From Wall Street in Vail to 5th Avenue in New York, the jewelry of Jim Cotter of J. Cotter Gallery will be featured at this year’s NYC Jewelry Week, Nov. 14-20 in New York City. Cotter has had the same gallery location Wall Street in Vail Village since 1970, but his clientele spans from around the world. With a reputation like that, Cotter gets a personal invite to be a part of this show.
“Both of the New York galleries where my dad’s earrings will be shown contacted him and the studio directly since both gallery owners have been long time fans of his work,” said Ramsey Cotter, Jim’s daughter, who runs the gallery in Vail.
Jim Cotter will be showcasing his Featherweight Earring Collection, which are earrings made out of expanded polystyrene, more commonly known as Styrofoam. The idea was created from seeing Styrofoam everywhere and people throwing it away. So Cotter found a creative use for it since expanded polystyrene degrades after 500 years. Cotter figured Styrofoam will stay here when we will be gone, so why not make art out of it?
Cotter is no stranger to using nontraditional materials in his jewelry. Steel, rocks, concrete and other unlikely materials have been turned into masterpieces under Cotter’s artistic eye. He is constantly experimenting with his materials. For example, in his signature Vail Heart piece, there are so many different materials used in creating the Vail Heart, each collection comes out unique.
The Featherweight Earrings, which are eye catching in bright colors and shapes, will be showcased at two in-person shows during NYC Jewelry Week. Upcycle, Recycle, Repurpose by Arron Faber will host artists on Nov. 14 and hope to show how going green with jewelry can still keep things stylish by challenging artists to reuse, recycle or upcycle everyday objects to fine jewelry.
The earrings will also make an appearance at Heidi Lowe Earrings Galore, which is an annual juried exhibition with a rich and diverse array of earrings made by emerging and established studio jewelers. The pop-up exhibition will host an in-person reception on Nov. 15.
In addition to the in-person shows, the Featherweight Earrings will be featured in SNAG: Hope is Resiliency Jewelry Online Exhibition,which explores how the participants define the resiliency of hope through their creative practice. The online exhibition features 250 works by 148 artists, and the art will be on display until Jan. 15.
“I enjoy the idea of combining disparate materials to assert that jewelry doesn’t have to be precious metal or gemstones and can survive outside the common perceptions of what properly constitutes jewelry,” Jim Cotter said.
Can art make you happy? That’s the thought behind Curate, a new art gallery in the Edwards Village Center.
“That’s our whole intention, for people to fall in love with art because truly art adds the finishing touches to a home,” said Cynthia Pillsbury, co-founder of Curate Art & Curiosities. “When art speaks to you, whether it’s the colors used in the painting or subject matter in the photograph, it can spark joy and make you content, put you in a better mood and create more happiness in you and your family’s life.”
Pillsbury and friend McKinley Lee created the idea for Curate to help fill a void they felt was needed in the Vail Valley art scene. Pillsbury came from San Francisco and Lee came from Virginia where there were more styles of art to choose from and a wider range of price points. To test the market, they did a pop-up gallery in Edwards last spring featuring 11 artists. The concept took off and once the space across the street from the Edwards Post Office and next door to the relatively new Yeti’s Grind coffee shop became available, they took the opportunity to set up shop.
“We want to be a place where people can stop by and say hi and we want to be a part of the community,” Pillsbury said. “We want art to be accessible and want people to not feel intimidated to walk into an art gallery. Buying art should be a fun process,” Pillsbury said.
Curate is showcasing 17 artists from across the nation and one artist from Spain.
“McKinley and I both love color, we are drawn towards that and abstract art, so that influence definitely plays a part in the way the gallery has been shaped,” Pillsbury said.
Artists from New York, Virginia, California, South Carolina, Kansas, Wisconsin and more are being featured. There’s an artists who used to live in Vail, Starr Marchand, who has art that gives a nod to the skiing lifestyle and there is also artwork that showcases your favorite bars in Vail as seen through the eyes of Tricia Donovan. Stop in to see which local places are brought to life on canvas.
In addition to art, there will be pottery and rugs for sale.
“We work with a woman who is from Turkey and she is a single mom of three girls and is supporting them with her rug business. We will have these unique rugs, but they aren’t $10,000, these are under $1,000 and they are really cool, one-of-a-kind and very special,” Pillsbury said.
“We are doing a lot of interior designer outreach because we want to be a resource for designers in case their clients have hired them to do everything, including buying art for the home, so we want to be a local resource for them,” Pillsbury said.
Curate is also showcasing the artists at The Hythe, the recently remodeled Marriott in Lionshead. Local designers Highline Wood Art will have their modern three-dimensional works on display just off of the main lobby.
In addition to offering art that is more accessible, Pillsbury and Lee also feel the need to support individual artists.
“That’s what’s so great about this community, everyone likes to support each other and artists and their craft. I have a lot of good friends who own businesses here and everyone is just very supportive because they know you are putting yourself out there. That is something about a small community that I love most,” Pillsbury said.
Curate Art & Curiosities will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays and by appointment Sundays through Tuesdays. Follow them on Instagram using the handle Curate Vail Valley.
Gear swaps, last Vail Farmers’ Market, honoring our heroes, a cozy dinner experience and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 10/7/22
Vail Ski and Snowboard Swap
A sure sign that the ski and snowboard season is approaching is the return of the Ski and Snowboard Swap. This marks the 53rd annual event that benefits Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, one of the valley’s oldest nonprofits. The money raised will help Ski and Snowboard Club Vail athletes pursue their dreams on the slopes.
As in years past, the swap will take place Friday through Sunday at the Dobson Ice Arena in Lionshead, where they transform the entire place into virtually a sporting goods store. Rows and rows of equipment and racks of outerwear fill the floor. The equipment and accessories are divided into different sections so even if you just need to find new gloves, you can get in and get out easily.
The swap will feature gently used goods and brand new items that still have the tags on. Hard goods like skis, snowboards and boots will be available as well. Outerwear and accessories are plentiful. This is a great place to get that extra pair of socks or if you lost your goggles at the end of last season, get a pair at a discount.
Have your kids outgrown their gear and clothing from last year? This is a good place to pick up items for them, too. There is usually a good selection of winter boots, think fashionable Sorel boots for the ladies and après ski footwear for men. You can try them on for size and bring them home all while saving money.
The gear drop-off period ended Thursday, so you’ll have to wait until next year to put your gear, outerwear and accessories into the swap.
Friday – 3 to 9 p.m.
Saturday – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Keep in mind that the largest selection of sizes, colors, etc. will be when the doors open on Friday, but there will still be good finds by Sunday afternoon. The event is free to attend, but you need to reserve a ticket. To do so and to find out more information, visit VailSkiSwap.com.
