I finally got a bear.
I first laid eyes on Breck Bears when I moved to the High Country back in 2006 or '07. These insanely cute chainsaw carvings showcase wooden bears of various sizes, though I've seen a moose once or twice over the years. This Rocky Mountain-flavored "backyard" art is popular among locals, visitors and second-home owners alike. I've spotted these critters sitting on stoops and on decks across Summit and Eagle counties over the last decade ... surely even more live inside.
Anyhoo, we were filming for Summit This Week when I spotted a bear display on Frisco's Main Street. Located next to the candy shop near the corner of Sixth and Main streets, these well-crafted bitty beasts were calling my name. I only got one, but I have a feeling this love affair with Breck Bears isn't over.
Learn more about Breck Bears or order some online at www.breckbears.com.
Here are a few more picks for things to do around Summit County the next week or so.
Photo: Breck Bears
Let Your Dogs Out
Broken Compass Brewing Company, Breckenridge's newest (dog-friendly) brewery, offers its own taproom off the beaten path on Continental Court. It's over near other Airport Road offerings and Colorado Mountain College if that helps. This tasting room offers real get-lost-in-Summit-County vibes along with its own tribe of well-behaved pooches seeking pats and love. Its cozy main room is complete with beautifully crafted wood accents and a nice, long bar. There's plenty of seating inside (and out during the summer months).
Beer is brewed on site, and beers on tap right now include a Coconut Porter, Chocolate Coffee Stout and a Hefeweizen (otherwise known as The Gurgeler). Um, yum!
Watch a Film Festival
Breckenridge's Colorado Mountain College location will host the 12th annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 21. Local proceeds benefit the Women's Avalanche Scholarship Fund. Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit working to provide education to the growing backcountry community on protection and care of winter environments.
The film festival, hosted by Backcountry Babes in Breckenridge, is touring more than 100 cities across the United States through March 2017. It will showcase 11 short winter-themed films from locations spanning China to California's Sierra region.
The event starts Saturday at 6:30 p.m. with a silent auction. The screening will begin at 7 p.m.
Photo: Lifecycle of a Powderwhore, KGB Productions (the film is part of the festival)
Check Out the Weekly Calendar
Events across Summit County are plentiful over the next few weeks. This weekend offers lots of fun including Keystone's Winter Bluegrass Weekend Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21. The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco will host an EDM Night on Tuesday, Jan. 24 then the Uptown Toodeloo String Band on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The International Snow Sculpture Championships will start in Breckenridge Tuesday, Jan. 24. This multi-day offering will showcase art through Feb. 5.
Photo: Meadow Mountain Bluegrass will perform Saturday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. for Keystone's Winter Bluegrass Weekend.