Parties, weather aid Basalsa, River Days |

Parties, weather aid Basalsa, River Days

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – They came, they danced, they ate, they drank. A good time was had by all.

The pairing of Basalsa and River Days in Basalt appeared to work well this year, and the perfect weather helped attract large crowds both Friday night and Saturday. The events were held separately in the past. They were combined, along with an enhanced Sunday Market, for a special weekend in Basalt.

One highlight of the weekend came on Saturday night, when some of the original members of the legendary 1970s Aspen band Starwood took the stage. Hundreds of people were stacked in the lawn in Lions Park. Starwood singer and guitarist Bobby Mason noted it was good to see so many familiar faces in the audience. A crowd member added that many of them sport a touch of gray these days.

The one-day River Days celebration started early with the Basalt Half-Marathon and the Lions Club’s pancake breakfast. There was music throughout the day and evening, along with rides for kids, a parade at noon, food booths and crafts vendors.

The weekend got under way in fine fashion on Friday night with Basalsa, a celebration of the town’s Hispanic community. The event was started in 2008. It featured kids whacking pinatas and folks of all ages dancing to Latino music played by a DJ.

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