Culture Galore in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Steamboat is fast earning a reputation in the cultural arena with its award-winning programs including public arts, Steamboat Arts Council, Emerald City Opera, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Center, Strings in the Mountains, Beaux Arts Festival, Literary Sojourn, Botanical Gardens, Tread of Pioneer Museum and Artisans in a multitude of mediums. When you think of this small ranching town, located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, cultural now stretches far outside the traditional cowboy culture.
LITERARY SOJOURN: For the past 11 years, book lovers from across the country have gathered annually in Steamboat Springs to celebrate the joy of reading and meet the creators of their favorite books. The 2003 Literary Sojourn: Steamboat Springs Festival of Authors will be held on September 13th and feature Dr. Regina Barreca, a humor author, editor, columnist, professor and frequent guest on "Oprah," National Public Radio and the BBC, as the Master of Ceremonies. Throughout the event authors share their thoughts on the characters in their stories, their lives as writers and how they create their published works. Past celebrity speakers include Pulitzer Prize winner E. Annie Proulx; best-selling mystery authors Robert Crais, Tony Hillerman and Michael Connelly; and Oprah's Book Club authors Chris Bohjalian, Jacquelyn Mitchard and Andre Dubus III. For additional information contact the Bud Werner Memorial Library at 970-879-0240, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore & Coffeehouse at 1-800-898-6830 or visit the Web site at www.literarysojourn.org
FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: Every summer Steamboat Springs brings musical artists — from up-and-coming singers to bands that are household names — to the Yampa Valley to perform for its Free Summer Concert Series. The shows, which are held at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area or the Howelsen Hill Amphitheater, are scheduled at various dates throughout June, July and August. There is no charge for admission and all ages are welcome.
BEAUX ARTS FESTIVAL: This August Steamboat Springs will unveil its newest event for art-lovers, the. The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is coordinating this 10-day event to celebrate the creation and appreciation of art in all its forms, including visual, architectural, performing and culinary arts. The festival will run August 8 – 17, 2003. Some event highlights will include music and party events, such as free concerts, the Sculpture Yard Stomp arts party, a piano concert hosted by Strings in the Mountains Festival of Music, a wine dinner, cooking demos and wine pairings, a jazz brunch, and the Emerald City Opera's presentations of the "Magic Flute."