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Open for Business: Root & Flower

Name of business: Root & Flower

Physical address: 288 Bridge Street Vail, CO 81657

Phone number: 970-470-4189

Email: hello@rootandflowervail.com

Website: www.rootandflowervail.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

We are open Mondays through Thursdays from 4 p.m.-12 a.m. and Fridays through Sundays 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. serving brunch on the weekends. To-go cocktails, wine and food are still available. All of our menus are updated and current on our website.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times?

We are still virtual! Our virtual wine tasting classes on Fridays will continue through June. Go to our website to view the classes and book your spot.

How can the community support you?

The community can best support us by coming in to see us, ordering take out or buying gift cards.

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Instagram and Facebook are the best ways to stay up to date with our offerings.

What’s the response been?

The response to our virtual classes, our takeout offerings and our new food menu has been amazing!

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves? 

Plans going forward are just to stay true to our brand and be creative!

Movie Guru: ‘The Vast of Night’ isn’t like any other sci-fi movie you’ve ever seen, and that’s a good thing

“The Vast of Night” feels like a science fiction movie made by someone who’s never seen a science fiction movie. Surprisingly enough, that turns out to be a good thing.

The movie, which started streaming on Amazon, is a fantastically fresh take on a classic genre. It re-invents the cinematic wheel in the best possible way, playing with everything from camera angles to pacing to make something that feels both utterly familiar and brand-new in the same moment. The approach also gives “The Vast of Night” a strong element of suspense, even horror, made only more unsettling by strong, likeable performances from the two fresh-faced leads. We get attached to them, which only make us that much more worried.

Telling you too much about the plot would spoil some of the experience, but I will tell you that the movie is set a small New Mexico town in a (possibly alternate universe version) of the 1950s. Two teens, one a switchboard operator and the other the local radio DJ, hear a strange noise coming through the phone/radio lines. They spend the rest of the movie trying to figure out what it is.

It’s not the plot, however, that makes this movie truly interesting. We’re introduced to the two main characters in the middle of a busy high school getting ready for a basketball game, scenes full of long tracking shots that leave us following characters around like a faithful dog. It puts you right in the middle of everything, just another person wandering the high school, but the lack of height makes you feel oddly helpless and out of control of the situation. This will come into play even more later.

First, however, come the introductions. It takes a little while to pick the two main protagonists out of the crowd, though the movie eventually sends them off talking together. What we get of their backstories only comes out through conversation with them and others, but that’s less important than the relationship that we see between them. We’re never told the facts of the situation – how long they’ve known each other, how they met, etc. – but their interaction speaks volumes about who they are to each other. Flashes of response from other people add another interesting potential layer.

This relationship enriches all of their interactions when the plot later comes calling, adding an emotional element to the slowly ratcheting tension. In some ways the movie seems quite slow at first, and it might be for some people, but the movie manages to make the waiting nerve-wracking rather than dull. You still feel like you’re in the middle of everything, often just behind and too short so you feel helpless, and the long tracking shots leave you feeling desperate for a moment to breathe.

The one bit of the experiment I wasn’t as fond of was the way director Andrew Patterson was so insistent on couching it as an episode of an in-universe “Twilight Zone” knockoff. It was an unnecessary level of removal, and made the beginning of the movie feel even slower than it needed to be.

Still, it’s a small quibble. If you’re looking for something different in the realm of sci-fi, “The Vast of Night” is something you definitely don’t want to miss.

The Vast of Night

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language

Written by: James Montague and Craig W. Sanger

Directed by: Andrew Patterson

Starring: Sierra McCormick, Jake Horowitz, Gail Cronauer, Bruce Davis, Cheyenne Barton, Gregory Peyton, Mallorie Rodak, Mollie Milligan and more

Grade: Three and a half stars

Jenniffer Wardell is an award-winning movie critic and member of the Denver Film Critics Society. Find her on Twitter at @wardellwriter or drop her a line at themovieguruslc@gmail.com. 

Bookworm of Edwards hosts free virtual event with fishing writer John Gierach

Take a walk down by the river on a warm day and chances are you will see at least one or two fishermen casting into the current. For those that have spent their lives on the river, the appeal of a slow afternoon with rod in hand is obvious. For John Gierach, a lifetime of slow afternoons has turned into a career.

Join bestselling author and streamside philosopher John Gierach for the launch of his new book, “Dumb Luck and the Kindness of Strangers.” This virtual event, hosted by the Bookworm of Edwards, is free and open to all.

John Gierach is and has always been an outdoorsman.

