New Upscale Events for Snowdown 2018
With 150 events, how could there possibly be anything new to do at Snowdown? Oh, it’s possible! So say over 20 fresh-off-the-press, sophisticated happenings during the week of our annual cabin fever reliever. From kid-friendly crafting, like creating popsicle snowflakes and duct-tape bow ties, to adults-only entertainment, like American Stiletto Warrior and Best Chest in the West, event coordinators in town are clearly never short on inspiration.
Here are this year’s latest-and-greatest things to check out while you strut around town in your finest duds:
The Fiedler Fund: Durango Welcome Center, 802 Main Ave. From serving as the first coordinator of Snowdown to the producer of the Follies and Light Parade maestro, Terry Fiedler truly is Mr. Snowdown. Sadly, Fiedler was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease and had to move to Philadelphia to be closer to family. To raise funds for his care, his family has set up a silent auction of Snowdown memorabilia at the Welcome Center during the week of Snowdown. While you're out making new memories at Colorado's goofiest winter festival, take a moment to appreciate the gift of remembering and perhaps make a bid on old posters or copies of the beloved Sneer. For a full list of items, visit Snowdown.org. For information, call Peg Ochsenreiter at 970.759.0776 or email email@example.com.
Spin the Wheel, Provide a Meal: Durango Harley Davidson, 750 S. Camino del Rio, 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. Bring a food donation for Manna Soup Kitchen and spin the roulette wheel for in-store prizes and discounts. Call Catie Bird at 970.259.0778 x12 for details. Prizes: Scratch Cards for all who donate!
Name That Nug Contest: Sante Recreation, 742 1/2 Main. Think you know your dope? Identify cannabis strains displayed at Sante and on social media for bragging rights. Call Tracy Robinette at 970.375.2837 for details. Entry is FREE!
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31
Cricket Darts Tournament: Ponga's, 121 West 8th Street, 1 p.m. Bring your own arrows or use Ponga's as you take turns in a dashing darts tournament. Cricket is the name of the game with double elimination and up to 32 players. All genders and ages welcome. Call Austin Zufelt at 970.553.0115 for details. Entry - $15. Cash prizes!!
Snowflake Paper Art: Sears Hometown Store, 800 S Camino Del Rio (Durango Mall), 4 p.m. till 6 p.m. If we build it, it has to fall! Bring your kids and create dazzling snowflakes using paper and [children's safety] scissors. Awards for "Best in Flake" are on Sunday. Entry is FREE! Call Steve Brown at 970.247.2425 for details.
Popsicle Snowflakes: TJ Maxx, 800 S Camino Del Rio (Durango Mall), 4 p.m. till 6 p.m. When you're finished cutting the world’s most perfect paper snowflakes, mosey next door to make something totally fresh: popsicle stick snowflakes! Crafts provided. Call Cathy Kline at 970.259.1143 for info. Entry is FREE!
BASEketball: Balcony Bar and Grill Backstage, 600 Main Ste 205, 6 p.m. Leave your Air Jordans at home (or not) for this not-so-rec-center-style game of basketball with baseball rules. They sound excited, so you should totally check it out. Prizes! Entry is FREE! Call Allison Wall 970.422.8008 for details.
The Gong Show: Wild Horse Saloon, 602 East 2nd Ave, 8 p.m. till 10 p.m. Calling all singers, magicians, dancers, comics, painters, bug whisperers and especially contortionists! It's time for Durango's version of the 1970's hit show, the Gong Show! Absurdist humor and style far overshadow the actual competition. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for info. Hosted by Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Big Wheel Derby: Balcony Bar & Grill Backstage, 600 Main Ste 205, 12 noon. Leave the top hat at home for this dignified timed lap around the balcony on a Big Wheel! Sip Ska’s featured Snowdown beer while you spectate this fascinating affair. Helmets provided. Must be 21+. Call Allison Wall at 970.422.8008 for info. Entry is FREE! Prizes!
Warming Hut & Bow Tie Challenge: BREW Pub & Kitchen, 117 West College Drive, 2 p.m. till 5 p.m. The Radio 101 Warming Hut will be open for more than a good warm-up. They’re sitting pretty, ready to judge you on your black-tie bow tying abilities. Contestants will be judged on skill, speed, agility and presentation. Register to win awesome prizes, including Follies tickets! Must be 21+. Call Kristin Dills at 970.259.4444 for details. Entry is FREE!
DIY Formal Wear for Teens and Tweens: Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave, 4 p.m. Got the costume blues and still don’t have that over-21 ID? No problem! Ages 9 to 17 are cordially invited to raid the library's crafting supplies and make duct tape bow ties, tissue paper corsages and fancy beaded hair pins, to name a few of your black tie DIY accessory options! Call Corinna Manion at 970.375.3385 for details. Entry is FREE!
Dandy Doughnut Bobbing Contest: Rendezvous Doughnuts, 139 East 5th Street, 6 p.m. This one's not for the faint of heart... While you're blindfolded, with hands tied behind your back, eat a doughnut that's dangling from the ceiling as fast as you can! All ages welcome, and everyone should at least try because, not only do you get to eat a doughnut while you’re there, but if you win, the prize is another FREE doughnut redeemable at any time. Call Hayley Kirkman at 505.435.6857 for details. Entry is FREE!
