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A&E Roundup: Carbondale kicks off spring with Dandelion Day

Ngoma Drum and Dance lead a parade of species to celebrate Dandelion Day in Carbondale.
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Dandelions are in full bloom, and Carbondale is doing a full celebration for it. 

Come experience a celebration of sustainability, community and Carbondale’s town flower, the dandelion, for Dandelion Day. The theme for the festivities this year is bees, and that means everything will be bright and yellow.

“26 years ago, Doc Philip, who is considered to be the founder of Dandelion Day, and a couple other parents started to advocate with the town to stop spraying pesticides in public spaces, and that’s how the Carbondale Environmental Board was born,” this year’s overseer, Quinn Port said. “The next year came around and Dandelion Day was founded.”

Make sure to get your Dandelion coffee from the Carbondale Historic Society and recipes on how to cook with the versatile and completely edible foraging flower.

Festivities start at 9 a.m. Saturday with some bee meditation, since the frequency of the humming of bees is so soothing, Port said. 

Then, the Species Parade begins at 10 a.m., where anyone can show up dressed up as their favorite species, real or fictional.

Come dressed as your favorite pollinator, if you can’t think of a personal favorite species. 

After the parade will be live performances from Bonedale Dance at 11 a.m., then the Sopris Soarers, The Queen Bees, Elk Range Bluegrass and Grim Nymph.

The Carbondale Environmental Education session will be held by the Carbondale Environmental Board, and Port said this is an older session the Carbondale Environmental Board is bringing back this year. 

There will be four sessions, every hour on the hour, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

They will be teaching about bees and how to attract them, bee keeping and education with local experts and pollinators. 

“They’re just bringing in local experts for different topics,” Port said. “Surrounding pollinators and that’s organized by the bee friendly group within the environmental board, The Bee Friendly Group.  

The slowest bike race will be back for all ages. The rules are no putting your feet on the ground, no pedaling backwards and you must roll forward (no going in circles) and no stopping. 

“It’s less than a block,” she said. “So I’m hoping that it doesn’t take more than 20 minutes.”

There will be a game of musical chairs at the end of the Elk Range Bluegrass set. 

Bring seeds for a seed swap to the education tent anytime in the day, and at 3 p.m. people are able to come pick up seeds they want. 

Port said she is newer to the Roaring Fork Valley and wanted to help, and now that her predecessor recently left, she took it over. She will be dressed up festively as a bee and hopes to see everyone else dress up too. 

The Ode to the Dandelion award will be given out to a couple community members who have been influential in the sustainability space and volunteering in the last year or several years, she said. 

Some of the vendors include JC’s Food Truck, Slow Groovin’, Windy City Eats, Pollinator Chocolate,  Senor Mango, Sifted Measures, Jefferies and local farms. 

Calendar for the day

9 a.m. Yoga with White Horse on Main Street

10 a.m. Parade of Species

11 a.m. Bonedale Ballet

11 a.m. Environmental Education sessions until 2pm

11:30 a.m. Sopris Soarers

Noon The Queen Bees

1:30 p.m. Slowest Bike Race on 7th Street

2 p.m. Elk Range Bluegrass

3 p.m. Seed Swap

3:15 p.m. Live Musical Chairs

3:45 p.m. – Grim Nymph

If you go…

What: 25th Annual Dandelion Day

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Sopris Park in Carbondale

What: Turner’s Wheelchair Van Conversion Wheel, Walk, Run Fundraiser

When: 9-11 a.m. Saturday

Where: Glenwood Springs Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn Road, Glenwood Springs

Roaring 20s Champagne Gala Fundraiser with dinner, dancing and a big band

What: Symphony Swing Gala Fundraiser 

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Ute Theater, 132 E. Fourth St. in Rifle

How much: $80-$105

Music at Carbondale Beer Works

What: Mugsy Fay

When: 5-7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Beer Works, 647 Main St., Carbondale

Legacy Dance Company presents Under The Big Top

What: Legacy Dance Company Spring Showcase

When: Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday 

Where: Glenwood Springs High School

How much: $10-$18, free for 3 year olds and younger

Curator Marcia Weese brings four female artists together for a gallery of different medias and perspectives. 

What: FROM THE CENTER: Maps, Wefts, Shifts, Hoops

When: 5-7 p.m. Friday, with an artist talk at 5:30 p.m. 

Where: The Launchpad, 76 S. Fourth St., Carbondale

Vaudeville is back and not sold out yet

What: Vaudeville Spring Show

When: 6-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, 915 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs

Safespace in Glenwood Springs

What: Queers and Coffee — PFLAG Roaring Fork Valley

When: 9-10 a.m. Saturday

Where: BlueBird Cafe, 730 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs

Learn to go off-grid in Silt

What: Building a Sustainable Off-Grid Home

When: 1 p.m. every Saturday

Where: Silt Branch Library, 680 Home Ave.

Crafting at the Silt Library

What: Crafty Saturdays

When: 1 p.m. every Saturday

Where: Silt Branch Library, 680 Home Ave.

Cooper Wine Tastings

What: Local wine tasting

When: 5-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: Cooper Wine & Spirits, 732 Cooper Ave., Glenwood Springs

How Much: Free

Karaoke at the Vaudeville

What: Karaoke with the Sandman

When: Doors at 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, 915 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs

How much: $5

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