River Run Village New Events Center

River Run Village Pavilions at Keystone

The Pavilions at Keystone is a new development project in River Run Village which will focus on family-friendly entertainment. Encompassing everything from concerts and theatre performances to films and more, the Pavilions at Keystone will be a great way to enjoy Keystone after skiing. The pavilions at Keystone are also available for private functions (such as weddings, corporate events, or family reunions). The PAK (Pavilions at Keystone) will be a year-round structure and provide Keystone with the opportunity to offer year-round opportunities for the arts and culture. The greater Keystone area has a few other theatres and venues, but not in the heart of River Run Village. The PAK project has been in development for many years and the Keystone Neighbourhood Company has finally found a way to make it work.

The Keystone Neighbourhood Company has been hoping to build a large, permanent venue for art performances available all year, but the price of a new building was out of their reach. Currently, the KNC (Keystone Neighbourhood Company) operates a large tent. However, the tent is only available in the summer, as it cannot combat the cold winter. The compromise is to build a semi-permanent ‘sprung structure’ that is operable year-round and deflects the cold. The new technology is quite amazing. The new year-round tent will feature environmentally friendly PVC walls surrounding a thick layer of insulation. This allows the structure to be thick enough to keep out the cold and light enough to be taken down and reconstructed if need be. The facility will also feature in-floor radiant heating, a ‘state-of-the-art’ bar and removable stages; making it a truly multi-purpose facility for any need. The KNC is expecting this structure to work for approximately fourteen years, while they wait to raise funds for a permanent building.

The PAK will be adjacent to the Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre. The Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre is a permanent outdoor facility which mainly hosts children’s theatre, but also holds weddings and sometimes concerts. However, the Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre has limited electrical and lighting capabilities and this is why the Pavilions will be welcomed by the locals and vacationers alike. The year-round facility will help increase the activity in the River Run Village area and also in Keystone. There is some other nearby theatres, in Breckenridge and in Dillon, but for those wanting to stay exclusively in Keystone the Pavilions in Keystone is the way to go!

The Pavilions at Keystone has been operating since 2002, offering art camps and summer performances to all. The new project is slated for completion in July 2010 and will be a welcome addition to the River Run Village area’s energy and fun. Events are being offered in Keystone and are available for you to research or sign-up. I am personally excited for the Music in the Mountains Concert Series on Sundays and (for families) the Children’s Theatre Production of Rapunzel: A Family Rock Musical. Other events include the Annual Blues Festival and Art Show, Dancin’ in the Rockies and many other family friendly and fun events. For adults, there is a Bluegrass and Beer Festival and Smokey Joe’s Café. All in all, the summer season has some exciting events for the new Pavilions at Keystone facility and the winter season is sure to promise even more enticing performances.

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