Route 6 Café Gear Swap
While the Vail Ski and Snowboard Swap benefits the athletes at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, the Route 6 Café Gear Swap benefits the Eagle Valley Humane Society. Ollie Holdstock, the owner of Route 6 Café, hosted the event last year and decided it was a success, so it’s back for year number two.
You can still drop off gear on Friday and then event will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Gently used gear, tools, clothing and accessories are all welcome.
The Eagle Valley Humane society’s goal is to house homeless animals until they find their fur-ever home and they help facilitate the adoptions. Much of the proceeds from this swap will go toward vet bills while the animals are in the Eagle Valley Humane Society’s care.
Last Vail Farmers Market and Art Show
This Sunday marks the last Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show, the county’s largest market that runs 17 Sundays, starting on Father’s Day. The event has grown over its 22-year history, and now boasts 148 vendors. This late in the season you are sure to find late-harvest fruits and vegetables like apples, pears, tomatoes and squash. Don’t forget to stock up on some of the finds like local honey, soaps, meats, and specialty foods.
It’s called an art show as well as a farmers’ market. Check out the paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, handcrafted leather goods and more. Housewares and clothing can be found as well. There is literally something for all ages and tastes.
Speaking of tastes, the market is also a great place to grab a bite to eat. With 40 vendors featuring everything from Elote corn, Inner Light Juice, Kirby Cosmo’s BBQ, salmon wraps from Kaleb’s Katch and bratwurst to desserts, cookies, pastries and sweet roasted nuts, it’s the best place for your group to find something for everyone’s palates.
The hours are from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Parking is free during the day and the Vail Village parking structure may fill up, but you can always park in the Lionshead parking structure and take the free in-town shuttle bus to the market venue. For more information and to learn more about the vendors, go to VailFarmersMarket.com.
Hygge Life Dinner
Come and get cozy and learn more about Hygge, the Danish art of creating joy and coziness in everyday moments, no matter the time of day or season, at the Hygge Dinner this weekend. The Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) Life store in Eagle-Vail will host this intimate event on Sunday evening (Saturday night’s dinner has already sold out) and they are happy to bring these dinners back after a break during COVID-19.
Alexandra Gove and Koen van Renswoude are the dynamic duo behind Hygge Life, starting out at the Vail Famers’ Market and Art Show before adding a brick-and-mortar space for people to shop and learn about hygge year-round.
Sunday’s dinner will include a five-course meal featuring farm-to-table dishes with locally sourced ingredients by The Rose. Cocktails and wine have been specifically paired to go with each course. The décor will follow the hygge theme: think soft candlelight, cozy blankets or sheepskin on the chairs, cute menus printed up so you can anticipate the next course and there will be plenty of flowers and greens from Riverbee Floral to transform the Hygge Life showroom into a fabulous setting.
In addition to the welcoming ambiance there will be storytelling, which is so very hygge, to share in the intimate experience of moments. To round out the look and feel of the evening, enjoy live music while meeting friends old and new.
In the past, Hygge Life also has hosted dinners at The Rose in Edwards, the Bread Bar in Silver Plume, the Milston Well Farm in Boulder County and the Church House in Denver. Tickets for the event are $225 and can be purchased through their Facebook Events page.
A Night of Excellence
The area Rotary Clubs and Starting Hearts are once again hosting A Night of Excellence, which is an event that thanks and shines a light on those who serve. This 9th annual event will take place at the scenic 4Eagle Ranch just a few miles off I-70 in Wolcott. Come out and enjoy a barbecue dinner, live entertainment, a silent auction and an awards ceremony that will celebrate our emergency responders and safety organizations.
The event was formerly known as the Eagle County Public Safety Awards. The event is also a fundraiser for the Eagle County Emergency Responders Fund and Starting Hearts. The Eagle County Emergency Responders Fund helps responders during times of crisis by assisting with basic needs and ensures community support to those who sacrifice so much for their communities. Starting Hearts is dedicated to saving the lives of sudden cardiac arrest victims. Starting hearts provides education and distribution of defibrillators in public locations and aims to provide early care when needed in an emergency situation.
Rotary International fits in because of its goals of providing service to others through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.
Tickets are $45 and that includes the barbecue dinner, the live entertainment and a free drawing ticket. The event runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, contact Starting Hearts at info@StartingHearts.com.
Cupcakes and Canvas
The Alpine Arts Center lets kids get messy and eat their cake, too – a cupcake that is. Cupcakes and Canvas (the child’s version of the adult orientate Cocktails and Canvas) welcomes kids to the art tables at the Alpine Arts Center in Riverwalk in Edwards for some time away from their screens and devices to get their creative juices flowing. This alternates with Cupcakes and Clay, which is equally fun to do, so check the events calendar at Alpine Arts Center’s website for the next offering.
This weekend’s theme will be scarecrow painting and no prior painting experience is necessary. The art professionals at Alpine Arts Center will take participants through a step-by-step process. From a blank canvas to a finished product, it is fun to see the image unfold and see how different painters interpret the subject matter.
The event starts at 3 p.m. and goes until 4:30 p.m. All materials and cupcakes are provided. Parents, if you would like a cocktail while you join your child in painting on canvas, beer or wine is available for purchase. To sign up, go to AlpineArtsCenter.org.
Oktoberfest at Beaver Creek, Jazz in Vail, Minturn Market and the Vail Duck Race: Tricia’s Labor Day Weekend Picks 9/2/22
Beaver Creek Oktoberfest
Labor Day Weekend not only signifies the unofficial end of summer, but it also kicks off Oktoberfest season in the Vail Valley. Beaver Creek’s three-day event ushers in two more weekends of Oktoberfest, with Lionshead hosting on Sept. 9-11 and Vail Village hosting on Sept. 16-18. Each are different and equally as fun, so don that dirndl and put on the lederhosen and get ready to say “prost” this time of year.
Beaver Creek will tap the keg and start the music at 4 p.m. in Beaver Creek Village on Friday. Beaver Creek is happy to welcome back its sister city’s band, Trachtenkapelle of Lech Zurs, Austria. For over two decades the two towns have hosted each other and music has been the connection despite any language barriers. In addition to coming out each year for Oktoberfest, Trachtenkapelle has made it out for World Cup alpine ski races as well.
Helmut Fricker and his band will be taking turns on the stage with Tratchenkapelle throughout the three-day festival. Capping off the weekend days will be Philadelphia Freedom: A Tribute to Elton John on Saturday and Brothers Revival: A Tribute for the Allman Brothers on Sunday. The music and the event goes from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
There will be plenty of beer on tap and this year’s commemorative stein will be available for purchase. Food booths will be placed along the plaza level of Beaver Creek with traditional Bavarian eats like brats and sauerkraut, schnitzel, pretzels, German-style potato pancakes and more.
