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Celebrate the season at Wintersköl in Snowmass on Jan. 16

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SNOWMASS – Snowmass and Aspen are gearing up for the 54th annual Wintersköl, a wild “skol” or “toast” to winter celebration on Sunday, Jan. 16. The four-day event features on-mountain activities, a parade, a canine fashion show, a world fair, fireworks and more. On Thursdat, Snowmass winds up the festivities with a full day of SwissBob races, a free concert and family fun.Snowmass pays tribute to Wintersköl’s unique flair with SwissBob races in Downhill, Giant Slalom and Bobcross competitions. The sport of SwissBob, which involves schussing down a slope on a highly maneuverable 12-inch by 12-inch sled with handles, has recently begun to attain cult status in the winter sports world, organizers said.”This is the second year we’ve had SwissBob races at Snowmass,” said Snowmass event organizer Josh Behrman. “People come in costumes and get really festive and crazy about it.”Last year’s race lured over 40 participants, and local John Hembel, who holds the North American record as the fastest speed skier, swept past the competition with his speed and style.Behrman said that SwissBobbing is extremely easy to pick up and advises people to pre-register for the races by calling (970) 925-1663 or by visiting Christy Sports on the Snowmass Village Mall. Cash prizes of $100 (first place), $50 (second place), and $25 (third place) will be given out for each race along with Leedom helmets at the afternoon SwissBob Awards Ceremony at the Ticket Pavilion. A winner-takes-all prize of $100 will be awarded for best costume as well. The entry fee is $20 for racers who need a sled or $10 for those with their own. This year the event has been moved from Assay Hill to Fanny Hill, so that spectators will be able to line the course to cheer on the races. Afterwards, the action moves to the mall, where kids will be entertained by Jamin’ Jim the Juggler and Timothy the Stiltwalker. Newcomers Home takes to the stage in the afternoon to rock the Snowmass Village Mall in a free concert. For information, call 1-800-SNOWMASS or visit http://www.snowmassvillage.com.Cerulean City to play Keystone MondayKEYSTONE – Cerulean City will perform live at The Goat Tavern in Keystone Monday. This show is part of the band’s Colorado portion of their winter tourCerulean City is an improvisational jazz/groove trio from Ithaca, N.Y., and consists of Christian Smith on guitar, Lars Burggren on drums, and Kevin O’Brien on bass. Visit the band’s official Web site for more information at http://www.ceruleancity.com.Leftover’s Drew Emmitt Band hits the road Leftover Salmon (LOS) founder, co-lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Drew Emmitt will lead his own Drew Emmitt Band on the “Freedom Ride Tour” this fall. Dates are being confirmed now by booking agency Skyline Music. The schedule will include the Strictly Bluegrass Festival on Oct. 2 in San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate Park, and includes stops in Chicago, Cleveland, New York City, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Portland, Seattle, Milwaukee, Madison, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Burlington. V.T. “The Freedom Ride Tour” begins Sept. 29 and runs through early December. Compass Records will be supporting the Freedom Ride Tour with publicity as they continue to work Drew’s new album “Freedom Ride” “My commitment to LOS prevented me from really supporting this CD when is came out,” Emmitt said. “So I’m now excited to go out and play these songs.” “The Freedom Ride” recording included guests John Cowan and Sam Bush, both of the late band Newgrass Revival, plus Vassar Clements, Stuart Duncan, Peter Rowan, Randy Scruggs, and members of the John Cowan Band. For more information, go to http://www.drewemmitt.com. Shakespeare workshop held in BreckBRECKENRIDGE – Master your “Shakes-fear” with a comprehensive workshop on Shakespeare in performance at the Breckenridge Theatre Saturday from 12:30-5 p.m. Using a variety of script samples from Shakespeare’s plays, this workshop explores how the matter and rhythm of the text gives clues to playing a scene. Through a hands-on approach, workshop participants will discover that Shakespeare (himself an actor) provides “the player” with direction for character choices, blocking and more using language, word order and meter. Call 970-453-0199 to enroll.Henry Parsons Project announces final showKEYSTONE – The Henry Parsons Project (HPP), formed in 2002, will be performing its last show at the Goat in Keystone, as the band plans to close down shop this month. HPP, the Widespread Panic cover band, agreed to supply the “rabid and deprived” Spreadheads with Panic tunes when the Southern rock band took their “hiatus” over 2004. Since Widespread will return in spring, HPP will be performing final performances Friday at its favorite Summit County venue, the Goat, and Jan. 28 at the Gothic Theater as a benefit for the Michael Houser music fund. Following Firday’s show, PolyToxic – another musical side project comprised of members from HPP – will perform. Breck theatre presents ‘The Supporting Cast’ BRECKENRIDGE – The Backstage Theatre presents the second show of its 31st season: “The Supporting Cast,” a comedy with fangs by George Furth. How would you feel if someone wrote a book about you – warts and all? OK, now multiply that by four. Ellen has written a tell-all book about her friends, and the time has come for them to read it before it is published. Comic sparks fly as the four friends discover just how much of their private lives has been exposed in Ellen’s book. “The Supporting Cast” is directed by Melissa Amato (“Me and Jezebel,” “Turn of the Screw”) and features Matt Devine (“Earth and Sky”), Jacquelyn Lies (“Metamorphoses”), Gail Westwood (“Murder at Café Noir”), Jennifer Ruff (“Red Herring”) and Denise Townsend (“Alabama Rain”). The play is Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Breckenridge Theatre, 121 South Ridge Street, through Jan. 22. For reservations, call 970-453-0199 or visit http://www.backstagetheatre.org. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children under 12. Vail, Colorado

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