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Warren Station in Keystone hosts death for dinner

Kimberly Nicoletti
summit daily news

The new Warren Station at River Run in Keystone just sprang up late last summer, and already it’s undergoing a bit of a rebranding.

But that’s not a bad thing. It just so happens that the more specific name better reflects exactly what it is: Warren Station Center for the Arts.

Maja Russer became the director of events and entertainment at The Keystone Neighbourhood Company about three months ago, after Josh Blanchard left his post to become the executive director of Lake Dillon Theatre. Russer came from Copper Mountain after a decade there, eight of which involved working as the events and sponsorship manager. Now she’s in charge of making the most of the new, four-season entertainment venue.

In her aim to add more cultural diversity to programming year-round, she’s creating the first catered event open to the public at Warren Station Center for the Arts: a murder mystery dinner. All Events Catering, owned by a proprietor of a few of the River Run restaurants, will set up a roast beef carving station and serve chicken marsala, spinach lasagna, mashed potatoes, veggies and dessert while Adams Playhouse, a company out of Denver that specializes in mystery events daily, produces a who-dunnit.

The story stars “motivational speaker” Cliff Worthington, who gets a little unhinged whenever someone mentions his father. As in most mysteries, there’s the beautiful, scheming woman, who’s after every man in the room. Then there’s the suspicious maintenance man and an event planner. The three-hour evening of twists and turns ends with audience members attempting to solve the murder.

Russer is literally adding new events – ranging from basic to extravagant – to the Warren Station calendar daily, in order to entice both visitors and locals. Though summer programming such as theater, comedy nights and dancing was very popular during the summer, she’s realizing she can’t just replicate what occurs in the summer, partially because the demographics differ; in the summer, second-home owners support programming at the Warren Station, and in the winter, destination guests are more likely to look for something fun and unique to do at night.

“Some summer programming still works, but we’re tweaking timing (and offerings),” Russer said.

For example, from March 11 to April 1, Warren Station will usher in $5 Friday concerts with the likes of Otis Taylor and Eric Lindell. On March 30, bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles takes the stage. Warren Station also will host elements of every Keystone festival, including the Winter Culinary Festival the first weekend of March.

And summer?

“I’m excited to get my hands on it for the summer,” she said. “This (dinner) is just kind of scratching the surface (of possibilities).”


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