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Spice up the weekend

Another Mountain Fair bites the dust.In just three days, I was able to get my greasy corn-dog and cheesesteak fix, dance barefoot to some groovy music, and attend two SoulFeel shows.My groupie status has been reaffirmed.With another Mountain Fair behind me, summer is slowly coming to its close. The sun is setting faster these days Labor Day will be here before I know it.Not that I’m complaining.Susan Tedeschi is on her way for the JAS Labor Day Festival in Snowmass. And Kanye West and Robert Randolph and the Family Band will be here, too.”Go ‘head girl, go ‘head get down.”But for now, I’m still looking forward to Carbondale’s First Fridays art walks, Silt Heyday, KDNK’s Blues and BBQ, a girls’ trip to Las Vegas and the Garfield County Fair.See, there is a cure for the summertime blues after all.

It’s happening in Snowmass Village to boot: Snowmass Wellness Experience with nutrition, fitness and spirituality. Information: snowmasswellness.comThis is why I’d kick it up here: Here’s one way to work off all that fattening summer festival food. Just how many calories are in a corn dog and funnel cake, anyway? This cleansing Rocky Mountain wellness weekend includes a cooking demo with Cat Cora, the first female Iron Chef; an inspirational talk with Lance Armstrong’s personal coach; Martha Stewart’s apprentice; and yoga. Lots and lots of yoga. Namasté.

It’s happening in Silt to boot: Silt Heyday, specifically the jalapeno-eating contest at 6 p.m. Information: 876-5861This is why I’d kick it up here: Wowee! Those are some hot suckers! Call me a sadomasochist I love to watch others in pain and this here little contest should make some eyes water and faces turn beet red. I enjoy hot sauces, spicy foods, etc., but my tolerance during eating and drinking contests is very low. Obviously, I’m not afraid to try anything once (hence my desire to play rugby for the first time in my 30s). I’ve failed miserably in both pizza-eating and beer-chugging contests, so I can only imagine that a jalapeno would be my ultimate downfall. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t get a kick out of watching somebody else eat like 10 of them. Aye Carumba!


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