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Margaret Hair: Mud season diversions

Margaret Hair

Margaret Hair covers arts and entertainment for the Steamboat Pilot & Today in the weekly 4 Points magazine.

— It takes a split-second glance into a Steamboat Springs restaurant, shop or venue to see the change in seasons. Things have slowed down for the next few weeks, as locals bolt for Mexico or other warm locales, and visitors wait to return until the mud dries up and the river gets rolling.

And although that means a shorter music calendar and reduced hours at a few regular hangouts, it doesn’t mean a dead halt to all things arts and entertainment. Here are a few suggestions to keep things interesting through mud season:

¤ Dance magic dance: One of these weekends, I will actually make it to one of the events included in the 10-part Mambo Italiano Mud Season Recession Relief Party Series. This week’s theme is mustaches and wigs (I’m guessing of the mullet variety). It might be harder to pull together without Celebrations to search for silly costume pieces, but an eyeliner mustache will work in most cases.

Party organizer and DJ Jill Wernig said the bar’s first two events have been packed, with an April 18 “Dirty Dancing/Swayze Crazy” party culminating in a full hour of music and dance moves from the classic 1980s Patrick Swayze movie.

Future series highlights include a Spring Prom (wear an outfit from the decade of your choice) on May 9, a “lil’ black dress” costume party May 16, a “Risky Business/Underwear Party” on May 30 and a side-deck barbecue June 13. For more information, call Mambo Italiano at 870-0500.

¤ Be crafty: For those who have a little money to spend, Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym is starting three weekly workshop series this week. Susan de Wardt leads a six-week journaling class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays for $205. Anne Holt leads a five-week oil painting class from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays for $200. Holt also leads a four-week pottery class from noon to 3 p.m. Mondays for $150. Call the Arts & Crafts Gym at 870-0384 for more information or to register.

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¤ Jog your mind: Fewer people in town generally means less competition and fewer teams at the two live trivia nights in Steamboat: 6:30 p.m. Sundays at the Rio and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at The Tap House.

¤ Jog your legs: Northwest Ballet Studio at 326 Oak St. hosts an intermediate jazz dance class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays starting May 4. Classes are $15 each; for more information or to pre-register, call dance teacher Renee Fleisher at 970-390-1150 or go to Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus also offers local dance classes. A course in beginner’s African Dance is from 6 to 8:10 p.m. Tuesdays at the Depot Art Center, starting May 12 and running through Aug. 11. A course in Irish step dancing is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays at Northwest Ballet Studio, starting June 8 and running through July 17. Both CMC courses are $45 for the whole summer session. Register online at

It’s only a few weeks before summer entertainment events get going and the river gets just low enough to jump into before you necessarily should – I plan to take it easy, and possibly do some dancing.