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Arts and entertainment briefs from Summit County and beyond

Compiled by Krista Driscoll
Through Saturday, Jan. 31, the town of Frisco is accepting Christmas trees to fuel the Spontaneous Combustion bonfire occurring on Saturday, Feb. 7.
Todd Powell / Special to the Daily |

Whitewater Ramble will continue its winter residency at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Wednesday, Jan. 7, covering the music of Old and in the Way, Jerry Garcia’s bluegrass super group from the 1970s. Described as high-octane Rocky Mountain dancegrass, Whitewater Ramble starts with bluegrass instrumentation, adds drums and finishes with a no-boundaries approach to grassing up everything from disco house grooves to roots and Americana. Doors open at 9 p.m., and there’s no cover. Visit for more information.

Weekly music and happy hour returns to The Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco on Wednesday, Jan. 7, with music from Randall McKinnon, who grew up in southern Arkansas and attended grad school in Denver. McKinnon will be soft releasing his new album at this week’s happy hour. The music runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

The Colorado-based Ski Bums will play the Dillon Dam Brewery on Thursday, Jan. 8. The Ski Bums are know for their YouTube ski rock parodies, such as their take on the Beach Boys tune “Surfin’ USA.” Music starts at 9:30 p.m. Visit or for more information.

The Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge welcomes Jon Wirtz’s Nuskool Modern Jazz on Thursday, Jan. 8. Over the past 10 years, Wirtz has performed mainly as a sideman, having shared the stage with artists including Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Robbie Krieger, Melissa Etheridge, Big Head Todd and the Monsters and even Justin Timberlake. Music runs from 5 to 10 p.m.; no cover. Visit for information.

Frisco Christmas tree drop-off, bonfire at end of month

Through Saturday, Jan. 31, the town of Frisco is accepting Christmas trees to fuel the Spontaneous Combustion bonfire on Saturday, Feb. 7. Trees must be stripped of all lights and decorations prior to drop-off at the Frisco Bay Marina dirt lot at the corner of Summit Boulevard/State Highway 9 and Marina Road. Only real trees will be accepted, and no other materials will be accepted, including but not limited to building supplies and packaging. The tree drop-off is open 24 hours a day.

The Spontaneous Combustion bonfire is part of Frisco’s Gold Rush events. On Saturday, Feb. 7, the town and Frisco Nordic Center will host the 45th Frisco Gold Rush. Frisco’s Gold Rush is the state’s longest-running Nordic event, including classic and skate-ski races. The ski events are followed by the Spontaneous Combustion bonfire at 6 p.m., with fireworks at 8 p.m.

For information about tree drop-off and Spontaneous Combustion, contact Nora Gilbertson at (970) 668-9132.

Silverthorne’s ice rink, warming hut at North Pond Park now open

The town of Silverthorne North Pond Park Ice Rink is officially open for the season. North Pond Park is located directly across the street from the Silverthorne Elementary School at Hamilton Creek Road and State Highway 9.

Free amenities include a warming hut, restrooms, parking and access to some of the best true pond skating in Summit County. Bring your own skates, hot chocolate and hockey sticks, and play all day. Non-skaters can view the rink while staying warm inside the heated warming hut or relax on the dock while watching the fun. Skating is available from dawn to dusk, and the warming hut is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Upcoming events at North Pond include Twilight Skate, complete with warm chili and moon pies around the fire pit on Sunday, Jan. 25, and the Colorado Pond Hockey Tournament on the weekend of Saturday, Feb. 14.

The North Pond ice is plowed and maintained by Silverthorne’s Public Works Department as time allows, with street and sidewalk maintenance being the town’s first priority. For more information or to register for events, call the Recreation Center at (970) 262-7370 or visit

Keystone Resort donates coats and food to community

Keystone recently donated coats and nonperishable food items to local families in need through the Family and Intercultural Resource Center, a nonprofit working with families and individuals in Summit County.

Keystone’s Alpenglow Stube and Der Fondue Chessel, signature restaurants located atop North Peak, hosted their annual coat drive Friday, Dec. 12, and Saturday, Dec. 13, and collected 156 coats to be donated to FIRC for local families in need. Guests received a 50 percent discount on their check at either restaurant when donating a coat.

The Keystone Lodge and Spa collected 450 nonperishable food items during its fall collection, far surpassing its goal of 300 items. The Keystone Lodge and Spa has donated more than 1,000 nonperishable items to the FIRC this year via seasonal food drives. Patrons donating items received discounts on select spa services.

For more information about Keystone Resort, visit or call (877) 204-7889.

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