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Purgatory on the pitch

Anytime there’s a bunch of guys dressed as nuns, it has to be a good time.Last Saturday I went to my first Ruggerfest in Aspen to watch the Gentlemen of Aspen, and other teams from across the country, play in the mud, literally. I couldn’t stay long – the cold air was not so good for my current state of health.But I did have the pleasure of meeting some rowdy rugby players from Minneapolis donning nun outfits.The jokes about sin and purgatory were rolling off their tongues as smooth as a shot of Patrón tequila.The same group of guys were planning to dress as cows, complete with milk maids, the next day. Unfortunately I missed out, but I did enjoy their songs – boy do rugby players have great songs – and unrestricted sense of humor. If we had more people like that in the world, life would be a lot more entertaining.Watching some of the tackles should have scared me off, but I’m still all fired up about playing in my first rugby tournament someday. I heard the Jolly Roxies could have been contenders.There’s always the Valentine’s Day Massacre in Breckenridge. Maybe it’ll help if I go dressed as a nun.

It’s happening in New Castle to boot: Realm Festival, featuring live music by Little Hercules, Rocking Horse, Environmental Stimulation Project (ESP), Dave Hill and Bruce Imig from The Dags, High Five, Wave Mountain Riders, The Joe & Terry Band, and DJ John Nedza, noon to midnight, Saturday, Klein Ranch, 1777 County Road 241, New Castle. Cost: $20 donation; kids 12 and younger are free.This is why I’d kick it up here: There are so many reasons to go to this festival, I don’t even know where to start. First, the event is a benefit for the four young daughters of Doug Gundlach, the 37-year-old who died in July of a clogged artery. Second, the music includes big-time Colorado acts such as Little Hercules and DJ John Nedza. The tunes will be nonstop from noon to midnight, so if music is your thing, I recommend an appearance. Also, there’s beer and camping, which always go hand-in-hand. Bundle up and bring a warm sleeping bag. It’ll be the biggest, baddest slumber party of the year.

It’s happening on the Western Slope to boot: Leaf peepingThis is why I’d kick it up here: Last Sunday, a friend and I took a drive up Four Mile to check out the leaves. It was still pretty green up there, but the aspens were turning their signature gold. I love Colorado. This weekend should be perfect for enjoying the splash of fall color that paints our valley. So go for a Sunday drive and take in the scenery. Before we know it, this place is going to be covered in snow. Then, we ski.


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