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Race to read in Snowmass

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ASPEN – This weekend, Snowmass goes to the dogs at the first ever IDITAREAD benefit dog sled race, which will take place on the Snowmass cross country trails and collect books for regional school classrooms and hospitals. Event organizer Lise Sansom, who has raised sled dogs herself for over 20 years and works in the library at Aspen Country Day School, got the idea from a library catalog and thought it was a fitting way to return a piece of Aspen’s past to the region. In the 1960s dog sled races were held regularly in Aspen and today descendants of Stuart Mace’s famous Toklat sled dogs still run sled rides in Snowmass Village at Krablooniks. Although dogs are not normally allowed on the cross country trails, Sansom says they won’t leave any imprint behind and racers are coming from all over the state and Wyoming to participate. Many children who are part of the sponsoring organization, Colorado Mountain Mushers, also will be racing. The weekend-long tournament will run Saturday and Sunday mornings from around 8 a.m. until noon and include three- and four-dog sled races as well as a ski-joring competition, where dogs pull their musher on skis.”It’s a really fun experience for the whole family,” says Sansom. “I encourage people to introduce themselves to the mushers and offer to help out. It’s a wonderful chance to come see something that Aspen had a history in and donate to a good cause as well. This also is one of the fastest growing winter sports, especially the ski-joring.”Mushers pay a flat $20 entry fee plus a donated book for each team racing. Spectators can watch for free, but they are asked to donate a new or gently-used book to the event. Samson hopes to fill an entire sled with books. Asked if there is a serious need for books in the valley, Sansom notes that while the local libraries regularly receive book donations, regional hospitals and classrooms do not. “There are so many new families in the valley and there are new classrooms created to accommodate them, but the budget is so low now that there isn’t much left over for books. Anything is a help to the teachers,” says Sansom.Parking is available in the Rodeo lot across from the Snowmass Golf Course, and concessions will be sold at the new clubhouse. Sansom stresses the importance for the safety of all animals that spectators leave their own pets at home.For more information, call 1-800-SNOWMASS or go to http://www.snowmassvillage.com. Leftover’s Drew Emmitt Band hits the road Leftover Salmon 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 DC, St. Louis, Portland, Seattle, Milwaukee, Madison, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Burlington VT. “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 this comprehensive workshop on Shakespeare in performance at the Breckenridge Theatre Jan. 15 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.Vail, Colorado


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