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Organizations unite for art fest in Summit Co.

Erica Marciniec
Special to the Daily
Vail, CO Colorado
Bob Winsett | Special to the Daily
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SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado – There’s no time like fall to celebrate beauty – whether inspiration takes the form of natural light filtering through the multicolored landscape of an aspen grove or an artistic representation thereof – which is why September is perfect timing for the inaugural Fall for the Arts, a three-day celebration featuring an extensive line-up of music, visual art, history, film, radio, dance, theater and kids-oriented activities spanning five Summit County towns. It is not just a celebration of fall, however, as organizers also hope the experience will help participants “fall for the arts” – if they haven’t already.

On Friday, the Summit Fire Authority and High Country Training Center in Frisco will unveil a piece of metal salvaged from the World Trade Center as a sculpture to commemorate fallen 9/11 compatriots in a new public park. Friday workshops at the Fuqua Livery also help to kick off the events, with workshops, open studios and other Breckenridge Arts District activities scheduled to run throughout the weekend.

“Restaurants will be offering $9.11 specials, and there will be $99.11 lodging specials, as well,” said Sandy Greenhut, the event’s organizer and chair, who founded Arts for the Summit in 2004 as a way to make sure Summit County arts organizations communicate, collaborate and coordinate events in an informative format for patrons, to paraphrase the mission statement. There are 24 organizations in the collective, including Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Backstage Theatre, Friends of the Library, Keystone Neighbourhood Company, Summit County Arts Council, Summit Choral Society, Summit School of Dance, Summit Community Orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra, to name a few.



“The goal was to have all the cultural nonprofits work together and eliminate duplications,” such as holding all arts-related events at the same time one weekend and then nothing on the subsequent three, Greenhut said. Fall for the Arts is presented in a similar spirit, and the list of activities seems to grow daily, with more than 20 organizations (many of whom are also Arts for the Summit members) scheduled to participate to date, all of whom “are doing something special,” Greenhut said.

On Saturday, children ages 7 to 14 can take part in “Stage Combat for Youth” workshops featuring a stunt person at the Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge. There will be an interpretive history boat tour on Lake Dillon through the Summit Historical Society and an evening Dillon Amphitheatre concert, featuring Chandler Copps and The Eyes Wide Open Band; a two-hour public art bike tour starting at the library in Frisco and live music at the Frisco Historic Park as a part of the town’s Beetlefest celebration; a painting workshop at the Art Gallery at Keystone Lake, as well as a National Repertory Orchestra performance at Keystone Lodge; and a Women of Watercolor show at the Silverthorne Recreation Center and a puppet show at the North Branch Library. The Summit Choral Society is slated to perform twice on Saturday – once in Breckenridge and once in Frisco. On Saturday afternoon, there also will be a showing of “The Kennedy Detail,” previously featured at the Breckenridge Film Festival, in the Colorado Mountain College auditorium.

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Lake Dillon Theatre Company presents three showings of “Shout” over the course of the festival, and most museums will have open hours, free of charge, including four Breckenridge Heritage Alliance museums.

A sampling of activities for Sunday include an open studio at the Tin Shop with Nina Bagley, square dancing with the Timberline Toppers at Dillon Amphitheatre and a guided walking tour of Bill’s Ranch in Frisco. The Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival will host a soiree (reservations required), featuring five renowned musicians, Sunday evening, and Summit Public Radio is sponsoring a classical cello concert at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon.

“We used to have Ski the Summit, an organization that included all ski areas, and I wanted to do that for the arts – to showcase every town and every organization,” Greenhut said. “It’s been very successful. The groups work together, talk together and feed off each other. All the organizations have contributed so much; it’s just been amazing how they’ve come together.”


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