New badge, new tradition

Girl Scouts, Brent Rowan to perform at the Grand

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Guitar wizard Brent Rowan will be performing his first acoustic Christmas concert tonight with singer and keyboardist Regi Stone. They hope to make this an annual tradition.

Members of Girl Scouts Troop 221 have added a new badge to their vests and a new venue to their typical downtown Christmas caroling routine.

The girls will sing carols and play the violin, piano and flute in the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel's main lobby from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. today.

"It will mostly be traditional Christmas carols, including 'Frosty the Snowman,' 'Jingle Bells' and 'Deck the Halls,'" said Sandi Crouch, Girl Scouts troop leader.

Most of the girls have been in the same troop since they were kindergarteners.

"They just enjoy being together and doing stuff," Crouch said. "And they are looking forward to the pizza they are getting afterwards."

The girls are working on earning their bronze award, and doing community service events such as this will help that process.

"The bronze award is the highest award they can get as junior Girl Scouts," Crouch said. "It's kind of a big deal for them."

Following their performance is an acoustic Christmas concert featuring Grammy award-winning guitarist Brent Rowan and singer and keyboardist Regi Stone.

"It's going to be an endearing, warm and introspective kind of evening," said Rowan, a part-time Steamboat resident. "It's more like being talked softly to than being shouted at."

Stone and Rowan are close friends.

"We connected musically a couple years ago and made a couple records," Rowan said. "Our acoustic Christmas concert will include Christmas songs and original songs to try to relate to people, connect with people and share the love of music with everybody."

Rowan said he fell in love with the Yampa Valley the first time he came here in 1992.

"I rented a car in Denver and drove the whole state. The last place I came to was Rabbit Ears during the sunset and went, 'What in the world is this?'" he said. "I was smitten with what I found out later was the Yampa Valley Curse, and it really took hold, and I love connecting with this community."

Rowan and his family spend three or four months of the year in Steamboat.

"I love what Steamboat embraces and stands for," Rowan said. "My goal is to make this concert something everyone will want to do as their Christmas tradition."

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