Mark your calendars for the weekend of September 7-9, when arts groups throughout the county come together for an extensive three-day lineup of music, visual art, history, dance, theater and kids' activities in six Summit County towns and resorts. Already the schedule features activities in Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Silverthorne, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, many of which are free.Now in its second year, Fall for the Arts represents a feat of collaboration in which more than 20 different arts organizations coordinate their schedules with one another and the autumn leaves to provide a cultural celebration that spans the county. In Breckenridge, museums will be open and offering tours free of charge thanks to the town and the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance. Art enthusiasts can tour 10 galleries as a part of the 2nd Saturday gallery art walk. The National Repertory Orchestra is gearing up for a wine and cheese concert at a private home, and the Backstage Theatre will bring books to life in a new program for kids ages 5-12. Keystone presents a night of visual arts, music and dance on Sept. 7 featuring Summit School of Dance, Summit Community Orchestra, Summit Choral Society and Chas Wetherbee of the Dercum Center. The Art Gallery at Keystone Lake, a collaborative of local artists, will be open that weekend and hosting an art show to coincide with the concert. In Silverthorne, renowned author Mary Ellen Gilliland will give away copies of her latest local history, "Breckenridge," at a presentation about "the fun and folksy history of ranching" along the Lower Blue. Friends of the Summit County Libraries present Hare-Raising Tails, a puppet show for families, and Women of Watercolor will display their original watercolors at the Silverthorne outlets, where the Summit Concert Band will also play. In Dillon, the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival offers two public concerts on Sept. 11 and 14 in addition to two private soirees. Summit Public Radio & TV presents a classical concert featuring all-local talent on Sept. 9, and the Town of Dillon brings the John Truscelli Band Friday night and Something Energetic Saturday night to play the Dillon Amphitheatre. Also, don't miss "Marry Me a Little," a musical comedy presented by the Lake Dillon Theatre Company, opening on Aug. 31. The Summit Historical Society invites guests to experience history at the Dillon Schoolhouse Museum or sign up for a historic boat tour on Dillon Reservoir Sept. 8.Frisco's Autumn Spectacular celebration launches with FallFest on Sept. 8, a Main Street festival replete with a farmers market, vendors, games and entertainment. Elmer Koneman will give a visual projection tour of 24 opera houses around the world at Blue Spruce Inn, and the Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee will paint a mural on the fence next to the Moose Jaw. Mountain Majesty Chorus, a women's a capella group, will sing along Main Street on Saturday. New this year, Arapahoe Basin will host a celebration featuring a clambake, lobster boil and music during Fall for the Arts weekend. The festivities are spearheaded by Sandy Greenhut, chair of the Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee. Fall for the Arts went off "without a hitch" last year, Greenhut said, and "surprised everybody how well all the towns and organizations worked together." This year, the hope is that people will come from out of town to spend the weekend enjoying the arts while taking advantage of lodging deals and 2-for-1 specials at participating restaurants. Stay tuned for the final schedule of events, to be published Sept. 7 in the Summit Daily and online at www.fallforthearts.org.
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