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Glenwood has no real off season

Michael Bennett
Mike Bennett
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We are in the heart of the winter and it is our “off season” for tourism, right? It sure did not feel like it this past weekend. Some of us in the AARP-aged crowd tend to forget what we really enjoyed doing in our earlier years and don’t get out as much as we used to. I broke that winter trend for myself.

Friday kicked off with two big events: Carbondale’s First Fat Friday Mardi Gras Parade and the opening of the Vaudeville Revue’s spring show. Admittedly, living in downtown Glenwood Springs, driving outside of the city limits seems like a chore and I often need to be coaxed. By the end of the week I’m fairly whipped from work. I heard both events were big hits and now I’m sorry I missed them. Our advertising seller Kristin Garwood and resident Carbondale party organizer just didn’t coax me hard enough. She did rub it in though. I missed a great time.

Saturday I got myself in gear and I am happier for it. If you are like me and need a push, let me try to inspire you to get off of the couch next weekend by telling you some of the cool things you may have missed.

Saturday a friend of mine texted me to see if I wanted join her to see the John McEuen concert in Rifle. Well yeah. I love music and the Dirt Band and I hadn’t seen a show at the refurbished New Ute Events Center yet. But first I had to head out for a hike to enjoy the beautiful spring-like weather. As my ankles continue to ache while I write, I probably pushed it too hard for my first hike of 2015.

Before the show we hit the little gem of a restaurant in Silt, the Miner’s Claim, for dinner. They were packed. Losing track of time as we enjoyed dinner and conversation, it was already 7:10 and we had to hurry to Rifle for the 7:30 show.

Carbondale’s own bluegrass band, the Hell Roaring String Band, opened with a rousing set, with many of the tunes written by the band members. During the break I ran into fellow Rotarian John Haines and Glenwood Ford’s Steve Nilsson, along with many other familiar faces. McEuen was up next with a show that included his home videos featuring the beginnings of the band and its historic trip to Russia. I didn’t know it were the first rock band sent by the government to perform there during the Cold War.

The music was great, as expected, although McEuen’s knack for storytelling was one of the highlights. There were a few seats remaining. You could have gotten in to see a great show in an intimate setting. If you enjoy music, you need to check out the quality acts Don Cheney is bringing to the theater.

Sunday was also a gorgeous day, but I had work to do. I headed to the office early and then rewarded myself with brunch at the Pullman. Then it was time for another hike. I tried heading up to the Linwood Cemetery, but the route was too icy so I did a detour to the Rio Grande Trail, which was filled with like-minded people on foot or bike.

After taking the cutoff at Glenwood Elementary to head home, I cut through the library only to hear a string band playing. As I entered the library’s community room, I realized it was a one guy performing, Brad Manosevitz. He creates his sound by “looping,” recording a few bars of music on each instrument and mixing the sounds together. If you closed your eyes you would think there were four or five musicians playing. “BradMan’s One Man Band” performs locally and puts on a great show. Catch him when you can.

Speaking of the library, it just isn’t the same experience as what I remember. The Garfield County Library System does a great job providing diverse uses of its facilities. Beyond hard-copy books you can check out digital books and movies in DVD form. At the Glenwood library you can even check out a ukulele and learn how to play.

If you need something to do, look no further than your library. It has live music and “Family Movie Day” monthly. All are free. Who knew? I picked up a February schedule of events for the Glenwood Branch and found 13 events were listed that included everything from “Enjoying Poetry” to how to handle Medicaid and long-term health care costs. Next Thursday fellow Rotarian Floyd Diemoz will tell you how I-70 was constructed through the Glenwood Canyon.

Every Friday A&E editor Jessica Cabe presents us with awesome things to do. Unfortunately, we can’t fit all of the area fun in the 12 pages of Scene. Read Cabe’s “Editor’s Picks” and participate. It sure beats sitting on the couch staring at the tube.

So there is nothing to do around here in the “off season?” I don’t think so.

Michael Bennett is publisher of the Post Independent.


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