LOCAL FIRST'S ROCK'N DATE AUCTION
Q: DO WE HAVE TO GET MARRIED? A: YOU DON'T EVEN NEED TO HUG

LOCAL FIRST'S ROCK'N DATE AUCTION

? Do I have to be single to participate?

Nope! We are hoping to encourage everyone to “get to know your local” as a friend, couple, romantically, in a group activity, whatever floats your boat! Local First is hosting this event to get folks out on the town at local, independent businesses and provide a unique opportunity for awesome locals to meet each other. Whether you want a hot date or a “friend date”, you’re bound to have a memorable experience.

? What happens if I don’t get bid on?

All participants are guaranteed to get bid on. The Localista girls are prepared to get the bids rolling and take you on a date if no one swoops you up!

? What will the date be and when do we have to go?

The person who is being bid on is in charge of the date. The only rule is, you have to go on your date within 2 weeks from the auction (contact information will be shared after the event).

? Auctioneers and auctionees also have a chance to win prizes and gift certificates that could influence their date spots and bring them to local, independent businesses!

? Do I have to marry the person who wins me in the bid?

No. You don’t even need to hug them. It’s just one date and there are no expectations, guarantees, or promises besides attendance.

? Where is the money going to?

Proceeds from the auction will go to benefit Local First and programming to support local and independent businesses in La Plata County.

? I’m nervous, what can I do to get the guts to get up on stage?

Grab a drink (or three), put on your Rock & Roll costume that makes you feel confident, and invite your friends to come hang with you throughout the night! The nerves will only last a moment, but the memory of the night will last forever. We will have props on stage so you aren’t just standing there awkwardly and our emcees are there to keep the energy up, the vibes positive and will surely make you laugh!

? Is this better than online dating?

Absolutely -- making genuine connections with people, whether as friends or romantically is dif cult to do. At the very least you’ll have the experience to laugh at and bond over! You’ll get to know people amidst the fun vibe of Snowdown and help benefit a local non-profit! Bring your little black book to jot down some numbers.

? SIGN UP, SIGN YOUR FRIENDS UP, WE DARE YOU. WWW.LOCAL-FIRST.ORG/EVENTS/SNOWDOWN/

Top Shelf

Gettin' Diffy with it, live Kings and SoCal surf punks
Gettin' Diffy with it, live Kings and SoCal surf punks
By Chris Aaland
02/27/2020

The 15th annual Durango Independent Film Festival starts Wednesday and runs through March 8. This year, Durango Film features more than 115 films, plus panels, workshops, special guests, parties and more. 

The Hammer of Gods, Latin grass and $13 Buds
The Hammer of Gods, Latin grass and $13 Buds
By Chris Aaland
02/20/2020

We came. We saw. But the event kicked our ass. On Saturday, Uncle Steve and I took young Otto to his first-ever NHL game, nearly 40 years after I saw my first NHL game when the L.A. Kings skated against the Colorado Rockies at McNichols Arena in Denver

Sticks N' Thorns, Tiny Universes and big teen-agers
Sticks N' Thorns, Tiny Universes and big teen-agers
By Chris Aaland
02/13/2020

The Broke Mountain Bluegrass Band was a cultural explosion that took the San Juan Mountains by storm in the mid-2000s and forever changed the landscape and history of newgrass music in our state.

Montana bluegrass, Kansas City blues and sexual repression
Montana bluegrass, Kansas City blues and sexual repression
By Chris Aaland
02/06/2020

My, what a repressive time we live in. The uproar over the outfits that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira wore during the Super Bowl halftime show, not to mention their provocative dancing – with poles, no less! – should be viewed as comical, if it weren’t so sad.

Read All in Top Shelf

Day in the Life

Salty dogs
The river wild
By Stephen Eginoire
02/27/2020

Jonesing for a river fix? Come along for the ride on  this desert classic

Gone but not forgotten
Gone but not forgotten
02/20/2020

Strolling the sidewalks of downtown Main Avenue, longtime locals can’t help but reminisce about a few businesses that have etched their names in Durango’s storefront history. 

Scratching the surface
Scratching the surface
By Stephen Eginoire
02/13/2020

Hidden below southeastern New Mexico's Chihuahuan Desert is one of the world's most extensive subterranean landscapes, Lechuguilla Cave.

Chasing waterfalls
Chasing waterfalls
By Stephen Eginoire
02/06/2020
Read All in Day on the Life