Interactive history with Summit Historical Society tours
The Summit Historical Society will present a Geology of Lake Dillon Hike on Monday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m. Sandie Mather and her “famous” egg cartons will help you learn about the geologic forces that shaped the features around the Dillon Reservor. Bring your lunch to enjoy lakeside. The cost is $25 for SHS members and $35 for nonmembers ($10 may go to the cost of a membership), and reservations are required by Sunday, Aug. 24, for this fundraising event. Call (970) 468-2207 to reserve your spot.
On Saturday, Aug. 30, join the Town of Dillon Saturday Morning Adventure Series. Mather offers her talk, Dillon, Denver and the Dam, followed by a walking tour to see some of the buildings rescued from the old town. Meet at the Dillon Schoolhouse at 10 a.m. The cost is a $5 per person donation to SHS.
For more information on these and other Summit Historical Society events and tours, visit www.summithistorical.org.
Artist makes VW Bus his canvas at Keystone music fest
John Bukaty, a performance painter based in New Orleans, will turn his talents to a 1968 Volkswagen Bus owned by Be Hippy founders Leigh and Bart live during the Keystone Mountain Town Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 23 in Keystone’s River Run Village. This will be Bukaty’s first time using an automobile as his canvas, turning an iconic piece of American history into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece on wheels.
Bukaty transforms an event into a whole multisensory experience. His explosive color and chaotic composition capture the energy and feeling of his audiences. Most noted for his images of musicians, which he paints live while they play on stage, Bukaty has painted hundreds of events including The New Orleans Jazz Fest, Wakarusa Music Festival, Kansas City Blues & Jazz Festival, The Kansas City Rhythm & Ribs Festival, Nederland and The Aspen Jazz Fest.
His portraits include artists such as Widespread Panic, J.J. Cale, Michael Franti, Ben Harper, Grace Potter, Derek Trucks, Robert Randolph, Ziggy Marley, Warren Haynes, North Mississippi Allstars, Outformation, MOFRO, Blues Traveler and many more.
Young Colors store looks for kid models
Colorado-based company Young Colors has chosen its Breckenridge location for its spring 2015 photo shoot launch. Young Colors shoots on location in downtown historic settings. To further communicate the marketing image, the company does not use professional models but, rather, uses a concept of real kids, real Colorado. The natural setting of the store, aspen trees and historic downtown Breckenridge will be showcased to little fashionistas around the world.
If your kids would like to be a part of the photo shoot, contact the store (970) 423-1008. The owners are especially looking for ages 2, 5 and 8. For specific information about the Breckenridge Young Colors store, visit http://youngcolors.com, click on “retail,” and choose “Breckenridge.”
Breckenridge PhotoFest coming to Colorado Mountain College
Seven of Colorado’s leading photographers will be coming to Breckenridge to teach their craft at the Breckenridge PhotoFest at Colorado Mountain College beginning Saturday, Aug. 30.
“Colorado has some of the most avid photographers in the nation, and it has millions of acres of awe-inspiring scenery,” said Grant Collier, the event’s organizer. “I can’t think of a better place to hold this event.”
At the festival, Collier will be teaching some of the basics of photography in order to help newer photographers get up to speed. Collier owns Collier Gallery in Breckenridge and is the author of eight Colorado photography books. Joining Collier as an instructor is Dan Ballard, who will be leading a one-day workshop on Mount Bross and teaching a class on Adobe Lightroom at CMC. Ballard has traveled to more than 50 countries in an effort to photograph some of the world’s most beautiful and far-reaching locations.
After Ballard’s Lightroom class, Russ Burden will be teaching a three-day workshop in Rocky Mountain National Park. Burden has been taking nature and wildlife photos for more than 30 years. He is the author of two books and writes the Tip of the Week for the Outdoor Photographer website.
Rounding out the list of instructors are Stephen G. Weaver, Jason Hatfield, and Donna Dannen. They will be holding photography workshops at Mayflower Gulch, Windy Ridge, Mount Evans and Guanella Pass. All of the instructors will also be giving presentations on different themes related to photography.
Gourmet on Gore returns to Vail Labor Day weekend
Gourmet on Gore helps usher in the fall season on Labor Day weekend, Friday, Aug. 29, through Monday, Sept. 1. This culinary festival offers an Open-Air Tasting with world-class wine, beer and spirits paired with culinary delights from Vail’s top restaurants.
A Tasting Tour kicks things off on Friday, Aug. 29. Enjoy a progressive evening around town to some of Vail’s finest restaurants and hot spots for the perfect start to the Gourmet on Gore weekend. Each location will include a signature beverage, as well as savory appetizers to keep your taste buds happy. This special evening benefits Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties, and tickets are $75.
The Open-Air Tasting takes place on Gore Creek Drive from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, and Sunday, Aug. 31. Admission is complimentary; just pay as you go for bites and pours. Free kids’ activities will be available at the event. Taste food prepared by the finest culinary talent, sip palate-tempting wine, beers and spirits and listen to live jazz to top off the afternoon. Brunch on Bridge Street takes place on Gore Creek Drive and Bridge Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1.
Participating restaurants include Batter Cupcakes, Big Bear Bistro, Blu’s, Elway’s Vail, Flame, Larkburger, Larkspur Restaurant & Market, Matsuhisa Vail, Mountain Cupcakes, Mountain Standard, Sweet Basil, Swiss Chalet, Taste 5 Catering and Vail Marriott Mountain Resort.
A full schedule of events, lodging packages and tickets for the Tasting Tour are available at www.gourmetongore.com or by calling (970) 476-6797, ext. 712.
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.
San Luis Valley Potato Festival celebrates spud harvest
On Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6, the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee will host the 2014 Potato Festival in Monte Vista. As it pays tribute to the valley’s No. 1 industry, the event will also recognize local servicemen and women who fought and died to keep America free.
The Potato Festival will kick off Friday, Sept. 5, at 5 p.m. with a family-style dinner in the Glen Martinez Memorial Pavilion at Chapman Park on Highway 160 west of downtown Monte Vista. Following the dinner, Colorado Springs singer and entertainer Arch Hooks will begin his performance at 5 p.m. in the pavilion, a structure that was built in fall 2008 to honor fallen Marine Sgt. Glen Martinez, of Monte Vista.
Saturday’s activities start at 8 a.m. and include an arts and crafts and food fair in Chapman Park, an antique tractor display and a free Potato Field Bus Tour that will provide festival-goers the opportunity to learn how potatoes are grown, harvested, packed and shipped.
Always a favorite with the crowd is the annual Chefs’ Competition and Judging, which brings several professional and student chefs from the American Culinary Federation Colorado Chapter together in a spirited contest to create their tastiest potato dishes, and a Downtown Potato Recipe Tasting Tour will give the public a sampling of the versatility and flavor of San Luis Valley spuds.
Throughout the day, live entertainment will be provided by Boulder musician Danny Shafer, and kids will be kept busy with a full slate of festival carnival games and competitions, including the popular Potato Decorating and Potato Shooting contests.
For additional information on field tours and cook-off times and locations, call (719) 852-3322 or visit www.coloradopotato.org.