Gypsum Special Projects Coordinator Marie Sanders didn't need last week's spring weather to turn her vision toward summer.
She's already firming up plans for Gypsum's summer months.
There's a new adventure race that's likely to stick around in years to come and another series of music and movies is planned in addition to the free movie nights at Lundgren Theater on Fridays.
Then of course there's the Gypsum Daze Festival July 20-21, with unofficial celebrations beginning July 13. Last year was the town's 100th anniversary and the celebration set the bar high.
"And the bar just keeps getting higher," Sanders said.
The People's Friday will kick off the summer events on June 8 at Lundgren Theater. Every Friday from then through July 6 will feature live music followed by a movie. Most nights the action starts at 7 p.m., except on June 29, when the Porchlight Players Children's Theater gives a performance at 6:30 p.m.
The schedule is:
• June 8- Instant Cash followed by "Ink Heart"
• June 15 - Already Gone followed by "Flight of the Navigator"
• June 22 - Folk musician Jayme Stone followed by "Judy Moody and the Not So Bummer Summer"
• June 29 - America the Beautiful Celebration; Children's Theater at 6:30 p.m. followed by bluegrass musician Kort McCumber at 7:30 p.m. and the movie "Captain America" at 9 p.m.
• July 6 - Motown music from the Denver band Soul School followed by "Back to the Future"
Children's activities and crafts are available at every Friday night event. Manto's Pizza will be serving pizza and Italian eats from the Fox Den Cafe, and Impact Ministries will offer cotton candy and popcorn for a nominal fee.
New this year will be free music and movies on Saturday nights at the Gypsum Creek Golf Course June 16, July 7, and Aug. 4 and Aug. 18.
For those who like to race dirty, the Dirty Dozen Competition will be a prime opportunity.
On July 14, the first Dirty Dozen will include "mud, music and mayhem," with country musician Colin Raye wrapping up the all-day entertainment.
The Dirty Dozen competition is a 5K race for all ages and features 12 muddy, military-style obstacles, similar to those in Beaver Creek's Tough Mudder race.
"For this race, you can be a very athletic person or just a fun person," Sanders said. "There will also be mud wrestling and kid's activities."
The Dirty Dozen "mud endurance games" will be from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Entry for ages 13 and older costs $65 per person and children under 12 are $25.
Tickets for admission to the all-day entertainment cost $15 for people 13 and older. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.
As the race runs its course, music gets started and food and craft vendors will be on site. A beer garden is planned from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and "family mud games" will entertain everyone from 2:30 to 3 p.m. at the Lundgren Theater Park.
Music-wise, the local band Already Gone plays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Another local band, Derringer, plays from noon to 2:30 p.m. White Water Ramble, a Denver band, plays from 3 to 5 p.m. A "Gypsum's Got More" talent show is from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and then Collin Raye takes the stage.
To get more information abound vendors and sponsorships, contact Sanders at (970) 524-1740.
To register as a racer or learn more about the event, contact the Gypsum Recreation Center at (970) 777-8888 or visit the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District's website at www.wecmrd.org.
"We're anticipating between 1,500 and 2,700 people will attend throughout the day," Sanders said.
Headlining the grand finale country music concert this year on Saturday, July 21, is Thompson Square and special guest Gloriana. Tickets go on sale April 2 on the town's website, www.townofgypsum.com.
The celebration begins a week before, however:
• Friday, July 13 - a community barbecue potluck starts at 6 p.m. followed by a concert featuring the Musketeer Gripweed and the Congress band.
• Wednesday, July 18, 7 p.m. - BRAVO! Easy Breezy Concert at Town Hall
• Thursday, July 19, 6 p.m. - Praise in the Park followed by the movie "Courageous" at 8 p.m.
• Friday, July 20, 6 p.m. - Gypsum's Got Talent youth talent show; 8 p.m. County Music Legends and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
• Saturday, July 21 - events begin at 8 a.m. and conclude with the Thompson Square concert at 8 p.m.