“I spent most of my early childhood in the woods near where I lived in Illinois, doing whatever stupid things unsupervised kids do,” he said.

Although he has found many passions in his life, from hiking to camping to hunting, the common thread through his life is fishing.

“The earliest evidence I’ve found of me fishing is a snapshot in a family album of me at about three-feet-tall posing with a small bullhead and a cane pole,” Gierach said. “Near as we can tell, it was taken in 1950 when I was 4 years old and they say we can’t remember anything before the age of five.”

So when it was time to try and start his adult career, he decided to look at his hobby from a different angle.  

“I’d been trying to be a writer since high school,” Gierach said, “and first wrote about fishing just to make some money. As time went on, it took on a life of its own.”

This life of writing has resulted in over twenty books about fly-fishing as well as published writing in multiple magazines and publications. These have made Gierach a household name in the fly-fishing community.

His new book, “Dumb Luck and the Kindness of Strangers,” looks at his life on the river as a whole and describes the lessons he picked up along the way. The book itself is full of wisdom for any reader, from practical advice on rods and flies to philosophical tales on the ups and downs of the fishing life.

“Everyone takes something different from a book and you can read a favorite book multiple times and get more out of it with each reading,” Gierach said. “What I get out of it is the momentary satisfaction of having said what I had to say, but don’t ask me what that is. If I could sum it up in a few sentences, the book wouldn’t have to be 70,000 words long.”

Overall, “Dumb Luck and the Kindness of Strangers” reads like a love letter to a life spent on the river.

“I think what I love most about fishing is the idea of trying to read the minds of fish and drawing on centuries of tradition to do it,” Gierach said. “And the peace and quiet is nice, too.”

If you go …

What: A Virtual Book Launch with John Gierach

When: Tuesday, June 2, 5 p.m.

Where: Zoom and Facebook Live. Follow the Bookworm of Edwards on Facebook for access.

Cost: Free

More information: Call 970-926-7323 or visit www.bookwormofedwards.com for more information on how to join.

Hike of the Week: Camp Hale and Tennessee Pass hikes offer short and long options

Only two months ago the snowpack here in the Eagle River Watershed was sitting just above normal. But continuous warm temperatures and high winds have quickly eroded that robust snowpack, and now we’re ahead of schedule in the high country.

The Tennessee Pass area offers a number of great hikes that feature dry trails, and a little less oxygen. One of my favorite hikes in this area is to hike the Colorado Trail from Tennessee Pass to Camp Hale. This trip is a great easy hike if done as a car shuttle, but can still be a moderate trip as an out and back.

Getting there

To set car shuttle for this hike, drop a car at Camp Hale as you drive to Tennessee Pass. Turn into the main entrance for Camp Hale and cross the river (do not turn right towards the campground before the bridge). Once you have crossed the river, turn right and follow the main road south, and then east for a few miles.

Once the road turns east you will begin to see multiple gated roads heading south towards the historic shooting range. The trail follows one of these roads – keep a lookout for the Colorado Trail and Continental Divide Trail signs, which mark the trail. A quarter-mile past the trail, you will find a parking area on your left. Drop a car here and then continue to Tennessee Pass. Drive to the peak of Tennessee Pass between Camp Hale and Leadville, along Highway 24.

When you see the sign for Ski Cooper on your left, turn into the parking area on the opposite side of the road (West side of Highway 24). Hike the trail heading north, leaving from the far end of the parking area.

What to expect

Hiking the Colorado Trail from Tennessee Pass to Camp Hale is an easy downhill walk. This point to point hike is roughly 6.5 miles, and loses around 1,000 feet of elevation. The first 2 miles of the hike follow an old railroad grade, likely a spur of the historic Denver and Rio Grande Railroad.

About a half-mile into the hike, you will pass the remains of old charcoal ovens, which were used during the railroad and mining area to cook charcoal and coke (a purified derivative of coal) which were used as a primary fuel source in the late 1800s. As the railroad grade enters a young Lodgepole Pine forest, look for the trail to branch off to your right, which becomes a single track. This next portion of the hike is the most scenic, bordering a beautiful montane wetland with views of the Sawatch Mountains to the southwest.

About 3.5 miles into the hike the trail crosses Highway 24. This would be another optional endpoint (or turnaround) for a shorter hike. Cross the road and follow the trail through mixed conifer forests to Camp Hale. Your hike will finish by walking through the old shooting range—used to train 10th Mountain Division Soldiers during World War 2.

