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Do’s and Don’ts for viewing Magic of Lights Vail

The Magic of Lights Vail offers guests an outdoor option for family fun this winter. Sessions typically run from 4 to 9 p.m. nightly. (Vail Valley Foundation
Special to the Daily)

Winter is a magical time of year and this season it’s being made even more so by adding oodles and oodles of lights to brightening up the nights in Vail. Magic of Lights Vail is a brand new offering that welcomes guests to view 500,000 lights throughout the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and beyond.

Brought to you by the Vail Valley Foundation Events and FunGuys Events, which puts on light displays all over the United States and Canada, this family-friendly activity checks all the boxes for a fun evening out while still staying within the health mandates from the state and county due to the pandemic.

Here are some do’s and don’ts for enjoying the Magic of Lights Vail this winter.

Do: Buy tickets and select your reserved slot

The walk-through event is a self-guided tour and will operate in one-hour segments, beginning at 4 p.m. and continuing through the evening (9 p.m. most nights and 10 p.m. on special evenings). Tickets are available at magicoflightsvail.com.

Don’t: Show up exactly at your scheduled start time

This one seems a little counter intuitive, but yes, you can be “late” for this. Event organizers are limiting capacity and instead of having a crowd gather, say, at 5:55 p.m. for the 6 p.m. time slot, they suggest you come within 30-minutes of your scheduled session. Guests should plan to spend 20-45 minutes enjoying Magic of Lights Vail.

Do: Prepare to be out in the elements

Even on the warmest winter days, once the sun goes down it gets chilly around here. We say it’s not bad weather, just bad clothing choices that make you cold. Feel free to come in your ski and snowboard wear. Or choose a warm coat and make sure you bring along the hats, mittens or gloves. Hand warmers or foot warmers may be a good idea too, for ideal comfort.

Don’t: Wear stilettos or fancy dress shoes with no tread

Boots with a nice tread on the bottom will work best for the snowy platforms, steps and walkways you’ll be traveling over throughout the half-mile path of lights. Treat your feet to footwear that is stable and warm.

Do: Download your ticket

Once you purchase your ticket, download it to your mobile device for a contactless entry process. Keep an eye on your cell phone’s battery, too. If your battery tends to lose its charge quickly, you may want to print your ticket out so you can enter swiftly and get to see the lights quicker.

Don’t: Bring pets

Please leave the pets at home during this event. Also, don’t bring bikes, large bags or drones. No smoking of any kind, either.

Do: Know your way to Ford Park

Ford Park, which includes the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the Ford Amphitheater, ball fields and path along the east side of Gore Creek is a popular summer destination, but if you only come here in the winter, you may not be as familiar with it. Hop on the free in-town shuttle bus and get off at the Golden Peak stop. If walking, head east on Meadow Drive toward Vail Valley Drive. Turn right on Vail Valley Drive and walk approximately .4 miles. From the bus stop or the street look for the Manor Vail Lodge on the left and walk between the buildings toward a covered bridge, which will be lit up.

A map shows the walking path from the Golden Peak bus stop to the Magic of Lights Vail. (Vail Valley Foundation
Special to the Daily)

Don’t: Bring your own alcohol

There will be some non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks along with a few snack items for purchase at the concession stand near the entrance to the venue.

Do: Consider going to the bathroom before you arrive

There will be two outdoor, portable restrooms on the premises in case you need to go while you are at the venue, but it may be warmer to use one of the public restrooms in town.

Don’t: Blaze your own trail

The Magic of Lights Vail experience walkthrough is one-way. Everyone will enter and exit along a designated path to keep people moving in one direction. One entry per ticket and no re-entry is permitted.

Do: Wear a mask and respect social distancing

Masks are required in the venue and please respect the 6-foot physical distancing guidelines between groups while walking through the Magic of Lights Vail experience.

Don’t: Miss it

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this new attraction in Vail, which will be on display until Jan. 24.

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2017 U.S. national champion and member of Team USA in the 2018 Olympics Karen Chen will be one of the ice skating professionals at this weekend’s show at Solaris on Saturday. (Special to the Daily)

The ski season looks a little different this year, but there are still glimpses of splendor, wonder and winter’s brilliance through events that are either socially distanced or virtual. Safety is a top priority this winter, while still enjoying the best time of year. Here are a few ideas on how to fill your days and nights while in the Vail Valley this winter.

Revely Vail – Nov. 28-Dec. 11 – Vail and Lionshead villages

Vail’s Welcome to the Brilliance of Winter features tree lightings, ice skating shows, astronomy nights and more. Free take-home crafts like an ornament painting kit from Alpine Arts Center can be found by visiting the Vail Welcome Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily on the top deck of the Vail Village parking structure.

The skating shows are just 15 minutes to promote people from gathering for too long. This week’s show will feature 2018 Olympian Karen Chen and one of the stars from Disney’s “World on Ice,” Alexe Gilles, who portrays Elsa in “Frozen on Ice.” The shows will be at 5 and 6 p.m. on Dec. 5, 12, 29 and 26. Astronomy Nights start next Saturday. See revelyvail.com for the entire schedule.

Vail Holidays – Dec. 11-Dec. 31

Kris Kringle Market – Dec. 11-12 – Vail Village

Shop local and support local businesses and artisans by visiting the Kris Kringle Market on Dec. 11 and 12 in Vail Village. Sip on a hot drink while shopping for wares to deck out your home or shopping for those on your holiday list. Check out facebook.com/VailKrisKringle for more details.

Holiday Sweater Run – Dec. 12 – Vail Village

Don your flashy-est jingle sweater and some fun tights and hit the streets of Vail for the annual Holiday Sweater Run on Dec. 12. The 5K run will start in waves beginning at 8:45 a.m. and will start and end at Bart & Yeti’s in Lionshead. Register in advance at vailrec.com.

Tree Lighting Ceremony – Vail Village

The official holiday tree in Lionshead Village was lit on Nov. 28 in a virtual ceremony on Facebook.com/discovervailco. Check the website or Facebook page to see when the tree lighting will be in Vail Village near the Covered Bridge.

New Years Eve Fireworks – Dec. 31 – over the skies of Vail

View fireworks from the base of Vail Mountain, from a snowshoe trail across the valley, from your hotel or condo window or from your car in the parking structures, ring in the New Year after viewing the Vail Holidays Fireworks display.

Magic of Lights: – Dec. 11-Jan. 24 — Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

New this season, Magic of Lights Vail is a one-of-a-kind celebration of lights offering a memorable, physically-distanced and safe activity for the entire family. Experience a half million lights that will be artfully displayed along a 0.5-mile area of the Lower Bench area of Ford Park and culminates in the beautiful Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. This is an area that most people don’t visit during the wintertime, so prepare to be wowed this season east of Vail Village.

This is a ticketed event with peak pricing (adults: $20; children ages 3 to 12: $10; Children 2 years and younger are free and do not require a ticket) and off-peak pricing (adults: $15; children ages 3 to 12: $5; Children 2 years and younger are free and do not require a ticket). For more information and to get tickets, visit magicoflightsvail.com.

