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Time to make some snow angels

Steppin’ Out with April
April E. Clark

When I have the spare time, I like to daydream about people in history I could go back in time and meet.

Walt Disney would be one. Mostly in hopes his creative vision would rub off on me, and I could bring my colorful imagination to life as he so famously did.

I often wish upon a star, Walt.



There’s also Lucille Ball. Along with Carol Burnett — who I could still meet one day — Lucy is one of my all-time favorite comedic heroines. She’s the reason I’ve never been afraid to attempt to dance for the sake of a laugh. I consider her “Candy Factory” and “Vitameatavegamin” episodes on “I Love Lucy” pure comedy genius.

Mel Brooks movies come in a close second.



If I could meet anyone in history, it would also be the person who invented the snow angel. This simple act of moving one’s arms up and down and legs side to side while lying in the snow is fun for all ages. I’m not sure if a child was the first to try it, but my intuition says yes.

Although I like to imagine Walt Disney making the first snow angel.

I attempted to research the first reference of the snow angel in literature or film and didn’t get very far. I did learn that in 2007, North Dakota achieved the Guinness World Record for the most snow angels made simultaneously in one place with 8,962.

This might be the week for the Roaring Fork Valley to try and top that.

Or, stay warm inside with these heavenly events instead.

Friday

Christmas lights will shine brightly starting today with the cozy mountain town’s “Light Up Carbondale!” event beginning at 3 p.m. From Third Street Center to Main Street, the weekend’s holiday festivities around town include a First Friday tree lighting at Fourth Street, free hot chocolate and cookies, and a decorative bike parade with plenty of bright lights and merry costumes. Santa will be there, along with many of the town’s party elves who make the magic happen. You know who you are.

Friday and Saturday

As part of the First Friday Light Carbondale celebration, the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities’ R2 Gallery continues its homegrown Deck the Walls art exhibit. That show runs through the holidays for optimal shopping opportunities. Also on Friday, Carbondale Clay Center hosts its annual handcrafted cup auction. Gift shopping chances abound at the Whimsical Women’s Holiday Craft Show in the Calaway Room in Third Street Center both Friday and Saturday. The Whimsical Women of the West are a few of my favorite people in the valley, so don’t miss their crafty Christmas-inspired collections. From 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Studio for Arts and Works’ “SAWliday Show” opens its doors with more than 20 valley artists showcasing their work, tours, refreshments and holiday merriment benefiting local nonprofits.

Saturday

In Glenwood Springs, there’s a new art movement in town. And it’s coming in guns blazing with an inaugural art exhibit titled, “Gaslight Girls and Six Shooters.” The artists’ opening reception takes place with food and fun from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Grind Glenwood. Led by one of my most beloved local painters and tattoo artists, Aften Willcuts, the Defiance Town Art Alliance is a conglomerate of valley photographers and mixed media artists who will display their work around town, starting with the vintage brick walls of burger joint Grind in downtown Glenwood. So, cowpokes, stop on in Saturday for a shot at grass-feed beef, Colorado brews, and an assortment of acrylic, watercolor, photography, found art and mixed media pieces. Yippee-ki-yay!


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