Cheap n' Cheesy does it

Arts council to throw wine-tasting party

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— If you haven't already experienced canned champagne, Wednesday night is your opportunity to crack open a new trend.

Steamboat Springs Arts Council's Cheap and Cheesy Wine Party will offer wine tasting, cheesy hors d'oeuvres and desserts, live entertainment by We're Not Clowns and Dave Willis, and a chance to try Francis Coppola's canned champagne.

"It's hilarious. It has a little straw attached to the outside of it like a Capri-Sun, where you can never get the straw to go in," said Jennifer Jones, director of events and marketing for the Arts Council. "We will have screw-top wines and wine reps there, as well. It's just a party celebrating the finer things on the cheaper side."

The Arts Council will continue to host its traditional private wine dinners, but the Cheap and Cheesy Wine Party is open to everyone. It is an opportunity to sample some less expensive and more reasonable wines than those that will be offered during the third annual Steamboat Wine Festival.

"We feel that wine shouldn't just be for the wealthy," said Katy Kriz, vice president of the Arts Council's board of directors. "There are a lot of good ,inexpensive wines, you just have to know what they are."

The party is a fundraiser for the Arts Council and a prelude to upcoming events, including the fourth annual Beaux Arts Festival.

"It includes 10 days of art and cultural events downtown and on the mountain that celebrate the senses and the creative spirit," Jones said. "A lot will be going on that will show the strength of the arts and cultural community."

To reach Allison Plean, call 871-4204 or e-mail aplean@steamboatpilot.com.
























Thursday, Aug. 311 a.m. The Tread of Pioneers, Yampatika, and Historic Routt County present a summer 2006 Historic Downtown Walking Tour. For ticket information, call (970) 879-22147:30 p.m. Student Recital for the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory. Performance will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. For ticket info call (402) 556-2411.7:30 p.m. The Great American Laughing Stock Co. presents: The Spitfire Grill at the Steamboat Springs Mountain Theater. Call 1-866-707-4648 for more information.7:30 p.m. Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp presents Youth Festival, Dance Concert and Theater performance by intermediate students. Call (970) 879-7125 for more information.7 p.m. Wine on the Mountain Tasting & Reception guests will be "wined and dined" at the Wine on the Mountain Tasting & Reception with a live auction benefiting the Steamboat Springs Arts Council featuring fantastic items including a trip for two to the Oregon wine country.

Friday, Aug. 410 a.m. to 7 p.m. Steamboat Wine Festival events at various locations. Tickets $15 -- $55. Call (303) 777-6887.4 to 7 p.m. The Stroll of Steamboat, an exciting, new event for 2006. Guests will be treated to a leisurely mountain afternoon complete with food and wine when Steamboat's Main Street and downtown area come to life with vintners offering samples of more than 250 wine selections accompanied by great eats.5 to 7 p.m. Fabric, Furniture and Furnishings Exhibit Opening Reception at the Depot.7 p.m. The Emerald City Opera presents Letters to Mozart: Life and Love through his Operas. Call (970) 879-1996 for tickets.8 p.m. Strings in the Mountains Music Festival, Jim Walker with Mike Garson and the Rachel Price Trio (Jazz). Call (970) 879-5056 for ticket information.

Saturday, Aug. 59 to 10:30 a.m. Gallery Talk for Fabric, Furniture And Furnishings at the Depot. Come meet the artists and discuss artwork at the Depot Gallery.10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Steamboat Wine Festival events at various locations. Tickets $15 -- $55. Call (303) 777-6887.11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Strata De Art -- Italian Street Painting at Torian Plum Plaza area on the Mountain.4 p.m. Steamboat Springs Arts Council Silent Auction at the Steamboat Wine Festival Torian Plum Plaza. Call (970) 879-9008.

Sunday, Aug. 6Noon to 4 p.m. Fabric, Furniture and Furnishings Exhibit at the Depot.3 p.m. The Emerald City Opera presents Letters to Mozart: Life and Love through his Operas. Call (970) 879-1996 for tickets.

Tuesday, Aug. 89 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fabric, Furniture and Furnishings Exhibit at the Depot.

Wednesday, Aug. 99 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fabric, Furniture and Furnishings Exhibit at the Depot.11 a.m. Strings in the Mountains Music Festival, Norman Foote and his Animated Wall of Sound, Youth Concert at the Music Festival Park Tent.6 p.m. Cheap and Cheesy Wine Party, a wine-tasting event that also includes cheesy hors d'oeuvres and desserts. The Depot Art Center. $40 per person. Call (970) 879-9008.

Thursday, Aug. 1011 a.m. Free Music on the Green, Chamber Music presented by Strings in the Mountains Music Festival. Call (970) 879-5056.

Friday, Aug. 115:30 p.m. The Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series presents Matt Costa. Call (970) 879-9008.

Saturday, Aug. 12The Steamboat Springs Mountain Theater presents a live Western melodrama. For tickets, call 1-866-707-4648.

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