Can art make you happy? That’s the thought behind Curate, a new art gallery in the Edwards Village Center.
“That’s our whole intention, for people to fall in love with art because truly art adds the finishing touches to a home,” said Cynthia Pillsbury, co-founder of Curate Art & Curiosities. “When art speaks to you, whether it’s the colors used in the painting or subject matter in the photograph, it can spark joy and make you content, put you in a better mood and create more happiness in you and your family’s life.”
Pillsbury and friend McKinley Lee created the idea for Curate to help fill a void they felt was needed in the Vail Valley art scene. Pillsbury came from San Francisco and Lee came from Virginia where there were more styles of art to choose from and a wider range of price points. To test the market, they did a pop-up gallery in Edwards last spring featuring 11 artists. The concept took off and once the space across the street from the Edwards Post Office and next door to the relatively new Yeti’s Grind coffee shop became available, they took the opportunity to set up shop.
“We want to be a place where people can stop by and say hi and we want to be a part of the community,” Pillsbury said. “We want art to be accessible and want people to not feel intimidated to walk into an art gallery. Buying art should be a fun process,” Pillsbury said.
Curate is showcasing 17 artists from across the nation and one artist from Spain.
“McKinley and I both love color, we are drawn towards that and abstract art, so that influence definitely plays a part in the way the gallery has been shaped,” Pillsbury said.
Artists from New York, Virginia, California, South Carolina, Kansas, Wisconsin and more are being featured. There’s an artists who used to live in Vail, Starr Marchand, who has art that gives a nod to the skiing lifestyle and there is also artwork that showcases your favorite bars in Vail as seen through the eyes of Tricia Donovan. Stop in to see which local places are brought to life on canvas.
In addition to art, there will be pottery and rugs for sale.
“We work with a woman who is from Turkey and she is a single mom of three girls and is supporting them with her rug business. We will have these unique rugs, but they aren’t $10,000, these are under $1,000 and they are really cool, one-of-a-kind and very special,” Pillsbury said.
“We are doing a lot of interior designer outreach because we want to be a resource for designers in case their clients have hired them to do everything, including buying art for the home, so we want to be a local resource for them,” Pillsbury said.
Curate is also showcasing the artists at The Hythe, the recently remodeled Marriott in Lionshead. Local designers Highline Wood Art will have their modern three-dimensional works on display just off of the main lobby.
In addition to offering art that is more accessible, Pillsbury and Lee also feel the need to support individual artists.
“That’s what’s so great about this community, everyone likes to support each other and artists and their craft. I have a lot of good friends who own businesses here and everyone is just very supportive because they know you are putting yourself out there. That is something about a small community that I love most,” Pillsbury said.
Curate Art & Curiosities will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays and by appointment Sundays through Tuesdays. Follow them on Instagram using the handle Curate Vail Valley.
‘The Par D Roundup’ showcases new works by Carrie Fell
Even though we haven’t seen her in a while in person, Carrie Fell’s work can be seen all over the Vail Valley. Denver-based Fell will be back this weekend revealing a new book and new art.
The pandemic allowed Fell to look back on her long career, much of which has been spent in Vail Valley galleries, and put together a book that showcased some of her works and writings. The result was a 560-page book that weighs 10 pounds and is two inches thick and costs $350. It’s titled “The Art of Carrie Fell — A Retrospective Review: 1994-2020.”
“Without that pause during COVID, I would have never had found the time to do this, and it was such a daunting task,” Fell said.
To tackle the project, she enlisted the help of Heather Clancy, who has known Fell since 2005, and another friend, Dana Giddens, who helped Fell organize the book. Fell’s niece, Caylynn Abbott, helped her pour over 4,000 images of works Fell had done from the mid-’90s until present day.
“It’s a piece of art for your table, but I don’t want it to collect dust, this is something you should open often and read with a glass of wine or cup of coffee,” Fell said.
Fell will be doing a reading and book signing at the Bookworm of Edwards on Saturday at noon.