Vail Winterfest – Dec. 20-End of January – Gore Creek, Vail Village

View artwork with ice as the medium in the illuminated Ice Sculpture Installation and Community Lantern Display as it comes to life on Dec. 20 and lasts until the end of January. These ice sculptures come to life on Gore Creek and make for great photos ops. The Community Lanterns offer a festive touch to Vail Village. Go to vailholidays.com for more information.

Vail Winterfest will reveal its illuminated ice sculptures along Gore Creek on Dec. 20. (Special to the Daily)

Vail Après Ski – 4 p.m. daily – Vail and Lionshead villages

Après is a French term that means “after” so après ski simply translated means “after skiing” and is the equivalent to happy hour. The town of Vail started a new tradition to kick off après ski last season with the ringing of the bells to herald the beginning of Vail Aprés, featuring strolling outdoor live music on select days and signature specials at shops and restaurants.

Vilar Performing Arts Center events

While most events and activities will be held outdoors, the Vilar Performing Arts Center hopes to host some in-person events along with virtual events. Here’s a look at the lineup as of press time. Check vilarpac.org for more information and updates to schedules.

Vilar Film Series

  • Teton Gravity Research “Roadless” – Dec. 17 – Tickets: $10 – 4:30 and 8 p.m.
  • Teton Gravity Research “Make Believe” – Dec. 22 and 23 – Tickets: $10– 4:30 and 8 p.m.
  • “S&M2: Metallica & San Francisco Symphony” – Dec. 28 and 29 – Tickets: $20 – 8 p.m.

The Residency Concerts – Check vilarpac.org for ticket details

With multi-day residencies in Beaver Creek, the Vilar Performing Arts Center is taking a unique approach to concerts during a pandemic. At press time, the following concerts are set to be small-attendance, socially-distanced shows in the theater.

  • Micaela Taylor’s All Star Band – Jan. 7-9, 7 p.m.
  • Robert Randolph featuring G. Love, Michael Kang & Special Guests – Jan. 14-16, 7 p.m.
  • Leftover Salmon – Jan. 21-23, 7 p.m.
  • Keller Williams – Jan. 28-30, 7 p.m. Some shows will feature the Keller Williams duo and special guest Greg Garrison of Leftover Salmon, and the Keller Williams Trio featuring special guests Garrett Sayers of Motet and Jeremy Salken of Big Gigantic
  • Oteil Burbridge Trio and special guests – Feb. 4-6, 7 p.m.

A comedy show in set for Dec. 27. Straight from Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Standups of All Time,” Jim Breuer will present “The New Normal” at 6 and 9 p.m. I think we could all use some comedy as we close out 2020. See the Vilar’s protocols for how they are following Eagle County’s guidelines for holding events safely at this time.

The Vilar Performing Arts Center is also streaming many events. Look for wonderful performances from holiday shows to ballet to classical shows and more. The Vilar is also hosting Meet the Expert, which are streamed classes that are a part of a career-preparedness series. Here, viewers can learn about the entertainment industry and the different opportunities available to those who are inspired by the arts. Log on to vilarpac.org or follow social media platforms for more information.

Beaver Creek Wonder – all season

Get the cameras ready for when you head into Beaver Creek Village. Beaver Creek’s Wonder has several displays, like Frost Flowers, shown here, that will amaze and delight guests of all ages. (Beaver Creek Resort
Special to the Daily)

Beaver Creek has some surprises for you the next time you visit the village. Beaver Creek Wonder is not a pandemic project, but rather something that has been in the making for over three years and it’s coming to fruition this season, which is fitting since many attractions need to be outdoors due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Beaver Creek is calling this an artistic playground of photo-friendly, oversized sculptures that are placed throughout the plaza. Here’s a list of the new creations and for more information, go to Beavercreek.com or download the new and improved app.

  • CHIPS: Dreamy childhood memories come alive at CHIPS: the remodeled ice cream truck that’s been turned into a cookie truck.
  • Frost Flowers: Ever in bloom, Frost Flowers and their petals illuminate the village each night
  • Snowed In: Experience the magic of a Colorado winter day inside this life-size snow globe.
  • Reflections: Discover a new perspective with a peek into the ski mirrors.
  • Ice Bikes: Enjoy classic summer fun on the rink as you pedal an ice bike, no skates necessary.
  • Super G: View Beaver Creek through vibrant, larger-than-life goggles.

Colorado Snowsports Museum

One of the technical displays at the Colorado Snowsports Museum is a sliding device that can be pulled across the wall detailing Colorado’s involvement in all of the Winter Olympics, the four world championships hosted in Colorado and the World Cup races. (Daily file photo)

The Colorado Snowsports Museum is open for guests to learn more about the fascinating history of snowsports in Colorado. Located in the top Vail Village parking structure, the Colorado Snowsports Museum is a must see to and from the slopes and activities and shops of Vail Village. Speaking of shops, the Colorado Snowsports Museum has a wonderful gift shop right in the museum.

The Colorado Snowsports Museum underwent a multi-million dollar remodel and now showcases artifacts, equipment and information throughout six main exhibits These range from a section on the 10th Mountain Division, the famed winter warfare unit that trained just south of Vail at Camp Hale, to an interactive table display, an idea that came from the Smithsonian Institute, that shows the history of ski resorts throughout Colorado.

The Colorado Snowsports Museum’s offers programming as well. The popular Through the Lens presentation series is back for another winter. During the pandemic, the presentations will be virtual. Through the Lens presentations feature notable scientists, athletes and historians as they share stories and experiences that have helped shape Colorado’s rich snow sports heritage. All programs will be virtual this year and will go live from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Events are free with a suggested donation.

The Colorado Snowsports Museum also offers free Walking Tours on “everything you wanted to know about Vail in 60 minutes.” From how Vail was conceived and the crazy years of building the resort to the world-class resort it is today, learn more about this beloved mountain community. Tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, start at 11 a.m. and are $5 per person. Learn more about the Colorado Snowsports Museum at snowsportsmuseum.org.

Ice Skating

There are several ice rinks throughout Eagle County and at press time they were operating and hope to continue operating this winter. Let the kids burn off some energy while you grab a drink and enjoy the stars or snow while outdoors. Don’t forget, both Vail villages and Beaver Creek now allow those 21 and older to have adult beverages is designated areas. Ice rinks can be found at Solaris in Vail Village, the Arrabelle and Vail Square in Lionshead, the Dobson Ice Arena in Lionshead, the Black Family Ice Rink in Beaver Creek and the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink.

Skate rentals are available at many of these locations if you don’t have your own. Skating lessons are available at some locations, too. New this year at Beaver Creek: ice bikes. I have not seen these yet, but be on the lookout for them this season. Also, if the weather cooperates, there may be an ice rink set up on a part of Nottingham Lake this winter, so follow the town of Avon’s website or social media channels for more information.

Ice bumper cars

Ice Bumper Cars at Dobson Ice Arena were introduced last winter. This year, guests can come out for a socially-distanced bumper car ride on ice for $10. (Jessie Klehfoth
Special to the Daily)

Speaking of ice time, you can enjoy scooting around on the new ice bumper cars at the Dobson Ice Arena this year. The Vail Recreation District debuted these fun vehicles last spring and they offer adults and children over 48-inches tall the opportunity to zoom around, spin, skid and slide to a good time.

