Sisters in Steamboat Weekend to begin today in Steamboat |

Sisters in Steamboat Weekend to begin today in Steamboat

Event to include motivational workshops, store specials

Margaret Hair

— On Saturday morning, Steamboat Springs counselor Diane McCrann will ask a group of women a question that seems to draw a lot of interest: “Are you living the life you imagined?”

“I’ve done retreats and workshops responding to that question before, and women just really – I don’t know what it is about it – but they really are drawn to that question,” said McCrann, who owns the Oak Street counseling business Woman to Woman.

Her one-hour Saturday workshop has been one of the most popular sessions among women registering for Mainstreet Steamboat Springs’ inaugural Sisters in Steamboat Weekend, which is scheduled Friday through Sunday. The series of workshops, social gatherings, retail events and restaurant specials is geared toward biological sisters or any women who feel a sisterly bond, Mainstreet manager Tracy Barnett said.

McCrann, who is working on a book about sisters, contacted Barnett about leading a workshop during the event, which also includes sessions about photography, raw foods, journaling and self-empowerment.

Registration for Sisters in Steamboat is open through Friday, with early check-in from noon to 4 p.m. at the Mainstreet office at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue, and a welcome reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at Harwigs/L’Apogee. There are yoga sessions Saturday and Sunday morning and workshops through the day Saturday. Registration for the weekend costs $60.

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Barnett hoped to register 50 women for the inaugural event; by Tuesday afternoon, 70 women already had registered, Barnett said. Most of those signed up by Tuesday are not locals, though many are coming to visit women who live here, she said.

The idea for a weekend of female-focused activities and empowerment workshops came from a similar event in St. Charles, Ill. Barnett heard about the event at a convention in March, and she started planning Sisters in Steamboat – which includes participation from several downtown apparel and jewelry stores and restaurants – as soon as she got home, she said.

“October is a pretty quiet month for retail and restaurants, and I was trying to find something past Labor Day that : would bring shopping dollars and people both to Steamboat Springs and from Steamboat Springs and get them downtown and spending time and money,” Barnett said.

Jenny Wall – who was on the Sisters in Steamboat organizing committee and whose Moose Mountain Trading Co. is an event sponsor – said the weekend is designed to be an annual event that leaves room for participants to make their own plans.

“We have some specific things that are set up, but bottom line, everyone was just encouraged to make their own plans,” Wall said.

Moose Mountain donated pink-and-red lanyards that Sisters in Steamboat participants will use to get into workshops and receive discounts at local businesses.

Barnett hopes the event will grow in the next few years, bulking up a shoulder-season weekend and keeping a home base in downtown Steamboat, she said.

Weekend event schedule


– Early registration, noon to 4 p.m. at the Mainstreet Steamboat Springs office, Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue

– Welcome wine reception, 5 to 7 p.m. at Harwigs/L’Apogee, 911 Lincoln Ave.


– Morning yoga classes, 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Yoga Center of Steamboat, 701 Yampa St.

– Continental breakfast, 8 to 10 a.m. at Bud Werner Memorial Library

– “Give yourself permission to play,” workshop with author Jill Murphy Long, 9 a.m. at the library

– “Celebrating ourselves,” journaling workshop with life coach Susan de Wardt, 10:15 a.m. at the library

– “Health and wellness: The benefits of living on live foods,” nutrition and raw foods workshop with Hayden Farmers Market manager Suzanne Banning, 10:15 a.m. at the library

– “Are you living the life you imagined?” motivational workshop with counselor and Woman to Woman business owner Diane McCrann, 11:30 a.m. at the library

– Hiking, biking and walking tours, starting at 1 p.m.

– Walking photography tour with Debbi Funston, 4 p.m. at Howelsen Place, 703 Lincoln Ave.

– Wild Women in the West party, with a disc jockey, Western dancing, drinks, snacks and costume contests, 7 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, upstairs at 111 Eighth St.; admission is $20 for anyone not registered for the full weekend


– Morning yoga classes, 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Yoga Center of Steamboat, 701 Yampa St.

– Coffee tasting and pairings with Julie Spitzley, of Storm Mountain Coffee Roasters, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, 68 Ninth St.

– The registration fee for all weekend workshops, discounts and other events is $60. Register at the Mainstreet Steamboat Springs office or at A complete list of restaurant specials, related weekend happenings, store specials, trunk shows, spa specials and more is on the events page of the Mainstreet Web site; scroll to the bottom of the page for attached listings. Call Tracy Barnett at 846-1800 for more information.