Editor’s Picks: Summit County’s best bets for the weekend
One of the highlights of the upcoming weekend is the 32nd annual Wine in the Pines event to benefit Ability Connection Colorado. This is one of my favorite shoulder season events, and one that I’m sure many locals and the Keystone community look forward to all year. The resort dishes out some fabulous finger food, and Keystone pastry chef Ned Archibald outdoes himself year after year with desserts that taste just as amazing as they look. And that chocolate fountain … I have dreams about that thing. There are also more wines to try than you could possibly get through in one night (although some definitely try their best), and the entertainment rounding out the evening is always top-notch.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
On the other side of the county, Breckenridge Creative Arts presents its second annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration Friday, Oct. 23 to Sunday, Oct. 25. Dìa de los Muertos is the Mexican cultural tradition honoring deceased family members and friends. In Breckenridge, this weekend is jam-packed with free events, such as sugar skull decorating, skeletal face painting and an Aztec dance workshop. One of the highlights of the event will be the community altar on display at the Randall Barn in the Breckenridge Arts District throughout the weekend. An important tradition, the community is invited to bring photographs of loved ones and flowers to place on a communal altar.
BRECK CRAFT SPIRITS FESTIVAL
The Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival is Friday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 25. The event brings a ton of spirit-themed activities to the county, including a variety of tours offered by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance and a hands-on cooking class with chefs Ian Buchanan and Doug Schwartz at Colorado Mountain College. The sixth-annual Poker Run and Bar Mix-Off tonight is always a crowd pleaser, giving participants a chance to try new cocktails and mingle with distillers while obtaining playing cards. Participants will show their best five-card hand tomorrow at the Poker Showdown held at the Still on the Hill Grand Tasting on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Riverwalk Center from 4–7 p.m. The tasting will host 36 distillers, food and live music.
DOMUS PACIS BENEFIT
On Sunday, Oct. 25, a concert with “America’s Got Talent” Season 9 finalist Miguel Dakota will benefit Domus Pacis. This local organization offers respite to cancer patients and their families and friends by providing them the opportunity to come to the mountains for a special getaway. Its incredible mission gives families the opportunity to spend a week in the mountains, giving them the chance to escape the demands of the illness, even if just for a week — and we all know how healing these mountains that surround us can be. This concert is our chance to show support to such an important organization while watching a talented musician. Domus Pacis is also partnering with the Summit High School speech and debate team to help sell tickets and volunteer at the event, and a portion of the proceeds will also help these high schoolers in their travels for meets.
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