Alison Palmer, owner of Breck TV Channel 17, performs in the fifth, and last weekend of the Backstage Theatre’s “Love, Loss and What I Wore.” She’s one of the many amazing women in the show who personify what life in Breckenridge is like. We spent some time doing a Q&A with her before her Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 performance.

Best part of your job at Breck TV: I get to talk about my favorite place in the whole world — Breckenridge! I love the relationships I have with my clients and how I get to help grow their businesses. Folks move to Breckenridge with big dreams, and I am honored for the opportunity to watch them realize them.

Most challenging? Walking the fine line of friendship and client. I always mess that up but am very fortunate to have developed the friendships I have.

What drew you to Breck? I wanted to move to Breckenridge 16 years ago to live in a small town to raise a family. I was pregnant at the time with Griffin. Then, two-and-a-half years later, my son Anson was born.

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Alison”s two sons, Anson and Griffin, and her husband, John Fullenkamp, of High Country Furniture.

What do you love most about Breck? The thing I love most about Breckenridge is the true community we have here. Four years ago John and Griffin were injured in an accident, and the community showed up for our own little “Extreme Home Makeover” to move us into the cabin behind High Country Furniture to accommodate John’s wheelchair. Whenever there is need, the locals get together to fill it. I love that about Breckenridge.

Why did you want to be in “Love, Loss and What I Wore?” It is an incredible piece about women. I love that we can see the history and relate to so many of the scenes as part of our history. These women are some of the best, and I am truly honored. Plus it was a minimal rehearsal schedule, and we get to wear black and sit for an hour and a half.

What”s your favorite item of clothing you own or have owned? I had a pair of cream leather boots in middle and high school that slouched just a little bit. They went with everything, and since I wore school uniforms during the week, I loved wearing them on the weekends for walking the malls in Atlanta, going to the movies and attending church.

What part of “Love, Loss and What I Wore” speaks most to you? I think that “Love, Loss and What I Wore” has something that every woman and every man who has ever been around a woman can relate to. The stories of the specific woman relate to all women.

Alison Head Shot Striped

What kind of theater background do you have? I acted in the Tanglewood Children”s Theater of Asheville and also performed throughout high school. I was in “Miss Firecracker Contest” in 1998 and “Alabama Rain” over 10 years ago at The Backstage Theatre. Now, after over a decade, I am so excited and honored to be back on stage. Thanks to artistic director Chris Willard for his faith and humor!

This weekend, Jan. 24-26, Leah Arnold, Heidi Dickstein, Hannah Overton, Judy Phelan-Hill, Genevieve Price perform the show. Jan. 31 through Feb. 2, Kelly Butler, Alex Gamboa, Joyce Mosher and Judy Phelan-Hill join Alison Palmer. Ashley Prill and Kim Dykstra-DiLallo also performed in “Love, Loss and What I Wore.”

For tickets to “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” call (970) 453-0199. Prices are $22 for adults and $17 for students 18 and younger (plus a $2 surcharge if you buy tickets at the theater or by phone). To skip the $2 surcharge, purchase tickets .

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Kimberly Nicoletti always knew she was meant to escape gray Chicago winters and spend her days skiing the Colorado Rockies. So, two months after she turned 18, she moved to Breckenridge to be a ski bum "for a season," assuring her parent's she'd return to Illinois to finish college. But, the ski bum life stuck. After three years of full-time skiing in Summit County, she decided to finish her degree at CU-Boulder in Creative Writing (granted, she took a semester off to ski). Once free of classes, she took yet another year off to ski in Summit (do you see a pattern here?). Then, she moved back to Boulder to earn her master's degree in Somatic Psychology/Dance Therapy. Upon graduation, she spent a winter teaching skiing at Mammoth Mountain. (Surely you see the pattern now.) In 2002, she moved back to Summit full time, to work at the Summit Daily as the arts and entertainment editor. She stayed with the company for 10 years, enjoying Summit's great events and later working as the managing editor of magazines covering the High Country. She still revolves her life around adventure and creativity, taking time to travel, ski, paddleboard, dance, ice skate, play with her dogs, learn new things and generally enjoy life. She's highly addicted to powder skiing and keeps her winter mornings commitment-free so she can indulge in "deep play" when Mother Nature cooperates. Off the mountain, she's a freelance writer and editor and teaches fitness and mind/body classes throughout Summit County.

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