River of awareness runs through S’thorne
SILVERTHORNE – For the third consecutive year, the town of Silverthorne is organizing the Blue River Festival, a three-day long event from Friday to Sunday to raise awareness and funds to restore and heal the river.But this year, the town is going big and trying to get as many people involved as possible. “You don’t have to be an angler to care about the river’s health,” Maggie Butler from the town of Silverthorne said. “We want to make it much more of a public event, not geared solely towards anglers and golfers.”All the money raised during the festival will go straight to caring for the river. “Because the river was dammed, there is now not enough water to keep a healthy trout and aquatic population,” Butler said. “So what we do is dig a narrower and deeper river bed to help create a natural, self-supporting ecological balance.” Silverthorne will have to get state and federal funding to carry out this project (they have already done it on three portions of the Blue River), but they need to be able to match the amount of money they receive as a grant.The Golf Trout Tournament is the main event at the festival, and it will start on Saturday morning with the golf tournament at the Raven Golf Course, and will continue on Sunday with the fly-fishing competition. All 72 available spots have already been filled for the tournament.The actual kick-off for the festival is on Friday afternoon with the Blue River Festival Banquet at the Silverthorne Pavilion. The fundraiser will start at 6 p.m. and will include dinner, two auctions and a live fashion show. “You can bid during the show, and even if you don’t like that particular outfit, you can get a gift certificate from the store that you love,” Butler said.Guided fishing trips by Cutthroat Anglers, permission to fish on private water and golf passes will be some of the items for sale at the auctions.Tickets for the banquet can be purchased at Cutthroat Anglers and at the Silverthorne Recreation Center.
Saturday will start with a three-hole putting competition for kids ages 6-10 at 10 a.m. at the Raven Golf Course. The event is free, but since only 20 children can participate in the contest, organizers require that they sign up in advance. From 2-4 p.m., the Division of Wildlife will conduct a series of children’s activities at the Trout Village at the Outlets of Silverthorne. “They will teach kids how to identify different animal tracks in the river, like a moose, a fox or a bear. They will also do chalk drawings of different kinds of trout and they will have the children color them in,” Butler said.The free women’s fly-fishing clinic led by Char Bloom will open Sunday’s events at 10 a.m. “Fly fishing is a very good therapy for women, especially for those recovering from breast cancer because of the muscles it exercises,” Butler explained. There are limited spots, so advance registration is required for this event.While last year’s festival raised $16,000, the town of Silverthorne is hoping to get to $30,000 this year.”This is a community event and a chance to show pride in the town of Silverthorne. It is something that Summit County really looks forward to,” Butler said. “We hope the festival will grow and grow every year.”For more information on the Festival or to register for any of the events, call (970) 262-7390.Schedule of events
Friday 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Children’s activities at the Silverthorne Pavilion6 p.m. – Blue River Festival Banquet at the Silverthorne Pavilion, $20 ticket ($10 for kids 13 and under, kids under 3 are free) includes dinner, a live fashion show and two auctions Saturday7:30 a.m. – Tournament breakfast8:45 a.m. – Golf Tournament at the Raven Golf Course.10 a.m. – Three-hole putting contest for kids 6-10 years old2 to 4 p.m. – Children’s activities at the Trout Village at the Silverthorne Outlets Sunday
7:30 a.m. – Tournament breakfast10 a.m. – Fly-fishing competition10 a.m. to noon – Women’s fly-fishing clinicGetting more women involved in fly-fishing Char Bloom has her own line of women’s fly fishing clothing, and among other things, she sells a pink vest. “The idea is for my line to be ‘by women, for women and about women’,” Bloom said. “To fit the woman’s body better.” Bloom will be leading the fly-fishing women’s clinic on Sunday morning, during the third year of the Blue River Festival. The clinic is free and targeted at all levels, even beginners.”I am a female fly-fishing guide and my whole focus is to try to get more women and children involved in the sport,” Bloom said. While her clothing line can be purchased at her website http://www.charbloom.com, she donates her time as a fly-fishing guide. “I don’t charge for clinics or for when I take people fishing, but I do ask them to make a donation to the Denver Rescue Mission – more specifically to the Champa House,” she said. The Champa House is a residential facility for single women and children.
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