Steve’s has bluegrass, the Crystal shows films for kids, and the hills are alive in New Castle |

Steve’s has bluegrass, the Crystal shows films for kids, and the hills are alive in New Castle

April E. Clark
Steppin’ Out with April

One characteristic of Glenwood Springs I appreciate is the way each place has so many memories attached. Take, for example, Docs and/or the Springs.

I say and/or because they seem to be a package.

People who grew up in town have long known these centrally located watering holes downtown as special to Glenwood’s western charm. Docs and the Springs, and the other bars that have come and gone over time, including the Roxie and the Bayou, have been the meet-up places for parties, reunions and memorials. Maybe we were just meeting up after long hours of working or, preferably, skiing. We played speed quarters and told stories about co-ed recreational softball for hours.

So much stamina back then.

I recently had the chance to meet up in Glenwood with some old friends who go back to when many of us who spent the early-to-mid 2000s here all first met. The time really does fly by when you’re having fun. There’s never time to even take a second to stop laughing.

Who really wants to ever stop.


Just by the band name alone, I think Friday night is going to be the night of all nights at Steve’s in Carbondale. The guitar shop by day, rocking venue by night hosts the Thunderclaw Bluegrass Band, self-described as “St. Louis blues infused bluegrass, hippy jazz and hillbilly rock and roll.” Join Travis Blair, Eric Swanson, Benton Bailey, Ken Gentry, Brian St. Cin and Franklin Woods as they take the Steve’s Guitars stage for the first time Friday night. I have a feeling it’s going to be memorable. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and cover is $10. More info is available at


Load up the kids in the car or on bikes and have some family-friendly fun at the historic Crystal Theatre, 427 Main St. The Aspen Shortsfest brings its Family Fun Program to the oldest theater in Carbondale for animated and live action shorts from around the world for movie buffs age 7 and older. Find out about all the Aspen Shortsfest action, including a schedule of film screenings, at Films for all ages begin at 5 p.m., and tickets are available at, by calling 920-5770, and at the Blend in Carbondale.

Friday and Saturday

I truly believe the rolling hills of colorful Colorado are alive with the sound of music. Especially this weekend as Coal Ridge High School and Riverside Middle School team up for their own stage performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music.” This is the first show from the coalition of music and drama departments from the two New Castle schools. Maria, Captain von Trapp, and his host of similarly dressed singing children will be there for shows at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:15) Friday and Saturday at Riverside Middle School, 215 Alder Ave. Tickets are on the cheap at $8 for adults, and $5 and for students and seniors at the door or front desk of both schools. Children younger than 3 are free. They will be singing the praises of Sister Maria in no time.

April E. Clark is coming to a Steve’s Guitars near you. She can be reached at

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