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Strawberry Days forever, geocaching in the park, and movies and music on Sunday evening

April E. Clark
Steppin’ Out with April

Last year I celebrated Glenwood’s own Strawberry Days with my mom and dad. They really seemed to enjoy themselves.

I know my dad couldn’t get enough of the Beach Boys tribute band.

That was my parents’ first experience at Strawberry Days, and they often bring it up in conversation. They immediately took to the small-town charm of the parade down Grand Avenue. I know next time we’ll have a better plan of attack for the complimentary strawberries and ice cream after the parade. Could be as easy as being first in line.

I doubt that will ever happen.

My mom, dad and I particularly liked the diverse sounds of Strawberry Days, including live music from Carbondale’s The No Joes and a band from Vegas I could easily start following as a groupie any day now.

Is there an age limit on groupies?

Every year since I moved out West, my parents have visited me in Colorado. In a little more than a decade we’ve definitely seen the sights — driving through Estes Park, taking the train from Durango to Silverton, and back, and hiking up Grizzly Creek.

I also slept on said train.

A Wednesday karaoke night at the old Bayou in Glenwood comes in a favorite memory for my parents. But nothing tops that time I took them to see women’s arm wrestling in Carbondale. We’ve walked the cave tour and have had an experience with the swing at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park involving my mom un-boarding at the last minute. My dad loves to ride it.

I must enjoy terrifying myself because I agree to it every time.

Even when I’m as scared as the first time I played Ghost in the Graveyard after dark. Anytime I’ve been on the swing, I’ve screamed like a sailor who just dropped a dumbbell on her toe. I once had to apologize to a mother of a kid within earshot of me while as I was catapulted over the Colorado River.

Makes my feet tingle just thinking about it.

Seeing new sights on the weekends, attending festivals such as Strawberry Days and Mountain Fair, and traveling around the country on vacation is all part of the wonder of summer. I’ve held onto it since I was a kid. This weekend, Glenwood Springs, and all of the Roaring Fork Valley, have much to offer.

Go forth and play.

Friday

I don’t know if it’s Memorial Day, the Fourth of July or the seasonal sale of sparklers, but summer brings out the patriot in me. This weekend, the 101st Army Band will be in town to play Strawberry Days on Saturday and the New Ute Events Center, 132 E. Fourth St. in Rifle, for a free show Friday. There will be American literature, marches and symphonic pieces with a “Salute to Veterans,” honoring those who have served with the playing of their respective service song. This would have been a show my late World War II vet grandfather would not have missed. Admission is free, and tickets are not required. Learn more at http://www.101starmyband.com.

Saturday

I used to hear the word “geocache” and feel as if I didn’t exactly understand what people were talking about. Rocks, computers, scissors? That’s how I’ve felt about it until I did a story a few weeks back on the happenings at the Silt Historical Park. This little history-teaching gem in the middle of the Rocky Mountains plays host to all types of family-friendly community events this summer, including this weekend’s geocache picnic with live music by the Porch Pickers.

For people looking to get into the world’s newest Internet-friendly sport, or those who have known about it for years, enjoy this outdoor barbecue and meet-and-greet for geocachers of all ages and types. The picnic starts at 3 p.m., and donations are appreciated to support Silt’s summer series.

Sunday

Carbondale’s version of the old drive-in movies we loved as kids is featured on Third Street Center’s back lawn, aptly named Third Street Center Park. New this summer, the Music and Movies series, hosted by the Carbondale Council on Arts Humanities, Third Street Center and the town, shows once per month on Sunday evenings. Live music by country blues band Hymn for Her starts the summer event at 7 p.m., followed with ’80s cult classic “The Princess Bride” at dusk. An award for most original princess costume will be given at 8:30 p.m. Learn more about CCAH’s summer events at http://www.carbondalearts.com or calling 963-1680. Expect this drive-in to have plenty of bicycles.

— April E. Clark will be in the Strawberry Days beer tent. She can be reached at arts@postindependent.com.


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