Breckenridge Magazine Spotlight
Some 150 years ago, miners trudged into the small town of Breckenridge, eager to be among the fortunate to find gold and reap their fortunes. The Gold Rush populated the town; brothels, bars, and cafes lined Main Street.
That was then; this is now. The 150-year anniversary of Breckenridge in 2009 gives visitors and residents the chance to reflect on the town’s history by viewing historic sites, exploring museums and realizing how far Breckenridge has come since the days of yore.
Breckenridge officials take pride in the complete restoration of the 1875 Edwin Carter Museum, to be unveiled in spring 2009.
Carter was the town’s original naturalist who paved the way for Breckenridge’s environmental efforts. The miner-turned taxidermist, turned scientist is honored with a new theater room and interactive center, where children can engage in hands-on activities related to Carter’s work.
The Breck150 Retro Ski Weekend on April 4, 2009 includes a fashion show of ski apparel through the decades. Tours through historic mines, old-time arts and crafts, historic hikes, and the annual Outhouse Races also spice up the Breck150.
For more information, call 970-453-5064.
“SEVENS” DEBUTS MEDITERRANEAN FLAIR
Sevens, the new restaurant in the elaborate ski-in/ski-out Grand Lodge at Peak 7, offers sit-down dining for breakfast and lunch (with dinner service starting this coming summer).
Although highlighting a Mediterranean flair, the menu offers a varied fare, including Italian and Asian dishes.
Walk to Sevens from the BreckConnect gondola station and have a comfortable morning or noon entrée — everything from a Dutch Baby Pancake to a three-inch thick fluffy custard bake for breakfast and delights like wood fired oven pizza, super salads and a noodle bowl later in the day.
All are moderately priced. Or stop by the Sevens Express window for a quick bit of sustenance between runs.
For more information about the many amenities of Peak 7, on the slopes and off, call 970-453-5000 or visit www.breckenridge.snow.com.
A CREATIVE WORK IN PROGRESS
Town fathers envisioned a cutting-edge arts campus in the heart of Breckenridge. To make it so, historic buildings at South Ridge Street and East Washington Avenue are under renovation to house a ceramics studio, performance arts venue, artist in residence studios, workshop spaces and more.
The Tin Shop continues to be the creative epicenter with visiting guest artists scheduled for this summer. And, the new studio spaces in the rehabilitated Fuqua Livery Stable, the ceramics studio in the relocated Quandary Antiques cabin, along with the installation of walkways and patios, and the arts campus take shape before your eyes.
For a full calendar of art workshops, from textiles and painting to ceramics and beading for children, teens and adults, visit www.townofbreckenridge.com or call 970-453-2251.
Welcome to the New Riverwalk Center
Madonna, we’ll miss you. Gone is the twin-pointed tent that provided a summer venue for performances by the National Repertory Orchestra and Breckenridge Music Festival for the last ten years.
Here to stay is the permanent, solid roofed cultural and arts center offering future audiences and performers decades of enriching experiences. Returning visitors to the new Riverwalk Center will notice the improved acoustics, temperature control and lighting. Seating capacity remains at an ample 750. Because the new center can be darkened, the Breckenridge Festival of Film happily has found an impressive venue for its showings.
The renovation of the Riverwalk Center also provides the ability to extend its current season; however, though heated, it is expected to remain a seasonal facility that perhaps offers occasional winter performances.
The Madonna tent established itself as the cornerstone of the Breckenridge cultural community. It abdicates to this new, progressive hallmark, with a grand opening set for June 2008.
The Breckenridge community helped raise $1.1 million as a commitment to embracing a permanent legacy for culture and arts. The Town of Breckenridge plans to pick up the almost $3 million balance.For more information, contact the Town of Breckenridge at 970-453-3187 or visit www.townofbreckenridge.com.
Art in a Stable
The Arts District of Breckenridge is a pedestrian-friendly campus under construction on the corner of Washington Avenue and South Ridge Streets. Its goal is to provide indoor and outdoor spaces for several resident artist studios, workshops and cultural events using rehabilitated structures and new facilities. This exciting project is the result of a partnership with the Town of Breckenridge and the State Historical Fund.
The Fuqua livery stable here has been taken apart in 11 pieces and reassembled, preserving its historic exterior, but designing the interior to be home to three new art studios.
Now in its fourth year of restoring and rebuilding, the Arts District holds workshops for children, teens and adults at the Robert Whyte House, and houses guest artists at the Tin Shop. Relocating Breckenridge’s old Quandary Antiques building here and transforming it into a ceramic studio will help complete the goal of an eight building district with connecting sidewalks.
The vision for the district is to provide spaces for artists to work, while offering public interaction with open studio hours and workshops.
For more information, call 970-547-3116 or visit www.townofbreckenridge.com.
Gearing Up For 150
Next year, in 2009, the Victorian mining town of Breckenridge turns 150 years old. Now a world-class resort destination, it oozes history from almost every door in town. Trying to corral and preserve all this history is the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance.
“The crown jewel of the historic showcases for the birthday celebration will be the rehabilitation of the Edwin Carter Museum,” explains Linda Kay Peterson, executive director of the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance. Carter, who was part of the 1859 gold rush, collected thousands of wildlife specimens – so many, in fact, that they were used to launch the Denver Museum of Natural History. His passion as a naturalist extinguished his desire for mining.
“Breckenridge’s Carter Museum re-do will present an interactive place of learning, instead of a collection of dusty exhibits. The ceiling will be raised to the rafters to exhibit Carter’s bird specimens. And, there will be a theater room to chronicle his life and legacy,” Peterson notes.
In time for next summer’s birthday bash, the town hopes to highlight the saw mill on the Wakefield property on the south edge of town. Plans are underway to bring locomotive engine No. 9 into downtown Breckenridge as a tribute to the importance of the railroad in the town’s history.
For more information, call 970-547-7643 or visit www.breckheritage.com