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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.

For more information, go to EagleCountyFairAndRodeo.com.

Vail Dance Festival

The New York City Ballet performs Justin Peck’s “Partita.”
Erin Baiano/Courtesy photo

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

Billy Doran of Fossil Posse Adventures and The Museum at Dinosaur Junction shares information about pre-historic activity in Eagle County.
Jon Resnick/Courtesy photo

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.

Art shows

The Avon Arts Celebration returns for its second weekend at Harry A. Nottingham Park Friday through Sunday.
Glenn Lewis Photography/Courtesy photo

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

The Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series takes place on Berry PIcker trail this Saturday.
Vail Recreation District/Courtesy photo

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.

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

Jaap van Zweden leads the New York Philharmonic during the Opening Night’s performance on Wednesday at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.
Tom Cohen/Courtesy photo

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.

Friday:

  • 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.

Saturday:

  • 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. 

Sunday:

  • Jaap van Zweden – conductor
  • Mahler – Symphony No. 6

For more information, go to BravoVail.org.

Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show members Morgan Jahnig, Mason Via, Ketch Secor, Jerry Pentecost, Cory Younts and Mike Harris will take the stage at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Sunday night.
Kit Wood/Courtesy photo

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

The Avon Arts Celebration returns to Nottingham Park for the third summer.
Avon Arts Celebration/Courtesy photo

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

The Free Family Fun Fest is back in Lionshead this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Blue Creek Productions/Courtesy photo

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.

For more go to DiscoverVail.com.

The Greatest Show in CO

PLAY Performance Group launches its annual summer circus shows in Eagle and Minturn this weekend.
PLAY Performance Group/Courtesy photo

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.

Krimson Klover achieves worldwide growth despite COVID-19

Krimson Klover’s seamless base layers are designed by Colorado artists and blend technology and high performance with luxurious knits. (Krimson Klover
Special to the Daily)

If you had told Rhonda Swenson last March that her company would be increasing sales and distribution worldwide, she would not have believed you.

“We had just been to two tradeshows, the Outdoor Retailer show in the states and the international trade show in Europe, had grown our business by 25% and then COVID-19 hit. It was an ‘oh-blank’ moment!” said Swenson, a Vail resident and founder, CEO and creative director of Krimson Klover, a clothing brand designed for women, by women, based in Boulder, CO.

The news about the coronavirus and uncertainty that surrounded it sprung the Kirmson Klover team into action. Swenson immediately got on the phone with her biggest dealers, knowing that everyone was going to try to cut back their orders and that the future was uncertain for all.

“Christy Sports, Vail Resorts’ retail shops, Title 9 and others all cut their orders back 30% and that enabled us to go back to our factories and cut our orders back 30%” Swenson said.

Then Krimson Klover called its factories, which are located in Portugal, Romania, Viet Nam, Indonesia and China.

“We work with really small, family-owned factories, not the big conglomerates, and our factories got behind us,” Swenson said. “They must have amazing relationships with their material suppliers because they were able to get us out of all of our raw material so we have no debt and neither do our factories, which was amazing,” Swenson said.

Krimson Klover founder, CEO and creative director poses with her dog, River, who is featured often in photo shoots. (Krimson Klover
Special to the Daily).

Despite the impact of COVID-19 on the clothing manufacturing and retail sector, the brand has achieved new growth targets by expanding to over 50 accounts across Europe and the Southeast Pacific in the first season. The 2020-21 collection can now be found in more than 10 countries worldwide, including Austria, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Spain, Russia, Czech Republic, Japan and Canada.

“To build our brand, we needed to build it on a world stage. So, I wanted to go into Europe because it just makes us more relevant in the ski world. Sking is such a heritage sport there,” Swenson said. “I actually think Krimson Klover will be bigger in Europe than in the U.S., it’s really taking off. They love what we’re doing,” Swenson said.

A fan of Krimson Klover wears the Peace, Love, Ski base layer in Switzerland in an Instagram post. (Krimson Klover
Special to the Daily).

Andreas Nägele, of Arnold Sports, Germany and is in charge of international sales for Krimson Klover. He explains why the brand translates so well overseas.

