Steamboat briefs: Parking unavailable at Hot Air Balloon Rodeo site |

Steamboat briefs: Parking unavailable at Hot Air Balloon Rodeo site

— There will be no public parking at the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo event, which takes place Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10 at Bald Eagle Lake on U.S. Highway 40 south of Steamboat Springs. Free transportation to the site is provided from the Meadows Parking Lot on Pine Grove Road beginning at 6 a.m. both mornings. There is a suggested donation of $5 per car. Due to the event’s convenient location on the edge of town, spectators also are encouraged to walk, ride bikes or take a lodging shuttle. There are no dogs and no smoking allowed at the event due to balloon hazards. For the evening Balloon Glow on Saturday, parking is available at the Mountain Village.

Best of the Boat annual voting set to open Monday, July 11

Voting for Best of the Boat will open Monday, July 11 and continue through Aug. 12.

For the sixth year in a row, Steamboat Living magazine, along with Steamboat Today and Explore Steamboat, will run its annual Best of the Boat survey, giving locals and visitors a chance to chime in on everything they love about Steamboat.

There will be the usual six categories: shopping, dining, food specialties, home and garden, business and community and professionals. New this year, there will be one new surprise category that will be released Monday when the survey launches.

To vote, visit

Winners will be announced at the Best of the Boat Awards Party on Oct. 20, which is when the winter edition of Steamboat Living magazine will be released.

Seminars at Steamboat to begin with elections talk

On the eve of the Republican and Democrat national conventions, Seminars at Steamboat delves into the November elections with political scientist Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.

The free talk starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 11 in the Strings Music Pavilion. Free tickets are distributed at 4:45 p.m., and doors open at the same time.

A contributing writer for The Atlantic and National Journal, Ornstein is also co-director of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and participates in AEI’s Election Watch series. His books include the New York Times bestseller, “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism,” with Thomas E. Mann, and the 2016 revised edition, “It’s Even Worse Than it Was,” which brings the seminal book up-to-date in a political environment that is more divided than ever. Foreign Policy named Ornstein and Mann together among the 2012 Top 100 Global Thinkers “for diagnosing America’s political dysfunction.”

Copies of Ornstein’s book will be available for sale and author signing after his talk. KUNC public radio will air a one-hour edited version of Ornstein’s Seminars talk at 9 p.m. July 18 at 88.5 FM.

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Tribeca-winning documentary about saké screens Tuesday, July 12

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free preview of the new documentary film “The Birth of Saké” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 12 in Library Hall. The film by Eric Sherai won Best Director at the Tribeca Film Festival.

This cinematic documentary reveals the story of passionate saké-makers and what it takes to make world-class saké at Yoshida Brewery, a 144-year-old family-owned small brewery in northern Japan. In a world where most mass produced goods are heavily automated, a small group of manual laborers must brave unusual working conditions to preserve a 2,000-year-old tradition.

While the narrative follows the brewery’s energy and ambition to survive, the characters remain central to the storytelling. As artisans who must dedicate their whole lives to the making of this world-class saké, their private sacrifices are often sizable and unseen.

This special community screening is part of the library’s collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. Visit events for more information.

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