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Happy Snowdown, Durango!

In this photo from The Durango Herald archives: ‘Lips Jagger,’ better known as Durango’s illustrious city planner, Greg Hoch, slides across the stage during Tuesday, Jan. 29, 1985’s dress rehearsal for the Snowdown Follies.“ (Ann Toda/Now!/Durango Herald file)
We take a look back ahead of Follies past

How has it been a year already?

Snowdown is back for its 45th takeover of Durango with nonstop fun – and with the theme, “Peace, Love & Snowdown,” we expect all of you to turn out in your best hippie garb (which, if we’re honest, isn’t a super-heavy lift for a lot of us ...). This year’s schedule is no joke, either: Featuring 200 events from today to Feb. 4, there are family friendly events and not-so-family-friendly ones.

If you go

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit snowdown.org.

An iconic event during Snowdown is the Follies, which kicks off its 40th year tonight with two shows at Durango Arts Center. For the uninitiated, the Follies is a sort of community talent show that revels in its satirical nature – not much is safe from the acts’ roasts ...

In this photo taken by Deborah Jackson that ran in the Jan. 27, 1984, edition of The Durango Herald: “Mae West, alias Lynette Hart, teases Rick Armstrong during dress rehearsal for ‘That’s Snowbiz’ Follies scheduled for Saturday at the Abbey Square Theater. Due to popular demand, the cast will perform two shows, one at 8 p.m. and the other at 10 p.m. Armstrong and Hart will be masters of ceremonies. Tickets are $3 each.” (Durango Herald file)

One of the best parts of working at a community newspaper is the fact that our archives run fairly deep, and a quick trip to our basement yielded a bumper crop of photos from Snowdown Follies past, including a rehearsal shot from 1984 (the first show) and one from 1985 featuring former City Planning Director Greg Hoch doing his best Mick Jagger impersonation.

In this Feb. 3, 1985, photo by Ann Toda, Susan Evans sings her part as the “crazy lady” in the Snowdown Follies. (Durango Herald file)

And while we were digging around in the archives, we found the winning recipe of 1985’s Bartender Contest, a cocktail created by Chris Cushing from Purgy’s Pub. The “Last Tango in Durango” (not be confused with our more modern – and less fun – Durango tango, where instead of a tasty adult beverage, residents work more than one job to get to live here) is a rum punch featuring Meyer’s Rum.

The recipe: Last Tango in Durango

Put in tall glass with ice:

¾ oz. Tia Maria

¾ oz. Meyer’s Rum Creme

½ oz. Meyer’s Dark Rum

1 oz. half and half cream

Fill glass with soda, garnish with whipped cream and nutmeg. The drink can also be made hot, replacing soda with hot water.

So let’s raise one for Snowdown, and we’ll see you at the Follies.


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