“When we first met with Krimson Klover, we knew the timing for retro graphics and bold color were ideal for Europe. As a signature mark, the designs and base layer weights are unique for our resort clients and they relish the energy that Krimson Klover brings to the market. Our buyers appreciate that these are products for women, inspired by women, no ‘shrink it and pink it” as they say,” Nägele said.

Krimson Klover’s vintage-inspired base layers have been very popular in European ski markets. (Krimson Klover
Special to the Daily)

Since its launch in 2010, Krimson Klover has established itself as a leader in Alpine sport style. The brand has spent the last decade building a best-in-class reputation throughout North America with more than 500 retail accounts and growing. For more information, follow Krimson Klover on their Instragram and Facebook accounts and visit krimsonklover.com.

Krimson Klover not only creates base layers, but also styles for on and off the slopes. (Krimson Klover
Special to the Daily)

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.

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.

Bike and jazz festivals, art shows and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 9/04/20

Eagle Outside Festival

If you are wondering what to do this Labor Day weekend, head to Eagle for some fun on the trails and in town. The Eagle Outside Festival is returning with gear demos, races, group bike rides, skills clinics and contests. As event organizer Mike McCormack puts it, it’s a ‘full weekend of she-nanigan-izing.”

If you are looking for the latest in bike technology, demo gear from 9 to 5 on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. In addition to the bike-oriented events, there is also an Eagle’s Got Talent contest and a Colorado Karaoke Contest. The kids will have fun with the Stryder races as well. For a full schedule, visit eofestival.wpengine.com.

The weekend will kick off with First Fridays in Eagle Ranch, an event that happens from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. Look for fun activities, food and drink specials, live music, unique vendors, yoga and more. Check out some of the fun themes First Friday is hosting like “Magnum P.I. Night” at new restaurant The Assembly: magnums of wine, island cocktails, Hawaiian shirts and maybe a Tom Selleck mustache. Or try your hand at ax throwing at Boneyard and yoga in the park at Brush Creek Park.

Virtually Vail Jazz

For 26 years, the annual Vail Jazz Party has been swinging all weekend long with performances at the Vail Marriott, the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Lionshead and beyond. Since they aren’t able to host large crowds this year, the Vail Jazz Foundation decided to present Virtually Vail Jazz: A Labor Day Weekend Celebration. The Foundation will be sharing jazz virtually, via its Facebook page, all weekend long.

“We have been so fortunate to present Jazz in the Park. But it doesn’t seem like the end of summer without the Vail Jazz Party. Virtually Vail Jazz is our way of bringing music to the people. We all need it right now,” Said Meghan Scallen, marketing manager for Vail Jazz Foundation.

The virtual celebration on Friday will bring a live stream of the final Jazz in the Park show (which is already sold out for in-person seating), a screening of the Foundation’s new documentary film and the finale of the 25th anniversary of the Vail Jazz Workshop. Saturday and Sunday will have Jazz Interludes plus additional surprise performances from some of the Vail Jazz artists. On Labor Day, the party doesn’t stop. Crank up the volume as the organization celebrates its 2020 Vail Jazz Party line-up with videos of some past performances. 

Schedule (Schedule subject to change) Check vailjazz.org for full schedule and updates.

Friday
5 p.m. –  Livestream of Jazz in the Park with Media Noche Hornado
7 p.m. – Documentary
7:30 p.m. – Workshop Finale

Saturday
5 p.m. – Jazz Interludes – Fall Series Premiere with Diego Figueiredo
6 p.m. – Surprise Performance!
7 p.m. – Diego Figueiredo – Concert from Brazil

Sunday

10 a.m. Jazz Interludes – Fall Series Premiere Gospel with Byron Stripling and Bobby Floyd
11 a.m. – Howard University Gospel Choir – Rebroadcast from the Kennedy Center – Millennium Stage Sept. 25, 2016

Monday

9 a.m.- 5 p.m. – Rebroadcast of performances from the 2020 Vail Jazz Party Line-up

Avon Art Festival

The Harry A. Nottingham Park in Avon will be bustling with activity this weekend, but in addition to the paddleboats, sand volleyball and picnicking, the visual arts with be showcased during the Avon Art Festival.