If you are looking for a free lunch, enter to compete in the bratwurst eating competition at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. If you’ve been working on your 12-ounce curls, maybe the stein holding competition is more your speed, held at 6 p.m. on Friday and 3:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Or, if you think you are looking pretty authentic, try out for the best-dressed competition at 5:45 p.m. on Friday and 2:45 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The Kids Zone will be hopping with all sorts of activities, which will be up near Centennial Express (No. 6) at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain. Complimentary games and bouncy castles, face painting and inflatable axe throwing will entertain the little ones while the adults can try their hand at Hammerschlagen and axe throwing on the lawn as well at the Haus of Games.
Entry to the event is free and you can pay for food and drinks as you go. For more information and a full schedule, go to BeaverCreek.com.
Vail Jazz Party
A summer full of jazz culminates with the Vail Jazz Party this Labor Day Weekend. The music started on Thursday and winds down on Monday afternoon, equaling 35 hours of music throughout the festival. After 28 years, this event turns into more of a reunion than just a jazz fest. Some of these stars and patrons have been coming year after year.
The venues shuffle between the jazz tent at Vail Square and The Hythe in Lionshead (formerly the Vail Marriott). Special performances include Wycliffe Gordon’s Nu Funk Dance Party IV on Friday, Ken Peplowski’s In the Moment on Saturday and Niki Haris’ Gospel Prayer Meetin’ on Sunday morning. The Vail Jazz Orchestra will celebrate the life and contributions of Jeff Clayton. Clayton was not only a bright light in the jazz world, but he also was a founding faculty member at the Vail Jazz Workshop, which brings in the most promising students of jazz from high schools around the country.
In addition to the event to honor Jeff Clayton, who passed away in December of 2020, the Vail Jazz family will no doubt pay tribute to the founder of the Vail Jazz Festival, Howard Stone, who passed away in early August. The valley also lost musician Tony Gulizia, who would have been celebrating 25 years of the Vail Jazz Goes to School Program. Tony G, as he was known around town, passed away in July.
Check out the website for an all-access pass or get individual session tickets at VailJazz.org.
Summer’s End in Avon
Nottingham Park has been the place to be this summer. With the lake activities like paddle boating and SUP’ing, volleyball, fishing and tons of playground equipment, people of all ages flock to this centrally located park in Avon and Eagle County. To celebrate cummer, the town of Avon is bringing back Summer’s End for Labor Day Weekend.
On Friday, check out the last Lakeside Cinema featuring the children’s animated film, “Up.” The movie screen will be on the lawn, so bring a blanket or a low-profile lawn chair and some snacks and sit back and enjoy the show, which starts around dusk.
On Saturday, relax and enjoy the amenities of the park and then get ready for Sunday and Monday. The Paddle Battle is back on Sunday, offering up cash prizes for the top performers. There will be an individual SUP race, a SUP-Squatch race where you can fit eight people on one huge standup paddle board and try to work together to navigate the board.
The Cardboard Regatta Race will be equally as fun to watch. This is just like it sounds – you are making a boat out of cardboard and trying to float across water. The rules require that your boat’s hull can only be made out of corrugated cardboard and sealed with duct tape, caulk, glue, latex paint or varnish. These boats will then be propelled by the use of cardboard paddles by those in the boat. First boat to cross the finish line wins, but in addition to being the fastest, there will be an award for most dramatic sinking and most creative boat. Costumes are encouraged for this, so get creative!
After the races, there will be a doubleheader of concerts for SunsetLIVE! At 3 p.m. Rocket Parade will take the stage on the Terrace of the Performance Pavilion in Nottingham Park. Listen to sounds of rock and soul from this group based out of Nederland, near Boulder. At 5:30 p.m. Jen Mack will take the stage and bring on the sunset with her acoustic, soulful originals and cover tunes done her own way.
On Labor Day, the park will be filled with family activities like inflatable bouncy castles, jugglers, balloon artists and more. There will also be food vendors and drinks available at the Hahnewald Bar.
The musical lineup will feature Arlo McKinley, who is touring with his latest release, “The Mess We’re In” and Jeremy Pinnell, playing a little country with a honky tonk flair. Big Richard will headline with its all-female band who play cello, mandolin, bass and guitar and fiddle. This supergroup has performed with countless stars but when they come together they become a festival supergroup.
For more information, how to register for the SUP races and showtimes, visit Avon.org.
Vail Duck Race
Head to Gore Creek in Vail Village on Sunday for the Vail Duck Race. This fundraiser has been going on for 25 years and benefits the Rotary Clubs of the Vail Valley. You can still adopt a duck for a chance to win $5,000 and other prizes. The Rotary Club folks will have four tents with ducks for adoption on Sunday., Two tents will be at the Vail Farmer’s Market and Art Show, one tent at the International Bridge and one tent at the Covered Bridge near Russell’s. The Vail Duck Race will start at the Covered Bridge and end at the International Bridge.
Organizers expect to send between 8,000 and 10,000 ducks downstream. Local Boy Scout troops will help with unloading the ducks at the start and gathering them after the race in Gore Creek.
To enter the Vail Duck race, you simply adopt a duck or several ducks if you want to increase your chances of winning. The ducks have numbers on the bottom and those numbers correspond with who purchased them. If your duck is the first one across the finish line, you win $5,000. There are other prizes that have been donated from area businesses, so there is still a chance to win something even if your duck didn’t come in first.
For over 50 years the Rotary Clubs of Vail have been giving back and much of the money raised stays in Eagle County. During the pandemic, the Vail Rotary Club donated money to the local food pantry called the Community Market, the Vail Valley Salvation Army and SpeakUp ReachOut for suicide prevention. They also work to help Rotary International Youth Exchange send local high school juniors for a year overseas, help many other local nonprofits and help with other international needs.
The cost to purchase a duck is $10, or get three for $20, five for $30 and so on. Any number of ducks can be adopted. If you can’t make it to the Vail Market or the other booths to purchase your duck, you can do so online at VailDuckRace.com. They will be selling ducks until 2 p.m. and the Vail Duck Race starts at 3 p.m.
The last Minturn Market of the summer is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The valley’s first market is celebrating 25 years and some of the vendors have been there the whole time, like Carol Colletti, better known as Grammy from Grammy’s Jam. Minturn’s quaint small town feel and the beauty that surrounds it provide a perfect backdrop for not only the produce vendors, but for the artisans and shopkeepers selling their wares.
Fashions, pet items, housewares, hats and more hats, jewelry, even wine samples from Wild Mountain Cellars can be found at the Minturn Market. There will also be live music and kids activities like the Climbing Wall brought in each week by Eagle Climbing + Fitness.
