Whoever thought to mix the cultural arts with the aspens’ fall color change? Organizers of Summit County’s 3-day “Fall for the Arts” celebration, taking place on September 7-9, 2013, that’s who.
Now in its third year, Fall for the Arts is a county-wide celebration of all things arts—music, visual arts, theater, history, dance, and many other creative interpretations—that starts Friday and runs through Sunday. The event is put on by Arts for the Summit, a coalition of more than 20 Summit County nonprofits and cultural entities offering a range of free and discounted activities over the long weekend. And of course the festivities are scheduled to coincide with that great work of art Mother Nature paints in the high country each fall.
This year, the timing is good for the front end of the fall aspen change, as yellows and a touch of orange begin to lick at the aspens’ fluttering green leaves, forever in brilliant contrast with white-barked trunks and the deep blue of late summer sky.
What’s Happening in Breckenridge
- Free 3-day museum admission: Get a taste of local history at the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance museums—the Summit Ski Exhibit, Edwin Carter Discovery Center, Barney Ford Museum, and High Line Railroad Park—from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday. http://breckheritage.com
- Free silent film screening Saturday: The Backstage Theatre launches its upcoming film series with a screening of “The Gold Rush,” the 1925 silent film featuring Charlie Chaplin, on Saturday from 4-6 p.m. The screening is free, and popcorn, soft drinks, and candy are available for purchase in the lobby. http://www.backstagetheatre.org
- Kids’ Fun Plus Free Craft: Mountain Top Children’s Museum is offering a “free craft with admission” special from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, adding creativity to an already fun museum visit for tots. www.mtntopmuseum.org
- Open clay studio Saturday: The Quandary Antiques Cabin Ceramic Studio, located in the downtown Breckenridge Arts District, will be open from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. For a minimal drop-in fee ($12 studio fee plus $10 for 1/3 bag of clay), people can come in to play with clay and work on their own projects. The price includes all firings. This activity is designed for individuals with some prior clay experience, as there is limited instruction at these sessions, which also take place during the week. http://www.breckarts.com
- Drinks & Dirt on the Love Lives of Composers Saturday: The National Repertory Orchestra is throwing an end-of-season party, Music & Mixology, at the Allaire Timber Inn at 6 p.m. Saturday. The event features specialty drinks and food along with an irreverent take on the love lives of famous composers by CEO Doug Adams. Drinks will be provided by the Breckenridge Brewery and Breckenridge Distillery, including two signature cocktails from the latter titled Eighth Note Elixir (Breckenridge Vodka, fresh lemonade, beet syrup, & blueberries) and Bourbon Baritone (Breckenridge Bourbon, Breckenridge Sipping Bitters, vanilla bean cider, & flamed orange peel). There will also be a Taste of Breckenridge featuring offerings from Oscar’s of Breckenridge, The Gold Pan, Modis, and The Warming Hut. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased from the NRO at (970) 453-5825 or www.nromusic.com.
Breckenridge Arts Renaissance
The already-flourishing arts scene in Breckenridge is on the cusp of major growth by the fall of 2014, when construction and renovations are completed to build a pedestrian-friendly campus that will include the current cultural arts centers along with five newly rehabilitated historic structures, two new buildings, and renovations to the historic Masonic Lodge and Breckenridge Theater (home to the Backstage Theatre). The new studios are designed to have good ventilation and open floor plans with the flexibility to accommodate a variety of offerings, including printmaking and textiles, ceramics, metalsmithing and hot arts such as glass blowing or encaustic paintings, according to Arts District administrator Jennifer Cram. The structures will be connected with walkways, lighting, sculptures, and landscaping to create what she described as “a very vibrant visual arts campus.”
Construction and renovations are currently underway, slated to be completed in the fall of 2014. The new and improved facilities will greatly expand the possibilities for Fall for the Arts and other Breckenridge arts offerings in the coming years.
“Fall for the Arts is an example of the energy around the arts organizations right now, and how they are all collaborating together to offer our local community and visitors more in the realm of art and culture. I am super proud of all the arts organizations that have worked hard to put Fall for the Arts together,” Cram said, acknowledging the work of Margie Stinton and the rest of the team, who took over for event founder Sandy Greenhut this year. “The build-out of the Breckenridge Arts District … will help to further create an atmosphere for collaboration,” Cram said. “This is the future of the arts—that we’re all working together to put together great events for our visitors and local community.”
In the meantime, there’s no better time than the fall, when the mountains come alive with Nature’s technicolor display, to spend a long weekend celebrating the arts in the high country.
Click for a full schedule of county-wide Fall for the Arts offerings taking place September 6-8, 2013.