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Pavilion opens with activities from A-Z

Kimberly Nicoletti

KEYSTONE – Park Lane Pavilion’s summer lineup offers an index of entertainment – fromAboriginal narration to Zimbabwe-influenced music.Thursday, the Keystone Neighbourhood Co. unveils Summit County’s newest summer stage, the Park Lane Pavilion, with its grand opening celebration.The Low Flying Knobs, an all-women, eight-piece marimba band from Boulder, creates sounds of Zimbabwe, Africa. Then Aaron Pickett-Heaps demonstrates how all living things are connected by playing the didgeridoo, an Aboriginal hornpipe, and passing on his experience living with Aboriginal tribes. Celtic crafts such as wand- and mask-making may enchant children, and $1 drafts will be on tap for adults to accompany the neighborhood barbecue. On Friday, June 14, Eileen Ivers kicks off the Celtic Festival at 7 p.m. (see related story, page B6).After the grand opening, a variety of music, dance, comedy, theater, orchestra and stories for children and families will fill the pavilion for 12 weeks.”Park Lane Pavilion was built to increase social, art, cultural and educational events and activities at River Run,” Keystone special events coordinator Miki Hodge said. The 80-by-100-foot structure seats 700 people auditorium-style. Homeowners in River Run, Ski Tip and Settlers’ Creek funded the pavilion, located on Park Lane, next to the Quaking Aspen Amphitheater.”We have something for everyone at Park Lane Pavilion,” said Connie Gruber, executive director of Keystone Neighbourhood Company.Every Thursday evening, the pavilion will host a free outdoor dance party or comedy theater production, along with $2 beers and two-for-one dinner specials in River Run.The party begins with belly dancing and tribal drumming at 7 p.m. June 20. Dance instructors from Denver will teach waist wiggling and drumming, followed by two hours of dancing. Big Band Swing Night comes to the pavilion at 7 p.m. June 27, with swing dance instruction and a live band. Then A.R. Gurney’s clever comedy “Sylvia” comes to the stage from July 11 to Aug. 8. Park Lane Pavilion Thursdays wrap up with salsa and Latin night Aug. 15 and the Snake River Chamber Player Pops Concert Aug. 22.”We thought by incorporating dance instruction with live music, it would create something infectious and fun for singles and couples,” Hodge said.Popular entertainers, such as The Fox’s Groove Hawgs, will perform at 7 p.m. June 28. Comedian Louis Johnson will shake the audience with laughter on July 13, flamenco guitarist Ruben Romero will heat up the stage on Aug. 13, and Stanley Jordan and David Lindley will perform on Aug. 23.Walk through history as The Snake River Community Association Speaker Series educates and entertains audiences with adventures such as “Climbing Denali” with John Warner on June 21, “Hiking the Colorado Trail” with John Fayhee on July 12 and “Snake River Saga” with Mary Ellen Gilliand on July 26.As part of the Breckenridge Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra returns to Keystone at the pavilion on Sundays, from 3-5 p.m. June 23 to July 21.The pavilion will also house fiddle contests and concerts during the Bluegrass & Beer Festival Aug. 9-11 and the Wine, Jazz & Art Festival Aug. 23-25. For more information, call (970) 496-4FUN or visit http://www.keystoneresort.com.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at(970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.


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