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Turkey Day training and showing some love for community radio and live music

Steppin’ Out With April
April E. Clark

Now is the time to start the preparation for the eating and shopping extravaganza that is Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S.

I like to call it the Greatest Spectacle in Consumption.

When I was a kid, Thanksgiving was pretty much one day reserved for consuming copious amounts of tryptophan and heaping servings of football. My family gathered to say grace then stuff our faces with roasted turkey and stuffing, candied yams, deviled eggs, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, and homemade pumpkin pie. That was excitingly followed by days of re-heated leftovers.

Also known as the bonus round.

Back then my mom introduced a tangy side dish, now a mainstay, we lovingly call Cranberry Yuck. This whole cranberry, citrus gelatin and whipped cream mixture magically molds into one of my favorite seasonal treats. It really is a great Thanksgiving recipe, especially for the kids.

I hate for the name to throw anyone off.

When it comes to the holidays, I’m an old-fashioned kind of girl. I’m all about Thanksgiving being reserved for rest and relaxation, giving thanks over a filling meal, and watching, or playing, plenty of football.

Whichever floats your gravy boat.

This year especially, corporate retailers are shifting the focus so Thanksgiving is more of a shopping holiday — as opposed to time to join together and give thanks for the people in our lives. Standing in lines for stuff on sale is our reality. We now have Brown Thursday, Black Friday and Cyber Monday (skipping the lines) to shop until we drop like a turkey in a fryer full of oil. People can buy gifts every day until Christmas.

The thought alone makes me want to take a nap.

Maybe we should start giving our thanks early by celebrating these community mainstays.


KDNK celebrates 30 years of free community access radio in Colorado with its easy-going Labor of Love Auction and Community Mixer from 4:30-9:30 p.m. The Carbondale Recreation Center transforms into a festive spread featuring appetizers, cocktails and holiday tunes by Walt Smith and Friends. The KDNK fundraiser also features a silent auction for holiday shopping of gifts donated by visual artists, wellness professionals, valley businesses and more. That means everyone can stay home and enjoy Thanksgiving with their shopping lists complete. I love it.


The pre-Thanksgiving celebration continues after the KDNK Labor of Love Auction and Community Mixer tonight. The Black Nugget is observing its one-year anniversary of reopening on the corner of Main and Fourth streets in downtown Carbondale. Rock out with Ric Rock and his bluesy band The Roosters starting at 9 p.m. while enjoying half-price everything, except the jukebox. Leave the music up to Mr. Rock. He has it covered.


The long-running Eagles Club in downtown Glenwood Springs has been sprucing up its entertainment offerings this year with plenty of live entertainment. In October, Colorado band Doctor Robert brought the house down with a riveting Beatles tribute. And this fall, the venue wrapped up its competitive Battle of the Bands contest featuring local favorites such as the No Joes, comprising talented young high-schoolers from Carbondale, the acoustic duo Feeding Giants, and thrash metal band Ancient Wind, which took home the $1,000 prize going toward their new studio album soon to be released. This weekend, check out the Eagles’ soaring live music and comedy entertainment on Saturday night starting at 7 p.m.

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