Breckenridge is world renowned for its skiing/riding in a Victorian town with plenty of restaurants, bars and shopping. But not everyone thinks of Breckenridge as an arts and entertainment hub, which is surprising, because the A&E scene in Breck is busy enough to fill a couple weeks of vacation without one day on the lifts.
Here are a few places to start when it comes to art, theater and entertainment in Breckenridge.
Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
The award-winning Backstage Theatre has been around since 1974, and it just keeps getting better and better. In
fact, it’s expanding in 2015, with more seating and a larger lobby in which to mingle with cocktails (yes, they even sell specialty drinks to match various productions) before the show and during intermission.
This winter, it portrays stories of local Summit County women’s ski bumming romances, drinking, parenting and surviving a high elevation with “Curves Ahead” and acts as the regional premiere for “Dog Park: The Musical” — a modern love tale told through a dog’s eyes. And that’s not all it has in store; the intimate theater also screens films every so often and has a long season lineup; check the schedule for every production.
Wow. The Town of Breckenridge infused millions of dollars into its new Arts District, and it just makes you want to quit your day job and become an artist. Luckily, they’ve created a schedule of art classes that fit in with a working person’s time frame, and budget.
If you’re in town for a few weeks, you can learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel and then glaze your ceramics with Raku Firing class.
Those who love all that sparkle and shine can learn to make rings, necklaces and earrings in jewelry classes (and we’re talking real silver, here, not just beads).
Then there’s figure drawing, creative writing, painting, photography, textiles — nearly any class to fit your needs, and your kids’, with special craft classes for the little ones.
Not into serious-minded art but want something that’s high in quality and will give you a good laugh? Check out Art on a Whim on 100 N. Main St.
Need something smaller, like jewelry, to wear as a keepsake? Stop into J&M Jewelry on 100 N. Main St. or one of Breck’s newest galleries, Flourish, on 226 S. Main St. The latter also sells paintings, mosaics and fiber art.
For a peek at local artists’ work, check out Arts Alive! at 500 S. Main St. They may be local, but they’re still really good!
Then, don’t miss the Gallery Walks, from 4-6 p.m. every second Saturday of the month. They showcase the above galleries, which stay open late that night, as well as happenings in the Arts District, from the Tin Shop to the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre.
A sometimes overlooked aspect of art lies in the architecture of Breckenridge.
You can drive around and look at the mix of historic homes and multi-million-dollar second homes, but Breck’s history is best seen through the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance’s Historic Walking Tour. The pros will take you through the Victorian town’s nationally registered Historic District and tell stories about everything from the most humble cabins to beautiful Victorian homes.
Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids and runs at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays in winter.
You have to catch it quick, because it lasts less than two weeks: The Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships are an incredible sight to behold, both day and night, when colored lights add new dimensions to the sculptures.
Teams of four people, from all over the world, come to Breckenridge’s Riverwalk Plaza to transform 2-ton, 12-foot tall blocks of snow into amazing sculptures that tell stories. This is definitely an event to revolve a trip to Breckenridge around; it all starts Jan. 27, 2015 and goes until Feb. 8 (as long as it doesn’t get too warm).
Keeping creativity alive
So whether you like your art “on ice” in the form of snow sculptures, or prefer the warmth of an oil painting or intimate art class, Breckenridge has something to keep your creative side alive.
For more information, visit www.breckcreate.org.