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Fall for the Arts highlights art, culture & history in Breckenridge, Summit County

Summit County is a place that is just as active artistically as it is athletically, which means there are myriad options for visitors and residents alike to choose from when it comes to exercising their brains.

Fall for the Arts is an event with the ambitious goal of bringing together many of the artistic and historical aspects that the county has to offer and making them as accessible and discoverable as possible.

This is the third year of the event, which was started in 2010 by arts enthusiast Sandy Greenhut. This year, Margie Sinton is taking the helm and she’s excited to see it all come together.

“It’s a little bit of everybody,” she said of the event, which draws on art, music, theater, history and more.


The musical aspect ranges across all genres, meaning there will be something for everyone.

For fans of classical music, the local nonprofit Summit Public Radio and TV is presenting a free concert by the Sagebrush Strings — Summit County’s youngest, all-local string quartet. The ensemble features two violins, a viola and a cello. They will play the Hunt Quartet by Mozart and the Second Quartet by Alexander Borodin, which those who have seen the Broadway musical “Kismet” may recognize. The concert is free and will take place at the Lord of the Mountains Church on Sunday.

More music for Fall for the Arts can be enjoyed, from the National Repertory Orchestra to the stylings of local musicians such as John Truscelli and DooWop Denny. Kids can have their fun, as well, with the summer camp students of the Summit County Orchestra having the chance to show off their newly acquired musical skills at the Frisco Historic Park.

Those who have been yearning to learn a new dance move or two will get the opportunity to learn for free from the Summit School of Dance. Other dance opportunities include the Timberline Topper Square Dance in Frisco on Saturday.

Theater and film

Fall for the Arts also provides a glimpse into the backstage world of the theater, with a panel discussion at Lake Dillon Theatre. The discussion will revolve around the Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s production of “The Owl and the Pussycat,” as well as offer insight into all the behind-the-scenes aspects of putting together a stage production.

The Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge will present a free viewing of Charlie Chaplin’s silent film “Gold Rush.” The film comes at the start of Backstage Theatre’s upcoming film series featuring classics of the medium, including works by Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino, among others.

“The Gold Rush” was chosen for the Fall for the Arts weekend because, in addition to being a classic, it resonates with the mining history of the area.


Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to discuss their passion at the Summit County Arts Council’s Meet the Artist series, featuring around 30 different artists. Throughout the weekend, artists will be present at the Frisco Historic Park to answer questions and show off their work. Many of the artists are locals, with a handful of others coming in from neighboring regions and the Front Range.


The event is also highlighting the various cost-free historical options in Summit County, including information found at the Frisco Historic Park, as well as four historic locations in Breckenridge — the Barney Ford Museum, the Edwin Carter Discovery Center, the High Line Railroad Park and the Summit Ski Exhibit.

“I think it really exposes how culture and history have gone hand-in-hand,” said Cindy Hintgen, operations manager of the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, about the Fall for the Arts event. “In the days before the Internet and phone and TV, this is how people would get together for their social gatherings, at concerts or get together for parties where they would play games. If you look at the paper from 100 years ago, it talks about them doing that, and this is a way for us to repeat that.”

History buffs are also encouraged to visit the Dillon Schoolhouse Museum, which contains many photos and relics related to Summit County’s past.

Those interested in colorful characters and lively stories will enjoy the “Gold Rush Saints & Sinners” presentation by local historian and author Mary Ellen Gilliland. Calling on the research and firsthand accounts of old-timers recorded in her book “Rascals, Scoundrels and No Goods,” Gilliland will regale the audience with stories of clever and mischievous characters from Summit County’s past, including the roguish “Gassy” Thompson and May Nicholson, “the most colorful madam of old-town Breckenridge.” Gilliland’s talk will take place Friday at 4 p.m. at the Blue Spruce Inn in Frisco.

Highlighting culture

The entire Fall for the Arts weekend is full of various musical, artistic, theatrical and historic events, locations and activities. The event also coincides with other local events, such as the town of Frisco’s Fall Fest, held Saturday. It features food and art booths, face painting, a climb up Mount Royal and TimberTina’s LumberJjill show, to name a few.

Sinton hopes that Fall for the Arts not only draws in visitors but that it acquaints residents and locals with organizations and activities that they may not have realized are right underneath their noses.

“It’s just to show you that there’s more to Summit County than ski areas. Although we love our ski areas, there’s more than skiing,” she said.

“It’s just to show you that there’s more to Summit County than ski areas. Although we love our ski areas, there’s more than skiing.”
Margie Sinton

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The Summit Daily Updated Sep 3, 2013 07:45PM Published Sep 4, 2013 02:22PM Copyright 2013 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.