Was the circus in town?
The Melissa Ivey Band was on stage, but the entertainment Saturday night came from the audience at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill.
I'm not sure whether the circus or a wandering theater group was in town, but within the first hour of the show, something of an attention, getting melee was spreading through the venue. First, a woman started jumping rope in the bar area. The manager walked by and said, "Um. No jump roping in the bar, ma'am."
And if the atmosphere wasn't strange enough at that point, suddenly a woman started tap dancing in front of the crowd. Tap, tap, shuffle, shuffle.
As soon as she took her seat, someone in the corner started playing the spoons.
Meanwhile, on stage, Melissa Ivey was trying to keep it together in front of this odd and unruly audience. Ivey can't be taller than 5 feet. Her Ovation guitar dwarfed her body, but her voice filled the room as she sang "Loving you is like being alone."
Still cake in our break room
Saturday's Downtown Hoedown left behind a trail. Late Saturday night and all day Sunday, a few downed detour signs lay on street corners along Seventh Street, with their lights still flashing as if to say, "Hoedown. Hoedown. Hoedown."
And if that was not reminder enough, I can't count how many times I opened refrigerator doors this week and saw the yellow flash of F.M. Light & Sons cake.
The day that never ends
And speaking of things that never end ... this is the Fourth of July that lasted forever. Every night is a new barrage of aerial repeaters and bottle rockets, not to mention a few backyard firework friends that seem to be visiting from the stands in Wyoming.
Willie coming to Snowmass
This is for the woman at Wal-Mart who thinks Steamboat Springs should bring Willie Nelson to town for a big outdoor music festival, like we once did with String Cheese Incident. Looks like he's already booked for Labor Day. Willie Nelson will be playing the 2005 Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival in Snowmass Town Park. He takes the stage at 4:15 p.m. Sept. 4. Go forth and take photos, my passionate Wal-Mart friend. Come back with the evidence that Willie would be good for Steamboat.
-- Autumn Phillips