Fest will be more than a pinch of fun
Chris Woods has had his mind on butter since March.The Carbondale recreation coordinator began planning the town’s first Music and Lobster Fest, which is from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, three months ago. To Woods’ surprise, more than 430 tickets have been sold for the live Maine lobster and corn on the cob meals that will take center stage at the event.
“I was told to make sure and request a lot of butter. The lobster vendor from Denver will have big vats of melted butter,” said Woods, or “Woodsie,” as friends and co-workers affectionately call him. “And he will even have seaweed in the bottom of the steamer pot, just to give it that Maine lobster flavor. There will be people salivating for miles.” Woods’ affection for seafood motivated the native of Australia to introduce a new lobster and music festival to Carbondale. He said people from the Front Range and as far east as Maine plan to attend the event.”I love seafood – I’m used to fresh seafood. It’s something different that’s typically unheard-of in the Rocky Mountains,” said Woodsie, who has lived in the valley for about five years. “I had no idea we would have such a big response. The word really gets out there.”
Woodsie credited Randi Lowenthal, executive director of the Carbondale Community Chamber of Commerce, for helping spread the word throughout the state about the festival, which she has done in conjunction with her organization’s Taste of Carbondale fund-raiser Sunday at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School Barn.”Carbondale is finally on the map for food and we all feel we need to celebrate it,” Lowenthal said. “Chris has put forth an absolutely superhuman effort. He just took the event and ran with it.”Along with his Aussie heritage, Woodsie said a trip to the annual Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland, Maine, sparked the idea for the Carbondale event.”The lobsters will be coming from Maine. They were caught on Thursday,” he said.
“We’re near the 500 mark. We only have about 50 tickets to sell Saturday,” he said.For festivalgoers who crave free live music while enjoying the fresh seafood offerings Saturday, Steve’s Guitars and the Town of Carbondale have collaborated in presenting a variety of music styles in indoor and outdoor venues.At 11 a.m., the Last Minute String Band takes the Carbondale Plaza stage at Fourth and Main streets; Boneyard plays at noon, the Frank Martin Band performs at 1:30 p.m.; Take the Wheel takes the stage at 3 p.m.; Louie and the Lizards play at 4:30 p.m.; Big Daddy Lee and the Kingbees perform at 6 p.m., and Jes Grew closes the night at 7:30 p.m. On the Steve’s Guitars stage, Jimmy Polowchena, Steve Standiford and Doug Davis will jam out at noon; Frank Norwood, Ron Robertson, Mark Chain, Rich Huttenhower and Eric Gross collaborate at 1 p.m., Shawn O’Neil plays at 2 p.m.; Bruce Hayes performs at 3 p.m.; Dan Sheridan showcases his talents at 4 p.m.; Rob Dasaro plays at 5 p.m.; and Acoustic Mayhem wraps up at 6 p.m.”We pretty much have two venues for music,” Woodsie said. “It’s going to be nice, cozy and fun. There’s nothing better than fresh Maine lobster, beer, wine and live music.”
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