Join other art lovers in this Labor Day Weekend celebration of fine visual arts and handcrafted goods in a beautiful setting. This show is a juried show, so you are seeing some of the finest art from more than 80 artists around the nation. These artists represent a wide variety of mediums from oil paintings to watercolors, mixed media, jewelry, woodworking and more. 

This free art and craft festival runs through the core downtown area on the Main Street Mall in Avon from Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit avon.org/events.

Speaking of art, the Vail Valley Art Guild is hosting a First Friday event at its gallery in Minturn on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Soodi Kick, a fine art painter and Scott Pope, a photographer, will have works on display. Kick’s images are very dream-like in appearance with magical animals and human figures floating through the landscape.  Soodi employs bright colors and textures to give an ethereal effect. Pope starting getting hooked on photography in college at the University of Oklahoma and he stretches his creativity beyond film and creates works that have more of a “painterly” look to them.

Stop by the galley space, which was generously donated to the Vail Valley Art Guild by The Minturn Community Fund. It is located at 291 Main Street next to Rocky Mountain Taco. For more information, visit vailvalleyartguild.org.

Beaver Creek Happenings

While we won’t have the omp-ah music this weekend during the annual Oktoberfest celebration, we will still have a festive vibe up at Beaver Creek with live music and restaurant deals, kid’s activities and more. And if you are craving omp-ah music, Helmut Fricker will be bringing out his accordion, alpenhorn and lederhosen for his regular time slot on Sunday. Here’s how the weekend will be shaping up:

Friday

3 to 5 p.m. – FAC Live music from with Twang Box

5 to 8 p.m. – Silent Disco Dancing

Saturday

5 to 8 p.m. – Silent Disco Dancing

Sunday

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Fossil Posse Dinosaur Adventures

1 to 3 p.m. – Helmut Fricker

The Centennial lift is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daily operations through Labor Day. Then it goes to a Saturday and Sunday schedule through Sept. 27. For more information, go to beavercreek.com.

SunsetLIVE! in Avon

Keep the holiday weekend going with a little live music on Nottingham Lake in Avon. SunsetLIVE! has been a fun, weekly showcase of local musical acts on Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m. The free concerts take place on the back of the Avon Performance Pavilion. The Saucy Bees will be playing the tunes on the lake.

Listen to live music from the lake or from the shore, or from a paddleboard. Grab a fishing pole, have a picnic or just enjoy the sunset. Bring your own lawn chairs as seating is limited. For more information, go to avon.org.

Open for Business: Home Outfitters

Name of business: Home Outfitters

Physical address: 240 Chapel Place #127 Avon, CO 81620

Phone number: 970-476-1320

Email: info@homeoutfittersvail.com

Website: www.homeoutfittersvail.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

We are so excited to be open again and are back doing what we love! For now, we ask that our customers wear a mask (we have some great looking ones if they don’t have their own).

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

We are keeping the number of customers in the store to a minimum, offering hand sanitizer when they walk in and we clean all surfaces several times a day.

How can the community support you?

By continuing to be patient with these new rules. It’s all new to us as well!

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

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram or call the store. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

What’s the response been?

We work with designers as well as our retail customers and they understand that our manufacturers have all been closed for weeks and are just reopening. Their staffing is minimal but they want to get back to doing what they do well, too. Everyone has been very understanding.  

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

We will continue to monitor what Eagle County is advising. It seems the rules change every other day but with us all wearing masks, washing our hands and sanitizing the store, all we can do is keep a great attitude and know that we will go back to enjoying every wonderful aspect of this valley.

Open for Business: Bubbles Day Spa

Name of business: ​Bubbles Day Spa

Physical address: ​150 E. Beaver Creek Blvd 102-B Avon, Colorado 81620

Phone number: ​970-445-2626

Email: bubblesdayspaavon@gmail.com

Website: bubblesdayspa.com

 What goods or services are you offering at this time?

