Give Back and Get Moving in Summit County This Week

By Samantha Blair | Monday, May 15, 2017

As spring fades into summer, it's time to appreciate our beautiful mountain towns and backyards and dance in the name of sunshine. This week’s events encourage people to give back to their communities and get moving. Here are a few suggestions.

Country Western Dancing 

Pull on those cowboy boots and get ready for a taste of the West with country western dancing. Come to Silverthorne Pavilion on Friday, May 19, for dance lessons from Michael “Tex” DeGarie. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and open dancing will take place from 8-11 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door, and all ages are welcome. A cash bar will be available, but guests are encouraged to bring their own drinks and snacks.

Photo: Summit Country Western Dancing with Michael-Tex-DeGarie Facebook 

Brewery Birthday Bash

Broken Compass Brewing Company is turning three on Saturday, May 20, and they are pulling out all the stops for the ultimate birthday bash from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The first 50 people to buy beers will get complimentary breakfast burritos, and there will be a free pig roast at 1 p.m. Get your dancing shoes ready for an awesome line-up of live music with The Amelias, Norman Wagner, DJ Crisp, The Hollywood Farmers and El Paso Lasso.

Enjoy experimental small-batch brews released hourly, the normal 13-beer lineup at multiple pouring stations and the usual IPAs under the IPA tent.

Photo: Broken Compass Brewing Facebook

Spring Yard Sale for a Cause

Swing by the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District parking lot on Saturday, May 20, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to peruse the Spring Yard Sale. You'll find clothes, furniture and household items collected from their Storage Wars auctions over the last year. FDRD will use all proceeds to continue forest stewardship throughout the county.

Town Clean Ups

The snow is melted and winter’s trash is turning up everywhere. Help keep Breckenridge beautiful by volunteering at the Town Clean Up on May 20. Meet in Carter Park at 9 a.m. for your maps, gloves and trash bags. As a thank you to all those participating, the Town of Breckenridge is hosting the Home Grown Mountain Jams to play live music during a big barbecue lunch at noon.

Frisco could use some sprucing up too, and you can help at the Town Clean Up. Check in at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, at the Frisco Historic Park & Museum to receive assignments, gloves and trash bags as well as meal, drink and prize tickets for later. After the cleanup enjoy live music and lunch served by Frisco Town Council members at the Zero Waste Picnic in the Frisco Historic Park.

Shakin’ in Your Swimwear at the Basin

On Saturday, May 20, sport your best bathing suit at the second annual family-friendly Swimwear Day at A-BasinThose who dress up will be given a free raffle ticket to win awesome prizes.

From 1 to 4 p.m., enjoy the Shakin’ at the Basin Spring Concert Series and dance to live “high-octane Rocky Mountain dance grass” by White Water Ramble in the Base Area Plaza. Saturday also happens to be Colorado Public Lands Day, and awesome organizations and companies like Rocky Mountain Underground, Conservation Colorado and Snowriders International will be set up at the base to dance and share their missions.

Photo: A-Basin Events Calendar

More Dancing

Watch the students of Alpine Dance Academy perform in the Spring Recital on Saturday, May 20. The show will begin at 6 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students. Act I is made up of all Disney acts, and Act II is a tribute to favorite artists who have passed away.

Enjoy performances by nearly 60 dancers of all ages in styles ranging from hip hop to ballet at the Silverthorne Dance Recital. The end of the season performance is a fun way to celebrate all of the dancers’ hard work. Come watch at the Silverthorne Pavilion from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 22.

Open Space and Trails Open House

Think you know all the best spots to play outside in Breckenridge? Swing by Breckenridge Recreation Center Monday, May 22, from 6-7 p.m. to get the lowdown on the Open Space & Trails program. You'll learn about the summer trail projects, volunteer opportunities and meet the Open Space Staff and Breckenridge Open Space Advisory Commission.

Water-Safety Treasure Hunt

In honor of National Water Safety Month, brush up on your water-safety skills at the Silverthorne Recreation Center with a treasure hunt on the Silver Seas. Show that you can save your “matey” to earn pirate loot. These activities are a free and fun way to prepare for a safe summer on and around the water. 

These are just a few of the fun events happening around Summit County this week. Please visit our daytime and nightlife sections to learn more. 

About the Author Samantha Blair
Born and raised in Breckenridge, Samantha Blair has returned to live in Summit County as a writer and ski instructor. She has written for publications, companies and organizations from Santiago, Chile, to Rhode Island. When she is not traveling abroad or visiting family on the East Coast, Samantha is enjoying all of the skiing, hiking and adventures in Summit County and around Colorado.