Granby Ranch hosts family fun at Summer Solstice Celebration
Granby Ranch invites the public to celebrate the Summer Solstice in true Colorado style during an adventurous weekend Saturday and Sunday at the ranch in south Granby.Boulder-based country rockers The Unknown Americans will provide live music for the event. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Danny Shafer and The Unknown Americans (Jason Pawlina on drums and backing vocals, Jon VanSpriell on bass guitar and backing vocals, and Ben Gallagher on piano and organ) return to the area to play during the celebration. Shafer and the band are known for their variety of Americana. The bands style is what Shafer calls an amped-up country rock sound with honky tonk and dancing as mainstays.Entertainment is also provided by the Jackman Brothers, who have been delighting audiences with crazy antics, talent, and premier entertainment resources since 1995. The duo specializes in theatrical presentations filled with comedy, music, juggling, singing, stunts, balloon surprises and more.Also scheduled during this inaugural event are a barbecue, fireworks display, chair massage, face painting, fly-fishing the Fraser River, 18-hole Nicklaus Design Headwaters Golf Course, and the new SolVista Bike Park at Granby Ranch.The family-themed weekend getaway Summer Solstice celebration is also a chance for families to discover the one-of-a-kind mountain community with an affordable Stay & Play package at $125, which covers the weekends activities for guests (plus some, night accommodations at a mountain-side location, Sunday brunch and an exclusive mountain bike demo with national pro riders. Families who choose to come up for the day pay $20 per person for the activities and chairlift passes. Parking is free.It really is home for us, said Steve Conrad, who bought a second home at Granby Ranch with his wife Anna and their two children. Granby Ranch has absolutely exceeded our expectations n every way. It was one of the best decisions weve ever made and has improved our family life so much.Summer Solstice celebration scheduleSaturday, June 219 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration at the Mountain Preview Center9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Stay & Play participants Continental Breakfast11 a.m. Stay & Play participants special bike demo eventNoon to 2 p.m. Choose Your Own Adventure: Visit Lodgepole Homes for children-friendly pony ride adventure; visit village homes model complex and lunch2 to 4:30 p.m. Family Quest Activities: East Mountain Warming Hut (face painting and hiking); golf course driving range challenge and Putt Putt golf; river camp with camp crafts, massage chairs; and fly-fishing (with tips from local expert outfitters); Settlers Ridge Discovery Area with scenic family portraits ; and forest fun with mountain man interpretive demo4:30 p.m. Get Up and Dance with the Unknown Americans5 p.m. Pump Track demo at Base Camp Lodge6 p.m. Stay & Play Jam with Shafer and the Unknown Americans; Summer BBQ with pasta, fruit, salad and smores7:30 p.m. The Jackman Brothers present family entertainment9:15 p.m. Childrens Mini Disco with dance contest, limbo and the Hokey-PokeyDusk Blast Off! Fireworks spectacularSunday, June 229 a.m. to noon Stay & Play brunch on the deck of the Mountain Preview Center, games and activities on the lawn for children
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