Carbondale kicks off 125th anniversary celebration |

Carbondale kicks off 125th anniversary celebration

CARBONDALE — Carbondale celebrates its 125th anniversary on First Friday today with new Art aRound Town sculptures, a broad-reaching community photo, passes to community events and other new partnerships. To ready for all the activities, Main Street will be closed from 5-9 p.m.

Carbondale merchants will have specials celebrating all things Carbondale, and as always, a horse-drawn carriage sponsored by the Pour House offers transportation around town, White House Pizza has two-for-one well drinks, and 20/20 Eyecare at Fourth and Colorado Boulevard will have its usual wine, beer, chocolate fountain, popcorn and snacks, plus a drawing for free summer sunglasses.

The Carbondale Public Arts Commission (CPAC) presents its 11th anniversary Art aRound Town sculpture exhibition. Featuring works by 14 artists from seven states, Art aRound Town is a rotating, yearlong public art exhibition showcasing sculptures throughout the town of Carbondale.

In addition, the Carbondale Council on Arts & Humanities (CCAH) celebrates early summer with Plein Air: Fresh Paint. Artists will be painting on location on Main Street on First Friday. This plein air festival draws together a variety of watercolor, oil and acrylic painters from the Roaring Fork Valley and the Front Range.

At 6:30 p.m., anyone and everyone from Aspen to Glenwood Springs and beyond is invited to gather at the Fourth Street Plaza for a 125th anniversary community photo thanks to renowned photographer and beekeeper Mark Burrows and the Carbondale fire department.

The community is also invited to kick off summer at Peppino’s Pizza on Main Street. Owners Carol and Kurt will be giving away passes for the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo, Carbondale Pool, Crystal Theater and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, and ice cream cone coupons throughout the night.

Dr. Ashley Kauffman and Sopris Chiropractic are offering a bit of wellness with $20 walk-in adjustments for new and established patients from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 20 N. Fourth St. across from Steve’s Guitars. All ages are welcome.

In cooperation with the Buddy Program, the Gordon Cooper Library at Fourth and Main (a stop on the Art aRound Town exhibition) will host registration for the June 29 Lemonade Day, which empowers today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. All family members are invited to Dig into Reading with easy registration for all library summer programs.

Good news for First Friday parents, the SoL Theatre Company (located in Gateway Plaza, next door to The Goat) will offer Kids First!, an integrated arts workshop, from 5:30 – 9 p.m. For $25 kids aged 5-12 will participate in dance, music, drama, painting, clay, mask-making and more with professional teaching artists while their parents enjoy an evening out. More information is available at

As a reminder, Carbondale has a no open container law. For more information on the First Friday events, contact the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, 970-963-1890 or

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