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Silverthorne pavilion offers storytelling

Kimberly Nicoletti

SILVERTHORNE – If you’re missing campfires this summer because of the fire ban, the Silverthorne Pavilion has a solution.

The Silverthorne Pavilion Fireside Storytelling series, which will continue this summer despite restrictions on open fires in the county, continues at 7 p.m. Tuesday with storytelling and nature discussions. The pavilion’s fire pit, located near the Blue River, meets containment regulations.

“The Pavilion Storytelling series is in a unique position to satisfy our locals’ and tourists’ appetite for the fireside experience, while entertaining and educating them at the same time about certain rules and safety precautions,” said Maggie Butler, Silverthorne pavilion coordinator. “We’ve pulled together a great team of storytellers for this series. They all have vast experience with children of all ages and do a great job of creating an engaging and interactive experience through storytelling and exercises.”

Kirk Oldham, of the State Division of Wildlife, will raise participants’ awareness of bears as they listen in on an interview with a bear at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The discussion will focus on action to take if a hiker or camper encounters a black bear, the basic biology of bears and how to protect homes from nuisance bears.

“Because of the nature of Summit County and the proximity to bears, we use every opportunity we can to educate people for both the protection of the bears and to protect people who might encounter them,” Oldham said.

On July 23, Assistant District Ranger Michael C. Liu will answer questions about what wildland firefighters experience and think about as they battle wildfires. He will discuss fire ecology and point out how fire benefits the natural environment by rejuvenating it and maintaining a diversity of age classes. He also will teach kids and parents how to make their home more fire resistant.

Librarians will enchant listeners as they tell stories in conjunction with the nature discussions.

“The first night, we aimed the stories around elementary kids, and the parents seemed to enjoy them just as much,” Silverthorne librarian Van Woodford said. “It’s just a community feeling of sharing. It has a little magic feel to it.”

For information on the Fireside Storytelling series call the Silverthorne pavilion at (970) 262-7390.


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