Lets start with Labor Day past, the national holiday dedicated to honoring the contributions of the American worker. Id like to tell you I spent the day water skiing at the lake. Actually, like most people I checked with, I spent Labor Day laboring.
While many others labored at their jobs (Were Open on Labor Day!), I labored around the house, and Ill admit I was happier about the small contribution I made to our household than I would have been goofing off.
Id like to tell you that with Labor Day over, all the kids back in school and a touch of fall in the air, the hectic pace of summer in Durango would slow down a bit, but happily, I cant. Actually, over the next two months, the number of events, activities, shows, live performances, concerts and celebrations in downtown will exceed the numbers of June and July.
I cant tell you that September and October are the same sleepy shoulder months they once were. Currently, hotel rooms are heavily booked, and downtown crowds will continue for several more weeks. Some of our best and most enjoyable activities will begin this Friday like Fall Gallery Walk, Durango Public Librarys Literary Festival featuring author Emily Griffin, Eat Local Celebration and the weekend-long WholeExpo at the fairgrounds. Combine a weekly Saturday morning visit to the farmers market with the annual Coffeefest nearby on Eighth Street. And on Saturday night, Joyce Lyons will perform at Fort Lewis College.
I can tell you we enjoy our local craft beers, but I cant tell you why anyone would miss the inaugural kickoff of Durango Beer Week, Sept. 16-24, presented by our local Bootleggers Society with Oktoberfest planned for Sept. 17. Most of September will be highlighted by events under the umbrella of Showcase of the Arts and anchored by the popular annual Autumn Arts Festival, Sept. 17-18.
Nope, I cant tell you Durango slows down at all after Labor Day. With the return of cooler temperatures, the list of celebrations heats up. Coming in October the Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Fall Blaze Bicycle Tour, San Juan Symphony, FLC Homecoming, Durango Heritage Celebration, Pumpkin Patch Express, Apple Days, Downtown Trick or Treating on Halloween and more.
So get ready to enjoy September and October. For me, its the best time of the year in Durango.
Check out www.downtowndurango.org for details on all events and activities. Id like to tell you about some of my own special events, but I cant because this column is now done.
email@example.com. Bob Kunkel is the downtown business development manager for the city of Durango.