Next Page in Frisco holds Colorado author book signing Friday |

Next Page in Frisco holds Colorado author book signing Friday

“Western Colorado Fruit & Wine: A Bountiful History” by Jodi Buchan.
Courtesy Jodi Buchan |

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What: Book signing and author meet and greet

Where: Next Page Books & Nosh, 409 Main St. Frisco

When: Friday, Aug. 28, 4–6 p.m.

Call (970) 668-9291 for more information

Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco is holding a book signing with three Colorado authors Friday, Aug. 28 from 4–6 p.m. The authors presented are Jodi Buchan and Gail Westwood, along with Christie Wright, who will be representing the Park County Local History Archives.

“Western Colorado Fruit & Wine: A Bountiful History” by Jodi Buchan

“Western Colorado Fruit & Wine: A Bountiful History” is the newest addition to The History Press’ American Palate series. Jodi Buchan tells the story of how enterprising pioneers transformed the isolated lands of the North Fork and Grand Valleys into oases with world famous fruit, award-winning wine and juicy festivals.

In the book, readers get a fruit-forward flavor of Colorado history, learning little-known facts about their western backyard: In 1888, the USDA “declared Colorado unfit for fruit production”; during WWII, German POWs captured in Africa picked peaches in Palisade; a Denver dentist is credited with Colorado’s first winery in the 1970s; and growers release bags of beneficial bugs to control pests in the orchards.

Also in the book, viticulturists and enologists, fruit farmers and historians, entomologists and artists share insights, recipes and pieces of their personal histories that add to today’s farm-to-fork community table.

“Knowing where your food comes from, learning its history,” said Buchan, “makes it even tastier.”

Buchan is a one-time Summit County local who currently writes and resides in Carbondale, where she also continues to advocate for her daughter, Katie, and others with developmental disabilities.

“Haunted Breckenridge” by Gail Westwood

From the gold mining towns of Summit County to today’s skiing destinations in Breckenridge, eerie and true tales of life and loss in the Wild West abound. This book introduces you to such characters as William Goodwin, the mutilated miner; Sylvia, the lonely widow who still haunts the boarding house where she died; Dr. Condon, the cold-blooded killer who took revenge on his stalker and killed the town’s favorite barkeeper; and May Nicholson, the queen of the madames. Readers can also learn about the strange but true events that happened in Breckenridge from 1961 when the ski area opened, up to present day.

Gail Westwood came to live in Breckenridge, from the south coast of England, in 1999 with her husband and two daughters. After working in property management for several years she had a change of career and became a historic walking tour guide. Following her fascination with the history of the Wild West, she wrote and developed a ghost tour of Breckenridge five years ago and, with the help of her partner Jamie Cripps, they now entertain visitors to the town with the Ghostly Tales tour of Breckenridge.

“Park County” by Park County Local History Archives

“Park County” is the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series and was published on June 1. Created in 1861, Park County is one of Colorado’s original 17 territorial counties. It is named after South Park, which is the vast, high alpine valley at the county’s center. By the time the first fur trappers and explorers arrived in the early 1800s, Ute Indians had long visited the area to hunt the mountain valleys and fish the trout-filled streams. In 1859, prospectors discovered gold along Tarryall Creek, ushering in a mining boom that gave rise to dozens of boisterous mining camps. Ranchers soon followed, taking advantage of the nutritious native grasses and raising cattle to feed hungry miners, often under harsh conditions. By the 1880s, the Denver, South Park & Pacific, and Colorado Midland railroads arrived, spurring the growth of new towns and opening new markets for Park County’s minerals, hay, ice, lumber and cattle. As mining waned, tourism emerged as a major economic force attracting visitors eager to experience Park County’s authentic character and stunning natural beauty.

In an effort to illustrate the unparalleled richness and breadth of Park County’s history, the Park County Local History Archives has drawn upon the research of its board members to provide context for these compelling images, each culled from its collection of more than 3,000 historical photographs. The Archives was founded in 2000 as a committee of the Park County Historical Society. It is dedicated to the acquisition and preservation of material primarily derived from and relevant to the cultural and natural history of Park County, Colorado. This includes but is not limited to historic photographs, newspapers, manuscripts, business records, maps, minutes, books, and personal papers.

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