| VailDaily.com

Vail Mountain Coffee and tea opens new Beaver Creek location

Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company has a 7,150-square-foot facility along with a cafe in Minturn. Its new location is housed in the old Starbucks in Beaver Creek Village near the Beaver Creek lift ticket office and Coyote Cafe. (Special to the Daily)

If you’re looking for a cup of Joe on your way to the lifts at Beaver Creek, stop by Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company’s new shop in the village. The old Starbucks location now houses the local coffee roaster, which is based out of Minturn.

Founders Chris Chantler and Craig Arseneau started Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company in 1989 with the Daily Grind on Bridge Street. They built up a successful wholesale business and now have a 7,150-square-foot facility in Minturn. They added a cafe a couple of years ago to that location.

“Our goal with the cafe in Minturn was to create an authentic coffee experience inviting our customers inside our roastery and sharing our story and passion for coffee and tea,” Chantler said. “The cafe caught the eye of Vail Resorts as a potential coffee partner at Beaver Creek. I think Beaver Creek is trying build on the guest experience by offering a unique local coffee concept.”

The teams at Arrigoni Woods and European Wood Concepts offered their design experience to create the new look and feel of the Vail Mountain Coffee and Tea Company in Beaver Creek Village. (Special to the Daily)

Things moved fast, even during a pandemic, and Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company and Vail Resorts inked the deal in mid-September and the remodel started on Oct. 2. They opened for business on Nov. 13.

“A rather stressful six weeks for sure,” Chantler said. “We are so grateful to the team at Arrigoni Woods and European Wood Concepts for their design experience and the professional way they executed the remodel. Timing is everything and we are very excited to join the Beaver Creek community.”

At the new location, look for drinks that are more European in style.

“Craig and I have always wanted to showcase the coffee in our espresso drinks and not mask the flavor with various sweet flavorings and copious volumes of steamed milk,” Chantler said.

The cappuccinos will be more of European size made with a double shot and just 5 ounces of velvety milk foam layered on top. The Cortado and Flat White drinks on the menu will be served with the same philosophy. Mochas and traditional lattes will be offered in traditional sizes with the opportunity to flavor with both regular syrups and sugar free options.

For tea lovers, the shop sells 55 different loose leaf teas at the Minturn location. In Beaver Creek, they have edited the list to 12 of their top selling teas. Pair any of these drinks with fresh sweet and savory items baked on-site for breakfast, lunch and grab-and-go snacks throughout the day.

Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company will serve European-style coffees and various flavors of teas along with fresh-baked sweet and savory items. Look for hot craft cocktails coming in December. (Special to the Daily)

In addition to coffee in the morning, Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company is planning on serving hot drinks with alcohol once they receive their liquor license in a few weeks. Chantler says they also plan to offer a weekly cocktail on tap, micro beers and wine. The hot craft cocktails will feature spirits from local distilleries paired with their coffee, teas and Ghirardelli hot chocolate. Some of the creative cocktails include:

  • The Ullr Hot Chocolate — Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate with Ullr Peppermint Cinnamon Schnapps — guaranteed to create a few snow angles at après ski
  • The Grind Irish Coffee — Rock & Rye whisky, Irish cream, coffee with a hint of vanilla
  • Rock n’ Chai — Rye whiskey, Kummel steamed with Sherpa Chai
  • London Calling — Earl Grey tea with Fernet, dry Curcao honey syrup and oat milk.

The new Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company in Beaver Creek plans to be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. this winter. For more information, visit vailcoffee.com and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Warren Miller movie premiere, restaurant deals, art programs and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 11/13/20

America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day is Nov. 15 and Eagle County wants to help you understand the best ways to recycle every day of the year. According to the lovevail.org website, the current national recycling rate is 35% while the state of Colorado’s rate is 16%. The town of Vail recycling rate is 27%, just shy of the Eagle County rate of 28%.

Are you confused about what can and can’t be recycled? If the answer is yes, download the free Eagle County Waste Wizard app. The Recycling Guide will give you and your family the answers to all your recycling questions at your fingertips.

Walking Mountains Science Center has been counting down to America Recycles Day by offering tips and tricks to help you recycle right and manage your waste more sustainably. New tips are posted daily to its Sustainability Facebook page and Instagram stories (search for @walkingmtns). You can also send in your questions to @walkingmtns or tag #recycleright and the Walking Mountains Zero Waste team will answer your questions.  

If you want to ditch the single-use plastics, head over to Fill & Refill, a store in Edwards that is dedicated to reducing single-use plastic by selling many household items like shampoo and laundry detergent that are unpackaged. Simply bring in your own containers or purchase reusable containers at Fill & Refill and break the cycle of contributing to more plastic waste. More info can be found at fillandrefill.com.

On Friday, the town of Vail had planned to host a recycling event for paper shredding and electronic waste. Due to the rising COVID-19 cases in Eagle County, the town of Vail is postponing the event and it will be rescheduled when the COVID-19 case numbers have been lowered.

As an alternative, Eagle County residents can take electronics waste to the Eagle County Household Hazardous Waste facility in Wolcott. The facility is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. There is a small charge for electronics and Eagle County residents can deposit up to 20 items of household hazardous waste, such as paint, free of charge per visit.

Second Friday ARTwalk on Broadway

This weekend marks the second anniversary of the Second Friday ARTwalk, a monthly event held in downtown Eagle. The milestone won’t be marked by any grand celebrations due to COVID-19 restrictions, but you are still invited to stop by and support local artists and shops on Broadway and beyond on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. by ordering takeout, getting gift cards and doing a quick shopping trip in the shops and galleries.