In addition to the author event, Fell will be featured at Galerie Züger in Solaris in Vail Village on Friday and Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m.
“What I’m bringing to the art show is a true quintessential Carrie Fell show full of the favorites with lots of color and lots of fun,” Fell said.
The art show is called “The Par D Roundup,” a play on the word “party” and coming back together again.
“The galleries in Vail have supported me throughout my whole career and I’m proud to be one of their sought after artists and I’m bringing a show that puts my stamp on that,” Fell said.
Fell will also have her new book for sale at Galerie Züger.
“Even though the book came out in the winter of 2020, it feels like it is still so new because it hasn’t had much play due to us not being able to have many gatherings or shows,” Fell said. “But coming in person is great, I get to see people’s reactions and this allows people to come see how beautiful it is. It is a substantial collection of art and something you can commit to as a collector, the book is a piece of art in itself.”
Creekside dinners, art shows, free jazz concerts and Bugs Bunny at the Symphony: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 7/8/22
Bravo! Vail Music Festival
The Philadelphia Orchestra returns July 8-16 for its 15th season at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival. This weekend you have an opportunity to see performances all three nights and no evening will be the same.
Come early on Friday to learn about the performance at the Pre-concert Talk at 5 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. This talk will walk you through the selections for the evening:
Carlos Simon – Fate Now Conquers
Sibelius – Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
Strauss – Ein Heldenleben (“A Hero’s Life”), Op. 40
Leading the Philadelphia Orchestra is conductor Stéphane Denève and Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider will be featured on violin. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the performance begins at 6 p.m.
On Saturday, the Philadelphia Orchestra, fondly referred to as the Fabulous Philadelphians, will be showcasing its signature sound with the following works:
Stacy Garrop – Penelope Waits
Liszt – Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S. 125
Rachmaninoff – Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44
Denève will once again lead The Philadelphia Orchestra and they will be joined by Kirill Gerstein on piano. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the performance starts at 6 p.m.
On Sunday you are in for a special treat as the Philadelphia Orchestra brings to life “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony.” This Warner Bros. classic has dazzled many generations so bring out the kids for this Bravo! Vail show. The movie will be projected on a big screen while the Philadelphia Orchestra, led by conductor Gregory Daugherty, creates the sounds and emotions of Bugs himself. Please note that this performance starts at 7:30 p.m.
Vail Jazz kicked off its 28th season last week and in addition to its ticketed events under the Jazz Tent in Lionshead on Thursdays and the free Vail Jazz Club Series at The Remedy at Four Seasons Resort Vail on Wednesdays, Vail Jazz at Solaris returns every Sunday for a free evening of jazz through Aug. 21.
Last week, the United States Air Force Academy Band Falconaires took the stage to get everyone in a patriotic mood starting off with the “Star Spangled Banner” and then played all sorts of songs from the Swing Era.
This week Quemando takes the stage with some upbeat Latin jazz. Quemando means “burning” in Spanish and this band is hot, hot, hot. Named one of Colorado’s best Latin bands, this quintet, which hails from Boulder, has no problem getting people up to move and groove – maybe don’t bring the lawn chair for this show, you may never sit down.
The opening act for Quemando is the Kent School Denver Band, which is led by Quemando’s keyboardist, Justin Adams.
Plan your Sunday nights around the free Vail Jazz shows at Solaris. Here’s the rest of the lineup:
Headliner: Lao Tizer Quartet
Student Band: Denver School of the Arts Jazz Workshop
Headliner: The Burroughs
Student Band: East High Jazz Combo
Headliner: Lionel Young Quintet
Student Band: Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars
Headliner: The Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra Sextet Presents Sass, Swingin’ and Standards
Student Band: CCJA Bebop Police from the CO Conservatory for the Jazz Arts
Headliner: Tony Monaco’s Tribute to Dr. Lonnie Smith & the Giants of the B-3
Student Band: UNC Jazz Quintet
Headliner: Peter Olstad’s Rocky Mountain All-Stars
This free event takes place on the plaza at Solaris. An ice rink in the winter, this large space turns into a town square if you will, with plenty of room for lawn chairs and blankets so you can enjoy the show that is set up on the big stage on the west end of the plaza.