Come for the shopping but stay for lunch. Quench your thirst with Inner Light Juice, serving up everything from super-food smoothies to detoxifying lemonades. Grab a chicken and mushroom empanada from Flavor Stop and add a side of Elote Mexican corn from the roasted corn truck. Cap it off with something sweet from the ColoraDough Bakery truck.
Make a day of it and enjoy a hike just outside of town like Lionshead Rock or a bike ride on the Everkrisp Trail before or after the market. Stick around and do some more dining and shopping throughout Minturn as well. For more information and information about the vendors, go to Minturn.org. Don’t forget this is the last Minturn Market of the season, so pencil it into your holiday weekend plans.
Hoohah wins People’s Choice Award
A local skiwear designer who is turning heads on the slopes also caught the attention of savvy fashionistas at Denver Fashion Week’s Emerging Designer Challenge event on Aug. 20. Anna Tedstrom brought her colorful retro styles and won the votes to earn the People’s Choice Award and a spot in the Denver Fashion Week’s Fall 2002 show on Nov. 17.
Denver Fashion Week is Colorado’s largest fashion showcase featuring national brands, up-and-coming designers, local shops, and all the hairstylists, makeup artists, and models that bring the clothes to life. Although Tedstrom had been following the DFW happenings, they were the ones who reached out to her.
“I signed up for their mailing list to hear about upcoming events and they reached out to me asking if I’d like to be a part of their Emerging Designer Competition,” Tedstrom said.
Tedstrom, who grew up in Vail, started Hoohah with the mission to create fun, vintage-inspired ski clothes that embody the playful spirit of skiing that she fell in love with as a kid. While at college at Parsons School of Design in New York City, Tedstrom loved shopping for vintage items and started tailoring and fixing garments she’d find on shopping trips. She studied product design at Parsons and that technical design background helped her launch her idea.
Her outfits contain colorful flowers and ruffles, western flair and conversation-starting embellishments.
“Many of the girls in the show came up to us while we were prepping to tell us how excited they were about the brand, saying our designs were ‘so happy!’ I think people were drawn to the vibrant colors and our nostalgic silhouettes from the 60s and 70s,” Tedstrom said.
Tedstrom said she is excited to be featured in the fashion show in November and was inspired by the other designers and those involved in the event.
“The other teams were run by incredibly talented female entrepreneurs. It was so fun to meet them and see their ideas come to life on the runway,” Tedstrom said. “And the crowd was full of creative people in extravagant outfits. Some looked like they stepped out of ‘Alice and Wonderland’”
After the fashion event on Nov. 17, what’s next for Hoohah?
“We could not be more excited to get back on the slopes this winter. Many of our one-of-a-kind upcycled styles make their debut on the slopes of Vail and Beaver Creek. If you see us hootin’ and hollerin’ in our vibrant retro styles come say howdy!”
‘The Par D Roundup’ showcases new works by Carrie Fell
Even though we haven’t seen her in a while in person, Carrie Fell’s work can be seen all over the Vail Valley. Denver-based Fell will be back this weekend revealing a new book and new art.
The pandemic allowed Fell to look back on her long career, much of which has been spent in Vail Valley galleries, and put together a book that showcased some of her works and writings. The result was a 560-page book that weighs 10 pounds and is two inches thick and costs $350. It’s titled “The Art of Carrie Fell — A Retrospective Review: 1994-2020.”
“Without that pause during COVID, I would have never had found the time to do this, and it was such a daunting task,” Fell said.
To tackle the project, she enlisted the help of Heather Clancy, who has known Fell since 2005, and another friend, Dana Giddens, who helped Fell organize the book. Fell’s niece, Caylynn Abbott, helped her pour over 4,000 images of works Fell had done from the mid-’90s until present day.
“It’s a piece of art for your table, but I don’t want it to collect dust, this is something you should open often and read with a glass of wine or cup of coffee,” Fell said.
Fell will be doing a reading and book signing at the Bookworm of Edwards on Saturday at noon.
In addition to the author event, Fell will be featured at Galerie Züger in Solaris in Vail Village on Friday and Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m.
“What I’m bringing to the art show is a true quintessential Carrie Fell show full of the favorites with lots of color and lots of fun,” Fell said.
The art show is called “The Par D Roundup,” a play on the word “party” and coming back together again.
“The galleries in Vail have supported me throughout my whole career and I’m proud to be one of their sought after artists and I’m bringing a show that puts my stamp on that,” Fell said.
Fell will also have her new book for sale at Galerie Züger.
“Even though the book came out in the winter of 2020, it feels like it is still so new because it hasn’t had much play due to us not being able to have many gatherings or shows,” Fell said. “But coming in person is great, I get to see people’s reactions and this allows people to come see how beautiful it is. It is a substantial collection of art and something you can commit to as a collector, the book is a piece of art in itself.”
Rodeo, dance, art shows, silent disco and uphill races: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 7/29/22
Eagle County Fair & Rodeo
Since 1939, Eagle County has celebrated its western heritage by hosting a rodeo to showcase the skills used on the ranch. This Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned event has grown throughout the decades and brings in talent from all over, and that talent includes not only the cowboys and cowgirls but also the stock featured in the rodeo. The bucking animals are brought in by Cervi Championship Rodeo out of Greeley.
The carnival rides and food booths are open early, so come down and enjoy the fun. On Friday, the carnival gates open at 3 p.m. and on Saturday gates open at noon. There will be a kiddie land at the east side of the Eagle River Center. This year’s carnival will feature rides and attractions including the Majestic Ferris Wheel, Space Shuttle, Ripsaw, Thea’s Zoo, Flying Pink Elephants and more. Get your thrills before eating too much cotton candy or funnel cakes.
Come early to view the 4-H exhibits in the Eagle River Center, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Check out the chickens, bunnies, lambs, pigs, goats and more. The 4-H kids have been working hard to raise these animals over the past year and many of them will be featured at the Junior Livestock Auction on Saturday at 11 a.m. Money raised from the auction helps kids invest in their next animal and often goes toward funds for college. Many area restaurants have been known to buy livestock from this auction to keep the meats on their menu super local, so don’t be surprised if you see a few restaurant owners bidding.
Also on Saturday you’ll find the Pretty Baby contest. This is the cutest thing ever with little ones dressed in their best to impress the judges. Does your baby have what it takes? Show up to register between 9:30 and 9:55 a.m. and the contest starts at 10 a.m. at the Eagle River Center.
There are theme nights throughout the rodeo and Friday’s theme is Pink Night. Are you tough enough to wear pink? The cowboys and cowgirls are. Don a pink hat, shirt, skirt or event boots and show up for a good cause. The Eagle County Fair & Rodeo will donate $0.50 for each Friday rodeo ticket sold and that money will go to the Shaw Cancer Center in Edwards.
