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Cyndi Palmer: Escape the muck and mire with a movie

Cyndi Palmer
A Face in the Crowd

With Winter Park ski area’s traditional Spring Splash this Sunday, we’ve been lucky to get a little bit of snow almost every day this week. But as the snow melts, we are reminded that things will start to slow down for about a month in Grand County, for what is typically known as “mud season.”

Our beautiful white resort payload melts away, leaving us caked with the remnants of a great winter season … as well as dirty dogs and shoes.

Winter Park Resort goes out with a bang with its 38th Annual Spring Splash. The popular event marks the close of the ski season (unless you hike up to places like Berthoud Pass or even Trail Ridge Road on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park).

The Splash highlights some incredible musicians at the base of both Mary Jane and Winter Park ski areas. This year’s Spring Splash theme is “Throw Back to the ’80s.” Saturday’s events include Best ’80s Costume and Dress Your Dog Hot contests. There will also be drink specials, free bump and telemark ski tips, and free swag.

The talents of locals Gary Key and Nine-Toed Bob will be showcased at the Club Car; there’s also Revered Peyton’s Big Damn Band playing outside at the Plaza at the base of Winter Park ski area, as well as Great American Taxi. Who can pass up those free performances? GAT rocked the Winter Park Pub just a couple months ago and those tickets were $20.

This Friday also rounds out the live musical performances at Fraser’s Rocky Mountain Roastery for the ski season. Ali Grayson, who as their coordinator has brought more than 70 musicians to the Roastery to perform over the course of 20 shows this season, is the featured musician in the spotlight (with a multitude of musical friends). Grayson also encourages comments regarding this season’s Java Mic Night Series. E-mail her at to let her know your favorite bands that played, and thoughts on what went well and what she could do to make the series even better.

Many musicians take this slow time for a little break and you will find mud season has closed your favorite restaurant for April. Before you panic, I recommend taking in a movie. It’s good, clean fun and can really take your mind to the far reaches of the possible and the impossible.

The Sky-Hi Daily News is excited to announce a partnership with the SilverScreen Cinema in Winter Park. All Access is looking for a good movie buffs to write movie reviews.

In return, Chris at the Cinema will comp their movie pass. Candidates must provide two samples of their writing (by mid-May) to for a chance at the opportunity.

One of the best movies I’ve seen lately is “August Rush.” If you’re one of those people, like Björk in the 2000 movie “Dancer in the Dark,” who can pick out a pattern in nature or even your dishwasher cycle and put it together in a song, you’ll love this movie. It’s about an orphan boy who is a musical prodigy who believes that if he plays for enough people, his performance will reunite him with his natural parents.

The film not only leaves viewers uplifted and with a sense of awe at the music but includes several incredible acting talents. Keri Russell plays the orphan boy’s mom, Jonathan Rhys Meyers is his dad, Terrence Howard plays an empathetic

caseworker, and Robin Williams portrays a talented street performer who takes the orphan boy under his shady wing.

Food for thought: “The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.” – e. e. cummings. ” “As a young boy, when you get splashed by a mud puddle on the way to school, you wonder if you should go home and change, but be late for school, or go to school the way you are; dirty and soaking wet. Well, while he tried to decide, I drove by and splashed him again.” – Jack Handy.

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