Deca + Bol, the restaurant in the lower level of Solaris, is serving at the many patio tables along the perimeter of the rink and you can order off of the menu and sit back and relax or you can grab a drink at their beverage booth and walk around while listening to the music. Or get a reservation at Matsuhisa for deck seating and you’ll have a great balcony view of the band. Vail Brewing Company is on the second level, too, and provides a great vantage point for the concert and the sunset.
The weekly concerts start at 5:30 p.m., rain or shine. For more information, go to VailJazz.org.
Creekside Dinner Series
Take dinner to a whole new level by participating in the Creekside Dinner Series at Grand Hyatt Vail. After last year’s successful launch and rave reviews, the celebrity chef dinner series is back with guest chefs from around the country joining Grand Hyatt Vail’s executive chef Pierson Shields. This event happens outdoors on the Grand Hyatt Vail’s Creekside Terrace. A limited number of tickets are sold at each dinner, so expect an intimate and unforgettable al fresco experience.
This week’s guest chef is Chef James “Jaycee” Couch of Jaycee LLC in Washington, D.C. Chef Jaycee is making his first trip out to Vail and is lucky enough to be able to break away from work back east since he is busy providing personalized culinary services to clients. Past clients include the admiral of the Navy Seals, ambassadors to the United States, NFL players, high-profile CEOs and even country music star Luke Bryan has tasted Chef Jaycee’s delicious dishes.
A bit about host chef Pierson Shields: he’s been with several Hyatt locations including being the executive sous chef at Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe and Hyatt Regency Phoenix. Shields draws on his vast relationships with renowned chefs across the country and invites them to Vail, which isn’t a hard sell. After a few days of work, he usually takes the visiting chef fishing.
Menu highlights for Friday’s dinner include an amuse bouche of sesame-crusted yellowfin tuna and a refreshing half moon summer arugula salad. You’ll also experience a creative twist on a surf and turf entrée with crispy soft-shell crab and wagyu steak. Save room for dessert, which will be a puff pastry filled with mango no-churn ice cream, Hennessy mango and coulis micro mint leaves. Each course will be paired with fantastic wines as well.
Is your mouth watering yet? Get your tickets to this dinner by going to EventBrite.com or calling the resort directly at 970.476.1234.
There are two more Creekside Dinners but the next one is already sold out. James London, Executive Chef and Owner of Chubby Fish, will be visiting from South Carolina on July 15. On Aug. 5 Chef Orlando Benavidez of Bits & Pieces Con Cerveza of Denver will john Chef Pierson in Vail. A sneak peek at that menu includes highlights like the pork cheek carne adobada, seared halibut with mole verde for entrees and a churro donut with burnt salted caramel and red chili citrus chocolate for dessert.
Art on the Rockies
Art on the Rockies returns this weekend with over 110 fine artists and craftspeople. Colorado Mountain College will host the event with plenty of parking, food and drink vendors and high-country hospitality.
Since 2011, Art on the Rockies has been a staple on the Vail Valley art scene. The show draws in artists from all over the country featuring mediums like painting and drawing, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics and glass, fiber, metal, wood and more. This is a juried show, meaning these artists have been selected to be a part of the event.
This year’s featured artist is Douglas Wodark of Castle Rock, CO. Wodark’s subject matter includes creative works of iconic images of cowboys and Native Americans and wildlife.
Art on the Rockies prides itself in having “active artists” and this venue allows festival-goers a chance to meet the artists and not only speak to them about their craft, but also see them in action.
Art on the Rockies will host artists from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. If you want to learn more about the artists, go to ArtOnTheRockies.org.