The 34th annual Vail Dance Festival returns with 12 performances, over 40 festival events and three dance companies making their Vail Dance Festival debuts this summer.
“We can’t wait to get back onstage here in the Vail Valley,” said Damian Woetzel, artistic director of the Vail Dance Festival. “In addition to a return engagement by New York City Ballet MOVES after their sold-out performances last year, audiences won’t want to miss the Festival debuts of Ephrat Asherie Dance, Limón Dance Company, and DanceAspen.
This year’s Artists-In-Residence include dancer and choreographer Caili Quan and New York City Ballet soloist Roman Mejia. Look for each of them to have new collaborations, stretching their limits of performance in the next two weeks. New collaborations are all a part of the spirit of adventure at the Vail Dance Festival so expect to see cross-genre pairings showcasing some of the best choreographers, dancers and musicians in the world.
Opening Night at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater on Friday includes performances by the New York City Ballet MOVES. Watch them perform “Red Angel” by Ulysses Dove and “Other Dances” by Jerome Robbins. The Limón Dance Company takes the stage for the first time and so does Ephrat Asherie Dance. Sprinkled in between will be performances by festival artists.
On Saturday, New York City Ballet MOVES returns to The Amp and will showcase Justin Peck’s recent premiere “Partita,” which will be set to Caroline Shaw’s “Partita for 8 Voices,” which won a Pulitzer Prize. Artist-In-Residence Roman Mejia will dazzle audiences debuting in Jerome Robbins’ “A Suite of Dances” and “In the Night.”
On Sunday, the performance moves to the Vilar Performing Arts Center and celebrates the debut of Ephrat Asherie and “ODEON.” This New York City-based group is known for its African American and Latine street and social styles. This will be a high energy show. Think break, hip hop and house styles of dance found on the streets and the clubs. It will be hard to sit in your seats for this show, which starts at 6 p.m.
Rounding out the weekend will be Master Dance Classes at Vail Mountain School with different artists. For the little ones, don’t miss the Tiny Dancer Tea Party from 10 to 11:15 a.m. on Saturday at the Social Courtyard at The Amp.
The dance festival runs from now until Aug. 9 and performances will be happening up and down the valley at The Amp, The Vilar Performing Arts Center, the Avon Performance Pavilion and even on the streets of Vail. For a full schedule of events, go to VailDance.org.
Beaver Creek happenings
In addition to the lift rides on Centennial Lift (No. 6), the hiking and biking trails and mini golf and other attractions at the base of Beaver Creek, the resorts has a lot of free family entertainment throughout the weekend to enjoy. Whether you are visiting or if you are a local, head up there for a day of fun that won’t break the bank.
Friday kicks off with free yoga from 9 to 10 a.m. on the plaza level. In the summertime, the ice rink is converted into a lawn area filled with patio tables, chairs and umbrellas surrounded by games like shuffleboard. Stretch out with the free yoga and then sit and enjoy a latte before hopping into a game of ping pong.
Later that afternoon, the Beav’ offers free live music with different bands playing each week from 4 to 6 p.m. The Beau Thomas Band will play this Friday on the stage at the end of the plaza.
On Saturday, sit back and let Ken Carpenter draw a picture of you as a caricature. Carpenter has been the featured caricaturist at Beaver Creek for decades and has drawn grandparents, children and now their children. Take home a complimentary memory of your trip through the eyes of Carpenter, who will be on the plaza from 4 to 6 p.m.
Also on Saturday, get your groove on with some silent disco. If you have yet to try this fun activity, get up to Beaver Creek and don a pair of headphones and listen to the beat. Different sets of headphones are tuned into different songs. Pretty soon you’ll start grooving to a tune and realize someone else is dancing to the same beat. It’s a ton of fun and you have to experience it to understand what it’s like.
On Sunday, listen for the accordion, alpenhorn or a yodel from Helmut Fricker, the valley’s Bavarian entertainer who always has a smile and a joke to tell. He’s a fixture on the entertainment scene and you can find him roaming around the plaza from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Did you know that pre-historic creatures walked the earth right here in Eagle County years ago? Find out who roamed these parts long before it was a ski area with Fossil Posse Adventures. Led by Billy Doran, who hosts the Fossil Posse Adventure Camps for kids and just opened up the new Museum at Dinosaur Junction in Edwards, these programs are as educational and interactive as they are fun. Let yourself be a kid again and learn more about the wonders of the pre-historic world. Doran will be on the plaza stage from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Don’t forget that Beaver Creek has its Common Consumption Area (CCA) that allows those 21 and older to stroll around the village or sit at the tables at the plaza with an alcoholic beverage served by one of the participating restaurants. Just ask for your drink to go and the server will place it in a disposable CCA cup.
For a list of complimentary family activities at Beaver Creek throughout the week, go to the Events Calendar on BeaverCreek.com.
Avon Arts Celebration
Back for its second weekend, the Avon Arts Celebration is a true celebration of the arts with so many talented individuals coming in from states across the country. Whether you are making this your event of the day or are dropping by after a bike ride or a hike, stop by Nottingham Lake and talk to the artists who will be there and speak to them about their craft. This is a juried art show and the quality of work reflects that. Mediums include painting, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, metal and woodwork, fiber, clothing, furniture and more.
The show is free to attend. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Cordillera Fine Art Show
Cordillera is bringing art to the eyes of the public with its Fine Art Show happening this weekend. Stop by the Cordillera Metro District at 408 Carterville Road and see quality artwork for your home. On Saturday the show will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a wine tasting going on from 3 to 5 p.m. On Sunday, the show will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with a Mimosa Art Trail from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Berry Creek Trail Run
How about a little jog up to Mid-Vail this Saturday? For time. That’s what it’s all about at the Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series that the Vail Recreation District hosts throughout the summer. This running series is known for its great courses and views and it was recently named by the American Trail Running Association as Race Standards Certified for exceeding measurements in safety, well-marked courses, timely results and awards, environmental responsibility and excellent communication with racers prior to the event.
Let’s get to the stats:
Race distance: 4.6 miles
Elevation gain: is 2,337 feet
Average grade: 14%
The course starts at Gondola 1 in Vail Village and travels up single and double track on Berry Picker and Fireweed trails until it brings runners on the Mountain Access Road to Mid-Vail. The race starts at 8 a.m. and spectators may hop on Gondola 1 for free between 8 and 8:30 a.m. After that, spectators can buy a lift ticket to ride the lift when it opens to the public at 9:30 a.m.
