Get ready for everyone’s favorite season |

Get ready for everyone’s favorite season

Amanda Roberson

“People move here for the winters and stay for the summers”- ask those who have spent a summer in Summit County and they’ll agree – there’s just as much to do on the grassy mountainside as on the snowy slopes.Hiking, biking, rafting, and disc golf are great reasons to get outside and play, and there are lots of activities for the non-recreational hours too. Music, art, and dance events abound to fill those seemingly endless hours of daylight. Here’s a preview of events to look forward to in the next few months.Breckenridge, home of the National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) and the Breckenridge Music Institute, is known for its summer music festival. The Sounds of Summer series brings a number of classical concerts, and the Blue River Series offers everything from Broadway show tunes to jazz, rock and blues performances.Events for the jazz-savvy include Genuine Jazz in Breckenridge, June 28-30, and the town of Dillon jazzing it up with a free David Booker & the Swingtet’s danceable vintage blues and swing from the “40s and “50s. Down from Denver, they’ve been described as “the busiest band for jazz, swing, R&B, blues, jumpin’ jive, boogie woogie, ballads and standards.”Experience nature while enjoying music, at Copper’s natural amphitheater. The Beat Goes On offers a series of free concerts.If you’re looking to redecorate your home or just want to take in some creativity while you take in some sun, explore some of the area’s annual art festivals. Breckenridge’s 19th annual Breckenridge July Art Festival brings more than 100 artists and craftspeople from all over the country. Keystone’s art festival, July 13-14, features children’s entertainment and art booths and live music.There’s a wide range of graceful talent to take in if dancing is your pleasure. The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet brings three days of workshops and performances for children, classical performances with the NRO, informational talks, movies, and performance workshops. Aztec Indian Dancers perform in vibrant traditional outfits and convey their beliefs and traditions of their people through dances and drums.With this array of artistic and musical events, there’s no excuse not to get out and enjoy the culture that rolls in along with the warm weather and sunshine.Amanda Roberson can be reached at 970-668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail

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