Founder and event organizer Tara Novak, owner of ARTSPaCE workshop and gallery, has been working hard throughout the pandemic to support local artists and small businesses that are a part of the Eagle community. Novak is currently working on uploading items by local artists for holiday gift ideas on artspaceworkshop.com to provide a resource for those looking to shop local this holiday season.  

The Vail Valley Art Guild will be holding a member exhibit on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Visitors will be allowed to choose two free holiday greetings cards designed by artist Beth Levine. The Vail Valley Art Guild’s Gallery is located at 108 Second Street in Eagle.  

Even though the Broadway Promenade in downtown Eagle won’t be bustling with exhibitor tents and food trucks like it has in the past, browse the art galleries and stop by the restaurants for a quick bite or takeout or buy a gift card and support those places as well:

  • Bonfire Brewery’s 10th Anniversary Celebration – new chalk art reveal by Natalia Gray, live music with The Evolution from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Katch of the Day Wine Bar – Frida Kahlo, Picasso, other assorted vintage art and wine specials
  • Owashi Sushi Kitchen – fine art exhibit and dining specials
  • Chics Couture – fall sale, local artisan jewelry
  • Everyday Outfitters – fall sale, home holiday decor and art prints

71st annual Warren Miller Movie Premier

Even though we are in the middle of a pandemic, it’s still stoke season and the 71st annual Warren Miller movie, “Future Retro,” is the official flick that kicks it off.

You read that correctly, 71 years of Warren Miller films. These films about winter skiing and snowboarding attract die-hard enthusiasts, aspiring wanna-be pro athletes and even those who may never step foot on the slopes this winter. The footage, music and commentary are that entertaining and iconic. And although you can’t watch this year’s movie on the big screen like in the past, you’ll still see the beautiful scenery, amazing athleticism and hear some of Warren’s famous quotes.

“Future Retro” features a cast of nearly two dozen of today’s most talented skiers and snowboarders that will take you to the slopes of Utah, Vermont, Montana and Alaska. International destinations include Switzerland, Iceland and Antarctica. For those of you missing the Birds of Prey World Cup Races at Beaver Creek this year, there is a segment from last year’s women’s World Cup race in Killington, VT.

Due to the pandemic, “Future Retro” is being premiered in locations across the U.S. over a three-week period via a streaming platform. Last Saturday, the East Coast got to view “Future Retro,” This Saturday, the Rocky Mountain Region can view it at 6 p.m. MST and next Saturday the West Coast will be able to see the film.

A ticket for the movie premiere costs $30 and that will accommodate one to four people on a single device. This ticket gives you and your three guests access to door prizes like ski gear, coupon codes and other swag. Have more than four who want access to the goods? Simply purchase more tickets to accommodate your viewers. You will have access to the event for up to 48 hours in case you can’t watch it Saturday or want to watch it again.

Olympian and long-time Warren Miller films narrator Jonny Moseley reprises his role in this year’s film and will kick it off with a virtual red carpet experience. Get your living room ready for the 71st annual Warren Miller movie with popcorn, “free” drinks from your own fridge and a comfortable couch. To purchase tickets or watch the movie trailer go to warrenmiller.com.

Cupcakes and Clay

Instead of Cupcakes and Canvas, Alpine Arts Center is hosting its Cupcakes and Clay event this Sunday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy delicious cupcakes while creating a lasting piece of functional art. This week, the class will be creating platters for serving or as a decorative piece to display.

During the class, you will be provided with all the art materials to make the platter and the instruction and assistance you’ll need throughout your artistic journey. Start with a ball of clay and shape it into the desired platter you envision. This is the family-friendly version of Cocktails and Canvas, but those over 21 are allowed to purchase beer, wine or champagne from the Alpine Art Center for $6 each.

Go to alpineartscenter.org to make a reservation for the class. Tickets are $35 and include the cupcakes and all the art supplies. You can do the class virtually for $25, which doesn’t include the art materials, but you can buy art class kits online as well.

You may have seen information about the Social Arts Programs that the Alpine Arts Center is doing for the town of Vail this season. These are discounted classes for $20 due to support from the town of Vail, Alpine Bank, Holy Cross Energy and Vail Daily. This Friday’s trail map painting class is already sold out but inquire about a virtual class. More information can be found at alpineartscenter.org.

Off season deals

There are a few restaurants doing deals this time of year. Take advantage of the savings and treat yourself to a nice meal before the ski season starts and support local restaurants:

Northside Coffee & Kitchen:

  • All entrées $20
  • Specialty entrées:
  • Filet mignon, rib eye or prime rib $24
  • Lobster shrimp risotto $27
  • Thenorthsidekitchen.com

Hooked:

  • 20% off all appetizers and sushi
  • 20% off all whole fish and wine over $100
  • Available Sunday – Thursday
  • Must mention ad to receive the discount, dine-in only
  • Hookedbc.com

Route 6 Cafe and Bar:

  • Three courses for $21
  • First course: soup, chili, house or Caesar salad
  • Second course: choice of any entrée
  • Third course: chocolate brownie or apple tort a la mode
  • Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
  • Routesixcafe.com

Rouge Boutique has a new name and owner

After 10 years of bringing fun fashions to the valley, Rouge Boutique, a consignment store in the Riverwalk in Edwards, is getting a new owner and a new name.

Joselyn Brubaker and Michelle Anderson started Rouge in order to have an opportunity to get more involved with the community, build real relationships with the consignors and shoppers and experience the joys of entrepreneurship.

“It is bittersweet for us because we will miss seeing you all but our lives have changed so much in the last ten years that we are ready to make a full-time commitment to our families and our other business endeavors,” said Joselyn Brubaker in a post on Rouge’s Facebook page.

“It was time for a changing of the guard. That store will always hold a special place in our hearts and we thank everyone for all of the support over the years,” said Michelle Anderson.