Save yourself some time on race day by going to the pre-race bib pick up on Friday at West Vail Liquor Mart from 4 to 6 p.m. Otherwise day-of race bib pick up will starts at 6:45 a.m. and goes until 7:45 a.m. on Saturday at the base of Gondola 1.
What’s your incentive for doing this? How about some donuts and refreshments from Northside Coffee & Kitchen and a custom T-shirt? The afterparty and awards ceremony will be held at Mid-Vail and additional food will be available at The Coop. Prizes will be given out to the top male and female finishers in different age categories.
Although I said it’s all about your race time, it’s way more about the fun and the community these races provide. It’s a welcoming bunch and it’s a great way to kick off your Saturday. For more information, go to VailRec.com.
Mix and mingle at the Agora in Minturn
Meet your friends and create new connections at the Agora in Minturn. The name comes from an old Greek term that is defined as a “community gathering place,” and Minturn businessman Larry Stone decided to make this outdoor space a hub for this quaint mountain town.
“In most old-world villages, there would be an agora which just meant a place where social activities, political conversations, sports dialogue, any topic that people would come together for, and we decided to create that here,” Stone said.
The Agora is located on what was a driveway to the adjacent property, which Stone and his wife Jane Rohr own, called Helen’s House, a beautifully restored home that is available for short term rentals right on Main Street in Minturn.
“Jane and I knew that having this space available for the community would be more beneficial to Minturn. The pandemic was a catalyst that gave us a reason to open it up as a community space because the restaurants needed a place for outdoor dining for their guests. So now we’ve set it up to continue that process,” Stone said.
“We’ve had senior citizens in here playing bingo, we’ve had live music and karaoke, the art guild meets here, we’ve had hat painting projects and all types of community projects here,” Stone said.
The public has taken advantage of this new space that opened last year but Stone and some Minturn locals and even a chef from California decided to take it one step further this year. Like many good ideas, it started over a couple of cocktails at Agora the night of June 12. Matt Deem, of Wild Mountain Cellars had been talking to Lauren Ridout of Slapped Woodfired Pizza about some collaborations. Ridout’s pizza company is out of San Diego, but she is at the Agora for the summer doing pizzas out of the new woodfired pizza oven.
“We were talking about doing some collaborations with my wines and her plant-based menu. Then some others at the table started talking about where you could get a good glass of wine and we looked at the barn and the end of the old driveway and thought, ‘we could put a tasting room right there,’ and Larry overheard the conversation and we all started talking about how to make it work,” Deem said.
In addition to the Agora being a place where you can bring in your food and drink from other restaurants, it could also be a place to get Wild Mountain Cellars’ wine. The location also has easy access to the Eagle River where there are some seating areas along the banks.
“One of the nice things about Minturn is that we have an open container law and with Gov. Polis allowing people to order drinks to-go for the next four years, you can get your drink and have it open and come down, then enjoy spirits from whatever establishment you want,” Stone said.
The next day, Deem set things in motion getting the paperwork ready to turn that barn into a tasting room. Deem has been a winemaker for 17 years and currently makes his wine under the roof of Continental Divide Winery in Fairplay. Deem’s license allows him to sell other Colorado wineries’ wines, too.
“I make reds and I make a rose, I have five different varietals and five or six blends, so I’ll have around 12 of my own wines then and will pour certain bottles certain nights. I also want to get a hold of my winemaking buddies and get their white wines in here, too” Deem said.
Pair that wine with a slice of pizza from the specialty woodfired pizza oven Stone bought for the property.
“A stone oven is so amazing because you have the heat from the stone, the air, like a convection oven, and then the heat coming directly from the flame so it doesn’t take very long to make anything. The aromas are amazing, too. We use peach wood and cherry wood from the Western Slope and it gets everyone’s senses going,” Ridout said.
In addition to the woodfired pizza, Ridout’s menu is fresh and healthy. They also serve breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays.
“I strive for 100% non-GMO and organic every chance we get, and we have just been positively surprised at everyone’s reactions,” Ridout said.
Everything on the menu is plant-based but Ridout doesn’t let that take center stage.
“Putting it in a category of vegan or plant-based beforehand can put a different connotation on the customer’s experience. I just want them to try the food, love the food and then talk to me about it. I’ll even say, ‘if you don’t like it, I’ll buy it’ and not one time have I had someone say that they don’t like it,” Ridout said.
Rounding out the team at Agora is Rob Kelly-Goss, a friend of Stone’s since they were 15 years old back in Little Rock, Arkansas. The pair came out to the Vail Valley in 1988 and stayed for the Alpine World Ski Championships in 1989 and Stone never left.
“Larry called me and asked if I wanted to help out at Agora and I didn’t blink an eye,” Kelly-Goss said.
Kelly-Goss is the artist in residence and in addition to the artwork he does for the marketing materials and the art projects at Agora he helps out where he can.
“I’m kinda the front of the house guy who rounds out the team,” he said.
Kelly-Goss did all of the artwork on the sign when you enter the Agora that lets you know about all of the other restaurants in town, and there are QR codes allowing you to order your food and drinks and bring them into Agora if you want something different than the Slapped Woodfired Pizza or the Wild Mountain Cellars wine.
“I felt like the Agora really brought an opportunity for us to come together and be good stewards of our environment and our community,” said Stone, who has been a part of the Minturn business community since 1989. He and Rohr own the Scarab in downtown Minturn.
“There’s nothing like this in all of Eagle County,” Stone said.
New music with the New York Philharmonic, Old Crow Medicine Show at Vilar, Art in Avon and acrobatics down valley: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 7/22/22
The New York Philharmonic
To round out Bravo! Vail Music Festival’s 35th season, the New York Philharmonic will take the stage at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater this weekend through July 27. The New York Philharmonic returns to Vail for its 19th summer residency and is one of the oldest musical institutions in the world and is the oldest of the Big Five Orchestras in the U.S., dating back to 1842:
New York Philharmonic (1842)
Boston Symphony Orchestra (1881)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1891)
Philadelphia Orchestra (1900)
Cleveland Orchestra (1918)
Throughout its 180-year history, The New York Philharmonic has had several notables as conductors including Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky and Copeland. The symphony orchestra is currently under the musical guidance of Jaap van Zweden. Van Zweden is no stranger to the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, he was the musical director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2018.
Friday night’s performance will feature the world premiere, “Profiles” by Carlos Simon. This work was co-commissioned by Bravo! Vail Music Festival and the New York Philharmonic as part of the New Works Symphonic Commissioning Project.
Jaap van Zweden – conductor
Bomsori Kim – violin
Carlos Simon – Profiles
Max Bruch – Violin Concerto No. 1
Bartók – Concerto for Orchestra
There will be a pre-concert talk with Ryan Banagale of Colorado Mountain College at 5 p.m. at The Amp and a short talkback with composer Simon and Bravo! Vail artistic director Anne-Marie McDermott following the concert.