Rides are $10 per person for a 15-minute ride. There will be one trip per half-hour to allow for social distancing between groups. Up to 12 people at a time can go out on the bumper cars per session. Get your reservations and learn more by going to vailrec.com.

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Halloween Happenings

As you can guess, Halloween looks a little different this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Although some events have been canceled, most have been altered to allow some traditional fun for kids and adults alike. Please check out each event’s website for COVID-19-compliant regulations that will be put in place. The forecast at press time called for clear skies and temperatures in the 50s during the day and 20s at night, so dress appropriately to allow for layers underneath the costume. Here’s a few things happening Friday and Saturday:

Mountain Youth’s Valley Voices Teen Halloween – Trinity Church – Friday 8 to midnight

High schoolers can still take part in Halloween activities by dressing up and heading over to Trinity Church in Edwards from 8 p.m. until midnight on Friday. Throughout the night teens can enjoy decorating facemasks to match costumes, tons of Halloween candy and two movies: “Beetle Juice” and “A Quiet Place” along with popcorn. There will be some great photo ops for selfies. Learn more at valleyvoice.org.

Trick or Treat Street – Eagle Ranch Village – Friday and Saturday – 4 to 7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ranch Village will be hosting its annual Trick or Treat Street this year, but to encourage social distancing, kids will be sent on a hunt for photo stops around Eagle Ranch Village. Costumes are encouraged and masks are required. The event has been spread out over four days (it started on Wednesday) to allow guests to space out. and choose which date they’d like to attend. Kids can travel to these businesses between 4 and 7:30 p.m. and look for the designated photo stops around the village. Once the photo stops are found, kids are asked to take a photo and post it on Facebook or Instagram and tag the business and #eagleranchtrickortreat. Prizes will be awarded and look for dinner and drink specials while you are out. For more information, visit Eagle Ranch Village’s Facebook page. At press time, this was the list of participating businesses:

Zealous Schools
Slifer Smith & Frampton *stop in for a treat
Yoga Off Broadway
Knapp Ranch *Stop in for a treat
Berkshire Hathaway

Trick or Treat Trot by Vail Rec District – Vail and Lionshead – Saturday – 2 to 5 p.m.

The longest-running event for Halloween this weekend is the 28th annual Trick or Treat Trot put on by the Vail Recreation District. Park for free in either the Vail Village or Lionshead Village parking structures and check-in at booths at either village to start your candy-gathering journey. There will be lists of participating businesses given out at the booths. The Vail Recreation District recommends this event for infants through 10-year-olds and their families. This is a great time for everyone to show off the costumes and roam around pedestrian villages while stopping at various businesses for candy. Join in the fun on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit vailrec.com.

Halloween on Broadway – Eagle – Saturday – 4 to 9 p.m.

Historic downtown Eagle will also be a place to go for Halloween fun on Saturday between 4 and 9 p.m. Area businesses will be handing out candy in addition to some fun and games, food trucks, live music shopping and more. For information, check out downtowneagle.org.

Halloween Family Jam 

Scott Rednor, owner of Shakedown Bar Vail, and his collection of talented musicians have been livening up the streets of Vail and Lionshead this summer with their pop up concert series and their larger shows at the Lower Bench at Ford Park. Rednor, a family man himself with two young daughters, decided to put together one more show during the day on Halloween.

What’s been dubbed as “2 Villages/6 Bands: A Halloween Family Jam” by Shakedown Presents and the town of Vail will entertain those families enjoying the 28th annual Trick or Treat Trot in Lionshead and Vail Village, as well as those who have been following the Shakedown Presents series and even passers-by who stumble upon the music.

The free Halloween Family Jam band will feature members of the Shakedown Family Band including Brian Loftus, Eddie Roberts, Michael Jude, John Michel, Mark Levy, Kramer Kelling, Shawn Eckels, Rob Eaton, Jr., Dan Africano, Scott Rednor, Kory Montgomery and Nicholas Gerlach. The concerts will be held in unison and the Children’s Fountain location will include a Halloween-themed photo set and complimentary photographer. For more information visit shakedownpresents.com.

Children’s Fountain in Vail Village:
  • Turntable Revue 1 – 2:25 p.m.
  • Brothers Keeper 2:45 – 4:10 p.m.
  • A Spooky Talking Heads Celebration 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Lionshead Stage
  • Pauli G & The Alien Love Monkees 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Kory Montgomery Band 2:20 – 4:10 p.m.
  • Eddie Roberts and Friends 4:30 – 6 p.m.

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Live Music

The fall colors are still holding on and so are the nice temperatures. That weather will bode well for the live music offerings this weekend, many of which are outdoors.

Rewind Halloween Costume Party – Edwards – Saturday

Get your 80s costumes ready for an early Halloween show with 80s retro rockers Rewind, a cover band from Eagle County. Rewind will take the stage under the marquee at the Riverwalk Theater on Saturday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Check Rewind’s Facebook page for more details.

Pop-Up Street Music – Vail Village – Saturday

Shakedown Presents has more live music coming your way. This Saturday the stage will be in the Solaris Plaza. Scott Rednor, owner and musician at Shakedown Bar, has been hosting a series of outdoor concerts due to COVID-19 regulations that have kept his bar closed. Rednor has been working with the town of Vail to provide live music for free on the streets of Vail from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, visit shakedownbarvail.com.

Live music at Bonfire Brewing – Eagle – Friday and Saturday

Listen to the sounds of Motown, rock and folk music by Jen Mack, a long-time local who will play acoustic sets at Bonfire Brewing in Eagle on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. On Saturday, Brian Chinn takes the stage from 6 to 9 p.m. Axe Throwing is back with Wood & Steel Axe Company who will be hosting events every weekend in October. Don’t forget, Bonfire’s patio is heated. For more info, check out bonfirebrewing.com.

Kevin Danzig  – Vail – Saturday

Join Kevin Danzig for his eclectic mix of sounds and songs at the King’s Club Lounge at the Sonnenalp Vail. Enjoy the lounge atmosphere of the Bavarian-style hotel while listening to a variety of musical genres from folk to rock and some of Danzig’s originals from 7 to 10 p.m.

Meet Avalanche Dogs at Colorado Snowsports Museum

Dog lovers, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to meet Vail’s Avalanche Dogs and get some insights into photographer Scott Brockmeier’s latest book, “Skiers’ Best Friends.”

The Colorado Snowsports Museum in Vail will host Brockmeier and have a book signing from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday. Brockmeier traveled throughout the state of Colorado and got to observe these working dogs in action in his new book. The book will be available for purchase and so will the 2021 Avalanche Rescue Dog calendars.

A portion of the proceeds from the book and calendar sales will be made to the Avalanche Rescue Dog teams. Beer, wine and 10th Mountain Whiskey will be available for purchase during the book signing.

Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. For more information, call the museum at 970-476-1876.

“Purple Mountains”  movie at Riverwalk Theater

Professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones has been enjoying the steepest slopes and deepest snow all around the globe for decades. Now, he’s taking his experience and observations to the slopes and streets to meet the people to discuss climate change. “Purple Mountains” is an hour-long documentary that hopes to build dialogue to help people understand what can be done climate-wise in order to keep enjoying the great outdoors.