“We want to congratulate Christina Zito on becoming the new owner of Rouge! Born and raised in the Vail Valley, Tina brings years of retail management experience along with a passion for running a boutique as unique as Rouge,” Brubaker said.

Zito had been thinking about a change for a while after being a ski instructor for Vail Resorts for many years and worked retail for the past five years at Beaver Creek Sports.

“I have actually been working a side gig with a friend selling clothes online, and at the Minturn Market and at pop-up parties. This seemed like a natural next step. I’m a bit of a thrift store and discount junkie myself!” Zito said.

Not a lot will change with the new ownership.

“Joselyn and Michelle did such a great job of getting this store going and have a great clientele, I’m just putting my little twist on a few of the things,” Zito said.

The most noticeable change will be a name change from Rouge to Remix.

“With the ownership change I thought it would be fun to have a new name and Rouge was a bit more feminine of a name and I want people to know that I have men’s clothing, too,” Zito said.

Zito is also incorporating a designer handbag resale collection and it working with a company to authenticate the gently used handbags so her clients can feel good about their purchase.

“By buying a gently used handbag, people can save a little money while still getting high-end fashion. The Prada bags have been flying off the shelves and the Chanel bags have been a hit,” Zito said.

Remix is currently collecting fall and winter clothing and Zito wants to focus on skiwear, too.

“Because of all my experience working on the mountain and at a ski shop I wanted to focus on some of the higher-end brands,” Zito said.

Another thing Zito has added is online shopping. “People can shop from home, we’ll ring it up and they can just pick it up at the store,” Zito said.

Zito is excited to be a part of the business community and offer a place for people to bring their clothing and accessories they don’t wear anymore to the store where it can find a new life with someone else.

“Resale stores are great for communities. Instead of the money going to national retail chains and corporations it goes back into the community. It also helps keep the clothing business sustainable. There is a ton of waste and we can help keep some of that down,” Zito said.

Halloween activities, a ski swap, coat drive & more: Tricia’s weekend picks

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Swap

It’s time for the 51st annual Ski & Snowboard Vail Swap at the Dobson Ice Arena. The Swap almost didn’t happen this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Ski & Snowboard Club Vail was worried about trying to pull it off with all the social distancing and public safety measures put into place. With all of its staff and volunteers, it seemed unlikely the nonprofit could host it. Then Ski Pro, one of the vendors that has worked the event for years, stepped up to the plate and offered its assistance in hosting the event.

Things will look different at the swap. First of all, only 100 people will be allowed at a time into Dobson Ice Arena and that includes those working the event. Tickets are free but you must register to select your time at Eventbrite. At press time, tickets were available for one-hour time slots on Friday between 7 and 8 p.m., Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Eventbrite ticket holders have priority entry, but tickets are not required. 

The Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Swap is a great place to pick up new or gently used skis, snowboards, boots, bindings and all the accessories like helmets, poles and clothing for the upcoming ski season. All sales are final and all major credit cards are accepted. A portion of the proceeds will go to Ski & Snowboard Club Vail. To learn more about the event, go to vailskiswap.org. To learn more about Ski & Snowboard Club Vail visit skiclubvail.org.

Halloween arts and crafts

Get into the Halloween spirit by doing some arts and crafts around a Halloween theme with the help of Alpine Arts Center in Edwards. Alpine Arts Center will host pumpkin carving and skull pumpkin painting classes next Wednesday and Thursday. In the meantime, Alpine Arts Center has to-go art kits.

Grab some paint supplies to do some fun crafts or be amazed at what you’ll find in one of their mystery bags. To-go pottery painting kits are also available. Just pick out your mug or other pottery piece from shelves upon shelves of choices and pick out paint colors, follow the instructions and you’ve got a fun Halloween piece just in time for the holiday weekend.

You can also do less-traditional items like dream catchers and other fun projects. Stop by Alpine Arts Center for ideas as they are an art supply store as well as an instruction center.

It may not be Halloween-themed, but Cocktails and Clay is happening this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The class is about two hours in length and it is lead by an instructor from the Alpine Arts Center. Make a cool vase or mug with your own special flair. Do an in-person class or via Zoom. If doing Zoom indicate that when you register and you will be directed to a website where you can order the materials for the class beforehand.

Call and ask about drop-in sessions and open studio use during regular business hours Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday and Monday 12 to 5 p.m. For more information on upcoming classes and events, go to alpineartscenter.org.

Pumpkin Fest

Village Market is teaming up with Mountain Youth to host its annual Pumpkin Fest in Riverwalk on Sunday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wear your costume and kick off Halloween a little early by heading to the Riverwalk Backyard. Village Market has donated all of the pumpkins, which will be sold for $5 each. In addition to pumpkins, there will be live entertainment and fun family photo opportunities.

After the activities in the Riverwalk Backyard, head to the Riverwalk Theater for a free showing of Tim Burton’s “A Nightmare Before Christmas” at 1:30 p.m. Limited tickets are available, so get yours at Eventbrite before they run out. There is a possibility that the Riverwalk may be able to accept walk-ups on the day of the movie if registered attendees do not show up. Concessions will be available for purchase at the movie theater.

This event benefits Mountain Youth a nonprofit organization that works continuously and collaboratively to improve the lives of youth in the most powerful ways possible. For more information, go to mountainyouth.org.

Live music

Live music is still alive and well in various bars around town and outdoors. Here’s a list of places to go if you want to hear some live tunes up and down valley. Don’t see your favorite artist? Get them listed on our Vail Daily Entertainment Calendar at vaildaily.com/entertainment/calendar.

