Sisters in Steamboat enters 4th year

Sisters Tammy Innes, right, and Cherie Pitman cut apples during a Sisters in Steamboat cooking class at City Cafe at the 2011 event.

Sisters in Steamboat

To register, call Tracy Barnett at 970-846-1800. For more information, visit Mainstreet Steamboat Springs' website.

— The sisters are back.

Not all of them are actual sisters, but groups of soul sisters will use Steamboat Springs as their playground for shopping, spas, enrichment workshops and parties during the fourth annual Sisters in Steamboat weekend.

This year, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” is the theme for this women-centered event, which offers visitors and residents a chance to kick back, relax and enjoy what Steamboat has to offer.

Tracy Barnett, Mainstreet Steamboat Springs manager, is organizing the event, which drew 66 women last year.

This year, Barnett said she has women registered from Atlanta and Texas in addition to Colorado.

The event costs $65 for the weekend, which includes two parties, enrichment workshops (Qigong, journaling, yoga and more) and a continental breakfast Saturday morning.

And of course, there’s shopping, including a chance to get your hands on some designer purses.

“I’ve been collecting gently used purses. I’ve got some Coach and some really good, really nice bags,” Barnett said. There also will be $25 grab bag-style gift boxes. The purses and the gift boxes will be sold to raise funds for this year’s beneficiary organization, the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project.

There also will be a fashion show and a shopping “passport” system to encourage the women to visit the various stores.

The weekend kicks off with a reception at 5:30 p.m. at Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library. Tickets can be purchased by calling 970-846-1800.

On Saturday morning, after breakfast and a keynote speaker, the enrichment programs will split off. In the afternoon, there are more opportunities for extra programming like a Thai cooking class and the return of the popular “Wiking” session: wine plus hiking. The Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts will host a watercolor painting happy hour, as well.

Saturday night will be a bash at Library Hall with a DJ and dance lesson, and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” costumes are encouraged.

Barnett said the event isn’t just a way to get closer to your sisters, it’s also possible to meet a few new ones.

“There’s a couple of women I know that are coming that have bought second homes here but don’t know anybody in town and are looking for a way to meet people in Steamboat. It’s a way to get connected to the community. “

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com

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