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Musicians spice up dinner

Entertainment a big part of Realtors holiday feast

Danie Harrelson

— Those who attend the community dinner on Christmas Day can tap their toes while they fill their plates.

And they can keep up the toe-tapping long after their plates are cleared.

The dinner, sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, provides more than a free meal and fellowship.

The event promises entertainment as well.

That means the music and amusements should run from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., said Chris Sachs, a local Realtor who chairs the community dinner on the board’s behalf.

Long before the need for musicians and performers goes out to the community, people call with an interest in donating their talents for the afternoon, she said. A number of people regularly perform every Christmas, but newcomers make an appearance as well.

“Some of them are going to be back again this year, and then we have some new people,” Sachs said.

A few time slots remain open on the loose schedule of entertainment for interested musicians and performers, she added. And a full schedule has never deterred people from bringing their talent to share, she said.

“A lot of people will just show up with a guitar or keyboard and just jam,” she said.

Some acts bring their own sound equipment, and others offer an acoustic performance.

Sachs said many people look at their time before the crowd as an excellent opportunity for community service and a way to have fun.

Entertainers are not only musicians. Storytellers, jugglers and other performers join the mix of talent.

The musical styles should satisfy all tastes, Sachs said, with selections of classical, bluegrass, country/western and soft rock traditionally played. Old and young can expect something that suits their preferences.

“Whoever plays, tries to play what is appropriate for the crowd,” she said.

Sachs took on the chairman’s role in 2000 after Glenna Clark Olmsted first organized the event 10 years ago.

Anyone interested in playing or performing at the dinner should call Sachs at 879-8100.


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