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The Best Place in Boulder to Spend an Inexpensive Afternoon: The Pearl Street Mall
Pearl Street Mall: A Busker's Delight
Recently, I had to travel to Boulder, CO on business and had several hours to kill right in the downtown area. So, recalling that there was a lot of action on the Pearl Street Mall, I headed on over.
Compared to Denver's 16th Street Mall, the Pearl Street Mall has fewer pianos and cows, but literally oodles of buskers!
On this day, the assortment of entertainers was quite engaging: magicians, musicians of unusual instruments, an artist and, best to my thinking, a contortionist.
Behind all of this in close distance are the highly unusual appearing Flatiron rock formations.
A map exists at the end of this article to assist those unfamiliar with the environs.
Magicians, Artists and Musicians
I visited on an incredibly hot this day--the first of an unbelievable four days of record-breaking heat in the Denver Metro Area.
As with Denver's 16th Street Mall, there are many magicians and musicians. There was an artist, NOT a cartooning artist, but a serious one. He kept himself shaded and was painting a side-street scene.
One of the brighter musicians played drums on any pot or pan available, as well as five-pound buckets. Kudos for originality.
In my opinion, the most interesting busker was the contortionist. Such people are double-jointed in nearly all of their joints and thus can squeeze into the tiniest of containers.
I have never seen a working contortionist in a downtown mall, so this was a treat!
He was affable and jovial to the audience and said, "Now folks, I didn't go to college. I'm not a lawyer or a doctor. So I put myself in this box every day."
"Stay in school, kids. So you don't have to get in a box or go to a box every day."
Parents with children in the audience were very pleased at this encouragement to stay in school to avoid an unwanted career. Truthfully, however, I think he enjoyed the attention his unusual ability permitted him to get a crowd excited.
A Female Contortionist
An Inexpensive Day on the Mall Concludes
The Pearl Street Mall in Boulder is quite the place to be for some inexpensive entertainment. I bought a lemonade to cool off, strolled about and laid down some bucks for my favorite acts. Thus concludes another frugal, but entertaining day full of surprises and western charm.
Don't forget to also check out Denver's 16th Street Mall while you are in the area!