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Mud season at its best

— Mud season (or shoulder season) is one of my favorite times of the year in Steamboat. Although there isn't easy access to ski lifts or unlimited trails to hike and ride on, the people in town are locals interested in going out and striking up conversations.

My roommate and I went out Saturday and sat down for dinner without any wait. It was quiet. It was Steamboat at its best, which is why leaving will be difficult. We toured downtown that night, stopping at some of my favorite places to celebrate my new job opportunity. It's rare to live in a small town where you can hit a Mexican, American and Italian restaurant in one night.

Of course, no evening would be complete without a stop at the VFW, one of those places few think about going to, but one of the best places to play pool and just hang out in Steamboat. This weekend likely represents the end of shoulder season, although the recent snow will bring more mud, so get out and celebrate living in Steamboat. Whatever that means to you.

- Melinda Mawdsley

Goodbye Parker

Many people said this was the best "Cabaret" in years, and it also was the last for Scott Parker. He will be missed by all - except when prohibiting cast members from leaving the premises to engage in debauchery at other nearby establishments (without sacrificing stage time).

The highlight for me this year was the 60th Steamboat Springs Dance Showcase Reunion (that I had to choreograph so we could use canes, walkers and crutches as props). I have never laughed so hard when trying to stuff "cellulite" (aka pillow stuffing), into my tights and backside of my granny underwear. But Chrissie Hodges took the cake and the icing for losing one sagging breast during two performances.

I hope we still will be dancing when we are 80.

My other favorite part of "Cabaret" is when the actors start laughing uncontrollably on stage, like Michael Brumbaugh did during one of Friday night's Routt County Commissioners skit. Only Kelly Anzalone can do that to someone.

Unfortunately, I won't get to see the entire show until the DVD comes out because of fast costume changes and other debauchery, but the cast was awesome and the fodder for this year's show was hilarious.

- Allison Plean

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