2007 A&E in brief
The biggest thing in arts and entertainment in our fair county this year was the approval and construction of a permanent hardshell roof for the Riverwalk Center, Breckenridges staple downtown venue. Also in A&E, some new choices in shopping arose. From bookstores in Frisco, to a winery in Silverthorne, to straight retail gluttony, the economy acted hopeful in the market of culture.
In 2007, Breckenridge got well on its way toward a long-held goal of many community members. The Riverwalk Center, a staple venue of its downtown, had its tent covering removed for the final time and began construction on a hardshell covering, effectively making it available for use year-round.The Breckenridge Town Council had been hearing ideas and figures on a possible year-round performing arts center for nearly two decades before the Harry Teague Architects firm came up with a number (in the ballpark of $2 million) that the Town could move forward on. The tent itself was at its uses end, making good timing for the change.The Town got its final push toward construction when a community fundraising group raised more than half of their goal of $750,000 by April. As of December, the group has raised approximately $1,065,000. They recently received grants from Denver organizations, the Boettcher Foundation and Anschutz Foundation, putting them well over the million dollar mark.According to director of communications for the Town of Breck Kim DiLallo, the extra money will bring double-paned glass to the rear of the building, adding more efficiency when the building is heated. There will also be two sets of stage curtains, which will add to the heat efficiency and also serve as a backdrop for performances.She said the guaranteed maximum price for the construction is now $3.6 million, and the current hardshell covering plan is a lot nicer than the original. The Town approved the price hike after getting input from the community that the project was supported.
Frisco saw the opening of two new bookstores, both on Main Street, Frisco, in 2007. Karen and Jim Berg opened The Next Page at 409 Main St. because you can never have too many independent bookstores, the couple wrote in an e-mail. They recommend Angela and the Baby Jesus by Frank McCourt as a sweet and funny story for the holidays.Amy Yundt opened The Open Book at 60 W. Main St., in 2007. I have a love of books and the community I live in, and opening an independent bookstore seemed to be a good way to bring the two together, she said. She recommends Count Your Blessings by Dr. John F. Demartini as a good book for this time of year.
DVine Wine in Silverthorne brings the first winery to the mountains of Summit County. With their make-your-own service and wine sold on Sundays, Texans Ross and Charlene Meriwether are making a home in Silverthorne along with their two daughters who also work at the store.
The Outlets at Silverthorne, Summits shopping destination, made these changes in 2007.Added were Redwing Shoes in May to the Green Village; womens clothing stores Ann Taylor Factory Store in October and Chicos in November in the Red Village; and Columbia Sportswear in November to the Red Village. Easy Spirit left the Outlets in July.According to Janye Esser, marketing director for the Outlets, these new tenants are the first wave in the renovation project. She said consumers can expect to see three new tenants early next year and three more some time after June.She also said the renovations of the food restaurants in the Green Village were nearly completed in 2007, Harry & David moved into a bigger space and Old Navy saw an overhaul. This year they also held their first Midnight Madness sale the day after Thanksgiving offering shopping all night.Also in A&E …
The Fuqua Livery Stables, a historic Breckenridge building from the 1880s, saw its restoration begin in 2007. Plans for the burro barn and an outhouse behind it are also scheduled for renovation in 2008, all for use as studio space by the Arts District of Breckenridge.The historic exterior of the buildings will remain; the Fuqua will also include information on the significance of livery stables in a display from the town historian Rebecca Waugh.
Leadville, Salida and Buena Vista hosted the first Independence Film Fest of Colorado in September of 2007, put together by former Breckenridge Festival of Film board members and Los Angeles filmmakers Lawrence David Foldes and Victoria Paige Meyerink. They started the hype in February, driving a limo from Leadville to the Oscars to promote the new event. Foldes said highlights from the festival for him included the Leadville train ride and the drive-in screening of Grease. The inaugural festival was free and featured a theme of movies of the 1960s-1980s. Next years event is set for Sept. 3-7.
At first touch, using an iPhone feels like playing with the future. Fingers slide across the sleek glass and chrome, typing, zooming and sliding items without so much as pressing a single button on the iPhones featureless face. It feels like a gadget heaven-sent from a sci-fi movie, art designed to death and not of this world … Then you have to wait for 15 seconds while your web page loads.This is how Eagle County correspondent Ted Alvarez reviewed the iPhone, out in 2007, offering the internet in your pocket.As a pure iPod, the iPhone is maybe the slickest, coolest one yet, Alvarez goes on to say, noting the voicemail improvements in organization and accessibility and the fun of the musics jukebox appearance for song options.
Celebrities: In 2007, local Deirdre Shattuck began keeping us in the celebrity loop with her bimonthly column started this year, Deirdres Dish. Dating is a challenge in Summit County and Mark Pearson is willing, nay eager, to write about it. He too began writing in 2007 and shares the bimonthly schedule on Friday in the Summit Scene.
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