2nd Friday ARTwalk
Speaking of art, this Friday not only marks the monthly art walk in the Town of Eagle, it also marks the 4th anniversary of the popular 2nd Friday ARTwalk Street Festival, put on by EagleARTS held on Broadway in downtown Eagle from 5 to 8 p.m.
The town closes down Broadway between Grand Avenue and 4th Street, allowing all that extra street space to be used for artist booths, vendors, food trucks and live entertainment. Musical acts include Valle Musico, Tea & Tequila and Joe Hanley.
Make this your Friday night date night or bring the kids and they can participate in children’s activities by Bravo! Vail, Dewey Dabbles Art, Eagle Vineyard Church, Patterns of Joy Sewing and Eagle Climbing & Fitness.
Eagle Flight Days, a new dinosaur museum, FAC, gravel bike mania and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 6/24/22
Eagle Flight Days
Eagle will be celebrating an event that has been going on for over 100 years. This Friday and Saturday, Eagle Flight Days returns and it’s not an air show and it has nothing to do with flights. In 1921, the County Seat was “stolen” from Red Cliff and moved to Eagle. The town has been celebrating the history and relocation ever since.
The small-town fun kicks off on Friday with Family Fun Night from 4 to 9 p.m. Eagle Town Park will be filled with giant yard games, inflatables and glow-in-the-dark kids crafts. The annual Castle Peak Pet Show will be from 5 to 6 p.m. and silent disco headphones will be available from 5 until 9 p.m. Food trucks will be on site as well.
New this year, instead of showing a family friendly movie with popcorn from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday night, the Eagle Flight Days committee decided to show Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals between the Colorado Avalanche and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Popcorn will still be available and the whole town and Avs fans from all over are invited to watch the excitement on the big screen together while they cheer on the Avs in Eagle Town Park.
After the game, enjoy a free live concert with local band, Trees Don’t Move and kids can play with glow-in-the-dark lawn games from 8:30 to 10 p.m.
On Saturday, wake up to the smell of fresh pancakes at the annual Lions Club Pancake Breakfast at 8 a.m. or get ready to do the Splash of Color Fun Run. Registration and t-shirt pick up starts at 8 a.m. with the race going off at 8:30 a.m. The course is 1.2 miles long and takes runners through the Bull Pasture and down Wall Street and to Eagle Town Park. Get ready to be blasted by colorful chalk along the way and one more celebratory splash of color at the end, at 9:30 a.m.
The big event happens at 10 a.m. as the parade goes down Broadway with tons of floats and groups dressed up and all decorated. The parade concludes with the big spray down of the crowd by the fire department. The fun continues with a whole afternoon and evening of contests, fun and live music in Eagle Town Park:
FAC is back at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa in Avon. FAC is short for Friday Afternoon Club, a time to relax, hang out with friends and have a few drinks and eats and the Westin Riverfront’s patio offers the perfect venue to kick back after a long week.
FAC will be hosted at the new Stoke & Rye restaurant in the Westin Riverfront, an American Modern Grill concept by internationally acclaimed chef Richard Sandoval. Come early for the music and stay for dinner. The patio has a full bar set up outside, fire pits and patio seating. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the music will start at 6 p.m. This week’s band is The Laughing Bones. Other bands on the schedule include:
July 1: The Margarita Brothers – Tropical themed cover band
July 8: The So What Brothers – Eclectic, fun cover band
July 15: Turntable Revue – Brother and sister act playing folk style covers
July 22: JV3 – Denver’s premiere 90s pop-rock tribute trio
July 29: Deja Blu – Widely varied covers from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today’s top 40
Aug. 5: The Radio Band – Local cover band playing classic and alt rock from the 1970s – 2000s
Aug. 12: DJ Jason Harris – Solo DJ playing up and downtempo
August 19: Nearly Now – A mix of blues, funk, jam and original music
Aug. 26: Rewind – Local cover band, classic and alt rock from the 1970s – 2000s
Sept. 2: Finaleyes – High energy covers of dance party hits, 80s rock, today’s hits and timeless classics
FAC at the Westin Riverfront gives back to the community. A portion of proceeds from drink sales will be donated to a different local Vail Valley nonprofit partner including Small Champions, the Eagle Valley Humane Society, SpeakUp ReachOut, Education Foundation of Eagle County (EFEC) and Walking Mountains Science Center. The nonprofit partner for this Friday is the Vail Valley Charitable Fund.
