Things are finally starting to wind down after an incredibly busy holiday season. Decorations are going back into their boxes to be put in the attic until next year, and locals are beginning to venture back out of their houses (and into grocery stores again). In a resort community, it’s always a mixture of sadness and relief when the holidays are over. Although, if you’re the type who greets the end of the holiday season with spontaneous dancing and cheering, celebrate the end by watching a mound of Christmas trees go up in flames in Frisco on Saturday.
You have until 5 p.m. Saturday to get rid of that Christmas tree that is becoming brittle to the touch. On Jan. 9, the Frisco Nordic Center and town of Frisco will host the 46th annual Frisco Gold Rush benefiting the Summit Nordic Ski Club, and, after the races, there will be the Spontaneous Combustion and a fireworks display at the Frisco Bay Marina at the corner of Summit Boulevard/Highway 9 and Marina Road. The bonfire begins at 6 p.m., with fireworks following at 8 p.m.
Hosted by Backcountry Babes for its 11th year, the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival is taking place on Saturday, Jan. 9 and Sunday, Jan. 10. Check out nine short adventure films, focusing on winter in the backcountry. The national nonprofit, Winter Wildlands Alliance, is dedicated to promoting and preserving winter wildlands and based in Boise, Idaho. After a premiere in the organization’s town, the films travel around the country and world for hundreds of showings. Proceeds from this weekend’s event, as well as silent auction items, will go toward the Backcountry Babes scholarship program. Check out the story on Page 14 for more.
Although the craziness of the holidays is finally winding down, the music venues around town are still hosting night after night of live music. On Friday, Jan. 8, the National Repertory Orchestra is hosting its Strings and Ivory concert at 7 p.m. at the Lord of the Mountains Church in Dillon. The concert will include the playings of five NRO alumni, including violinists Victor Beyens, Timothy Steeves, Maria Park and Sophie Verhaeghe and pianist Lawrence Quinnett. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit six nonprofits in Summit County, including Timberline Learning Center, Advocates for Victims of Assault, Breckenridge Ambassadors Scholarship Fund, Keystone Science School, Summit Community Care Clinic and the Family and Intercultural Resource Center.