A&E briefs: Dillon Farmers Market kicks off Friday, June 6
Ryan Summerlin May 30, 2014
The Dillon Farmers Market will begin Friday, June 6, for the 2014 summer event season. Running from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday, rain or shine, with the exception of Aug. 8, the market will continue until Sept. 19.
The market has continued to grow both in size and popularity. Boasting more than 100 full-time vendors and a drop-in program consisting of 20-plus vendors, the Dillon Farmers Market is one of the largest in the High Country and offers everything from fresh produce to bison meat to artwork and jewelry. And if you are solely looking to grab a quick bite on a beautiful Friday afternoon, there are more than 10 food vendors ready to sate you.
Live entertainment takes place every market from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a complete entertainment schedule, as well as a list of all vendors, can be found at www.townofdillon.com. For more information on the Dillon Farmers Market and other town events, call the event hotline at (970) 262-3400 or, for specific questions, Dillon Town Hall at (970) 468-2403.
Help restore trails on Frisco Peninsula with FDRD
The volunteer project season for the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District takes off next week, now that trails are less soggy and vulnerable to trail damage.
On Tuesday, June 3, FDRD will host its first Tuesday Twilight project at the Pine Cove Day Use Area at the Frisco Peninsula from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The Frisco Peninsula is a “go to” spot for many Summit County residents and visitors who love to recreate around the Dillon Reservoir, and the town of Frisco needs your help in bringing it up to speed.
Tuesday Twilight projects give busy professionals and other volunteers who have weekend commitments the chance to spend their evening “happy hour” outside with the FDRD on the trails.
Trails crews say this the best happy hour because it’s free and is a great way to squeeze in an evening workout, and FDRD hosts these projects throughout the summer in Frisco and Breckenridge.
Volunteers can sign up for projects on the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District website at www.fdrd.org by clicking on the “Volunteer” link at the top of the page.
Gold medalists headline summer camp at Woodward Copper
Woodward will welcome the first-ever Olympic gold medalists in men’s slopestyle to camp this summer, as Sage Kotsenburg and Joss Christensen hit Woodward Copper on Monday, July 14, and Tuesday, July 15. Campers will get the opportunity to hang out, train and grab photo ops with the Olympians.
The two Park City locals and members of the “I Ride Park City” All Stars team both made history in the debut of slopestyle this year at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Kotsenburg won men’s snowboard slopestyle and Christensen took men’s slopestyle skiing. They’ve been on cereal boxes, early-morning talk shows and late-night television, landed in the pages of Rolling Stone and their next stop is camp at Woodward Copper.
Along with lots of snow, campers will get to take advantage of faster and easier laps during on-snow terrain park sessions thanks to the installation of a new surface lift in Central Park. Additionally, campers will be greeted with a new BagJump Freestyle Airbag, which will make aerials possible for campers of all ages and skill levels.
To register or find more information, visit www.woodwardatcopper.com.
Maroon Bells 50th event to give away first 50 tickets
Tickets go on sale Monday, June 2, for the Maroon Bells Birthday Bash at Aspen Highlands, and organizers are kicking things off in suitably commemorative style. In a nod to the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, they’re giving away the first 50 tickets on www.maroonbells50.org, starting at 9 a.m. Monday.
Even if you don’t manage to snag one of the free 50, the damage will be pretty slight. Organizers say they’ve been able to drop the adult advance-purchase price to $10 — down from the original announced price of $15 — thanks to funding from local governments. Children 12 and younger are free.
The outdoor festival will run from 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, and will feature live music, an address by author and activist Rick Bass, a Ute Nation ceremony, kids’ activities and wilderness displays. The music lineup will include the Shook Twins, Paper Bird, Halden Wofford & the Hi-Beams and Let Them Roar. Admission includes free birthday cake, and the Highlands Alehouse will offer special food and drink deals.
The Wilderness Workshop, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and the U.S. Forest Service are partnering on the Birthday Bash. They’re also working with a half-dozen other organizations to offer a range of free wilderness hikes, projects and educational programs earlier in the day. The full schedule is at www.maroonbells50.org.
Interactive installation at Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum (DAM) has commissioned WORKSHOP8 and Blue Spruce Design & Construction to transform its outdoor plaza with a participatory and site-specific installation that will activate the museum’s entrance from Saturday, May 31, through mid-September. Bringing visitors together for a shared experience, the design teams will create a series of urban campfires on Martin Plaza, which encourage guests to pull up a tree stump, relax on the plaza and exchange stories of summer with friends and family.
The museum selected the proposal by Boulder-based WORKSHOP8 and Blue Spruce because of its unique approach towards visitor engagement, plaza activation and utilization of reclaimed and recycled goods.
The design team will create four campfire platforms with eight seats, each crafted from reclaimed beetle-kill pine donated by Wood Source in Thornton. Each campfire platform will have rays made out of recycled climbing rope that extend beyond the wood and connect to light poles on the plaza. Throughout the summer, participants can write or draw what summer means to them on colorful tags and attach them to the rope rays. The installation will blossom throughout the summer as more people participate, adding their favorite representation of the season.
The public is invited to meet the designers and create their own summer stories tag on Saturday, May 31, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum will also host a bronze pour on the plaza from noon to 3 p.m. that day. No reservations are necessary. For more information, visit www.denverartmuseum.org.
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