  • King’s Club Lounge at the Sonnenalp – Vail
  • Kevin Danzig’s Eclectic Mix – Friday – 7 to 10 p.m.
  • Ein Prosit – Avon
  • Al Maul – Friday – 7 to 10 p.m.
  • Loaded Joe’s – Avon
  • Karaoke with Sandman – Friday – 8 p.m.
  • Pop-Up Street Music – Lionshead
  • Brothers Keeper – Saturday – 2 to 7 p.m.
  • Bonfire Brewing – Eagle
  • Primal J and the Neanderthals – Saturday – 6 to 9 p.m.

Coat Drive

Although we’ve had a mild fall with daytime temperatures in the 60s and few snowstorms, the colder weather is approaching and Catholic Charities wants to make sure the youth in our valley are prepared.

For 10 years, Catholic Charities has teamed up with Eagle County Law Enforcement Immigrant Alliance to help collect coats for the annual Fall Coat Drive. This year, Catholic Charities is specifically asking for coats for youth. Drop off your clean coats that are still in good condition to these locations between now and Oct. 30:

  • Vail – Vail Police Department, 75 S. Frontage Road
  • Avon- Avon Police Department, 0001 Lake Street
  • Edwards – Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Substation in the Mountain Recreation Edwards Field House, 450 Miller Ranch Road
  • Eagle – Eagle Police Department, 200 Broadway
  • UW Youth Closet, 439 Edwards Access Rd, Edwards (behind Subway)

Sun & Ski Sports in Avon is also collecting coats. For 27 years, the specialty outdoor retailer has hosted its “Share the Warmth” campaign and has partnered up with Catholic Charities once again.

Bring in a new or used coat to the drop-off bin at the front of the Sun & Ski store between now and Nov. 3. Sun & Ski has extra incentives to drop and shop. Drop off a coat and if you make a purchase, you can earn Sun & Ski Cash to use on a new item. Take photos at certain areas in the store and post using #ShareYourWarmth and tag @sunandskisports and be entered in to win a Patagonia Better Sweater quarter-zip fleece.

Once all the coats are collected, families in need of coats for kids can come to the Youth Closet beginning Nov. 2 during regular operating hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday, as well as Monday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Youth Closet is located at 439 Edwards Access Road in Edwards, behind Subway.

For more details, contact https://www.vailgov.com/announcements/catholic-charities-and-eagle-county-law-enforcement-immigrant-alliance-announce-10th-annual-coat-drive and sunandski.com/avon-co.

The swap must go on: Vail Ski & Snowboard Swap adjusts event for COVID-19 safety

COVID-19 restrictions have caused many nonprofits to cancel fundraisers this year or turn to virtual events, but for Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, a 50-year-old event did not have to break tradition.

The annual Vail Ski Swap will still be held at Dobson Ice Arena this weekend, but it will look different than it has the past five decades. 

The swap has historically been made possible through the support of approximately 15 vendors in addition to individual community members selling gear at the Swap.

“With COVID-19 indoor restrictions limited to 100 people or less at the time SSCV needed to make a decision as to whether or not to proceed with the swap there was very little, if any, room left for customers after taking into account the vendor staff and volunteers needed to run the event,” said Sharon Schmidt, director of advancement at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail.

“In order to minimize the financial risk of proceeding with the swap, the club made the very difficult decision not to hold the Swap in 2020,” Schmidt said.

That news traveled to the different vendors who participate each year in the event and one vendor stepped up with a solution.

“One of SSCV’s longtime swap vendors, Ski Pro, offered to run the Swap this year as the single, third-party vendor, thus opening up significantly more space for customers with no risk to SSCV,” Schmidt said.  

“We are grateful for Ski Pro’s support in keeping the Swap tradition going in 2020,” Schmidt said.

“It is important to Ski Pro because of the decades of support for the Swap that we have given and will continue to do so,” said Jack Kannapel, of Ski Pro. “The Swap is important to the community because it supports the activities of many snowsports enthusiasts locally and supports the club’s athletes,” Kannapel said.

“Proceeds from the swap help enable Ski & Snowboard Club Vail to be able to provide the level of quality commensurate to the needs and goals of all our athletes so they can become the best they can be by helping to support the operations of SSCV as well as financial aid in the current fiscal year,” Schmidt said.

The Swap will be different this year due to the many precautions taken to keep everyone as safe as possible. Only 100 people are allowed in the building at any time. Tickets are free but you need to go to Eventbrite to reserve a time. At press time, Thursday and Friday were sold out, but there were still times available on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and on Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

What won’t change is the variety of items that can be found and discounts on equipment you need for the winter snowsports season. Skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, poles, helmets, goggles and winter clothing will be up for grabs. 

All sales are final and major credit cards are accepted. For more information, go to vailskiswap.com. For more information about Ski & Snowboard Club Vail visit skiclubvail.org.

Annual Ski and Snowboard Club Vail Swap will look a little different this year

The 51st annual Ski and Snowboard Club Vail Swap has been around so long it’s almost a rite of passage as the valley gets ready to usher in winter. For decades, locals and those in the know have traveled to Vail in October to find deals on new and used gear for the upcoming season.

Skis, snowboards, bindings, boots and accessories are set up in sections throughout the spacious Dobson Ice Arena. Kids, teens and adults can all be outfitted in one location. A portion of the proceeds from the sale goes to help fund Ski & Snowboard Club Vail.

The Swap is historically made possible through the support of approximately 15 vendors in addition to individual community members selling gear at the Swap. Ski Pro, a long time vendor who has participated in the SSCV Swap for many years, will be putting on the event this year.

Ski Pro will still be accepting the following items between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday:

  • Skis
  • Ski bindings
  • Ski boots
  • Snowboards
  • Snowboard bindings
  • Snowboard boots

Please note: Ski Pro will not accept skis with bindings that are non-indemnified; these bindings must be removed from the skis in order to sell the skis.

