool. Langston will share items found at the Silt Historical Park, as well as her own collection, and those brought in by attendees. Kind of like “Antiques Roadhouse.” Tour the buildings on the Silt Historical Park grounds, at 707 Orchard Ave., before and after the discussion. Admission is free, and donations are appreciated. Learn more about Silt’s history at http://www.silthistoricalpark.com.

Friday and Saturday

Agatha Christie is one of my favorite writers. She was a maven of mystery and blazer of trails. What an honorable occupation, crime novelist. I know Colorado Rocky Mountain School will do her memory justice in the stage production of “The Mousetrap” at 7:30 p.m. in the CRMS Barn. The world’s longest-running play started as a 1940s radio broadcast called “Three Blind Mice.” See CRMS’s take on Agatha’s murder-mystery hit. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students.

— April E. Clark is wishing for a ham salad sandwich for her birthday. She can be reached at arts@postindependent.com.

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