Global climate change is an ever important part of Earth's history, but there were times it got chilly rather than toasty. Explore the physical elements and movements of glaciers, examine fossils of ice age mammals, and awaken the past with an artist-scientist collaboration that will bring the ice age to life. The symposium will also offer paleo-art galleries and lectures from speakers like Russ Graham and Lou Taylor of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Sat-Sun 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Lose yourself in a weekend of St. Patrick’s Day revelry. Saturday’s warm-up events include rugby matches, and activities for kids until 4 p.m., and live music by Clancy's, Celtic Steps, and Under a Blood Red Sky. The celebration continues on Sunday with more music, food, and (of course) beer. Sat 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Reach back into your closet for that neon one-piece and those tie-dye bandanas because Eldora is going old school. The mountain’s annual Retro Day returns with a nostalgic vengeance, as patrons are encouraged to wear their most embarrassing outfits from the past. The festivities include a live DJ, games, and a contest to determine who's sporting the best retro gear. Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Impress friends and refine your palate with a deeper understanding of wine. Learn to assess the qualities of various varietals (like Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio, and Chardonnay) through sensory cues such as smell, taste, and color. Newly appointed Bonanno Concepts wine director and advanced sommelier Kelly Wooldridge leads participants through the experience-based class. Sat noon-2 p.m.
Learn how to slice and roll sushi at home with this instructional class. Chef Shaun Motoda provides step-by-step instruction in creating a variety of sushi styles, including handrolls (cone-shaped), maki (rolls), nigiri (fish on top of rice), and futomaki (Japanese for "fat roll"). Students are welcomed with a cocktail and will indulge in the delicious sushi prepared in class. Sat noon-2 p.m.
Show off your snow-white winter tan lines in Copper Mountain's bikini contest. Sign up early and be ready to show the judges your creativity and flair as you speed downhill in your bikini or swim trunks. The first prize winner will receive a 2014 Copper Mountain ski pass. Jack’s Slopeside Grill & Bar will have St. Patrick’s Day specials, green beer, and live music for revelers not participating in the contest. Spectators can watch the fun free of charge. Sat 4 p.m.
Celebrate the symphony with the style and pageantry of a polo match. This polo-themed annual fundraiser is hosted by the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra in the beautiful Larson Barn. In addition to a champagne bar, auction items, and pony-less polo, the event will feature performances by the Steamboat String Quartet, Anna Roder, and Keri Rusthoi. Sat 6 p.m.-midnight.
No green beer here! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef and whiskey instead. Dig into this five-course collaboration between Q’s Restaurant and Bushmills Irish Whiskey for a little of both. Each dish (expect seafood, pork, and the requisite corned beef) will be paired with a whiskey variety. Sat 6:30 p.m.
Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, of the 70s folk rock band America, are back on stage and once again performing the notorious singles their band is known for. With songs that blend pop, folk, and rock with an influence of Latin and jazz, jam out and enjoy the mellow groove. Don’t miss long-time singles such as “A Horse with No Name” and “Sister Golden Hair.” Sat 7:30 p.m.
No one embodies Mark Twain better than Hal Holbrook, who has been characterizing one of America’s favorite authors for more than 50 years in his Tony-award winning play. In a one-night-only event, Holbrook will once again don Twain’s famous white locks and suit, bringing humor and authenticity to his legendary one-man show. Expect readings from several of Twain’s writings, both dramatic and comedic along with improvisation from Holbrook, all while in character. Sat 7-9 p.m.