Will Call column: Enjoying the quiet times
After the rapid tempo of December, January is a welcome rest.
In addition to the usual bustle that goes with the holidays, my new job has exposed me to more entertainment offerings than I can possibly attend.
It’s the same feeling I get in the busy summer months. Sometimes it’s nice to have so much choice; other times you wish you could divide yourself into four or five pieces and still leave one at home reading a book.
Calling the Roaring Fork Valley busy probably sounds absurd to anyone who’s ever lived in a big city. Remember that I grew up in a time when half of Carbondale turned out for Rams games without fear of missing anything else. We had Mountain Fair, Potato Day and an early version of Dandelion Day.
Now, there seems to be a festival almost every weekend from May through September, with numerous smaller events also competing for attention.
January, though, sometimes feels like the old days.
As a kid, the week after New Year meant the end of vacation, and so was anything but relaxing. As an adult, shoveling the walk and scraping my windshield isn’t so much fun, but it isn’t all that bad, either. The deep back country may be less accessible than in the summer, but a layer of snow grants a certain serenity to what you might call the front country, and even the settled valley floor.
The streets aren’t so busy. The restaurants aren’t so packed. You might have to commute to a neighboring town to find an event on a Thursday night.
That’s not to say there’s not plenty going on.
If you need a steady diet of entertainment to cure your holiday hangover, it’s a perfect time to check out some of the ongoing events that sometimes get overlooked in the shuffle. There’s figure drawing in Carbondale on Mondays, folk dancing in New Castle on Tuesdays, and open mic night at the Rivers on Wednesdays.
If you’re more on the introverted side, it’s a wonderful opportunity to take a deep breath and enjoy the quiet.
Will Grandbois realizes that this is a moot point for those who spend all their time and energy on the slopes. He can be reached at 384-9105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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