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Breckenridge — time to stomp!

Preparations for the 2013 Snow Sculpture Championships begin

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Photos and story by Jenney Coberly

BRECKENRIDGE — Creating art requires serious preparation, and the International Snow Sculpture Championship in Breckenridge is no exception. Before the artists can begin their ephemeral masterpieces, dozens of volunteers and town employees gathered this week at the Riverwalk to “stomp” 20-ton blocks of snow.

The Riverwalk Center parking lot bustled with activity as construction of snow monoliths commenced. Workers use a crane to assemble the big construction forms for holding the snow as it is compacted. Operators drive bulldozers and operate giant snowblowers to get the snow into the forms. Once a sufficient layer of snow is deposited, volunteers climb up a scaffolding and then down a ladder into the form to stomp the snow firmly into place.

Snow stomping will continue until Friday, January 18. Opening ceremonies kick off the start of sculpting on Tuesday, January 22, and the artists work morning, noon and night until early Saturday morning, January 19. The snow sculptures will be on display, weather permitting, until February 3.

Visit the GoBreck website for the schedule and complete information about the event.

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Streets of Afghanistan come to life in Breckenridge

Immersive exhibit at the Riverwalk Center July 1

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Reprinted with permission from Summit Sojourner.

BRECKENRIDGE — It’s been four years since Shannon Galpin first exhibited at the Riverwalk Center. This week, she returns with an exhibit that is now touring nationally as a fundraiser for Mountain2Mountain’s work in Afghanistan with women and children.

Four years ago, Mountain2Mountain was born in Breckenridge, as an organization fighting for the rights and future of women and girls in conflict zones – where women’s rights are the most often trampled. In that initial fundraiser, the Breckenridge community came together to raise over $100,000 in a historic night at the Riverwalk Center, which led to the construction and support of two girls schools in Pakistan. Since then, Mountain2Mountain has focused its own efforts in Afghanistan; working in the women’s prisons, creating education and health care access in rural communities, and working with urban youth to find their voice through art and music. Continue reading

Photoblog: Lovett and Hiatt in Breckenridge

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt put on an amazing concert for a packed and enthusiastic house at Riverwalk Center

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BRECKENRIDGE — Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt wowed the crowd at the Riverwalk Center Thursday night. Their personalities, humor, style, great singing voices and beautiful guitar work made the show a rare pleasure. Anyone in the audience not already a fan walked away as one by the end of the evening.

The stage presence and synergy between the two is mesmerizing. They clearly love what they do, and the audience loved watching them do it. Their banter was full of easy and understated humor and was well appreciated. They mostly sang separately, but did harmonies on two songs, including “Thing Called Love” in this video:

Also, check out these photos from the recent U2 show in Denver.

Summit County: Summer heating up with entertainment

A plethora of events to choose from Thursday to Sunday

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt play at the Riverwalk Center June 16.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Locals and visitors alike have lots to choose from this weekend. Click on the links for each activity for more information.

There is still lawn seating available for the June 16 Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt concert at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets, and video and audio feeds will be provided for the lawn crowd. Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster, or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available directly from the Riverwalk Center either online or at their box office.

The Frisco BBQ challenge is back again June 16-18. Check out last year’s great photoblog here on Summit Voice.

Breckenridge will hold its annual town party on Friday, June 17, from 4 to 9 pm at the Riverwalk Center.

The Frisco Rowing Center will hold its Open House from 8 to 10 am on Saturday, June 18. Stop by and learn why sculling is such fun and great exercise to boot. Check out the recent Summit Voice article about the rowing center.

The National Repertory Orchestra opening night is June 18, at the Riverwalk Center.

Breckenridge Kingdom Days has great activities on June 18 and 19 for the whole family, including free admission to all museums and tours, and culminating in the Outhouse Races and community barbeque on Sunday afternoon. Check out the recent Summit Voice article featuring the new Saloon Tour.

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