Editor’s picks: Summit County’s best bets for the weekend
I always think fondly of Dew Tour weekend because Daddy Jarvis came to visit two years in a row on that same weekend. On the first trip, as I drove us into the Breckenridge parking lot and we rode the shuttle over to the gondola, my dad — who is deathly afraid of heights — stared up towards Peak 8, muttering under his breath, “I don’t know about this, I don’t know …” His wife rolled her eyes at me, as if to say, “Don’t worry, we were getting him on this mountain.” She had just spent the previous day sliding on her butt down the bunny slope at Keystone while he stood at the bottom and laughed, and by god, he was going to have to suck it up now. I was incredibly proud of her for getting out there, even though the skis got more use helping her fall off the chair at the top then anywhere else. Her body took a beating that day, and from now on I will highly recommend lessons to newbie relatives for my own sanity — and so they will actually come back and visit me. I give mad props to beginner instructors, they must have the patience of kindergarten teachers.
As Daddy Jarvis was dragged onto the gondola with one woman on each arm, he realized, maybe this isn’t so bad. There may have been some white knuckles, and he may have tried to get off at each stop before reaching the correct one, but the sun was shining, a beer waswaiting at the top, and the day ended up being memorable. For me, it was the day I got to share my newfound passion of snowsports with my father (I had just moved to Summit a few months prior). For him — I’m sure he remembers it for different reasons.
Breckenridge Creative Arts is hosting its quarterly Creativity Crawl on Friday and Saturday. Fitting in with the Dew Tour theme, on Friday, events begin at Fun vs Awesome with the unveiling of a mural by artist Pat Milberry with So-Gnar. The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. and includes music with DJ Elevation. Then on Saturday, Old Masonic Hall will be the hub for an opening reception with local artists Christian Tai Leach and Erica Ohmes. These talented creatives will be showing off their hand-painted snowboards, and Leach will be painting onsite. There will also be a stencil screenprinting demonstration with Jennifer Ghormley, and So-Gnar will be back onsite working on an interactive mural that the public is invited to help with. Participating Breckenridge restaurants will also be offering a creative cocktail, appetizer or dessert.
WASSAIL DAYS WRAPS UP
The finale of Wassail Days events happens this weekend. On Friday, there is Wassail Night at the Museum, featuring wassail, cookies, stories and music in the Museum, which will be decked out for the holidays. On Saturday, there will be Breakfast with Santa at the Backcountry Brewery, benefiting Summit County Preschool. After, Visits with Santa are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and make sure to bring your own camera. You’ll find myself and a few co-workers decked out in our ugliest and most fantastic Christmas sweaters at the Ugly Sweater Challenge on Saturday at 4 p.m. Jessica Smith and I will be matching in our unsightlyness, and I’ve been practicing my egg nog shots at home each evening. Competitors beware, I’ve gone through several cartons.
There is also a ton of music happenings around town this weekend. Dew Tour Breckenridge presents Grammy-nominated producer/DJ Audien with indie electronic artist, Lemaitre, at the Riverwalk Center on Saturday. The next day, The Wood Brothers are coming to town at the same spot, presented by Breck Create.
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