You can't just get your fill in one night," said Sandy Greenhut, organizer of Fall for the Arts, a Summit County-wide celebration of music, visual arts, theater, history, dance and more taking place Sept. 7-9.
Now in its second year, Fall for the Arts offers a full slate of cultural activities coordinated to have as little schedule overlap as possible.
Recent additions include a 1:30 p.m. talk on signature quilts by Judy Keim on Friday, Sept. 7 in Breckenridge, which now kicks off the entire celebration. Three Rivers Piano Club will present a 4 p.m. Saturday recital at the Dillon Community Church and the Keystone Gallery will offer a painting workshop running 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. At the Mountain Top Children's Museum in Breck, kids can take part in a free frame craft activity with paid admission on Saturday, Sept. 8.
Festivalgoers can find a schedule of events in the Summit Daily on Sept. 7-9 or visit www.artsforthesummit.org for a preview. Choices run the gamut from classical to popular music, book and history talks, theater workshops and productions, art openings and classes, free museum visits and tours to kids' activities. Events take place in Dillon, Silverthorne, Frisco, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin.
At Warren Station in Keystone, student musicians from Scale the Summit music camp will perform "Pirates of the Caribbean" with Summit Community Orchestra members as part of a collaborative 7 p.m. show on Friday, Sept. 7. They are joined by COmotion Dancers and the Summit Choral Society, with the latter performing Broadway selections and a medley from "Chicken Little."
The Summit Historical Society's $20 historical boat tour on Dillon Reservoir, scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, is not yet sold out, so act soon if you want to go on that one. Call the Dillon Marina to sign up: (970) 468-5100.
"When creative activity is happening in an area it creates a surprising ripple effect of benefits for the entire community hosting the arts events," said Mari Geasair, new director of development for the Lake Dillon Theatre Company, which will host a free panel discussion on the process of creating live professional theater by designers, directors and actors at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 in honor of Fall for the Arts. The theater's new production, "Marry Me A Little," will run that weekend too.
"The arts can bring greater economic vitality into an area and help members of the community to interact with each other about ideas and experiences in fresh ways, encouraging vibrancy and energy throughout the community," Geasair said.
As for Greenhut, this year you can find her with her feet planted firmly on the ground (as opposed to cycling) at the fence by the Moose Jaw on Saturday, Sept. 8, where she will help guide volunteers in rendering Candice VanRunkle's mural, "The River of Life," in paint. Supplies are provided and the project is through the Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee, which Greenhut chairs.
"Fall for the Arts is showcasing ... everything that Summit County has to offer," Greenhut said. "That's why people should stay over."
Lodging and dining specials sweeten the deal. Call Sandy at (970) 468-7557 for details.