Sophisticated Sounds of Snowdown: Durango High School, 2390 Main Ave, 7 p.m. Well, now, this is classy: a night of orchestral music brought to you by the award-winning DHS orchestra. All ages welcome for this event hosted by Durango Instrumental Music Booster Club. Call Alex Charpentier at 970.903.5125 for details. Entry is FREE!
American Stiletto Warrior: Billy Goat Saloon, 39848 US HWY 160 (Gem Village), 7 p.m. BYO stiletto heels that are at least 4 inches and find your balance before traversing an obstacle course through the bar while holding a tray of random objects. Men are invited, too, of course. Must be 21+ and probably have good ankles. Call Ashleigh Tarkington at 970.903.0090 for details. Entry is FREE!
Shut Yer Pie Hole: The Patio Restaurant, 85 Goddard Ave (HWY 172 Ignacio) at 7 p.m. Come hungry and devour an entire Patio cream pie faster than anyone else and win $100 and a picture on the wall! No hands, duh. There will be three age categories, with all ages welcome. Call Emily Meisner at 970.749.9190 for info.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2
Button Making for Your Black Tie Affair: Durango Public Library, 1900 East 3rd Ave, 3:30 p.m. Crafts supplied for this black-tie enhancing party. Bring your creativity and kids of any age for an event where everyone goes home a winner with a new button! Call Daisy Grice at 970.375.3387 for details. Entry is FREE!
Flippy Cup: Moe's Lounge, 932 Main, 4:30 p.m. Ritzy attire recommended for this relay race where players stand on opposite sides of the board, down a cup of beer, then use launchers to try to flip the cup upside down before moving on to the next drink. Must be finished in time for the Light Parade and must be 21+. Entry is FREE! Call Rick Carney at 970.749.7231 for details. Prizes = up to $75 bar tab!
Pants Off Dance Off: Moe's Lounge, 932 Main Ave, 9 p.m. Come in your black tie and white gloves...and NO PANTS for a dance party that's sure to make you blush - unless you partook in the flippy cup competition earlier. Wear a bathing suit, skirt, dress, loincloth, Tuggie - anything but pants to dance! Must be 21+, duh. Call Rick Carney at 970.749.7231 for info. Entry is FREE! Prizes = up to $75 bar tab!
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3
Black Tie Paintball Biathlon: Chapman Hill (North end) 500 Florida Road, 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Teams and individuals compete in the spirit of the Olympic Sport of Biathlon as they navigate an obstacle course with stationary targets while being shot at with paintballs! Fastest time wins. Open to teams of three and individuals. Call Tracy Barnes at 970.946.6726 for details. Entry is $15 per team/$5 individual. Prizes!! Bonus points if you were all white black-tie attire...
Polish Doughnut Frisbee: Rendezvous Doughnuts, 139 East 5th Street, 10 a.m. Because...DOUGHNUTS!!! You can't say no to any doughnut event. Bring a partner and see if you can toss a doughnut to knock the coffee cup off the world's tallest vertical standing ski poles in this outdoor doughnut tossing game! Call Hayley Kirman at 505.435.6857 for info. Entry is FREE!
Cat Yoga: Smiley Building, 1309 East 3rd Ave (Room 15), 10:30 a.m. till 11:30 a.m. What could be more puurrrrfect than cats for company while you find your breath and balance? Get your namaste on with adorable LPC Humane Society adoptable kitties and enjoy an unforgettable morning of Omm’s and Meow’s. All skill levels and ages welcome. Space is limited so call Jessica Pace at 615.294.2049 to reserve your mat now! $10 suggested donation.
Puttin' on the Glitz: Supernova Furniture, 1316 Main Ste A, 5 p.m. till 9 p.m. Finally: an event that revolves around the finer things in life, like furniture. Join your richest friends at Supernova for an old-Hollywood-glamour-style gathering. Photography, music, cocktails and desserts provided. Win prizes based on how amazing your photo turns out. Must be 21+. Entry is FREE! Call Robyn Vaqneur at 970.422.8644 for details. Win up to $500 store credit!!
Best Chest in the West: Moe's Lounge, 937 Main Ave, 10 p.m. Yep. You read that right. Guys and gals and Dolly Parton, show off your pectorals in what's sure to be a visually-entertaining, eye-popping event. Parents of contestants not invited. Call Rick Carney at 970.749.7231 for details, not that there should be any questions about this. Entry is FREE! Prizes = up to $75 bar tab.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4
Latte Art Throwdown: 11th Street Station, 1101 Main, 10 a.m. You’ll need coffee this morning so no need to RSVP for the most exquisite event for the most exquisite baristas in town! Whether you work at a coffee shop or are just a highly-skilled gentleman or dame with an espresso machine at home, bring your A-game to this A-list event and create rosetta's, tulips, hearts and a freestyle surprise of your choosing. Entry is $2. Call Ronnie Hardt at 970.422.0858 to reserve your spot. Prizes include coffee-related goods. And then go get a doughnut.