If you go:
Art'n the Park'n Lot
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday
Corner of Tucker Street and Victory Way, next to J.W. Snack's
— The event, sponsored by Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads, offers arts and crafts from local artists, live music and many other activities. For more information, call Beth Gilchrist at 970-824-3986 or David Morris at 970-824-7158, or visit nwcoloradoparrotheads.com.
If the three-day respite of Labor Day didn’t quite offer you enough time to cram in all the relaxation you thought you needed, this weekend should handle the overflow.
Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads will host the fifth annual Art’n the Park’n Lot from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the space next to J.W. Snack’s at the corner of Tucker Street and Victory Way. The event is a day full of fun activities for people of all ages as they celebrate the local art and music scene.
Amid entertainment like hula hoop and limbo contests for kids and a beer garden for the adults, at least 15 vendors, with more still registering, will be offering items such as homemade pottery, paintings, sculptures and other unique creations.
Dave Pike, who holds the nautical rank of First Mate within the Parrotheads, said he enjoys getting a look at what the arts and crafts crowd has come up with each year.
“I do a lot of my Christmas shopping there,” he said.
J.W. Snack’s owner Danny Griffiths will offer freshly grilled Cheeseburgers in Paradise — a nod to the Parrotheads favorite musician, Jimmy Buffett — and other groups will be serving up food items as people bask in the sun and take in the live music that will be going all day long.
“It’s a lot of fun to watch some of our up-and-coming talent get up and perform, some of them for the first time,” Pike said.
Performers from the Desert Rose Music Studio will start out the schedule, leading to local acts like the Denim Girls, Steve Ghiradelli and Four 2 Play, among others.
John Husband, known by the dual identities of Captain and Wet Juan to his cohorts, put together the set list.
“I love being able to get kids on stage and give them the opportunity to get some experience,” he said. “One of the things we’re all about is encouraging kids with music.”
The Parrothead credo — “Party with a Purpose” — is ever-present in the majority of their activities.
Art’n the Park’n Lot also serves as a fundraiser for the group with a silent auction. Proceeds raised from bids on the donated items go toward Parrotheads’ river-cleaning projects, as well as other examples of community involvement.
The group gave out $3,000 in scholarships to area students last year, Parrotheads Scribe — Secretary — Beth Gilchrist said. Additionally, the organization assists music pupils in getting affordable instruments.
“In the future, we’re looking to do a band instrument drive, so if people want to donate them, we’d pay to have them fixed and get them to the kids who need them,” Gilchrist said.
Whether you show up Saturday for the visual appeal of the art items for sale or for the audio pleasure of the music, being out and about in between the seasonal changes is another plus.
“We always have such great weather here in September, summer’s wrapped up and you can just enjoy a fun fall day outside,” Pike said.
Andy Bockelman can be reached at 970-875-1793 or firstname.lastname@example.org.