Summit County Arts & Entertainment Briefs
Ryan Summerlin August 10, 2012
Doors open at 7 p.m. and comedy starts at 8 at Keystone’s Warren Station Center for the Arts Saturday. The evening features award winning comedian Steve “Mudflap” McGrew, known for his album, “Too Much Man for Just One Woman and Other Lies.” McGrew can be heard on the morning show on 92.5 The Wolf in Denver, and his new CD, “One Sick Puppy,” is available on iTunes. Denver comedian Matt Baca opens, with comedy ranging from “intellectual to slapstick.”
The Alpenglow Stube Scotch Dinner, hosted by Robert Sickler, Master of Whiskey for Johnnie Walker and Classic Malts, takes place Saturday. The evening features sampling of the “very rare” Johnnie Walker King George V whiskey. Originally scheduled for winter, the event was postponed due to weather. Info: www.keystoneresort.com
An above-the-elbow amputee who lost his left hand in an industrial accident in 1980, “One Arm” Willie Stewart will be racing in the Leadville 100 Trail MTB race on Saturday. Stewart is an ambassador for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Stewart is participating with a group of nine other CAF supporters who, through this event, have raised over $37,000. Info: www.challengedathletes.org
On Saturday from 4-7 p.m., New York Times bestselling author Sandra Dallas will do a reading from “The Bride’s House” at her Georgetown residence, an 1881 home of “mammoth proportions” that inspired the setting of her novel. Tickets are $40 and include a garden party, reading and the opportunity for guests to see the house. Proceeds benefit the preservation of Louis Dupuy’s Hotel de Paris.
On Monday, children can discover the art of collage with inspiration from Henri Matisse and instruction by Janis Bunchman at the Fuqua Livery Stable, 110 E. Washington Ave. in Breckenridge. The class is $25 including materials. Register at least a day in advance. Call (970) 453-3364.
The Literacy Project, a nonprofit organization that aims to eliminate illiteracy in Eagle County, holds its 11th annual author luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa. This year’s event features Jennifer Gilbert, author of “I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag,” as keynote speaker. Tickets are $125 and include a hardback copy of Gilbert’s memoir.
The new Colorado nonprofit Vibrant Culture hosts the first annual South Park Summerfest at the American Safari Ranch in Fairplay Aug. 17-19. The three-day music festival features more than 25 different artists, including Lez Zeppelin, The Motet, Air Dubai, Midori & Ezra Boy, Fly Radio, Toddy Walters and others. On Saturday, the “Rockfather” Barry Fey will join Dan Fong and other industry leaders to give a Rock Talk, and there will be a locals’ appreciation event Thursday evening. Some say this could become the “Woodstock of the West.” Info: www.southparksummerfest.com
Mark your calendar for the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival, which celebrates its 15th season Sept. 9-14. The festival includes two public concerts at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon and two soirees at private homes. Artistic direction is by Japanese pianist Rieko Aizawa and Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills, both longtime participants of the festival. Several guest musicians join this year, including a vocalist. The soirees sell out, so advance booking is recommended. Info: (970) 468-4774 or www.alpenglowmusicfestival.org
The Backstage Theatre seeks talent for its annual Riverwalk Center production. Actors, singers, dancers and families, in particular, are encouraged to apply. Contact Chris Willard at (970) 453-0199.
The Summit Historical Society presents a new talk and tour program led by local historian and author Sandra Mather. Meet at the Dillon Schoolhouse, 403 E. La Bonte St., at 10 a.m. Thursdays throughout the summer. The program starts with a talk based on Mather’s book, “Dillon, Denver, and the Dam,” followed by a walking tour highlighting some of the buildings moved from Old Dillon. The tour costs $5; proceeds benefit the Summit Historical Society. Reservations are not required. Info: (970) 468-2207 or www.summithistorical.org.
Silverthorne writer and photographer Maryann Gaug won several awards in the annual Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers contest. Gaug took second place for the third edition of her book “Hiking Colorado,” a Falcon Guide published in 2011. More than 70 Colorado hikes are described with maps, directions, and info. Gaug also won two honorable mentions for photography. Info on the organization: www.rmowp.org
Aspen boletes (Leccinum insigne) have been spotted since last Friday, but keep in mind that while many people eat these mushrooms, the Colorado Mycological Society reports occurrences of violent illness upon eating the aspen-loving, orange-capped boletes with brown-flecked stalks – so eat at your own risk. If you plan to harvest mushrooms, pick up a permit from the Dillon Ranger District, 680 Blue River Pkwy., Silverthorne. Permits are free but required for personal use. Commercial collectors must pay for a permit and collection is limited to designated areas. Info: (970) 468-5400.