Breckenridge Heritage Alliance donates books to elementary schools |

Breckenridge Heritage Alliance donates books to elementary schools

Compiled by Krista Driscoll

Heritage Alliance donates books to elementary schools

The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance is donating copies of local historian Sandra Mather’s children’s book “Historic Footprints” to Upper Blue and Breckenridge elementary schools. The book, described as a picture book for young readers, explores the history of Summit County through photos and historical narratives.

“It has these interesting worksheets in it, which makes kids think and look around at where they are living and their surroundings and what was there before them,” said Cindy Hintgen, operations manager for the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance.

A child’s universe is very small, Hintgen said, and this book can help expand it.

“Seeing pictures of the streets where they are every day makes it real to them,” she said. “They can go into the schoolhouse in Frisco and think, there were school kids here at one point and here I am inside it.”

Each school will receive two copies of the book, which is also available for purchase at the Frisco Historic Park Museum and at the Summit Historical Society’s Dillon Schoolhouse when it opens for the summer in May. The book will celebrate its official release in August.

Hintgen said “Historic Footprints” fits in especially well with the local fourth-grade curriculum, when students learn about Colorado history. Fourth-graders also take a lot of field trips to historic sites around the county during the spring months. Hintgen said she already heard back from Jonathan Johnson, principal at Breckenridge Elementary.

“He was thrilled,” she said about his response to the donation. “I think he probably gets a lot of Western history books but nothing that’s really based here and geared toward kids. … This really could be used as a teacher’s guide. It fits perfectly into their curriculum, and all of these sites that are talked about in here these kids can go and see.”

The Heritage Alliance has donated books to the library in the past, but Hintgen said she thinks this is the first time the organization has presented books to schools. She said it’s important to get children interested in history at a young age.

“If they’re not interested in it, it’s not going to be here in another 100 years,” she said. “We have to continue that momentum. A lot of kids that grew up in Summit County go away to school and then they come back and appreciate what they have here.”

For more information on the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, visit

Author speaks about river running in Grand Canyon

Author Tom Martin will talk about his book “Big Water Little Boats” at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge from 7 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 12.

There was a time when river runners built their own boats and rowed the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon on free-flowing water — no permit problems, no high-tech gear and not much in the way of backup. What they did have were cameras, lots of film, cans of food, life jackets and journals to keep their notes in.

Martin has chatted with a number of the guys and gals still standing and then scoured libraries, attics and garages to find the stories and pictures the others have left behind. He built a replica of the Grand Canyon’s first dory, a fully decked McKenzie River dory, from photographs, notes and the original wreck still housed in the Grand Canyon National Park Special Collections. The replica has made it through the Canyon four times since, even with Martin’s poor driving.

In “Big Water Little Boats,” he tells the story of Moulty Fulmer, Brick Mortenson, P.T. Reilly, Dock Marston and their friends on river trips on some of the highest water ever run in the Grand Canyon. The book includes many stories of other trips during the same time period, the 1940s through the 1960s, including the development of recreational river running and boat design on the Colorado.

The event is free and open to the public. Visit to learn more about Martin’s book.

Singer-songwriter performs at Save the Horses benefit

Breckenridge singer-songwriter Josh Galvin will perform along with Randall McKinnon & Friends for a Save the Horses benefit on Sunday, April 13, at the Silverthorne Elks Lodge.

The breakfast and silent auction support the Swan Center Outreach of Silverthorne, which promotes animals as teachers, healers and friends. The benefit breakfast takes place from 9 a.m. to noon, with food provided by the Silverthorne Elks Lodge.

The Elks Lodge is located at 1321 Blue River Parkway in Silverthorne. For more information about the event, visit

Tickets for Jazz @ Vail Square on sale Tuesday, April 15

On Tuesday, April 15, tickets will go on sale for this summer’s Thursday night Jazz @ Vail Square concert series. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Vail Jazz Festival, the Thursday concerts offer a lineup more stacked with A-list artists than ever before.

New this year, Jazz @ Vail Square offers two-tiered pricing for seating under the tent. General admission tickets are $15 per show or $30 for VIP seating, which includes priority seating, access to the VIP lounge area and a drink voucher. Passes for the nine-performance series are also available.

This year’s performers include guitar virtuoso duo Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo on July 3; conga drumming sensation Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band on July 10; singer and jazz pianist Tony DeSare on July 17; pianist Marcia Ball on July 24; New Orleans brass and Eastern Indian horns with Red Baraat on July 31; jazz pianist Monty Alexander and the Harlem-Kingston Express on Aug. 7; guitarist-vocalist John Pizzarelli on Aug. 14; a special, to-be-announced artist on Aug. 21; and a kickoff to the 20th annual Vail Jazz Party on Aug. 28, with the Vail Jazz Party House Band and the Vail Jazz All-Stars.

For more information, visit or call (888) VAILJAM.

Initial artist lineup revealed for The Ride Festival

The Ride Festival recently released its initial artist lineup for the festival’s third year at Colorado’s Telluride Town Park on Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13. The Ride Fest has quickly garnered a reputation among music fans for its thoughtful performance curating — hand-picking rootsy, rocking talent whose music flawlessly compliments the festival’s stunning Telluride setting.

Folk-rock Grammy winners Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros and Austin-based alt-rockers Spoon top the lineup. Also announced to perform are JJ Grey & Mofro, Joan Osborne, Lucero, The Hold Steady, Vintage Trouble, Rival Sons, Delta Rae, The Wood Brothers, Reignwolf, White Denim, Brother and Bones, Harlem Gospel Choir, The Delta Saints and The Cold Stares, with additional artists still to be announced.

General admission two-day passes are available for $165, and VIP two-day passes are $325. Visit to purchase tickets and for news and lineup updates.

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