Summit County gets some good exposure, featured in several articles!
By Paul Tolme
“Is it time to buy that dream ski home? With the real estate market in the deep freeze, there are some deals, albeit few steals. And the Russians are coming. “
The Low Down on the High Country
Starting this year, all Vail Resorts passes will have a new radio frequency technology that allows skiers to scan without getting their passes out of their pockets.
Skiers and snowboarders will be greeted this year with new terrain, new lifts and new amenities at local resorts. Breckenridge will open the Peak 7 base area at the Crystal Peak Lodge. This is the first new base area since 1971. This will include new snowmaking capability that will ensure Peak 7 will have good skiing by Christmas. Keystone is replacing the River Run gondola which will double it’s capacity. A-Basin is adding 300 more parking spaces and added a deck at the Black Mountain Lodge. Finally, Copper plans to complete the extreme sports training facility, Camp Woodward.
Water Tower Place will offer 42 residential units and 14,000 square feet of commercial space near Frisco’s Main Street when it is completed. It will be green certified and act as an extension of Main St. Two buildings will be entirely residential. The units facing Granite Street will have commercial space. The residential units will range from $600,000 – $900,000 with luxury townhomes topping $1,000,000. There wll also be 8 affordable housing units available.
Due to some concern from members of the public over Peak 6 expansion at the Breckenridge ski area the US Forest Service will delay a draft environmental study by 6 months, until early winter of 2008-2009.
BRECKENRIDGE MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES
2008 BLUE RIVER SERIES
The Breckenridge Music Festival is thrilled to announce it’s Blue River Series at the Riverwalk Center for the 2008 Season! The Blue River Series is the BMF’s non-classical concert series and the presenting sponsor of the 2008 BRS is Millennium Bank. This summer will offer something for everyone, from country and Celtic to American folk and rock.
The Blue River Series will kick off on Friday, June 27 with Richie Havens. Richie Havens has one of the most recognizable voices in popular music which has inspired and electrified audiences from Woodstock, to the Clinton Presidential Inauguration. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show; performance begins at 7:30pm. www.richiehavens.com
On Thursday July 10, Cowboy Junkies with special guest Monahans will be performing at the Riverwalk Center. Cowboy Junkies formed in Toronto in 1985 and few bands have lasted nearly as long with their original line-up intact, and fewer still have created as consistently satisfying a body of work. Joining Cowboy Junkies will be Monahans who are able to remind us that qualitative adjectives like ‘ambient’ and ‘tranquil’ are not antithetical to rock & roll. Tickets are $34 in advance and $39 day of show; performance begins at 7:30pm. www.cowboyjunkies.com Sponsored by ResortQuest Breckenridge.
On Sunday July 20, the BRS is excited to present An Evening with Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy. MacMaster’s enthusiastic charm and extraordinary skill has landed her star billing on the international folk circuit and multiple Grammy nominations. MacMaster continues to stun crowds around the globe with her feverish fiddling and mesmerizing step dancing. Donnell Leahy, fiddle player from “Leahy” the Canadian Celtic powerhouse, joins Natalie for this evening of Celtic revelry. Tickets are $28 in advance and $34 day of show; performance begins at 7:30pm. www.nataliemacmaster.com
The Blue River Series will welcome BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet on Tuesday, July 29. Since forming in 1975, Grammy winners BeauSoleil have claimed their undisputed role as the most esteemed Cajun group in music today. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show; performance begins at 7:30pm. www.rosebudus.com/tourdates/beausoleil.html
Sunday, August 3 Robert Earl Keen will perform at the Riverwalk Center as a part of the BRS. Among the large contingent of talented songwriters who emerged in Texas in the 1980s and 1990s, Robert Earl Keen struck an unusual balance between sensitive story-portraits (“Corpus Christi Bay”) and raucous barroom fun (“That Buckin’ Song”). Keen is popular with traditional country music fans, folk music fans, the college radio crowd and alt-country fans. Tickets are $24 in advance and $29 day of show; performance beings at 7:30pm. www.robertearlkeen.com .
Emerson Drive comes to shake things up at the Riverwalk Center Sunday August 10. Following the smash success of their 2006 Countrified album, Emerson Drive is an Academy of Country Music 2008 award nominee for Top Vocal Group and Song Of The Year. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of show; performance begins at 7:30pm. www.emersondrive.com Sponsored by Millennium Bank.
On Sunday August 17, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage will wrap up the 2008 Blue River Series at the Riverwalk Center. The hardest working woman in bluegrass music is on the road in support of her new album Good Thing Going which has topped Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums Chart, Bluegrass Unlimited’s Top 15 Bluegrass Albums Chart and Bluegrass Music Profile’s Top 10 Bluegrass CDs Chart. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show; performance will begin at 7:30pm. www.myspace.com/rhondavincent13 Sponsored by Gordon, Hughes & Banks, LLP.
To purchase tickets to any of the Blue River Series concerts call the Riverwalk Center Box Office at 970. 547.3100 or visit www.breckenridgemusicfestival.com and click ‘BUY TICKETS ONLINE NOW!” to purchase tickets via the internet.