If you love winter, you must be having the time of your life. If, on the other hand, you dislike winter, you may have
conceded that you'll just have to put up with it until it's over.
Come on it's winter in Colorado. It snows here, it piles up, and things get messy. Have you ever heard the saying,If you can't get out of it, then get into it?"
For the winter grumblers out there, I do understand the cause of your malcontent. After all, I grew up in the gloomy
Midwest. I'm sure the low temperatures in December, the amount of snow received so far in January, the huge snowbanks
and the wet clothing are just a few of the things making you cranky.
This last month, I've overheard some award-winning grumbling. So, wanting to help, I asked Doctor Downtown what he
recommends: Getting out and enjoying time with friends is the best way to beat winter doldrums."
So off I went like a reporter on assignment to find out where the locals were hanging out.
First off, I've noticed all our public facilities are seeing brisk traffic. The Durango Community Recreation Center is
full of people of all ages having a splashing and sweating good time.
The Durango Arts Center has been hosting a series of new art shows, and the Discovery Kids programs are buzzing.
The Durango Public Library is a very popular destination for all ages and is offering many special wintertime programs.
Also hosting many happy participants are the special-interest classes at our two colleges, the cross country trails at
Hillcrest Golf Club, and the ice rink at Chapman arena. I even heard giggles coming off the Chapman ski hill.
I've attended many organizing meetings lately and listened to event planners enthusiastically planning details for this
summer's many events. From biking to barbecues, Harleys to homegrown and festivals to farmers, the enthusiasm is
contagious. With its Life Is A Beach" theme, this week's Snowdown is sure to be a hoot of a good time
I see downtown restaurants busy during the lunch hour, and the chatter is nonstop. The after-work happy-hour
professionals in downtown are never to be denied a good time. The evening dining crowd is brisk, and table
conversations are lively. There are a lot of restaurant specials to take advantage of or just redeem those gift cards
OK, I'll curb my enthusiasm.
Sure, there are plenty of things to get you down, starting with the evening news and ending with the winter blues. But
cheer up, Bunky - you can't do a darn thing about most of them. So, pop a cork, chill out and get out into the winter
sunshine for a full dose of vitamin D That's D" for Downtown.
Bob Kunkel is special events and business coordinator for Durango's Central Business District.