On Saturday, listen to the recent work by Nina Shekar, an award-winning composer and flutist, pianist and saxophonist, called “Lumina.” Shekar touches on darkness and light in this work by contrasting sounds that elicit feelings of joy and sadness.
Jaap van Zweden – conductor
Conrad Tao – piano
Nina Shekar – Lumina
Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 17
Dvorak – Symphony No. 7
Also on Saturday, put your feet in the shoes of Gustaf Mahler, who was from Austria and would spend much of his composing time surrounded by nature and the beauty of the mountains, similar to our surroundings here in Vail.
Mahler would often compose in the morning and then hike, swim and soak in the sun in the afternoons in the Austrian Alps. Bravo! Vail Music Festival explores Mahler’s connection to nature on Saturday with its Naturally Mahler Adventure Walk. The walks will be based out of the Vail Nature Center and led by Gabryel Smith, the director of archives and exhibitions for the New York Philharmonic at 9:30, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. There will be select musicians set up along the trail to bring Mahler’s music to life.
On Sunday, get ready for the big sounds of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, also known as his tragic symphony. To help understand this statement and what makes this work less triumphant go to the pre-concert talk at 5 p.m. at The Amp lobby with Jack Sheinbaum of the University of Denver. Then settle in on the lawn or pavilion seating for this 80-minute masterpiece. This program will not have an intermission, so get your snacks and drinks ahead of time.
The Vilar Performing Arts Center has had a big summer schedule so far with names like John Fogerty, Kenny G and Shakey Graves and the award-winning line up continues this weekend with the Old Crow Medicine Show playing the Vilar stage on Sunday at 7 p.m.
“Old Crow Medicine Show brings a spectacular summer concert to the Vail Valley. From Grand Ole Opry members to Grammy winners, Old Crow Medicine Show have an old-timey folk/string sound combined with a rock energy – this combination will make for an especially memorable live performance,” said Ruthie Hamrick, director of marketing for the VPAC.
Old Crow Medicine Show got its start over 20 years ago by busking in New York City and then making their way across Canada and then the lower 48 and gaining fans wherever they went.
Their latest album came out in April of this year, and they are currently on tour with recent stops in Montana, Wyoming and Utah and will be traveling to Washington, D.C., Virginia, Arkansas and Canada after their stop in Beaver Creek.
Listen for new releases like “Paint This Town” and but don’t be surprised if they put in a Willie Nelson song, play a little “Wagon Wheel” or even “Fight for Your Right” by The Beastie Boys.
Tickets start at $75 and there are only 535 seats at the venue, so don’t hesitate if you want to hop on this opportunity to see this high-energy show. Take a look at their social media pages and you’ll realize that beyond their musical talents, they are just a fun group of guys you’ll want to spend your Sunday night with. For more information and for tickets, go to VilarPAC.org.
Avon Arts Celebration
Art lovers are invited to converge at the Avon Arts Celebration this weekend for the third annual Avon Arts Celebration. Last year, this was the largest art show in the Vail Valley and this year the organizers expect to have over 100 artists show their works at Harry A. Nottingham Park in Avon.
The juried show invites artists from California, North Carolina, Arizona, Texas, Kansas, Wyoming, and beyond and the artists will all have original artwork that is one of a kind in all sorts of mediums like painting, photography, woodworking, print, mixed media, pottery, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, clothing and more.
According to the organization’s Facebook page, there will be a $1,000 art festival shopping spree giveaway on Saturday and Sunday. To get an entry ticket, come to the show Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11:59 a.m. and ask any artist for a free entry ticket. Then put your “Stub in the Tub” at the Colorado Art Weekend booth and be present for the drawing at high noon on both days. The winner will get to select art from any artist or combination of artists in the show up to $1000.
The event takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information and a list of artists go to AvonArtsCelebration.com.
Free Family Fun Fest
Come out to Lionshead Village for a few hours of free family fun at the Vail Free Family Fun Fest this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There aren’t a lot of free things to do in Vail, so this is a great way to spend part of your day and come and play, learn and create together as a family.
Take part in some of the zany competitions and contests along the Lionshead Mall. There’s also the Creation Station Zone where they will have plenty of quality arts and crafts and creative projects.
Although this is a fun event for kids, there’s quite a bit of learning going on along the way. Visit tents that will house fun games and activities based on STEM themes (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Each week, the Free Family Fun Fest showcases quality educational presenters such as The Raptor Educational Foundation, Nature’s Educators, Space Time Kids, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Butterfly Pavilion, Spark Lab Science and Mad Science.
Ladies and gentlemen, step right up for the Greatest Show in CO this Friday and Saturday. PLAY Performance Group is presenting two shows, one in Eagle on Friday night and one in Minturn on Saturday night.
PLAY Performance Group, a local aerial acrobatics group, is hosting a circus-style show for the community. No elephants or lions, just human-powered performances from your friends and neighbors who have all sorts of hidden talents that will be revealed both nights. In addition to the circus arts, there will be live music and plenty of fanfare.
PLAY Performance Group has already had a busy summer performing at the Vail America Days parade and at the Eagle Artwalks. They are now gearing up to do their annual shows in Eagle and Minturn.
PLAY Performance Group doesn’t only do shows, they also offer weekly classes at Mountain Recreation Field House in Edwards. PLAY evolved out of Peace Love Aerial Yoga in Minturn into a hub for aerial arts education and performance. If you think you have what it takes, join them for a class. Who knows, you may be part of the Greatest Show in Colorado next year.
On Friday head to the Eagle Town Park for a 7 p.m. start and on Saturday go to Little Beach Park in Minturn for a 6 p.m. start. The cost is $15 for general admission either night and kids ages 4 and under free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at: GSEagle.bpt.me or GSMinturn.bpt.me.
Creekside dinners, art shows, free jazz concerts and Bugs Bunny at the Symphony: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 7/8/22
Bravo! Vail Music Festival
The Philadelphia Orchestra returns July 8-16 for its 15th season at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival. This weekend you have an opportunity to see performances all three nights and no evening will be the same.
Come early on Friday to learn about the performance at the Pre-concert Talk at 5 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. This talk will walk you through the selections for the evening:
Carlos Simon – Fate Now Conquers
Sibelius – Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
Strauss – Ein Heldenleben (“A Hero’s Life”), Op. 40
Leading the Philadelphia Orchestra is conductor Stéphane Denève and Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider will be featured on violin. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the performance begins at 6 p.m.
