Children invited to write Christmas letters to Santa Claus
The Steamboat Pilot & Today and Main Street Steamboat are partnering to again collect Dear Santa letters from children during the holiday season. Kids are invited to drop off their letters to Santa at the Santa Hut, located on the front lawn of Bank of the West on Lincoln Avenue, or at the newspaper office, 1901 Curve Plaza. Letters can also be emailed to Editor Lisa Schlichtman at lschlichtman@SteamboatToday.com. Letters must be dropped off or emailed by Monday, Dec. 18 for publication in the Sunday, Dec. 24 issue of the newspaper.
Polish biopic about Wladyslaw Strzeminski screens Wednesday
Bud Werner Memorial Library’s free foreign film series continues with Polish director Andrzej Wajda’s passionate biopic about avant-garde artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski, “Afterimage,” screening at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 at the Chief Theater.
The film looks at the last years of Strzeminski, Poland’s best-known interwar artist and a theoretician. The film opens with Strzeminski, a controversial and visionary artist (who only started painting after he became a double amputee), working in his apartment, only to be interrupted by the unfurling of the Soviet flag outside his window.
“Afterimage” refers to a series of late-1940s Solarist paintings by Strzeminski, who was friends with Marc Chagall, Alexander Rodchenko and Kazimir Malevich.
The film screens in Polish with English subtitles. Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.
Historic Hot Springs Loop wins Industry Collaboration Award
The statewide industry advocacy group Colorado Business Roundtable recently held its inaugural Collaboration in Industry Awards event, and the winner of the Tourism and Outdoor Recreation category was the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop, a partnership between five western Colorado destinations, including Steamboat Springs, that features 19 thermal mineral water attractions. The award recognizes successful alliances that strengthen Colorado’s business ecosystem.
“The Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop project represents an extremely successful public/private partnership between destination marketing organizations/chamber resort associations, the Colorado Tourism Office, and private businesses,” said CHHSL project manager Vicky Nash, owner of Resort Trends, Inc., in a news release. “We are very proud of our accomplishments and are so honored to be recognized.”
It began in the fall of 2015, when the five Colorado hot springs destinations — Chaffee County, Pagosa Springs, Ouray County, Glenwood Springs and Steamboat Springs — formulated a strategy to leverage their resources. Each partner contributed $5,000, which enabled the initiative to secure a Colorado Tourism Office Marketing Matching Grant Fund for a $50,000 total budget for two consecutive years.
Much of the first nine months was devoted to product development including creating collateral marketing materials, a map, brochures and videos produced in four languages. Since then, the campaign has taken off, and the CHHSL has effectively increased consumer interest in visiting hot springs destinations in western Colorado.
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