Variations

For those without the option to shuttle a car, this is still a very worthwhile trail to explore. If you’re up for a longer (but still relatively flat) hike, I’d suggest starting at Camp Hale and hiking to Tennessee Pass and back. Another option for a shorter day is to start at Tennessee Pass and hike North to where the trail intersects Highway 24. This is a great turn around point, and includes the most scenic stretch of the hike.

Nathan Boyer-Rechlin is the community outreach coordinator, hiking guide, and trails guru at Walking Mountains Science Center. You can reach him at (970) 827-9725 ext. 144, or nathanbr@walkingmountains.org.

Frontline Fund Colorado helps essential workers by providing gift cards to local businesses

It’s no secret that essential workers have experienced the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, whether they’re treating patients or keeping things running as smoothly as possible. Two Eagle County residents created a new non-profit to help those workers: Frontline Fund Colorado.

Frontline Fund Colorado was founded by Carrie Calvin and Jill Coyle, spouses of local firefighters, and sells merchandise with local flair: stickers that say “Eagle County Strong,” tees with mountains and pine trees, koozies and water bottles with bike chains. All proceeds from merchandise sales are used to purchase gift cards from local businesses and given to front line workers.

The “Eagle County Strong” stickers are just one of several products consumers can buy. Funds from all purchases are used to purchase gift cards, which are donated to essential workers.
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“We wanted to create something people wanted to wear, were proud to wear, that also pumped the dollar through our local economy and to those who need more support during hard times,” said Coyle.

The fund is using a broad definition of essential worker in order to help as many people as possible. Coyle said they want to help any individuals and immediate families who have been “negatively impacted because they are mandated to continue working to provide necessities we need in order to live during a pandemic.” That includes workers in the following industries: grocery, healthcare, first responders, postal service, veterinary, plumbing and more.

Firefighter John Bailey (left) with fiancée Jill Coyle. Coyle contracted COVID-19 and that made her desire to give back even stronger.
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While work on the Frontline Fund was in its early stages, Coyle tested positive for COVID-19. She said she was sick for three weeks, though her symptoms never prompted a hospital visit. Her care providers instructed her to isolate, take Tylenol and hydrate. During that whole time, she kept thinking about those who are high-risk for the virus and those who experienced worse symptoms than she did.

“I am 31 years old, active and healthy… and it took me down,” she said. “It made it clear that we needed to do something more to help.”

Firefighter Tom Calvin (left) and wife Carrie Calvin. Carrie took the reigns on the Frontline Fund Colorado project while her co-founder Coyle recovered from COVID-19.
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While Coyle was sick, Calvin took the reins on the project and started setting up designs and the website back end. Both founders work in marketing, and they wanted to the money as local as they could, so they hired Eagle-based Say No More Promotions to do the merchandise.

Now that the fund has launched, customers and those wishing to make cash donations can head to frontlinefundcolorado.org to purchase and donate. Essential workers can apply to receive gift cards from local businesses online, and get additional information by contacting the fund directly. People can also nominate loved ones they feel would benefit from Frontline Fund’s service.

Gourmet on Gore, Labor Day food tasting festival, canceled for 2020

This year’s Gourmet on Gore has been canceled due to public health guidelines and government direction surrounding large gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The food tasting event, scheduled for Labor Day weekend in Vail Village, will return with familiar programming and updated offerings next year, from Sept. 3-5.

“Gourmet on Gore has been a staple on Labor Day weekend and a tradition for the past 14 years featuring some of the best creations from Vail Valley chefs and restaurants paired with fantastic wines, beer and spirits. Although Gourmet on Gore will be missed this year, we know the health and safety for our guests who travel from near and far is most important” said James Deighan, Managing Partner for Highline, which organizes the event.

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Colorado lawmakers launch bipartisan effort to repeal Gallagher Amendment

The vision of an empty fire station in Glenwood Springs keeps Fire Chief Gary Tillotson up nights. Should a fire break out or someone need medical aid, help would have to come from further away — meaning much longer response times when people can least afford them.

The vast majority of the fire department’s calls are for medical emergencies like heart attacks and strokes, Tillotson said — situations in which the chances of death escalate dramatically if responders don’t arrive within five to seven minutes.

But if the department’s $4 million annual budget dwindles any further, that vision of empty fire stations and delayed response times will become a reality.

The coronavirus pandemic has already meant a costly drop in sales tax revenue for the Glenwood Springs Fire Department, and the economic devastation the pandemic is wreaking — combined with a state law called the Gallagher Amendment — means local governments’ property tax revenues will suffer for years to come.

