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Flower power in Carbondale

Dear Editor:

Dandelion Day 2012 was a smashing success. The event kicked off on Friday afternoon with a tour of the Clean Energy Collective solar garden in El Jebel. Also on Friday night was the Songwriter Showcase at Steve’s Guitars.

This year, the Dandelion Songwriter Showcase featured creative performances by Tucker Bradley, Jim Hawkins, Stacy Stein, Megan Larsen, Ellen Stapenhorse, Nelson Oldham, Paul Holsinger and Jimmy Byrne. Huge thanks to Steve Standiford for hosting the event.

Congratulations to the winners this year: The Four Little Flowers and Tiny Tim featuring Ruthie and Isabella Brown, Gracie and Jasmine Ferguson and Tim Brogdon and the Dirty Dandies with Matt Haslett, Natalie Spears and Olivia Pevec. These two groups will get to record their dandy songs at Cool Brick Studios.

The Procession of the Species Parade on Saturday morning packed Main Street with creatures real and imagined, from ravens to mermaids to a tiger princess. Local African dancers and drummers led the parade to the park. Huge thanks to Soozie Lindbloom for organizing the parade and providing masks and puppets to participants. Also, thank you to the volunteers who blocked the street to keep our paraders safe.

The music was jamming all day at Sopris Park from Slidewhistle, the Dandy Ladies and more than 10 local youth bands competing in Jazz Aspen’s Band Battle. There were food booths to please every palette, nonprofit organizations, local farmers and environmentally conscious businesses selling their wares.

Thanks to Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanity for staffing the Kids Art Tent where youngsters painted reusable bags. Thanks to Richard Vottero for supplying drinking water and being an all-around helpful guy. Thanks to our workshop leaders: Karen Walker, Laura Bartels, Brook Levan, Stephanie Syson, Betsy McMichael and Troy.

Thanks to all the volunteers that helped organize, set up, sell beer and clean up at this year’s Dandelion Day: Amber, Lynhaar, John, Rebecca, Shoup, Jeff, Emma, Mike, Chris, Ashley, Genevieve, Dude and David.

It was truly a dandy day!

Stacy Stein, Jimmy Byrne, Alyssa Reindel, Sue Gray and Candace Goodwin


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