On Saturday, the Philadelphia Orchestra, fondly referred to as the Fabulous Philadelphians, will be showcasing its signature sound with the following works:
Stacy Garrop – Penelope Waits
Liszt – Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S. 125
Rachmaninoff – Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44
Denève will once again lead The Philadelphia Orchestra and they will be joined by Kirill Gerstein on piano. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the performance starts at 6 p.m.
On Sunday you are in for a special treat as the Philadelphia Orchestra brings to life “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony.” This Warner Bros. classic has dazzled many generations so bring out the kids for this Bravo! Vail show. The movie will be projected on a big screen while the Philadelphia Orchestra, led by conductor Gregory Daugherty, creates the sounds and emotions of Bugs himself. Please note that this performance starts at 7:30 p.m.
Vail Jazz kicked off its 28th season last week and in addition to its ticketed events under the Jazz Tent in Lionshead on Thursdays and the free Vail Jazz Club Series at The Remedy at Four Seasons Resort Vail on Wednesdays, Vail Jazz at Solaris returns every Sunday for a free evening of jazz through Aug. 21.
Last week, the United States Air Force Academy Band Falconaires took the stage to get everyone in a patriotic mood starting off with the “Star Spangled Banner” and then played all sorts of songs from the Swing Era.
This week Quemando takes the stage with some upbeat Latin jazz. Quemando means “burning” in Spanish and this band is hot, hot, hot. Named one of Colorado’s best Latin bands, this quintet, which hails from Boulder, has no problem getting people up to move and groove – maybe don’t bring the lawn chair for this show, you may never sit down.
The opening act for Quemando is the Kent School Denver Band, which is led by Quemando’s keyboardist, Justin Adams.
Plan your Sunday nights around the free Vail Jazz shows at Solaris. Here’s the rest of the lineup:
Headliner: Lao Tizer Quartet
Student Band: Denver School of the Arts Jazz Workshop
Headliner: The Burroughs
Student Band: East High Jazz Combo
Headliner: Lionel Young Quintet
Student Band: Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars
Headliner: The Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra Sextet Presents Sass, Swingin’ and Standards
Student Band: CCJA Bebop Police from the CO Conservatory for the Jazz Arts
Headliner: Tony Monaco’s Tribute to Dr. Lonnie Smith & the Giants of the B-3
Student Band: UNC Jazz Quintet
Headliner: Peter Olstad’s Rocky Mountain All-Stars
This free event takes place on the plaza at Solaris. An ice rink in the winter, this large space turns into a town square if you will, with plenty of room for lawn chairs and blankets so you can enjoy the show that is set up on the big stage on the west end of the plaza.
Deca + Bol, the restaurant in the lower level of Solaris, is serving at the many patio tables along the perimeter of the rink and you can order off of the menu and sit back and relax or you can grab a drink at their beverage booth and walk around while listening to the music. Or get a reservation at Matsuhisa for deck seating and you’ll have a great balcony view of the band. Vail Brewing Company is on the second level, too, and provides a great vantage point for the concert and the sunset.
The weekly concerts start at 5:30 p.m., rain or shine. For more information, go to VailJazz.org.
Creekside Dinner Series
Take dinner to a whole new level by participating in the Creekside Dinner Series at Grand Hyatt Vail. After last year’s successful launch and rave reviews, the celebrity chef dinner series is back with guest chefs from around the country joining Grand Hyatt Vail’s executive chef Pierson Shields. This event happens outdoors on the Grand Hyatt Vail’s Creekside Terrace. A limited number of tickets are sold at each dinner, so expect an intimate and unforgettable al fresco experience.
This week’s guest chef is Chef James “Jaycee” Couch of Jaycee LLC in Washington, D.C. Chef Jaycee is making his first trip out to Vail and is lucky enough to be able to break away from work back east since he is busy providing personalized culinary services to clients. Past clients include the admiral of the Navy Seals, ambassadors to the United States, NFL players, high-profile CEOs and even country music star Luke Bryan has tasted Chef Jaycee’s delicious dishes.
A bit about host chef Pierson Shields: he’s been with several Hyatt locations including being the executive sous chef at Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe and Hyatt Regency Phoenix. Shields draws on his vast relationships with renowned chefs across the country and invites them to Vail, which isn’t a hard sell. After a few days of work, he usually takes the visiting chef fishing.
Menu highlights for Friday’s dinner include an amuse bouche of sesame-crusted yellowfin tuna and a refreshing half moon summer arugula salad. You’ll also experience a creative twist on a surf and turf entrée with crispy soft-shell crab and wagyu steak. Save room for dessert, which will be a puff pastry filled with mango no-churn ice cream, Hennessy mango and coulis micro mint leaves. Each course will be paired with fantastic wines as well.
Is your mouth watering yet? Get your tickets to this dinner by going to EventBrite.com or calling the resort directly at 970.476.1234.
There are two more Creekside Dinners but the next one is already sold out. James London, Executive Chef and Owner of Chubby Fish, will be visiting from South Carolina on July 15. On Aug. 5 Chef Orlando Benavidez of Bits & Pieces Con Cerveza of Denver will john Chef Pierson in Vail. A sneak peek at that menu includes highlights like the pork cheek carne adobada, seared halibut with mole verde for entrees and a churro donut with burnt salted caramel and red chili citrus chocolate for dessert.
Art on the Rockies
Art on the Rockies returns this weekend with over 110 fine artists and craftspeople. Colorado Mountain College will host the event with plenty of parking, food and drink vendors and high-country hospitality.
Since 2011, Art on the Rockies has been a staple on the Vail Valley art scene. The show draws in artists from all over the country featuring mediums like painting and drawing, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics and glass, fiber, metal, wood and more. This is a juried show, meaning these artists have been selected to be a part of the event.
This year’s featured artist is Douglas Wodark of Castle Rock, CO. Wodark’s subject matter includes creative works of iconic images of cowboys and Native Americans and wildlife.
Art on the Rockies prides itself in having “active artists” and this venue allows festival-goers a chance to meet the artists and not only speak to them about their craft, but also see them in action.
Art on the Rockies will host artists from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. If you want to learn more about the artists, go to ArtOnTheRockies.org.
2nd Friday ARTwalk
Speaking of art, this Friday not only marks the monthly art walk in the Town of Eagle, it also marks the 4th anniversary of the popular 2nd Friday ARTwalk Street Festival, put on by EagleARTS held on Broadway in downtown Eagle from 5 to 8 p.m.
The town closes down Broadway between Grand Avenue and 4th Street, allowing all that extra street space to be used for artist booths, vendors, food trucks and live entertainment. Musical acts include Valle Musico, Tea & Tequila and Joe Hanley.
Make this your Friday night date night or bring the kids and they can participate in children’s activities by Bravo! Vail, Dewey Dabbles Art, Eagle Vineyard Church, Patterns of Joy Sewing and Eagle Climbing & Fitness.