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Under the weather

In theory, the Free Summer Concert Series continued last weekend with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at Howelsen Hill. But from where we stood on Saturday evening, huddled in the middle of a pack of wet concertgoers under the beer tent, the event was, well, under the weather. The band was fantastic, and the crowd was larger than ever until the dark clouds rolled in.

"It'll blow over, right?"

"Sure. These afternoon thunderstorms don't last that long."

Forty-five minutes later, the report from Mahogany Ridge via cell phone was that rain-drenched people were still streaming in to drown their sorrows.

For those of us who waited it out under the tent, the canceled-concert drink special took effect, and $1 beers were enjoyed by all.

Dancin' with tha Kat

If the drowned concert was depressing, our spirits were lifted later Saturday night, when a going-away party for Eckhart Koehler kept going all night. All the regulars were there, plus some new faces, and the highlight was a 30-minute, impromptu rap session by one of Steamboat's finest.

On the third floor, Kat in tha Hat looked out over the dancing crowd and gave us some stellar rhymes, set to the beat of Brian Alpart on the turntables.

--Jayme Elrod

When the rich rough it

In Installment 2 of "Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive," the E! reality show filmed at Saddleback Ranch, the cast moved to the campsite where, oddly enough, there were no pillow-top mattresses. At this point, several of the contestants are clearly having a difficult time "roughing it," and others seem to be enjoying themselves. In other words, they are rarely shown in the sound bites. Those moments of TV stardom are reserved for the others who complain about being dirty, about not getting enough attention or about each other.

In Sunday's episode, the teams were asked to brand calves. Obviously comfortable near hot irons, Courtenay Semel had little trouble with this task, while Brittny Gastineau nearly hyperventilated.

Leading to Noah Blake's deep thought of the episode. To paraphrase: Brittny doesn't want to hurt the calf, but she eats meat and doesn't have a problem wearing leather.

--Melinda Mawdsley

This is not a rumor. Eye witness reports straight from the eyes of 4 Points staff indicate snow on Rabbit Ears Pass on Saturday afternoon. While rain was drowning out fans of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in the valley below, it would seem the high-altitude wild flowers had their concert end early as well.

No matter how badly you may have wanted to see some of the great dramatic and musical theater performances at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, sometimes it was hard to take your seat on a hot day in the Julie Harris Theatre.

Finally, the problem has been solved. You no longer will need to fan yourself with your program, because a new cooling system has been installed in the space.

The cooling system was made possible by an anonymous donation along with money from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation Sterling Award in 2004, which was used to provide an upgraded electrical system.

-- Autumn Phillips

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