Summit Reads announces new community book choice |

Summit Reads announces new community book choice

The 2017 Summit Reads Community Project returns for a seventh year with events and a discussion focused on the book, “Show Me All Your Scars: True Stories of Living with Mental Illness,” edited by Lee Gutkind, according to a news release from the Summit County Library.

The series will kick off with a presentation on mental health awareness. Two presenters will share information on the topic at 5:30 p.m., March 7, in the Colorado Mountain College Breckenridge’s lobby for a meet and greet followed by the presentation in the Eileen and Paul Finkel auditorium at 6 p.m. The speakers are Betsy Casey and Gini Bradley.

“Summit Reads continues its focus on topics that interest Summit County residents in choosing our 2017 community book,” said Joyce Dierauer, Summit Reads member and Summit County Library executive director. “This year we chose mental health and ‘Show Me All Your Scars’ as the 2017 book,” Dierauer added. “We are extremely pleased that Betsy will share her personal story and Gini will discuss the history and future plans for the nonprofit organization, Building Hope Summit County,” she said.

Other events planned for the community book choice include:

10 a.m., March 14 — Book discussion by Nancy Karklins, Next Page Books & Nosh, Frisco

6 p.m., March 22 — Mental Health Wellness Panel, North Branch Library, Blue River Room, Silverthorne

6 p.m., April 3 — NAMI Education Night: Crisis Services, South Branch Library, Hopefull/Discovery Rooms, Breckenridge

Copies of this year’s book, are available at Summit County Library for purchase or to check out and at Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco. Summit Reads is sponsored by the Summit County Library, Next Page Nooks & Nosh, Building Hope Summit County, Summit County Rotary and the Colorado Mountain College Breckenridge.

For more information, call 970-668-5555 or go to

Big Beers Festival Rocks sets attendance record

The Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival, which ran Jan. 5-8, celebrating its 17th anniversary and first year in Breckenridge, set attendance records at Beaver Run Resort, according to a news release.

Sold-out culinary events both at Beaver Run and in town at Ember and Quandary Grille were scheduled amongst various affiliate events, such as an Après Handcrafted Libations feature with Odell Brewing Co. rolling out a black cherry sour, paired with local selections from The Cheese Shop. Most extensive was the appearance of chef Jensen Cummings from “Brewed Food,” creating pairings with the beers featured in Elite Brands’ Belgians & Barleywines Tap Takeover.

The 2017 Big Beers Commercial Tasting set attendance records this year, citing over 1,750 attendees Saturday afternoon at Beaver Run Resort with 450 big, Belgian style, and experimental beers poured by 120-plus brewers and importers. Many of the selections offered were not available commercially, either limited to the brewery’s tap room or carefully aged in their cellar.

—Compiled by Summit

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