The Riverwalk Theater is hosting this documentary on Friday night at 7 p.m. Tickets are free thanks to the help of a former employee of the Riverwalk Theater and some businesses that stepped up to sponsor this event.

“A former employee of mine (who wanted to remain anonymous) reached out to me and wanted to bring this movie to the theater as a way to support our business and bring this specific message to our community given its subject matter,” said Grant Smith, owner of the Riverwalk Theater in Edwards. 

The former employee enlisted the help of Jeremy Lepore of Edward Jones, Alpine Quest Sports store in Edwards, Mid Valley Paint and Hemp Works Colorado, a sustainable wood material made from hemp stalks.

“It means a lot as a business to have groups like this stepping up to show the Riverwalk Theater support and especially for a movie like this that is meant to bring people together. This is 100% in tune with what we are trying to do at the Riverwalk Theater,” said Smith, whose mission is to have the Riverwalk Theater be a place where people can connect with friends and family.

Once again, tickets are free, but reserve yours now by contacting the Riverwalk Theater or by stopping by to reserve tickets. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the maximum capacity is 50 people. Come early and enjoy live music from 6 to 7 p.m. and happy hour specials including $10 chopped brisket sandwiches and $5 Vail Brewing Company Octoberfest lagers.

Back to the movie, expect to see scenic vistas you’d expect from any Jeremy Jones film, but also witness conversations with people on all sides of the issue. To learn more about “Purple Mountains”, view the website and trailer at www.purplemountainsfilm.com. To learn more about the Riverwalk Theater, go to riverwalktheater.com.

Gypsum Fun Fest

Get into the Halloween spirit at the Gypsum Fun Fest this Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. Costume contests, live music, food and more will be on hand along with a pumpkin weight-guessing contest.

The Gypsum Chamber is hosting this event with The Andrews Team of All Western Mortgage, which will be celebrating its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. Stop by its new location and register to win a 58-inch flat-screen television that will be given away at 5 p.m. Neighboring Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Colorado Properties is co-sponsoring the event and many of the activities will occur on its lawn on the corner of Green Way and Highway 6 in Gypsum.

Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume for a chance to win prizes. Awards will be given for the best child and adult costume at 4 p.m. Kids will also receive a Halloween goodie bag. Register to win raffle prizes at the Gypsum Chamber’s registration table at the event. Raffle prizes will be given away at 2 and 5 p.m. Raffle prizes include six complimentary Sunny Pop lift tickets to Sunlight Mountain Resort and gift certificates for local businesses. Guessing the correct weight of the large pumpkin on display can earn you a prize, too.

Grilled hamburgers, hotdogs and other snacks will be provided at this celebration. Listen to live music by Mysterious Forces and enjoy family games on the lawn and the kids can burn off some energy in the Bounce House.

In case of inclement weather, tents and heaters will be in place and Vail Honeywagon has donated mobile hand-washing and sanitation stations for attendees. For more information go to gypsumchamber.org.

Restaurant and shopping deal cards

If you head down valley for the Gypsum Fun Fest, stick around and have a bite to eat at some of the restaurants that are participating in Gypsum Restaurant Daze. Get a Gypsum Restaurant Daze punch card at Gypsum Town Hall or any participating restaurant. During the month of October, stop by all of the 11 restaurants, get your card punched and once you’ve completed the punch card, drop it off at the dropbox outside the main entrance of Gypsum Town Hall by November 1.

Two winners with completed cards will be randomly selected in early November and each winner will get $300 in gift cards to Costco, Ridley’s and Ace Hardware.

Participating restaurants include Creekside Clubhouse & Grill, Turgeon’s, DJ’s + Dahlias, Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli, Trigo Food Co., Subway, Domino’s Pizza, Tu Casa Coffee Shop, Spice of Life and Firebox. For more information to go townofgypsum.org

Access Unbound is offering a discount card as well. Access Unbound’s mission is to transform and heal the lives of people with disabilities or disabling conditions who qualify for its adaptive programs.

The Access Unbound Access Card will allow you to save 20% at many valley businesses and restaurants from now until Oct. 23. Buy the card online for $55 by going to au-accesscard.org. Check out the long list of businesses that are participating while you’re on the website, too. There are tons of great deals to be had, but hurry, the offer ends on Oct. 23.

Take advantage of the savings while helping Access Unbound reach their goal of providing funds for adaptive equipment, scholarships, instructor incentive programs and more.

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Primal Fest

Creativity and collaboration come together this weekend to create Primal Fest, a free, all-day music festival happening in downtown Eagle. To help allow more people to enjoy live music, The Boneyard and 7 Hermits Brewing Company are teaming up to host bands on two stages for an outdoor show that can be heard from both restaurants in Eagle Ranch.

With the Boneyard and 7 Hermits Brewing Company being across Capital Street from each other, multiple bands can play by alternating stages. While one band plays, the other band sets up, and the crowd gets to benefit by having continuous music.

2 p.m. – Jen Mack – 7 Hermits stage

3 p.m. – Who’s Drivin’ Now? – Boneyard stage

4 p.m. – Jake Wolf and the Wolfpack – 7 Hermits stage

5:30 p.m. – The Pinheads – Boneyard stage

7 p.m. – El Paso Lasso – 7 Hermits stage

8:30 p.m. – Primal J and the Neanderthals – Boneyard stage

Enjoy the music all day or stop in for a late lunch, drink, dinner or a snack after hiking or biking in the area. Please respect the six-foot space between parties and wear your masks when entering the establishments.

“It’s just awesome to play, especially that area. The sunset is behind you. It’s beautiful, it’s just amazing. We’re really grateful that we get to play, and that people are enjoying it,” said Dan Renner in an article with the Vail Daily’s Casey Russell earlier this week. Renner is one of the five bandmates in Primal J and also a band member in the Pinheads. For more information, search for Primal Fest on Facebook.

Camp Hale Half Marathon

If you’ve been to Camp Hale, you know that its beauty is breathtaking. It will be more than the beauty that takes your breath away during the 5th annual Camp Hale Half Marathon and 5k race this Saturday. The good news is that there is minimal elevation gain – the race starts at 9,200 feet above sea level and tops out at 9,500 feet above sea level.

The half marathon course takes runners out on well-maintained gravel roads, the Continental Divide Trail and the Colorado Trail. The 5k race will be an out-and-back route utilizing the gravel roads.

If you need some inspiration along the route, just know that this is the same terrain that the troops of the 10th Mountain Division used for training prior to World War II.

Like all of the Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series races this year, there will be all sorts of safety protocols in place to comply with COVID-19 regulations.

Pre-race bib pickup is available on August 28 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Ford Park Tennis Center and onsite at the race starting at 7 a.m. The races begin at 8 a.m. with a series of waves to comply with social distancing. There will be no day-of registration for this race and participation is limited to 175 runners. For more information, to register and learn about safety protocols, visit vailrec.com.

Movies at Riverwalk Theater

It’s been a weird summer, made even weirder by not having first-run movie releases out until the season is almost over. But, fear not, the Riverwalk Theater in Edwards has some first-run flicks playing this weekend.

