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The Weekend: Breckenridge home guru helped out this bachelor

In about an hour, Breckenridge cookbook author, TV host and home entertainment guru Christy Rost taught me more about setting up for the perfect date than I've picked up in the last 34 years on my own. Maybe she's that good, or I guess it's possible I'm that bad. Regardless, it was a good time and I left with a wealth of knowledge.

Backtracking, my meeting Rost was the result of a piece I was working on for Valentine's Day, and in that short time at her home — as she took me through step by step how to make a supremely special occasion really pop — I picked up more tips and tricks than I could ever legitimately use in a single newspaper. There's just not enough space.

Perhaps the biggest thing Rost taught me during the interview, which I'm calling an education, was that it's not about making everything perfect. Rather, it's about having fun and accepting the imperfections with a smile. Do that, put some effort into making it special and feelings of perfection will follow, she taught me.

It might be obvious advice for a seasoned homemaker, but what has never come naturally for me is like second-nature to her. A 34-year-old bachelor, I'm certainly out of my element when it comes to home economics. She is not.

And she's not one to sit still, as Rost is back in action at 2 p.m. Saturday as she presents "Tales from the Kitchen: Recapturing the Golden Years of Sawn's Nest" at Dillon Community Church.

There will be a program and tasting at the event that dovetails with Women's History Month.

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The afternoon with Rost will also include a cooking demonstration with tastings, a signing of her book "Celebrating Home: A Handbook for Gracious Living," while she details the extensive restoration she and her husband, Randy, undertook to preserve Swan's Nest, considered by some to be one of the 50 most historic homes in the state of Colorado.

Know this, I've been inside that house myself, and I think they might be underselling it when they say it's in the top 50.

Rost's home is just north of Breckenridge and was built in 1898 by "The Gold Dredge King" Ben Stanley Revett as a gift for his bride.

Catering will be provided by Dusty Rose Tea Room of Georgetown, and tickets are $30 for Summit Historical Society members or $35 for non-members. For more info, call 970-468-2207.

Dress to impress

Call it the mountain effect, call it what you will, but Summit County loves a good costume party, and in the High Country, we don't get dressed up for nothing — whether it be Mardi Gras, a good benefit or a pond hockey tournament.

This weekend comes with another opportunity to dig out the old tiger, gorilla or banana suits — anything a little zany, or a lot, works great — for the second rendition of the Frisco Brewski.

It's a family-friendly event that is not a competition, but will feature Nordic skiing, crazy costumes and a large number of local breweries filling cups. Now, that's speaking my language.

Registration is at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Nordic center. The skiing begins at 2 p.m. there, and the after-party is 4-5 p.m. at the Frisco Adventure Park.

No costume? Ride On!

Joyride Brewing will be rolling into Breckenridge for a beer and music festival Saturday, featuring a handful of area breweries, the Breckenridge Distillery and a lineup of four bands. The actual festival is broken up into two distinct time frames — one from 4-6:30 p.m. for patrons 21 and older and another after 6:30 p.m. for concertgoers age 16-and-up. After 6:30 p.m., the music kicks off, and the age requirement drops to 16, and so do the ticket prices. Tickets are $40 at the door for the entire festival or $25 for just the music.

All profits from the second annual Ride On! Beer and Music Festival will go to Conscious Alliance, a nonprofit organization that focuses on feeding the hungry through donations and organized food drives at music and sporting events.

Eli Pace is the arts and entertainment editor for the Summit Daily News. He writes a weekly column that appears in the newspaper every Friday and highlights some of his top picks for a fun weekend.