Summit Up 12-8-10: Of beads, snowmen and hats |

Summit Up 12-8-10: Of beads, snowmen and hats

by Summit Up
Nine-year-old Carson Carrie Michalowski, shown with his mom Carrie, has been making winter hats for the newborns at the hospital. Mom says: 'He's worked really hard making them and a lot of thought went into the colors and design. He's been working on them since this summer and finished the last one the other day. So today we went up this morning to give 15 of them to the Summit Labor and Delivery Dept. and spoke with Amy who was thrilled and impressed with his thoughtfulness and creativity.' Nice job, Carson!

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that wonders how people got interested in beads. We figure it was long ago, when folks had gotten past the phase of being concerned about being eaten by saber-toothed tigers. And they were sitting around the fire, playing with rocks as usual, when someone brought up the issue of beads, and whether they could play a role in the tribe’s daily doings. After some discussion, it was decided jewelry could and should be made of beads and worn by all the tribesfolk.

The rest is pretty much history, which leads us to a 2010 Bead Update for Summit County from Dawn Banas in Breckenridge, who writes thusly:

“Dawn Banas and Sara Gacnik will sponsor a BeadforLife Party from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at 75 Rounds Road in Breckenridge. Beadfor Life jewelry is made from recycled colored magazine pages in brilliant colors, and make great holiday presents. Most pieces sell for $5-$15 each, and all profits go directly back to the beaders in Africa.

“BeadforLife is a socially responsible global organization, working with women, all of whom were living on less than $1 a day in extreme poverty. The beaders’ work has been sold at thousands of home parties and businesses and community-sponsored events around the world. All profits from BFL sales are invested in projects that fight extreme poverty, primarily in three key areas: health, affordable housing, and vocational training for impoverished youth, and entrepreneurial development through micro credit for small businesses.

“Call Dawn at (970) 333-9674 for directions or more information. For more information about BeadforLife go to”

Wow, sounds pretty cool! Check it out, if you’re so inclined.


OK, this just in: If you’d like a cool, Christmasy plant to go with your beads, you can get one this season while also helping out Mountain Top Children’s Museum in Breck.

Here’s the dealio: They still have some 4.5-inch plants for $9 and some 6.5-inch ones for $18.25).

MILLIONS OF SUMMIT UP READERS: Golly, how do we get this great deal?

Call (970) 453-7878 and they’ll tell you what to do.

That’s all the fun we’ve got for today. Gotta run, til tomorrow …

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