The Mountain Top Children’s Museum will host its third Jazz Night Fundraising Event, where musician Dave Pietro will dazzle all with his amazing gift at The MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge on Saturday, Aug. 16, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Dave Pietro has been on the New York music scene since 1987. His talents as a gifted saxophonist, composer and educator have made him an in-demand musician who has performed at jazz clubs, jazz festivals, schools and concert halls in more than 30 countries. He has toured and/or recorded with the bands of Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson and many more. He has also performed with many more musicians such as Paul Anka, Blood Sweat and Tears, Ray Charles and Harry Connick Jr. Pietro has released six CDs and received recognition including top 10 jazz CD in 2001 and has been awarded grants to further his expertise in the jazz industry. Pietro is guaranteed to get you into the beat with the stories he tells through his music.
Tickets to the fundraiser are $20 and can be purchased at any museum location or by reservation by calling (970) 453-7878. Funds raised will help improve exhibits and programming at the Mountain Top Children’s Museum. Kid’s Night Out is available at the Mountain Top Children’s Museum from 7 to 10 p.m. for $15 per child and $5 for each additional sibling. Drop your kids off for dinner and fun at the museum.
For more information, visit www.mtntopmuseum.org.
Live trivia at Dillon Dam Brewery
The Dillon Dam Brewery will host live trivia on Wednesday, Aug. 20, with Steven A. The competition starts at 9 p.m., with fun Dam prizes, no cover and $5 drinks from sponsor Crown Royal. For information, visit www.dambrewery.com.
Tours and more with Summit Historical Society
The Dillon Schoolhouse Museum, located at 403 LaBonte St. in Dillon, is open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through Labor Day weekend. The well-equipped 1883 schoolhouse was moved up from the old town of Dillon when the dam was built in 1961. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Special tours can be arranged by calling (970) 468-2207.
Explore Lake Dillon boat tours, with a Summit Historical Society guide telling interesting stories about the reservoir and its history, run every Tuesday and Thursday through Thursday, Aug. 28 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Reservations are required, and the tour costs $25 per adult (ages 13 and older) and $15 per child; children younger than 7 are not permitted. Call the Dillon Marina for reservations at (970) 468-5100.
For more information on the Summit Historical Society, its properties and upcoming events and tours, visit www.summithistorical.org.
Gilpin County Fair coming to Black Hawk this weekend
The Gilpin County Fair is a small-town fair in a mountain setting with big-time events. The 2014 fair, to be held Saturday, Aug. 16, and Sunday, Aug. 17, at 230 Norton Drive in Black Hawk, will boast a full Mardi Gras Rodeo on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m., with a free hotdog and s’more bonfire at 6 p.m.
All the locals will be out on Sunday to enjoy the Gymkhana (horse speed events) and the High Country Auxiliary pancake breakfast. Other exciting opportunities for the kids include carnival games, free rides, petting zoo, pony rides, slacklines, mutton bustin’ and face painting. Adults should check out the stage with ongoing acts, food row, the beer tent, merchandise booths and more, including contests for the adventurous such as Log Splitting, Hay Bale Race, Talent Contest or Gilpin Gourmet Baking Contest.
For more information, visit http://co.gilpin.co.us/fair/fairhome.html or call (303) 582-5214.
‘At the Mirror’ runs through September in Denver
The “At the Mirror: Reflections of Japan in Twentieth-Century Prints” exhibition at the Denver Art Museum will run through Sunday, Sept. 28.
Dating from 1901 to 2001, the woodblock prints in this exhibition have been acquired by the Denver Art Museum since 1970 to provide the collection with artworks that demonstrate the continuation of a traditional Japanese art form into the 20th century. These prints reveal the changing styles and art movements developed by printmakers during the 100-year period and reflect the changing appearance of Japan as a country embracing modern technology while respecting its cultural past.
From the 1950s, artists explored new directions in non-figurative and non-representational images. Families of printmakers expressed themselves through successive generations, and women artists emerged as a vital element in the development of the art form.
For more information on this and other exhibits, hours and admission prices, visit www.denverartmuseum.org.
Salida welcomes third-annual Fiber Festival
Historic downtown Salida will host a free, two-day fiber festival spotlighting more than 70 vendors from throughout the region, Saturday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 7. Last year, the event, held adjacent to the city’s River Walk, drew more than 2,500 visitors and “fiber geeks” to one of Colorado’s designated art districts.
Merchants offer fiber, roving, finished goods and garments, along with one-of-a-kind art pieces. This festival includes demonstrations in weaving, spinning and felting, as well as children’s activities and a silent auction of vendor-donated products. This year, classes in spinning, knitting with beads, tatting, locker hooking and fiber preparation have been added. Registration for classes is available on the website.
The autumn festival in the park also offers close-by galleries, restaurants and unique shops, and the area is renowned for water sports along the Arkansas, as well as hiking, cycling and fishing. Additional information is available at www.salidafiberfestival.org.