Just as the Earth rotates around the Sun, Carbondale revolves around its community this First Friday June 7th 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., and as a reminder, Carbondale has a no open container law. For more information, contact the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, 970-963-1890 or email@example.com.
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 4th and Colorado Blvd. will have its usual wine, beer, chocolate fountain, popcorn and snacks, plus a drawing for free summer sunglasses.
Beginning with an artist-led public walking tour on Thursday, June 6th, 5:30 p.m. at 3rd and Main Streets, the Carbondale Public Arts Commission (CPAC) presents its 11th anniversary Art aRound Town sculpture exhibition. Featuring works by fourteen 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 and artists painting on location on Main Street on First Friday. This Plein Air festival draws together a variety of watercolor, oil, and acrylic painters both from the Roaring Fork Valley as well from the Front Range.
On Friday, June 7th, anyone and everyone from Aspen to Glenwood Springs and beyond is invited to gather at the 4th Street Plaza at 6:30 p.m. 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 this First Friday. Owners Carol and Kurt will be giving away passes for the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo, Carbondale Pool, Crystal Theater, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, and ice cream cone coupons throughout the night.
Another partnership, Dr. Ashley Kauffman and Sopris Chiropractic, is offering a bit of wellness along with all the fantastic First Friday events with a $20 walk-in adjustments for new and established patients from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 20 N. Forth St. across from Steve’s Guitars. All ages are welcome.
In cooperation with the Buddy Program, the Gordon Cooper Library at 4th and Main (a stop on the Art aRound Town exhibition) will celebrate Lemonade Day to empower today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, and summer reading to excite all family members to Dig into Reading with a tasty glass of lemonade and easy registration for all library summer programs at the new Carbondale Public Library, 320 Sopris Avenue opening July 22nd. There will be a fond farewell party at Gordon Cooper on June 22nd.
Good news for parents, the SoL Theatre Company (located in Gateway Plaza, next door to The Goat) will now offer Kids First!, an integrated arts workshop, 5:30 – 9 p.m. on First Friday. 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visitors are encouraged to park in the temporary RFTA parking lot at the corner of Highway 133 and Colorado Ave., walk to the various First Friday events, and safely enjoy the promotion of all things Carbondale.
The next First Friday committee meeting is Thursday, June 13th, 9:30 a.m. at the Third Street Center conference room. For more information about the First Friday committee, contact the Chamber, 970-963-1890, email@example.com, and “like” First Friday Carbondale on Facebook to stay in the loop. End.