No used clothing or accessories will be accepted for the swap. Ski Pro will have a variety of winter clothing and accessories like goggles and gloves on hand for purchase at the swap.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the swap won’t operate quite the same as it used to. While it will still be held at Dobson Ice Arena in Lionshead, the large venue will only be able to hold 100 people at a time, and that includes those who are organizing the event.

Tickets are free and will be available on the Eventbrite website, where you can choose the specific time frame when your ticket will get you into the swap. At press time, the event was already sold out on Thursday, but times are still available on Friday between 3 and 8 p.m., Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Eventbrite ticket holders have priority entry, but tickets are not required. 

If you do drop off equipment in hopes of selling your items, please note that unsold equipment must be picked up at Dobson Ice Arena on Oct. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. and Ski Pro cannot keep equipment after 5 p.m. on Sunday. Do not assume your item has sold if you can’t find your item, check the status of your item here.

All sales are final at the swap and major credit cards are accepted. For more information about the swap, go to vailskiswap.com. For more information about Ski & Snowboard Club Vail visit skiclubvail.org.

Fill & Refill celebrates one year in Edwards

Throughout 2020, many businesses have had to reduce productivity, alter services or even shut down, but Fill & Refill is celebrating one year of being a brick-and-mortar shop in Edwards on Oct. 19. The eco-conscious and sustainability-focused store is celebrating by giving away prizes at its Edwards location and on social media.

Fill & Refill is dedicated to reducing single-use plastic by selling many household items that are unpackaged. Owner and founder Allison Burgund carries everything from shampoo and laundry detergent to lotions and soap. Simply bring in your own containers or purchase reusable containers at Fill & Refill and break the cycle of contributing to more plastic waste on Mother Earth.

“I believe local refill stores are a real and tangible solution for the plastic crisis we are navigating. Quite simply, the fewer plastic containers that are made, the fewer plastic pieces end up in the oceans. Local refill shops are the solution,” Burgund said. 

Burgund first shared this idea with locals and visitors at the Vail Farmers Market & Art Show during the summer of 2019. In the fall of that year, she knew she wanted a year-round location for the winter and beyond. In August of 2020, she not only moved to a bigger location in Edwards, but she also bought a Sprinter van for deliveries and has partnered up with other businesses to offer a satellite location. Not too bad for orchestrating all of this during a pandemic.

“This year has been frenetic. Thank goodness I have a lot of energy because this year needed it. I also have a lot of passion and hope for what I do, too,” Burgund said.

Burgund’s passion for reducing one’s carbon footprint runs deep. She vets products constantly before she ever brings them to her customers.  

“I spent two years researching the products you find in my store to see if they worked and to see how dedicated the manufacturer was about saving plastic. I also tried the products out on my own family to see how each product felt, to see if it smelled good and wondered if others would like it,” Burgund said.

To celebrate the short yet impressive history of this successful business, Burgund will be doing all sorts of giveaways in the store and on Fill & Refill’s social media pages. Learn how you can win a basket of sustainable goodies worth $200 including Stasher Bags, Unpaper Towels, refillable containers, local soaps and more. To enter, visit fillandrefill.com and sign up for emails. Fill & Refill will also have sales in the store the week of Oct. 19. 

Pumpkin races, artwalks, mindfulness and live music: Tricia’s weekend picks 10/09/20

ARTwalk in Eagle

It’s the second Friday of the month and that means that Eagle ARTS is hosting another ARTwalk from 5-8 p.m. Parts of Broadway in downtown Eagle will be blocked off so guests can stroll down the street take advantage of specials at participating businesses. Stop by the various booths that line the street and celebrate the arts and celebrate the fact that you have a fun, socially-distanced activity to do on a Friday night.

In addition to the art and business offerings, there will be a special street dance performance by students of More 2 Dance Studio at 6:30 p.m. and live music by The Evolution from 5-7 p.m. Then DJ Kirby will start spinning tunes at Katch of the Day from 7–9 p.m.

Don’t miss this month’s ARTwalk Scavenger Hunt, which has become popular. Download the app and follow the clues to different businesses on Broadway. Finding unique art could earn you a prize.  

The Vail Valley Art Guild’s Eagle Gallery at 108 W. Second Street will be having its Second Friday event in conjunction with the Eagle ARTS event. From 5 to 8 p.m., stop by the gallery and view the work of featured artist Missy Octave. In addition to Octave, other artists include Cindy Kelleher, Soodi Lick, Christine Sena and Barbara Holden. The gallery will also feature works by photographers Raymond Bleeze, Rick Spitzer and Jon Sheppard as well as ceramics by Ann Loper and woodworking by Ken Kolano.

Admittance to the ARTwalk is free and tickets to participate in the scavenger hunt are $5 per person and available for purchase at www.eaglearts.org.

Gypsum Fall Festival

Gypsum is hosting its Fall Festival by spreading people throughout the town hall and library parks, Lundgren Amphitheater, and even Lundgren Street to provide a socially-distanced celebration.

Costumes are encouraged as folks come out to enjoy the various activities for all ages. Zone One (Lundgren Amphitheater) will have a “daylight friendly” movie screen and will be showing “Ghostbusters” at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. followed by a costume parade.

Zone Two (Gypsum Library Pavilion and Lawn) will house the food and live music with bands from 1 to 7 p.m. Food trucks will be available and don’t forget to sign up for the Apple Cider Holding Competition at 2 and 5 p.m. There will be adult and child categories.

Zone Three (Lundgren Blvd.) features a pumpkin decorating contest, pumpkin race and ax throwing. Heats in the pumpkin race will go off at 1:15, 3:15 and 5:15 p.m. Ax throwing will happen between 1 and 7 p.m.