The Riverwalk is playing “Unhinged,” the action thriller starring Russell Crowe and “The New Mutants” the action, sci-fi horror flick about five young mutants being held against their will. If you’re looking for something a little more lighthearted, never fear, Bill and Ted are here.

“Bill & Ted Face the Music” is the third installment of the story of these two “Wyld Stallyns” and time travel. Find out how they plan to save the world with the help of their daughters in this new movie whose release date was delayed due to COVID-19.

It’s hard to believe that “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” came out in 1989 and the sequel, “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” hit theaters in 1991. Since then, Keanu Reeves (Ted) has become an action movie star in such blockbusters as “The Matrix” and “John Wick” and Alex Winter (Bill) has been busy directing.

Let yourself get lost for an hour and 28 minutes in a time where we all need a little break. And remember the wise words of Bill and Ted: “Be excellent to each other.”

On Friday night only, the Riverwalk Theater will feature “Stop Making Sense,” which Grant Smith, owner of the Riverwalk Theater, calls “one of the greatest live filmed concerts of all time.” It was filmed during four shows at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles in 1984. It starts out with Talking Heads lead singer David Byrne singing “Psycho Killer” solo and other band members join him throughout the performance. With the lack of big concerts this year, this may be just the ticket to quench that thirst for live music in an arena setting.

Showtimes, tickets and more information about the expanded concession stand selections as well as barbecue from Smokin’ J BBQ can be found at riverwalktheater.com. The website also details all the COVID-19 rules and protocols regarding masks, social distancing and seating availability that the Riverwalk Theater is following.

Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster

Even though Epic Discovery at the top of Eagle Bahn Gondola on Vail Mountain isn’t offering its full list of activities this season, you can still hop on the Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster and see the sights and catch some thrills along the way. The Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster is perched above 10,000 feet and takes you through the woods at the top of Eagle’s Nest while also granting you views of the Gore Range and the valley below.

To get to the top, you can either hike up or ride the Eagle Bahn Gondola out of Lionshead Village. The Berry Picker Trail is a popular trail rated as moderate and covers a distance of 3.2 miles. Please note, in my opinion, Berry Picker is steep near the base of Lionshead, which can sometimes discourage people from continuing on. Just stop for a bit, take some deep breaths and forge on. The views and sense of accomplishment are worth it when you make it to the top.

You can always ride the Eagle Bahn Gondola up to the Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster, too. The Eagle Bahn Gondola operates between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day. Purchase a scenic gondola ticket at the base of Lionshead at the ticket office and for each paying adult, kids 12 and under ride free. If you are an Epic Passholder for the 2020/2021 season, you can use your pass to access the gondola. Don’t forget to purchase your Epic Discovery Activity Ticket to ride the coaster at the base of Lionshead before you head up.

Once you get to the top, it’s a short walk to the west to the Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster. A few things to note:

  • Height – must be 38-54 inches tall to ride along and 54-84 inches tall to be a driver
  • Weight – 330 pounds combined weight of rider and driver
  • Age – 3 years old and over for riders and 16 and older for drivers
  • Other requirements – Enclosed footwear and no loose or personal items

After a few instructions and safety talk, you’re ready to head 3,400 feet down the mountain. You control how fast you go by controlling the breaks and the coaster will be brought back up on its own power, so after a thrilling ride down you can sit back and enjoy the views on the way back up to the top where you started.

For more information about the Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster and to get tickets, visit vail.com.

Outdoor Yoga

Take your yoga workout outdoors this summer with a yoga class on the lawn of Solaris in Vail Village or the Little Beach Park in Minturn. Both classes are offered on Saturday mornings.

From 9 to 10 a.m. stretch out in the centrally-located Solaris Plaza and place your mat (six feet apart from others) and get ready to be led by the instructors from Vail Athletic Club in the Vail Haus. This is a free offering presented by Gravity Haus. Please arrive 15 minutes early to get set up and bring your own yoga mat and any other props, sunscreen and water. Parking is free in the Vail Village parking structure. For more information, go to eventbrite.com and search “outdoor yoga at 8,150’ in Vail.”

Yoga in the Park in Minturn is held at 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Bring your own mat, props and some water and enjoy the views while placing your mat six feet away from your fellow yogis. This class is for all levels and is donation-based (suggested donation is $10). The money raised goes toward the Minturn Community Fund, which is a nonprofit organization that helps out the people and the culture of the town of Minturn. For more information, visit minturncommunityfund.org.

Live music, ski art, gear swaps, dinosaurs and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 8/21/20

Shakedown Fest

Scott Rednor, owner and musician at Shakedown Bar Vail, has been getting creative during these COVID-19 times and is now offering events via Shakedown Presents!, an offshoot of Shakedown Bar Vail. Known for its exceptional live music, Shakedown Bar Vail is hosting a series of outdoor concerts this summer at the Lower Bench Field at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail. So far, Rednor and a variety of bandmates have brought the sounds of the Grateful Dead and the Talking Heads to this outdoor stage that was erected to add another outdoor opportunity to play music in the area. This past Wednesday, Bonfire Dub & Nikki Glaspie Family Jam played at this brand new venue to an enthusiastic crowd.

There are two more shows scheduled by Shakedown Presents! at the Lower Bench Field:

  Shakedown Fest! with Turntable Revue, Brothers Keeper with Shawn Eckels and Eddie Roberts SuperJam: Sunday, gates open at 2 p.m.

  John Popper of Blues Traveler with Brothers Keeper and special guests: August 29, gates at 2 p.m.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 175 tickets are available to each outdoor concert and the venue can accommodate up to groups of eight in their socially distanced squares. Face coverings are required. Food and drinks are available for purchase onsite and a portion of alcohol sales benefits the Realm of Caring, a nonprofit that brings music education, instruments and artistic opportunity to students in the Vail Valley. For tickets go to eventbrite.com and search Shakedown Presents! Stay tuned for more shows from Shakedown Presents! in September.

Art and Artists in Vail

Art on the Rockies presents Vail Fine Art Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This outdoor show will take place along the streets of Lionshead Village and will be spaced apart enough for social distancing. Visit the booths of 60 different artists and meet featured artists Aileen Frick. Mediums include painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and more. Go to artontherockies.org for more information.

Ski art comes to life with the works of Annie Decamp at the Colorado Snowsports Museum on Friday between 3-6 p.m. Decamp uses a mixed media approach on late-19th and mid-20th century black and white photographs of skiing. She typically paints from those photographs using charcoal, oil, and encaustic, or alters them digitally before painting onto them with the same materials.

Several of her works will be on sale during the event including a series of “ski smalls” and prices for her works of art at the museum will range from $95 to $1,100. Beer, wine and 10th Mountain Whiskey drinks will be available for purchase. Contact the Colorado Snowsports Museum for more details at 970-476-1876 or snowsportsmuseum.org.

Fossil Posse Dinosaur Adventures

Many kids are heading back to school soon so why not get their brains back into learning mode by joining Fossil Posse Dinosaur Adventures? Billy Doran is the leader of this amazing organization that teaches kids about dinosaurs and the various periods those beasts roamed the planet. He does engaging presentations throughout the valley and has a kids camp and dinosaur museum in Wolcott, CO.