We are offering massage, waxing, lash lift, brow and lash tint, spray tanning, body treatments as well as free skincare consultation. We are open Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

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

Bubbles Day Spa is following all protocols and guidelines for cleaning and sanitation procedures from the town of Avon and DORA. We are making sure everyone that enters our doors wears a mask at all times including when we are providing our services. Hand sanitizer is provided. We are using disposable items for each client.

How can the community support you?

We are offering our Bubbletastic Membership for only $67 per month. People can also support us by purchasing gift certificates, buying our skincare retail line and the most important way to support us is to schedule an appointment and get to know our little family.

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

People can find us our Facebook page: @bubblesdayspa, Instagram: bubblesdayspa and website bubblesdayspa.com.

What’s the response been? What comments have you heard from the public or from your employees? 

Our community is ready to get out, they need massages and they understand we have had to make a lot of changes to perform them. Currently, we are not able to offer facials at this time, we are hoping to do so in July. Our employees are ready they want to work and we are healthy.

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

We are here to provide the best service in the Vail Valley no matter what happens in the future. We will be working hard to adapt and support our community in any way we can. We have always had great protocols in cleaning and sanitation and will continue these practices. We are hoping to provide our full menu soon. No matter what happens, we will always work really hard to keep growing.

Open for Business: Avon Frame Shoppe

Name of business: Avon Frame Shoppe

Physical address: 281 Metcalf Road, Unit 205 Avon, CO 81620

Phone number: 970-845-9556

Email: wpt@avonframeshoppe.com

Website: avonframeshoppe.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

The Avon Frame Shoppe offers custom fine art and poster framing as well as mirrors.

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

To ensure everyone’s safety, we will be allowing one customer in the shop at a time. Asking our customers to wear masks, bring your own or one can be provided. We will also, of course, be wearing masks and doing our best to keep an appropriate distance. Business hours may vary, so we recommend calling ahead.

How can the community support you?

Schedule an appointment. After months of staring at the same old walls, let us help you shake things up and get a fresh take on old favorites or new art! 

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

Every piece of art combined with each client makes for very personalized offerings. Follow us on our Instagram page: avonframe

What’s the response been?

We’ve been very lucky to have so many supportive clients.

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

We will be following all state and local guidelines for everyone’s health and safety.

Open for Business: Sun & Ski Sports

Name of business: Sun & Ski Sports 

Physical address: 220 Beaver Creek Place, Avon

Phone number: 970-445-3105

Website: sunandski.com/avon-co

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

Sun & Ski Sports in Avon is currently offering the following: ski shop and service, snowboard shop and service, bike shop and service, watersports, shoes, boots, sandals, casual clothing, winter clothing, swimwear, ski and snowboard rentals, and bike rentals. With the return of our bike rental program Sun & Ski has the whole family covered with their selection of bike rentals, including 19-inch and 20-inch bikes from Cannondale, Habit, Trail, Topstone, and even Quik models available for rent. When you rent from Sun & Ski, your money is well spent. Up to two days of rental fees may be applied toward the purchase of new equipment within ten days of rental. 

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

We are now offering curbside pickup on all online orders, as well as home delivery for those who wish to continue social distancing. 

How can the community support you?

The best way to support the Avon location of Sun & Ski Sports is to shop with us in the store or online. We also ask that anyone with extra ski, bike, or swim goggles donate them to the store as part of our Goggles for Docs partnership, which helps provide healthcare workers in local clinics and hospitals with eye protection as official PPE is scarce.  

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

Avon’s up-to-date offerings are available at sunandski.com/avon-co#rentals.

What’s the response been?

Overall, the sentiment has been positive! People are looking for ways to social distance in wide-open spaces, and many of them are turning to us for new gear to take on their next adventure. Our customers are excited to continue to shop with us, and we are so grateful to have their support during this time.

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

Our new normal consists of extensively cleaning rentals before they go to the customer and upon return. We will continue to deep clean and disinfect our store, as well as require our employees to wear masks so that we can assure our customers of a safe experience. Our three different shopping options (curbside pickup, in-store shopping and direct shipping) will continue indefinitely as we navigate this new normal. For those who wish to visit our store, we will continue to recommend that you wear masks.