All information on the races, costume contest and decorating contest can be found at townofgypsum.com.

World Mental Health Day

Saturday is World Mental Health Day and local suicide prevention group SpeakUp ReachOut has several ways to get involved.

“World Mental Health Day is a day to remind us to slow down and acknowledge what we need for mental wellness,” said Erin Ivie, executive director of the nonprofit SpeakUp ReachOut. “This year we are offering most of the sessions online so that more people can participate. Intentional mental health care is more important than ever as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ivie said.

Schedule (some events are in-person and streaming):

8 a.m. – Virtual Meditation with Becky Hesseltine

9 a.m. – Yoga/Meditation with Twyla Gingrich of Samya Yoga Healing

10:30 a.m. – Mindfulness Mandala with Alpine Arts Center

12 p.m. “A Mental Health Toolkit for COVID-19” – Lunch and Learn with Dr. Justin Ross

1 p.m. – Financial Wellness Basics w/ Michelle from Cornerstone Financial

2 p.m. – “Practical Steps to Taking Control of Your Life” – Tess Johnson of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team.

If you don’t have enough time to participate in these events online or in person, Ivie said they are suggesting that everyone takes 10 minutes out of their day to just be still.

“Suicide is complicated and is rarely caused by one factor. The pandemic affects everyone in a different way and therefore it is difficult to predict how this will affect suicide rates in our community. With that said, being aware of your own mental health and what is happening for your friends and loved ones is more important than ever, ” Ivie said. To learn more, go to speakupreachout.org.

Pop-Up Music

Scott Rednor, musician and owner of the Shakedown Bar in Vail Village has been busy playing all over the place this summer. Where there’s a stage, there’s a show and Rednor and his talented team of musical friends will host a few more pop-up shows before the month is over.

This Saturday, follow the sounds of the music in Lionshead and sit back and listen to free live music between 2 and 7 p.m. This week’s band is Mark Levy & Friends featuring Scott Rednor, Joey Porter and Garrett Sayers.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, Rednor hasn’t been able to host musical performances at Shakedown Bar at the top of Bridge Street. He created Shakedown Presents and approached the town of Vail with a few ideas for music during the pandemic. Rednor has so many connections in the music world that he’s been able to bring plenty of performers to the Vail Valley and play at pop-up locations throughout town and at the main stage in Ford Park.

“It’s been a blast!” Rednor said. “It’s been fun to explore all the new opportunities. The town of Vail has been supportive and we’ve learned a lot about what live music can do for businesses who are near the pop-up stage,” Rednor said.

If you miss this Saturday, Shakedown Presents will host shows from 2 to 7 p.m. for the next four Saturdays with a special Halloween show on Oct. 31. For more information visit shakedownpresents.com.

Cocktails and Canvas

The Alpine Arts Center is hosting its popular Cocktails and Canvas event this Saturday where adults get to show their creativity while also having an adult beverage. Alpine Arts Center provides all the supplies and instruction for a group project.

Advanced registration required and it’s $45 per person to attend the class. Due to COVID-19, classes are available in-person or virtual. You can still participate via Zoom and that cost is $25 per person, but it doesn’t include materials. You can purchase class kits if you don’t have the right supplies at home.

Get those creative juices flowing with wine or beer for $6 a glass. Please note, you can’t bring in your own alcohol, all alcoholic beverages must be purchased through the Alpine Arts bar. There are some non-alcoholic beverages and snacks available, too.

This Saturday’s class is painting on canvas, but Alpine Arts mixes up the mediums and also has classes working with clay, glass etching, encaustic wax and more.

Follow Alpine Arts Center’s social media pages and website for more details on which classes are offered and look for Halloween-themed classes this month. For more information, go to alpineartscenter.org.

Hikes and bike rides for charity, ski movie premiers, live music, a local artisan’s market and more: Tricia’s Weekend picks 9/18/20

Hikes and races for charity

This weekend offers a few ways to get your heart pumping while also funding local charities. The 12th annual Hike, Wine and Dine will be a virtual event this Saturday and Sunday. Instead of a large group gathering on the trails of Beaver Creek, trekkers will be asked to share where they are and virtually participate to raise funds for Jack’s Place, the cancer caring house adjacent to the Shaw Cancer Center in Edwards.

To take part, simply register at hikewinedine.com where you will get access to the special Strava, Facebook and Instagram groups where you can share your hike stats and photos. There will be some restaurant gift certificates given out for the hiker who posts the longest hike or the most elevation gain. Enter the prize raffle by posting a selfie on the Hike, Wine and Dine Facebook event page with a yellow Hike, Wine & Dine ribbon.

The money raised will help Jack’s Place, which provides affordable lodging for cancer patients who are undergoing treatment at Shaw Cancer Center. This year, in honor of Dr. Jack Eck’s retirement, a portion of the funds raised will go towards the initiative to keep Jack’s Place open on weekends over the winter season.

Down in Eagle, the Mountain Rats race returns with a weekend full of races for trail runners and mountain bikers. The half marathon, marathon and 55k races on Saturday are sold out, but spots are still available for the 5k run and 50k mountain bike race on Sunday. The 5k run will be on the paths around Eagle Ranch.

The 50k mountain bike race will showcase some of Eagle’s challenging mountain bike trails and will be a true test of the training you’ve been doing all summer long. Proceeds from the 50k bike race will benefit The Cycle Effect, a local non-profit with the mission to empower girls through mountain biking.

There are still a few spots left for the family-friendly Amazing Race, which is a 5-mile long team treasure hunt. There will be 10 stops along the paths of Eagle Ranch and you can only use human power (biking, walking, running) to find each clue before going to the next stop. Text a team photo to the Amazing Race Headquarters before solving the next clue and moving to the next stop. To register for any of these races, go to mountainrats.com.