On Saturdays, you’ll find Doran at the Riverwalk Theater in Edwards at 10 a.m. This week’s topic is The Giants, or the sauropods with the big, long necks. Parents, drop your kids off under the marquee at the Riverwalk Theater and then grab a coffee, burrito or Nutella waffle since the Riverwalk Theater is serving coffee and breakfast starting at 8 a.m.

On Sundays, you can find Doran at the Beaver Creek Plaza from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. This Sunday’s topic is Prehistoric Beaver Creek and the monstrous animals that lived there.

If your kids can’t get enough of the dinos (and parents, we know you are fascinated, too) visit the Museum at Dinosaur Junction in Wolcott, CO. The exhibits cover a 200 million year history of the region and you can see fossils from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The museum is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 and children under four years old and adults over 65 years old are free.

Kids camps are still going on and are offered on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. For more information, visit fossilposse.com.

Gear swap and sales

August is usually the time when you can get great deals on summer gear and last season’s winter equipment but things look a little different due to the pandemic. Here’s how a few local retailers are still giving you opportunities to save.

Alpine Quest Sports – Kayaks, rafts, standup paddleboards, duckies and more can be found through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Alpine Quest Sports location on Highway 6 in Edwards across from E Town restaurant. All week long those who were ready to part with their gear have been dropping off items and Alpine Quest is pricing them to sell. They will also have a sale on items from the store in addition to swap items.

Due to COVID-19 regulations, clothing will be limited to only drytops this year, so wetsuits, booties, gloves, shorts, tops and other clothing items will not be swapped and sold. For more information, call 970-926-3867, visit them on Facebook or go to alpinequestsports.com.

Christy Sports  – instead of its usual tent sale, Christy Sports is allowing you to shop from the comfort of your own couch. The Powder Daze sale offers deep discounts: up to 70% off all ski and snowboard gear and apparel. Christy Sports has a large network of stores and their online inventory allows you to find the sizes and models you’re looking for.

Some of the online specials include a free mount with a ski or snowboard and binding purchase. Get a free boot fit with a ski or snowboard boot purchase and you can dial in those boots with a $99 DFP footbed. Go to christysports.com for more information and to start shopping.

Ptarmigan Sports – instead of its big two-day sale on Labor Day weekend Ptarmigan Sports decided to spread out the sale over multiple days to ease up crowding at the store due to COVID-19 regulations. Check the Ptarmigan Sports’ Facebook page as they roll out deals between now and Labor Day. Deals include 50% off kids flip flops from Reef, Olukai and Teva, and 30% off men’s swimwear. 

Ptarmigan Sports expanded and remodeled last spring, so they have more room for your favorite brands and styles. And, if you are itching for some new shoes, according to one of the latest Facebook posts, they just unloaded a bunch of new women’s boots from Sorel for fall and winter, which of course won’t be on sale now, but maybe you need a new pair anyway. Hey, remember, “back-to-school-clothes” doesn’t have to be just for kids! Visit Ptarmigan Sports’ Facebook page or more details.

Drive-in movies, Vail Dance Festival and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 8/7/20

Beaver Creek Weekend Happs

Head on up to Beaver Creek for some live music, a silent disco and an a la carte menu at Zusamenn this weekend. The Beav’ has music every day of the week from 2 to 8 p.m. but on Fridays check out F.A.C. (Friday Afternoon Club) from 3 to 5 p.m. on the plaza. Families can not only enjoy live music but also bites from local restaurants, refreshing beverages, shopping, games and more.

Follow F.A.C. is a family-friendly silent disco from 5 to 8 p.m. Complimentary pairs of headphones are handed out so you can dance to the rhythm of your own beat or pair up with someone who is also dancing to that frequency. If you miss the dancing on Friday or didn’t get enough, the silent disco is offered on Saturdays from 5 to 8 p.m., too.

On Saturday, check out Zusamenn, which is a celebration of food and community. Loosely translated from its German roots, zusamenn means something collective or a gathering. The gatherings will be more socially-distanced this summer, but the live music will be performed by crowd favorites Spinphony on the rink stage between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Spinphony is an all-female electric string quartet out of Denver. They blend Bach with AC/DC for a unique, high energy sound.

The event is free to attend and you can purchase food and drinks along the way. This festival of flavors was created by Beaver Creek’s renowned chefs and restaurants. Visit village restaurants to select from delectable small plates and signature beverages and cocktails. For more information, please view beavercreek.com.

Drive-in Movies

Drive-in movies are a perfect way to see a flick during a pandemic. The Blue Starlite Drive-In returns to Minturn this summer with classic movies and safety measures in place to watch a movie on the big screen this weekend.

The 1985 adventure comedy “Goonies” will be showing on Friday night. Get tickets in advance online and read all of the COVID-19 safety protocols. You can even order concessions in advance and those items will be provided to you when you arrive as to limit the time people are out of their cars.

“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” is showing on Saturday night. This 1989 film is the last in the three-part series that starred Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. Sean Connery plays Indian Jones’ father.

Both movies start at 8:50 p.m. and the gates open at 8 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance online and learn more at bluestarlitedrivein.com.

Vail Dance Festival: Digital Edition

The 32nd annual Vail Dance Festival kicked off last week and although the dancers weren’t able to gather physically on the stage in Vail, their on-screen presence has touched the Vail Valley and beyond. The Vail Dance Festival: Digital Edition showcased world premieres that happened in Vail in recent years and really offered a “best of” look at what makes the Vail Dance Festival so special. The performances have been shown on Vail Dance Festival’s Facebook and YouTube accounts and all shows will be available until August 15.  

Opening night seemed to have the most comments on social media and the numbers show that there are around 63,000 views across Facebook and YouTube. Facebook provides a breakdown of where people are watching the videos and although most viewers are from the US, data showed that viewers were tuning in all over Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, Central and South America.

Closing night is Friday at 6 p.m. online. Damian Woetzel, the artistic director of the Vail Dance Festival, hosts this digital show remotely. Woetzel will walk you through what performances you will see and highlight some of the artists involved. “Carolina Shout” will be shown first. This 2019 world premiere features dancers Michelle Dorrance and Lil Buck along with music by jazz pianist Jason Moran.

The second part of the show will feature the 2017 premiere of “we seem to be more than one.” This performance was a collaboration between tap-dancing sensation, Michelle Dorrnance and various artists at the festival and brings in dance moves from tap, ballet, contemporary, jookin’, flamenco, and modern traditions.

Celebrate this summer tradition in Vail by watching the Vail Dance Festival and to learn more about how you can support the festival and the artists during these trying times, visit vaildance.org.

Nottingham Park activities

Please note that Nottingham Lake will be closed for the USA Swimming Open Water Championships but the Harry A. Nottingham Park will still be open and offers plenty of things to do without adding water.

Nottingham Lake will be closed from 7:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. This will include the beach and grass area on the north side of the lake. There will be no fishing, boating, SUPing or swimming allowed during this time, but there are still lots of amenities in the park to enjoy.

Tennis, anyone? The Harry A. Nottingham Park not only has three tennis courts, but it also has four pickleball courts, two basketball courts and two athletic fields for rent. The playground equipment will be open as well. The bike path around the lake and the park is perfect for the littlest bikers since there isn’t much of an incline to wear them out. It’s also great if you’ve fired up those rollerblades and want to cruise on a path that is smooth and flat.

