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Editor’s picks: Summit Daily’s best bets for the weekend

Forty-five local, regional and out-of-state breweries will be bringing multiple beers for festival-goers to sample at the 10th annual Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival Saturday, April 9.
Courtesy @chadbrattphotography & #breckbeerfest |

If you’ve lived here for any length of time, you’ve probably heard the name Leon Joseph Littlebird. If you’ve lived here long enough, you’ve probably met him or have a relationship with him.

When he first sat down in front of me for our interview last weekend, I had no idea how much that one conversation was going to affect me. I had heard of him from our local music scene, but it was my first time meeting him, and I was blown away by his undeniably positive outlook on life — even with the hand that has been dealt to him.

Battling leukemia for the third time, Littlebird doesn’t focus on his troubles. Instead, he tells me about following his two passions in life — music and skiing — and how he would like to inspire others to find and follow their own bliss. Instead of feeling sorry for himself, he thinks of his leukemia returning as a way to show others that there are alternatives to chemotherapy treatments, to use his body as an example of healing.

His story strikes a chord with me, as I’m sure many others who have battled cancer or watched a love one suffer through it. By 9 a.m. Thursday morning after the article came out, I had already had several people email asking how they could help — a true testament to his character.

His strength and spirit are inspiring, his love and compassion admirable. We could all learn a little something from Leon Joseph Littlebird.

BRECKENRIDGE SPRING BEER FESTIVAL

Saturday is a reminder that summer truly is on its way, even if the weather can’t quite decide whether it wants to linger in winter mode or not. The 10th annual Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival hits Ridge Street, bringing 45 local, regional and out-of-state breweries to town. The festival’s theme this year is the ’80s, and since you probably already have the retro gear out for Gaper Day or closing day festivities, it should be an easy grab. Purchase a VIP ticket or unlimited tasting mug, or just come by to check out the party and listen to live music by ’80s cover band The Goonie for free. Check out Page A14 for more details.

ART

This month’s second Saturday art walk will feature artist of the month Julia Taylor at the Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge. She is a painter whose work focuses on action scenes inspired by her love of skiing and biking. There will be a reception on Saturday from 4–8 p.m. at the gallery, with wine and appetizers, and she will be on hand to chat and answer questions.

Breckenridge Mountain Massage is hosting artist Emily Galvin, with a show on Saturday, April 9 from 5–7 p.m. Her metal sculptures will be on display, and there will be free food and beverages, free chair massages and a raffle.


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