Free live music

There is a vast array of live music this weekend. Some of these performances are outdoors, so keep in mind that the cooler days and nights mean you’ll need to dress appropriately for outdoor seating. It’s a perfect excuse to get out those cute leather boots, scarves and fleece jackets or buy something to keep you cozy at the local shops. 

Friday:

Pop-Up show with Brother’s Keeper – Lionshead – 2 to 7 p.m.

Kevin Danzig’s eclectic mix – King’s Club Lounge, Sonnenalp – 7 to 10 p.m.

Saturday:

Brother’s Keeper – Children’s Fountain in Vail – 2 to 7 p.m.

Zusamenn – Featuring the sounds of Spinphony – Beaver Creek Plaza – 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Special Sunset LIVE! with Frisco Funk Collective and very special guests – Avon Performance Pavilion (west side) – 5 to 8 p.m.

Rewind 80s cover band – outdoors under the Riverwalk Theater marquee – 6 to 9 p.m.

Kevin Danzig’s eclectic mix – King’s Club Lounge, Sonnenalp – 7 to 10 p.m.

Local Designer Market

The valley is full of creative types and the Local Designer Market plans to showcase this talented bunch at the Riverwalk Amphitheater in Edwards on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Come shop locally designed goods like clothing for the outdoors, athleisure or streetwear as well as jewelry and art. Vendors include Moxy Evolution, Algorhythm Designs, Theo Rhodius Art, Ski Girl, Jennie Fancher Designs, Skye Design, Mountain Girl Creations, Mountain Wave Malas, Artspace Workshop, Rocky Mountain Resin and Kali Mala Jewelry Design.

There will be live music on the Riverwalk Amphitheater stage with Corrsound & Company playing from 12 to 3 p.m. and The Evolution from 3 to 6 p.m.        

“I created this event to show my support for all of our local designers, musicians and artists of all genres and creative entrepreneurs in the Vail Valley,” said event organizer Missy Erickson of Moxy Evolution. “I envision the Vail Valley becoming a Colorado certified creative district.”

Ski movie premiere

Vail’s opening day for the 2020-2021 snow sports season is about two months away and Matchstick Productions wants you to get psyched for winter with its latest film “Huck Yeah.”

“Huck Yeah” takes athletes to the high peaks of Alaska, British Columbia, Switzerland, Japan and iconic locations throughout the U.S. View the trailer here.  

Catch this action-packed flick at the Riverwalk Theater in Edwards on Friday night at 7 p.m. or at the Blue Starlite Drive-In in Minturn on Saturday night at 8:15 p.m. The Riverwalk Theater will be doing food and drink specials (don’t forget about Smokin’ J’s BBQ and an expanded concessions area that includes alcoholic beverages) before and during the show.

“Hosting ski movies in the fall before ski season is what the Riverwalk is all about. It’s about providing the opportunity to get together and share the stoke for the upcoming winter season with friends and your community,” said Grant Smith, owner of the Riverwalk Theater.

The Blue Starlite Drive-In lets you watch “Huck Yeah” from the comfort of your own vehicle at its location just south of the town of Minturn. If you purchase concessions when you buy your tickets online, your concessions will be given to you as you drive into the venue. Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. for the 8:15 p.m. show.

For ticket info and information on COVID-19 restrictions go to riverwalktheater.com or bluestarlitedrivein.com.

Oktoberfest at Antlers at Vail

Normally, the Vail Valley hosts several weekends of oompah fun with Oktoberfest celebrations spanning from Vail Village to Gypsum. This year, COVID-19 cramped the style of the usual festivals, but there is one Oktoberfest celebration that is happening this weekend.

The Antlers at Vail is throwing an Oktoberfest party for its hotel guests. This exclusive offering features lodging, vouchers to Oktoberfest, music by Vail resident and German native Helmut Fricker, Bavarian fare, hotel amenities like the hot tub, pool and more. Beer and wine will be available for purchase during the event.

This socially distanced Oktoberfest celebration will be limited to guests of the Antlers at Vail. The package starts from $295 plus tax per night for an Antlers studio suite and includes two Oktoberfest event vouchers, valued at $40 each. Locals, listen up, you could do a staycation this weekend right in Vail. A special discount is available to Eagle County residents with rates starting at only $199 plus tax per night. Just show your Eagle County ID at check-in. That rate also includes the two $40 vouchers and you can buy additional vouchers if necessary.

The Antlers at Vail Oktoberfest package requires a two-night minimum stay and is subject to availability. Keep in mind, the Antlers charges no resort fees. For more information, go to antlersvail.com.

Trail runs, car shows, art walks, 9/11 tributes and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 9/11/20

9/11 events for Patriots Day

It’s hard to believe that the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, were 19 years ago. The local VFW and first responders team up each year to host its annual golf tournament and First Responder Memorial on 9/11 Patriots Day to show that we will never forget.

Although it’s too late to sign up for the annual charity golf tournament, you can still support local youth scholarships via the silent auction. The on-site silent auction will be moved outside of the Eagle-Vail Golf Clubhouse starting  at 10:30 a.m. So, stop by and bid on some great items like restaurant gift certificates, golf outings, hotel stays and more.

In addition to the silent auction, there will be a First Responder Memorial on 9/11 Patriots Day with a procession from Vail to Edwards. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the ceremony before and after the procession will not be open to the public to ensure the safety of the first responders involved in the event. But, the public is highly encouraged to line the procession route that will take emergency service vehicles from Ford Park in Vail, west to Highway 6 to Avon, Edwards and end at Freedom Park in Edwards.