Nottingham Park also has grills and picnic tables in case you want to have a cookout. Or, order meals from one of the many nearby restaurants and enjoy dining with a view. If you want to also enjoy an adult beverage, the Avon Town Council allows open containers and public consumption of alcohol at Nottingham Park and on the Main Street Pedestrian Mall between 11:30 a.m. and until 30 minutes after dusk. For more information, go to avon.org.

Vail Valley author’s new book is a psychic thrill ride

Award-winning author Jennifer Alsever’s new book, “Extraordinary Lies,” is a psychic thrill ride.

Alsever, who lives in the Vail Valley, had finished her young adult fiction trilogy, “The Trinity Forest Series,” when her husband, Kevin O’Donnell sent her a Flipboard article about a Russian psychic during the Cold War. Alsever’s imagination started spinning as a great novelist’s will, and her legions of fans will be happy to know it planted right back in front of her keyboard. “Extraordinary Lies” was published this spring.

Alsever will talk about the new paranormal mystery at 10:30 a.m. Friday in a new virtual chat series hosted by the Bookworm of Edwards. You can find the link to the Zoom call on the Bookworm’s website.

Psychic arms race

That Flipboard article described how a woman named Nina Kulagina kicked off a “psychic arms race” between the U.S. and the Soviets during the Cold War. When American officials discovered the Soviet research into her psychokinesis powers, they began funding investigations into supernatural phenomena at Stanford Research Institute. That story inspired Alsever’s “Extraordinary Lies.”

Set in San Francisco during the Cold War, the tale follows two supernaturally gifted girls, Julia and Charley, from entirely different worlds. They’re both sent to the Stanford Research Institute to be tested for paranormal abilities. Surrounded by others with powers like theirs, they finally make real friends.  

But as the scientists’ tests grow darker and more dangerous, the two girls must unravel the truth behind the experiments — and the extraordinary lies they’ve been told to keep them in the dark.

After reading that initial Flipboard article about the Russian psychic, Alsever rounded up information about real-life psychic testing by the U.S. government in the 1960s and 1970s at the Stanford Research Institute. She devoured Annie Jacobsoen’s nonfiction book, “Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government’s Investigation into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis.” Jacobsen’s book provided true-life facts and intriguing details from government documents and interviews outlining real experiments, the physics they tested, and the government’s efforts to build a team of psychic soldiers.

“Then my imagination took over,” Alsever said.

“Extraordinary Lies” carries a decidedly feminist theme as it deals deftly with friendship and family. It’s categorized as a young adult novel, but will appeal to anyone interested in Cold War intrigue, psychokinesis or simply a good escape from reality.

“It’s perfect for fans of the TV series ‘Stranger Things,’” Alsever said.

“Extraordinary Lies” already has film and TV interest from Areu Bros Studios in Atlanta, as does her 2017 award-winning trilogy, the Trinity Forest Series (Ember Burning, Oshun Rising, & Venus Shining.) 

Support your local bookstore

Friday’s virtual author event is another way the Bookworm of Edwards and local authors are connecting with readers as we find our way through the pandemic.

 “I’m excited for this chance to talk to readers since the pandemic is a perfect time to pick up a book,” Alsever said. “Supporting the Bookworm of Edwards right now is vital, due to the crushing blow the pandemic has dealt to so many of our local businesses.”

Bookworm owner Nicole Magistro has been a huge supporter of both readers and local authors, Alsever said.

Reading is even good for you. Researchers have found that reading reduces stress, lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, improves your memory, increases brainpower, and boosts empathy skills. It’s even been linked to longer life spans. There’s never been a better time to escape reality.

“Now is a good time for people who are bored, tired of hearing about coronavirus and locked in their homes to get book recommendations from the Bookworm and order online—whether it’s mine or another one—from their website,” she said.

Vail Valley musicians trading the stage for the web: when and where to watch livestreams

Local musicians who usually play for a live audience are taking their shows on the road, kind of, via Facebook Live due to the COVID-19 shutdown.

Lifelong Vail local Johnny Schleper traded the Red Lion stage for his guest bedroom and has been going live every Friday since the ski resorts closed in March.

“It has been an interesting and humbling experience,” Schleper said about performing without a live crowd. “I definitely can’t do it without the awesome people streaming through Facebook Live every week.”

Fellow Red Lion singer Dave Tucker has been posting his live shows on Facebook Live as well, and both Tucker and Schleper have been a part of KZYR The Zephyr’s Virtual Friday Afternoon Club.

“It’s great exposure to be on KZYR’s Facebook page and the radio, or if people share it off of their Facebook page and create a watch party. I’m getting new fans from all over the world that are seeing me play for the first time,” Tucker said.

German sensation Helmut Fricker has entertained guests at Sarah’s Lounge at the Christiania in Vail on Friday afternoons for 40 years and isn’t letting the COVID-19 closures stop him.

“I get out my accordion and alpenhorn and play in front of my fireplace at 4:30 p.m. at my home in Eagle,” Fricker said.

Look closely, you may even spot his dog, Spencer, in the background wearing a Bavarian costume.  

Kevin Danzig is using this time to share some of his originals as well. His “A Song A Day ‘Til May” series has proven popular with fans and he may continue it next month with a different name: “Another Tune ‘Til June.”

Gathering together a string of soon-to-be-announced local artists, The Ghost Light Sessions hosted by the Vilar Performing Arts Center kicks off with a show by the Runaway Grooms at 7 p.m. on May 7. Additional artists will be announced soon.

“We have been working hard to really curate this set to be a very engaging listening experience that takes the viewers at home through a musical roller coaster,” said frontman Adam Tobin.  “We want listeners to feel like they’re at an actual live show again.”

For some performers, that’s the part of the show they miss most.

“The live show energy is unique every night. That connection is like a new conversation that’s always different and interesting. Can’t wait to have those conversations again,” said local musician Brendan McKinney.

Even Scott Munns is getting comments from his Vail fans while playing on Facebook Live from Florida. Munns splits his time playing gigs at the Bridge Street Bar in Vail and the Elbo Room in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“It’s fun to see the comments from the Vail locals or people who have seen me play there over the years. There will be some inside joke about a song I usually play, or they’ll ask me about O.J. Simpson and want me to play the ‘Bronco song’ — it’s just one big party,” Munns said.

Each performer says it helps them pass the time during social distancing and breaks up the day. Schleper has been recording and writing new songs, doing a little snowmobiling and getting the dirt bike ready.

“I’m also getting a lot of amazing family time, which is great because we have a daughter who is 16 months old,” Schleper said.  

Munns admits that he’s been less productive.

“I would like to say that I have been writing songs and being more creative but I’ve been watching TV and eating. Although I did learn the song, ‘I Saw a Tiger’ from the ‘Tiger King’ series on Netflix,” Munns joked.  

Although the online audience has been kind and generous, oftentimes tipping performers via virtual means, the performers do miss the live crowds.

“Nothing beats being in the same room with people who love live music and it’s that energy that gets shared multiple nights a week that I miss most,” Tucker said.  

