Editor’s picks: Summit County’s best bets for the weekend
I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. I’m trying to think back to a single one I’ve ever made over the years and my mind is drawing a blank. Of course I think there are things that I could do better — I could lose a couple pounds, spend less money, drink less — but I’ve never felt the need to make those resolutions each December. I wanted to see what everyone else was resolving to change about themselves — and how many of them actually succeeded — so a simple Google search led me to the Statistic Brain Research Institute website. The source of their information was from the University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology, and with a fancy name like Statistic Brain Research Institute, surely the information is correct.
Anyway, as many of you have already guessed, the No. 1 resolution made each year is to lose weight, followed by get organized. I was surprised by No. 7, which is to quit smoking — I guess because in this day, living in Colorado, I don’t even know anyone who smokes. It wasn’t all that long ago if I wanted to see my friends play music at the local bar in college, that when I got home I’d have to shower, wash my hair six times, and burn all of my clothes in the backyard. But even my gun-toting, Glenn Beck-loving, LGBT-rights law repealing (seriously — Springfield, Missouri, made national headlines by repealing a nondiscrimination ordinance in April) hometown banned smoking in all outlets a few years ago, so the habit just seems so ancient. I’m a sucker for No. 10 — spend more time with family — especially when jealousy kicks in seeing photos of my dad with his wife and her whole family at Christmas. As my dad constantly reminds me, I’m the one that left — and I realize that the money I save by not buying a plane ticket home really isn’t going to be what matters later. I think this resolution also leads to another one that I don’t see on this list, which is to work less. If I just worked less, I could spend more time with family, be more active to stay fit and healthy (No. 5), and have more time to learn something exciting (No. 6), right? Although I guess it wouldn’t help me spend less, save more (No. 3).
But what these all really come down to is No. 4 — enjoy life to the fullest. If I have a candle to blow out on my birthday, I make the same wish every time — to be happy. And I understand that I’m the only one who can really fulfill my wish. Of course there are circumstances we can’t control that will be roadblocks, but we are the only ones who can make ourselves happy. Work hard to be satisfied with yourself, be active and do things you enjoy, and the No. 1 resolution in my book — find time to spend with those we love.
Summit Music and Arts brings us concerts from talented musicians throughout the year. A New Year Celebration Concert on Saturday, Jan. 2 will bring together three of Summit County’s finest — Janet Harriman on the harp, violinist Chas Wetherbee, and pianist Len Rhodes — along with a flute player from Colorado Springs. The program of light classical and other popular music will include pieces by Debussy, Schubert, Vivaldi, Faure, and Handel with special favorites “Ave Maria” and “Greensleeves.” The concert will be held at the Silverthorne Pavilion; tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, and can be purchased at summitmusicandarts.org.
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD
The folks at Breckenridge Creative Arts are bringing us another entertaining evening with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood on Tuesday, Jan. 5. The American blues rock band features the former lead singer for The Black Crowes. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of, and can be purchased at breckcreate.org.
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