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The dance floor at the Western BBQ was packed with children participating in the Spoon Hanging Contest Sunday night.
Allison Plean

Multi-cultural experience

Steamboat Springs is the perfect town to entertain a guest for a long weekend in the winter. My friend Jenny Siferd from North Carolina hopped off the plane Friday and into a whirlwind of art openings, plays, free concerts, dance parties, cross-country skiing and getting stuck in a tree well on a powder day.

I am a very bad mountain guide. I took an inexperienced skier on a tree run who had to resort to taking off her skis and sliding down the mountain.

She almost didn’t have the opportunity to experience that fabulous tree run and tree well episode because in the five minutes it took to buy a daily lift ticket, someone stole her rental skis.

Everyone at Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. was extremely nice and refunded her lift ticket without a problem, but she missed the only opportunity for a full day of skiing in about nine years.

So I made sure her half-day on Sunday was as memorable as possible.

It will be hard to forget how entertaining the “The Games People Play: The One Acts Are Back!” was at the Steamboat Springs Mountain Theater. There was a woman in the front row laughing hysterically during the very serious acts, and actresses laughing on stage during those powerful emotional moments.

Don’t get me wrong – there was some great acting, but it was the other constituents that were more memorable.

Most productions in Steamboat welcome novice performers with open arms so everyone can experience the performance arts in our community, and bloopers are always the best parts of the production.

We saw people wearing chicken hats, met two unrelated tourists who argued about who was going to buy us a drink and felt compelled to buy her niece those cute, pink cowgirl boots at F.M. Light & Sons.

Siferd said she experienced more culture in one weekend than she has in the past five years.

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