Sisters in Steamboat weekend event returns for 3rd year

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Schedule of events

■ Friday

Noon to 4 p.m. Early Registration at the MainStreet Steamboat Springs office, 751 Yampa St.

3 to 4 p.m. Colorado beer tasting at Cellar Liquors

5 to 7 p.m. Welcome party at Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library

■ Saturday

8 to 9:30 a.m. Continental breakfast and workshop registration at Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library

9 to 10 a.m. Keynote speaker Dr. Ron Krall on sleep and health, Library Hall

10:15 to 11:15 a.m. “Feng Shui: Deep Sleep and Dynamic Living” with Nicolette Vajtay, Library Hall

10:15 to 11:45 a.m. “Dream Journaling: Writing in the Dark” with Susan De Wardt, Library Conference Room

1 to 2 p.m. “Sleep Solutions: How to Catch More ZZZ’s” with Michelle Watters-Yackey of the Yampa Valley Medical Center Sleep Study Center

2 to 3:30 p.m. Historic downtown walking tour with docent Katy Taylor

7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Pajama party, Library Hall

Listed are events that are free with Sisters in Steamboat registration. A Sisters in Steamboat wristband earns discounts at several other workshops and events and at local businesses. The cost is $75 to participate in the entire weekend. For $20, women can attend only the pajama party on Saturday evening.

Online: Visit www.downtownsteamboat.org for a full list.

— While also a play on a famous chick flick, the theme of this year’s Sisters in Steamboat weekend really is aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles.

Tracy Barnett, manager of MainStreet Steamboat Springs, said it’s a statistical fact that women do not get as much sleep as they want.

So with the theme of “Sleepless in Steamboat,” this year’s Sisters weekend will feature workshops, seminars, keynotes and local activities centered on sleep, rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.

“There was a talk at last year’s event, and they said one of the biggest things for general health is that you have to get enough sleep,” Barnett said. “And all the woman turned to each other and said, ‘I don’t sleep, do you sleep?’”

The third annual Sisters in Steamboat weekend kicks off Friday with a welcome party at 5 p.m. at Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

MainStreet launched the event three years ago to add a fall event to a typically slow time of year.

Barnett said the event is aimed at offering a community for women to forge bonds with friends, family and acquaintances, but it was also designed to stimulate the offseason economy.

“The goal of doing it in October is it’s a slow time of year for our restaurants (and) our shops, and it’s also a beautiful time of year,” she said. “We were trying to get a bunch of women shopping, get them together to spend some time.”

The event also serves as a fundraiser for the American Heart Association and the Yampa Valley Medical Center Sleep Study Center.

Barnett said organizers hoped registration numbers would grow from last year with a large advertising push on the Front Range. The numbers, however, stayed steady at about 60 advance registrants. Many people register when the weekend begins on Friday with the welcome party.

Barnett said that if MainStreet breaks even on the event this year, it will move ahead with planning the 2012 event. But if it loses money like last year, it might be time to give up on Sisters in Steamboat.

Still, Barnett thinks it’s a worthy event.

“Nobody else is marketing anything this time of year,” she said. “All I hear is, ‘It’s offseason.’”

This year’s event partners with several businesses in town like Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, spas and liquor stores.

Cellar Liquors is organizing a “wiking” event (wine tasting plus hiking) at a secret location, and there will be workshops on bedroom Feng Shui and therapeutic art.

Saturday features a pajama party at Library Hall with everything from nail painting to Zumba class. Fuzzy slippers are encouraged.

Local writer and life coach Susan De Wardt said the activities offered during Sisters weekend all contribute to personal growth and development.

De Wardt has been involved with Sisters since its inception and will offer Tarot card readings on Saturday along with a Dream Journaling workshop.

Sisters in Steamboat “gives back to the women, to ourselves and to our friends who are maybe are real sisters or maybe just sisters in spirit,” she said. “I think women need to be in a community. A little retreat now and then is good for the soul.”

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@SteamboatToday.com

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