Munns also misses the crowds and not having to social distance.

“Honestly, I miss hugging people, not in a weird or creepy kind of way, but I’m a hugger, I hug perfect strangers. I’m gonna hug people when we get the all-clear signal,” he said.

Catch these performers on Facebook Live:

If you’re a local artist doing a virtual performance and would like to be added to this list, email Entertainment Editor Casey Russell at crussell@vaildaily.com.

Entertainment editor Casey Russell contributed reporting to this story.

Illusions, silent disco, a shamrock shuffle and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 3/13/20

Magic and music at the Vilar

Update at 7:28 p.m.: Vail Valley Foundation’s Director of Public Relations and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Director Tom Boyd confirmed to the Vail Daily in an email at 7:28 p.m. that events at the Vilar Performing Arts Center will be canceled through the end of the winter season.

The Vilar Performing Arts Center has been busy with all types of shows this spring. Friday brings in the wonder of illusionist Rick Thomas and on Sunday Colin Hay, former frontman of 80s Australian hit makers Men at Work takes the stage in a solo performance.

Illusionist Rick Thomas has been performing mind-blowing illusions in Las Vegas for the last 15 years and has performed over 600 shows per year. Thomas has earned several awards including “Magician of the Year” by the Academy of Magical Arts and magic’s highest recognition “Illusionist of the World” by the World Magic Awards. He’s traveled to over 50 countries across the globe and will set foot on the Vilar stage on Friday night at 7 p.m.

View Thomas’ outstanding showmanship and stage presence up close as he blends magic, music, comedy and dance into an intriguing and innovative show. Here’s praise for Thomas:

“Fabulous Entertainment for the Entire Family!” – Chicago Tribune

“Best Magician, Period!” – Showbiz Magazine

“Stunning!” – L.A. Times

“EPIC!” – New York Times

“The Most Amazing Show…Brilliant!” – TripAdvisor

Tickets are $48 for adults, $29 for kids or a Family 4-Pack is $150. This show is also included in the Vilar’s ticket package: Pick 3 Shows for $90; Pick 5 Shows for $175; Pick 8 Shows for $240. For more information, visit www.vilarpac.org.

One thing fans of the Vilar Performing Arts Center rave about is the intimacy of the performances they get to see. Colin Hay’s performance should be no different. Here, learn more about the stories behind his days as the frontman of Men At Work, his tour with Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band and his stints on television shows like “Scrubs.”

At Sunday’s show, which will start at 7 p.m., Hay’s set will include songs that span his career, including songs from his upcoming album for Compass Records, Men at Work hit songs including “Who Can It Be Now?,” “Down Under” and other crowd-pleasers. Expect to hear some stories behind the songs and other artistic pursuits Hay has been on during his amazing career. Tickets are $45. Visit www.vilarpac.org for more information.

Bloom and a Silent Disco for kids

Spring break is here and families from across the nation are enjoying spring skiing and all the activities that surround it. Here are a few fun things for kids to do this weekend at Beaver Creek as they celebrate spring with an event called Bloom:

Friday – Beaver Creek Plaza – 3 – 6 p.m.

Sounds of the Season with live music with the La Pompe Jazz Band from 4:50 until 6:00 p.m. and dance lessons from Swingin’ Denver at 3:30 and 5 p.m.

Saturday – Beaver Creek Plaza – 4 – 8:30 p.m.

Family Fun Fest – Kids go from game tent to game tent earning tokens that can go toward Beaver Creek themed prizes- 4-5:30 p.m.

Silent Disco – dance to your own beat while wearing wireless headphones, often with different musical themes depending on the channel each person is tuned in to. Pick up your complimentary headphones near the ice rink –5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Sunday – Beaver Creek Plaza – 3 to 6 p.m.

Color & Flower Festival – Crafts, coloring stations and some fun surprises. For more information, visit www.beavercreek.com.

Shamrock Shuffle

Update at 8:03 p.m. from the Vail Recreation District: This weekend’s Krueger Family Shamrock Shuffle will no longer take place in person at the Vail Nordic Center and has been modified to a virtual event, please visit www.vailrec.com on Friday for more details.

Don your green gear and head out to the Vail Nordic Center for the 9th annual Krueger Family Shamrock Shuffle on Saturday. This shuffle is a fun walk or run and has become a St. Patrick’s Day tradition whether you are Irish or not. Participate in the 5k or 10k race and bring the kids for the 1k fun run. The Vail Nordic Center’s trails still have plenty of snow for those wearing snowshoes or Yaktrax, as well those wearing running shoes, which is a non-prize-eligible category.

Prizes will be given out to the top three women and top three men in both the snowshoe and Yaktrax 10K race categories. A free raffle for all racers will complete the fun with great prizes from local businesses as well as nationally-known brands. he Krueger Family Shamrock Shuffle is the final race in the three-part Vail Grail winter race series. A limited number of snowshoes will be available at the Vail Nordic Center.

The race starts at 4 p.m. followed by an after-race party at the Vail Nordic Center. For more information, go to www.vailrec.com.

“Animation Stars” takes the stage at Battle Mountain

Over 50 local students ages 8 to 18 have been working hard learning the music and the dance moves for the spring production of “Animation Stars.” This performance is a high-energy revue featuring songs and scenes from the best recent animation movies. Hear songs from “Brave,” “Moana,” “Jungle Book,” “Tangled,” “Despicable Me,” “Monsters Inc.,” “Pocahontas” and plenty more.

Annah Scully, the founder and executive director of the Vail Performing Arts Academy and her team of talented professionals molds these kids into stage masters and always puts on an inspiring show.

“Our young cast has been meeting each Sunday afternoon since January, and thanks to the amazing talents of our Artistic Director, Colin Meiring; our Assistant Choreographer, Maria Barry; our Vocal Coach, Melinda Carlson and Costumer, Val Watts these young performers have learned 19 numbers in ten intensive-but-super-fun rehearsals,” Scully said.

Showtime is at 6:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday at Battle Mountain High School. Tickets are general admission and cost $15 if you pay via cash or check and $17 if you use a credit card and can be purchased at the door. Go to www.vpaa.org for more information.

Women’s Ski Demo Day

With all the sales on equipment, springtime is the time to try out a new pair of skis and get in on the savings. Several brands of skis will be available to test out this weekend at the Second Saturday Free Ski Demo Day at the base of Lionshead from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  

Outdoor Divas and Vail Sports will have tents set up with demo skis from Atomic, Black Crows, Blizzard, Elan, Head, K2, Kastle, Legend, Line, Nordica, Rossignol, Salomon, Stockli and Volkl. Take a pair out and make a lap on the Eagle Bahn Gondola, or hop into the Back Bowls and see how they perform.

To enhance your experience and help you dial in your selection even more, there will be instructors from Vail Ski And Snowboard School available to take a run or two with you. The female coach will help you decide if the ski you try is a good fit for you.

It doesn’t get any easier to try skis before you buy. With tons of brands to choose from, experts there to dial in the bindings to fit your boots and get you on your way in no time and professional ski instructors to help you make the right decision, take advantage of this demo day and find a new pair of skis you love. For more information, go to www.outdoordivas.com.