You are still welcome to gather at Freedom Park in Edwards throughout the day and visit the Freedom Park Memorial in honor of Patriots Day. On the west end of the pond sits a piece of limestone weighing in at 600 pounds from the Pentagon west wall. This fragment was part of the damage and rubble of the 9/11 attacks from American Airlines Flight 77. It is one of approximately 100 pieces of limestone that was saved for memorials across the United States.

The Freedom Park Memorial not only commemorates 9/11 but also honors fallen veterans, police and emergency personnel from Eagle County.

Art events  throughout the Valley

The Avon Arts Festival kicks off this weekend at the Harry A. Nottingham Park. Art Festivals have had a successful return to the Vail Valley this summer with outdoor venues and social distancing providing a COVID-19-conscious atmosphere for artists to show their wares and art lovers to interact with the artists. This fine art and fine craft show will feature at least 40 artist booths, all socially distanced in the large space that Nottingham Park provides. This is a juried art show that will include painting, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, metal & woodwork and more.

The Avon Arts Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.  For more information, visit avon.org.

This Friday from 5-8 p.m., Eagle ARTS and the Eagle Chamber of Commerce and are teaming up to present an event that combines the 2nd Friday ARTwalk and 6th Annual Eagle Business Roundup. Head down to historic downtown Eagle and enjoy specials at participating businesses and visit the booths along Broadway between 2nd and 4th streets, which will be closed to traffic to allow for social distancing.

Local artists will have tents displaying artwork, there will be live music and food trucks will also be in attendance including Suntown Sparkling Waters and Mountain Minis Mini Donuts. There will be a number of door prizes from Boneyard, Bonfire Brewing, Color Coffee Roasters, Knapp Harvest, Owashi, Pazzo’s Pizzeria, and The Assembly. Guests must register at the Eagle Chamber Tent located at 3rd & Broadway to be eligible for a door prize.

The Vail Valley Art Guild is also going to combine its 2nd Friday event with the 2nd Friday ARTwalk and Eagle Business Roundup. This month’s exhibit, entitled “Art in Isolation,” will showcase what the artists have been doing while in quarantine. The first 50 people to stop by the Eagle Art Gallery will receive a free limited edition Broadway Street poster by Beth Levine.

For more information on the event, visit Eagle ARTs Colorado or the Eagle CO Chamber of Commerce on Facebook, or contact Eagle ARTS at 970-376-4772.

EverGold 5k and 10k

This weekend brings another installment of the 2020 Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series and the Vail Recreation District is excited to invite runners to a new venue for the EverGold 5k and 10k on Saturday. Meadow Mountain trail out of Minturn has hosted the last few EverGold races and this year runners will be exploring the trails of Beaver Creek.

The EverGold trail run will begin and end in Creekside Park, just below the plaza level of Beaver Creek Village. Runners will go through and around the resort community on a variety of terrain and on the Aspen Glad and Allie’s Way trails.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the participation is capped at 175 racers and participants must pre-register, there will be no day-of registration. Racers can pick up their race numbers or register ahead of time in person (space available) on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Peak Performance in Edwards.

The race starts will be divided into waves according to age categories, with the first wave beginning at 9 a.m. There will still be swag. Racers can pick up their custom race t-shirt and delicious Northside Kitchen donuts when exiting the race finish.

The last race of the series will be the Boneyard Boogie 11k Trail Run in Eagle on Sept. 26. For more race and COVID-19 details visit www.vailrec.com

SpeakUp ReachOut Community Walk

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and local nonprofit SpeakUp ReachOut is offering thirteen free trainings and events throughout the month to help people get involved and learn how to provide hope to others.

SpeakUp ReachOut hosts a community walk and memorial every September. The walk is a 3-mile loop in Freedom Park in Edwards. The event will also feature Anne Moss Rogers, an expert in mental health, suicide prevention and grief. She will share her story of the loss of her teenage son’s death by suicide. Through her “Turning Pain into Purpose” speech, Rogers identifies how to support those who are suffering from the loss of a loved one to suicide. Molly Fiore Booker will also hold a Benediction ceremony to honor those we have lost to suicide.

The event aims to take time to remember those we have lost to suicide and reflect and revitalize hope in the community. “This event provides a much-needed opportunity to safely gather locals and discuss grief, loss and hope. One could be experiencing loss due to suicide, but the reality of COVID-19 and our “new normal” presents many different types of losses right now,” said Carol Johnson of SpeakUp ReachOut in an email.  

Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the speakers. The event is on Sunday from 8:30 to 11 a.m. followed by a Yoga for Mental Health class taught by Brooke Skjonsby from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bring your own mat if you have one as only a limited amount will be provided. For more information, go to speakupreachout.org.

Vail Automotive Classic

Although it’s not the typical Wheels and Wings air plane and car show this weekend at the Vail Valley Jet Center, unique cars will be on display Sunday courtesy of the Vail Automotive Classic.

The Vail Automotive Classic will be hosted in Lionshead versus Vail Village this year. This is a judged car show that will be bringing in up to 80 cars spanning in years from World War II to the present day with everything from vintage cars and contemporary supercars. “Porsche’s and Ferrari’s stand out in numbers with a healthy representation among Lamborghini’s, Aston Martins and McLarens,” said Mark Bergman with the Vail Automotive Classic Foundation. “We love to see people enjoying the cars.”

Leading up to the car show on Sunday, the Vail Automotive Classic will host drivers from all over on drives from Vail to Steamboat and other routes. “We’ve been sold out with a waiting list of people hoping for cancellations. Most car shows in the state were canceled this year fueling tremendous pent up demand,” Bergman said.   The car show is open to the public on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there is no charge to spectators. For more information visit vailautomotiveclassic.com.