“It’s an insurmountable obstacle,” Tillotson said. “We work on a relatively meager operations budget anyway and with the current devastation to our sales tax, we’re already having to cut back and basically we’re furloughing our firefighters. Any further cuts are going to reduce service.”

Read more via The Denver Post.

Glenwood Springs resident’s livestream of bald eagle nest entertains through pandemic

Outside Kirby Wynn’s home in Glenwood Springs, a bald eagle battles a pair of ravens mid-flight for the prized and still dripping-wet trout clutched in the majestic raptor’s talons.

Shaking off the scavengers, the eagle glides into its nest resting atop the dead branches of a tree overlooking the Roaring Fork Valley, where two hungry eaglets — not yet sporting the iconic white bald head of their parents — gleefully bounce in anticipation of the incoming feast. 

“I’ve seen this more than once,” Wynn, 50, casually quipped. “Sometimes, the eagle wins. Sometimes, the ravens do.”

A lifelong outdoor enthusiast, Wynn and his wife were thrilled when a mating pair of bald eagles began building their nest about two football fields away from their back porch.

“Before the pandemic, we’d have people over for a barbecue and eagle watching right here in the backyard,” he explained. 

Even before COVID-19 swept the nation, Wynn live-streamed videos of his winged neighbors, but in the past few months, he’s seen increased interest with some videos being viewed by more than 1,000 people.

With a 60x spotting scope, typically used for hunting, and a special attachment for his phone’s camera, Wynn shares his access to the eagles via Zoom and Facebook.

“It’s an enjoyable, relaxing thing to see,” he explained. “I thought it would be a nice thing to offer the community, especially in these trying times.”

Glenwood Springs resident Kirby Wynn does a Facebook Live video showing viewers an up close view of the eagle’s nest in west Glenwood.
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Going bald

A Garfield County employee, Wynn followed a job opportunity to Colorado in ’95 and moved to Glenwood Springs about 7 years ago.

“I’m an outdoorsy kind of person,” he said, explaining he regularly hunts and helps raise funding for wildlife conservation. “I’ve been out and about running around the mountains since I was a kid.” 

Colorado’s abundant public lands and ample wildlife keep him rooted in the Western Slope, and the nearby bald eagle family so close to home is the icing on the cake.

“We first noticed the parents building a nest around November 2018,” he said. “Then, come spring (2019), three eaglets hatched.” 

By August, the fledglings left to seek their fortunes elsewhere, and the nest was all but empty. Wynn and his wife thought that might be the end of it.

But come November, the parents returned and started rebuilding for a new brood with two eaglets hatching this spring.

“I think one of the most interesting things I’ve learned over this time is fledglings actually take a few years to grow the white feathers bald eagles are known for,” Wynn said. 

Bald eagles gradually acquire their white plumage as they mature throughout a period of five years, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The raptors can live about 30 years, weigh about 14 pounds and have a wingspan of up to 8 feet. 

Once an endangered species, bald eagles were originally shielded by the Bald Eagle Protection Act of 1940, which was amended to include golden eagles in 1962, USFWS states on its website.

But Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Randy Hampton said the species has recovered in recent decades.

“Bald eagles are in a lot of places throughout Colorado and have become really common,” Hampton said. “It’s actually a pretty good success story, because that wasn’t the case in the ’60s and ’70s.”

The bald eagle population is growing so rapidly Hampton was not able to immediately access an accurate count of the birds making their home in Colorado.

If seen in the wild, he encouraged people to observe from a safe distance.

“You’ll see them mostly along rivers and along waterways,” Hampton said. “Bottom line: Enjoy the view, but also give them space.”

Glenwood Springs resident Kirby Wynn rigs a hunting scope and iPhone to get a closer view of the eagle’s nest in west Glenwood.
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Leaving the nest?

Conscious of the bird’s protected status, Wynn does not reveal their location, though he said several people have asked.

“I just tell them it’s in the Glenwood area,” he said, “and it’s on private land, which is true.”

While his house is located at a lower elevation, granting a decent view of the nest through a pair of binoculars, Wynn said a nearby trail leads to a higher vantage point on the opposite side of the nest, allowing him to film from an elevated viewpoint as well. 

“When they’re young and fluffy, they’re really cool to see,” he said. “But I think what surprised me most was how long they stay in the nest after they learn to fly.” 

Once hatched, he said the young eaglets grow for about 12 weeks before first testing their wings, but even after mastering flight, they hang around the nest for a month or more.

Watching the birds has become so ingrained in Wynn’s day-to-day that he often leaves his phone at home to live-stream the eagles, so he can check in on them at work.

