Rainbow Weekend features activities for everyone

Balloon Rodeo, Art in the Park and performing arts part of annual event

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— Steamboat Springs' Rainbow Weekend offers a diversity of arts and entertainment for all ages to enjoy.

"It's part of the Steamboat tradition and there's so many different elements to it," said Susan Ghysels, public relations director of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

A beautiful display of color will fill the sky at 7:15 a.m. both today and Sunday as almost 50 hot-air balloons launch from the Meadows Lot.

The balloonists will compete in various airborne contests during the morning hours.

The balloon rodeo is only one event for families to enjoy over the weekend.

The 28th annual Art in the Park is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at West Lincoln Park.

"This is the 28th year and there still a sense of community about it," said Nancy Kramer, executive director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. "Everybody comes together to enjoy the arts and entertainment."

More than 125 art and craft vendors will be present. Live entertainment for the event includes We're Not Clowns, music by Greg Scott and the Smokehouse Band, Blue Suede Shoes, the Acorns, the Yampa Valley Boys, the African Drum and Dance Ensemble and 3 Wire.

The Mountain Sports Kayak School and the Yampa Valley Fly Fishermen will also be providing on-site demonstrations.

Kramer said all of the local entertainers get an opportunity to showcase their talent. She said she thinks the community-based talent makes the event special.

"The people in town get to discover something that is really great about us," she said.

Art in the Park has activities for all ages.

The Hands-On! Children's Museum and the Laurel Street School will have activities for children.

"Simba's Safari" will be a special performance at Art in the Park for children. The performance is a rendition of "The Lion King," produced in collaboration with Robin Getter's School of Rhythm and Dance, Strings in the Mountains, Kaleidoscope Art Exploration for Kids and Children's Danceworks.

For people interested in an evening concert, Strings in the Mountains presents "Bass"-ically Beethoven, featuring pieces by Massenet, Bottesini, Dohni and Beethoven at 7 p.m. today at the Strings Tent.

"It's a special concert for a special weekend," said Kay Clagett, Strings in the Mountains president. The concert features renowned musicians such as Nurit Bar-Josef, concertmaster of the National Symphony, and piano player Katherine Collier.

In addition, Perry-Mansfield presents a dance and theater performance. "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is at 7:30 p.m. today at the Julie Harris Theatre and "An evening of Dance" is at 8 p.m. Sunday at the main studio.

The Pro Rodeo Series, entertainment appropriate for the whole family, is at 7:30 p.m. at Romick Arena.

Wrapping up the festivities Saturday night will be a balloon shine at 9 p.m. at the Meadows Lot.

To reach Jamie Hallman call 871-4234

or e-mail newsclerk@steamboatpilot.com

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