While he’s unsure if they will return again after August, Wynn said he’d welcome the sight.

“The natural world is part of what I enjoy in life,” he said.

Wynn’s videos can be viewed on his Facebook page or in the Facebook groups Roaring Fork Road and Weather and Roaring Fork Swap.

Color in a horse and learn about local fifth-generation ranchers: Kids Corner for the week of 6/1/20

Editor’s note: The Vail Daily has started a weekly kids section full of games, toys and activities to keep the young and the young at heart entertained during quarantine. If you have an idea for the section or would like to get involved, email Entertainment Editor Casey Russell at crussell@vaildaily.com.

Game of the Week

High Wire

Who: Grades K-2

Players: 2+ 

Time: 10 minutes+ 

Where: Inside or outside 

Equipment: Tape 

Rules:

  • Players line up and stand 6 feet away from each other. 
  • Players imagine they are in the circus on the high wire (line of tape). 
  • Players’ feet must stay on the high wire (line of tape) and follow the leader’s directions. 
  • Players must pay attention to the person in front of them so they are not too close to each other.
  • If a player steps off the high wire, he or she does five star jumps or jumping jacks, then rejoins the game.

The Game of the Week is submitted by Mountain Recreation. Visit mountainrec.org for more information.

Time Travel

The Gates Ranch is still operational today and is run by Kip Gates, a fifth-generation rancher.
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Learn about Eagle County’s history with tales from local ranches.

The Gates Ranch located near Burns, CO, was first homesteaded by James P. Gates, who arrived in the area from Ohio. The original Gates family came from Germany. Gates operated the stage stop near Yampa in 1885 and was an early entrepreneur hauling produce and fish to the miners in Leadville, which was no easy task. Wagons had to be disassembled for the trip over Battle Mountain Pass and reassembled when reaching the valley floor. James built a sod hut in 1889 near the present property and was able to purchase and manage a homestead as a result of his labors. 

The original 160-acre property grew to 4,000 acres after acquiring land from settlers who found frontier life too difficult. 

The current owners are fifth generation ranchers on this picturesque working ranch. Currently spanning 750 acres, the ranch overlooks King Mountain and is bordered by the Flat Top Wilderness and White River National Forest. Original homestead buildings, barns and outbuildings from the early 1900s and 1930s have been restored and maintained. The Colorado River runs through the valley below the ranch.

The ranch is protected by a conservation easement made possible through Bud Gates, father of current owner Kip and a former Eagle County Commissioner. The easement means the land will maintain its ranching heritage for future generations. Kip Gates established Riverbend Outfitters in 1978 and currently runs an outfitting operation on the ranch with his son while also running the ranch. The ranch hosts an abundance of wildlife including elk, moose, bear, deer, duck, geese as well as a 200-head Angus cattle operation and 96 horses. 

Time Travel is submitted by the Vail Valley Art Guild’s Ranch Project, which is chronicling local history through art. Learn more at vailvalleyartguild.org.

Word of the Week

Learn new words in English and Spanish each week.

shark / tiburón

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VailLibs

MadLibs are one of the most popular word games for kids. See what funny stories you can create with this Vail Valley version.

To play, fill out the Google Form below. Once you submit, the completed story will be sent to the email address provided. Printable copies are available here.

Entertainment editor Casey Russell writes the VailLibs. She can be reached at crussell@vaildaily.com.

Calling All Artists

Sharpen those colored pencils and dig out some markers, because Chris Anthony and Mikaela Shiffrin are looking for kid artists to create beautiful pictures for a movie.

Pro-skier-turned filmmaker Anthony is working on a documentary about the 10th Mountain Division called “Mission Mt. Mangart,” and he and World Cup champion Mikaela Shiffrin need your help. Submit pieces to the art competition for prizes and a chance to be featured in the movie. 

Here’s how to enter:

  • Draw an image that embraces the spirit of the Army’s first light infantry mountain ski troop, the 10th Mountain Division. 
  • The most creative drawing will be featured in the opening prologue of the documentary “Mission Mt. Mangart.”
  • Submit your drawing and get more details by emailing chris@chrisanthony.com. Ask an adult for help if you need it.
  • Open to all elementary school students.
  • Learn more in this Vail Daily story.

The Calling All Artists request for submissions is submitted by Chris Anthony on behalf of his “Mission Mt. Mangart” documentary. Contact him on Twitter and Instagram at @Chrisanthonyski.

Coloring page

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This photo was taken by Chris Dillman and appeared on the Vail Daily’s Instagram, @vaildaily, on May 15.
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Learn how to make your own coloring pages here.