FAC at Stoke & Rye is free and open to all, but advanced registration is requested on EventBrite. The Westin Riverfront’s valet parking is for guests of the hotel and for those with dinner reservations only. It is recommended that FAC guests walk, bike, take a ride share or park on Lake Street near the hotel. For more information about what’s happening at restaurants at the Westin Riverfront, go to RiverfrontDining.com.
The Museum at Dinosaur Junction
Bring the kids and the kids at heart to the grand opening of The Museum at Dinosaur Junction, which houses artifacts, replicas and real pieces of pre-historic Colorado found right in Eagle County.
Billy Doran, the executive director of The Museum at Dinosaur Junction and founder of Fossil Posse Adventures dinosaur camp for kids, has hiked all around the hillsides and valleys looking for pieces of the past and is excited to share his findings in a new, permanent location.
The space is in the former June Creek Elementary School, which is now the Early Family Learning Center and Eagle County School District offices in Edwards. Doran found out that the space was available three years ago and immediately went to work on securing it.
“I think it was meant to be. I had no idea this was sitting here a few years ago. The day after I found out, I had a meeting with Philip Qualman, the superintendent at Eagle County School District and he walked me in here and said,‘what do you think?” and I was blown away. I couldn’t have possibly asked for a better location and space where I can display these huge dinosaur replicas.
The exhibits represent a 200-million-year history of the region throughout the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous time periods.
There will be a private reception this Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. for donors and then the public is welcome to attend from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We’ll have balloons and some giveaway toys for children while they last. We look forward to blowing the socks off our local community now that they can see what I’ve been working on We’re so excited to share it with others. You become a kid again when you are standing beneath a 15-foot-tall skeleton that weighs 90,000 pounds,” Doran said.
The Museum at Dinosaur Junction is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and ticket prices vary. For more information, visit DinosaurJunction.org.
The Edwards Corner Market is back and provides locals and visitors alike a farmers market experience on a smaller scale every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Edwards Corner Market started in 2005 and has become a weekly spot for people to gather and grab groceries for the week, create their own farm-to-table meal or pick up unique hand-crafted gifts, housewares or flowers. For more information, go to EdwardsCornerFarmersMarket.com.
Before or after the Edwards Corner Market, hop across the street and go to the Edwards Summer Marketplace at Edwards Village Center (between the Edwards Post Office and Vail Valley Pharmacy).
Debuting this weekend, the Edwards Summer Market showcases the goods and services in that area and fosters community with activities like yoga on the lawn at 10:30 a.m. with Mountain Soul Yoga, live music from 12 to 3 p.m. with Dave Perron and you can grab breakfast or lunch while there. Café 163 will have an outside bar. Have you been to the “new-ish” Yeti’s Grind? Head there for coffee or a snack. Food trucks and pop-up shops will also be there. Feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair and relax on the lawn. The event will go until 5 p.m.
To get you ready for the July Fourth holiday, there will be a special booth set up with all things red, white and blue to dress up you, your family and even your pets. As of press time, here’s who is participating:
Bottle & Cork
Shine Intuitive Skincare
Vail Valley Pharmacy
Mountain Soul Yoga
Jenny Thomson of Crystal Top Jewelry
Talfourd Jones handcrafted handbags
Paintings by Sophia Fernandez
Big Horn Gravel
The latest craze in biking is gravel riding and to capitalize on the amazing terrain in the area, the Bighorn Gravel race is set to take place this weekend. A two-day event, Bighorn Gravel will feature an Expo on Saturday and races on Sunday. Sprinkled in between the riding will be clinics and guided rides, live music, raffles, food trucks, free camping and more.
Gravel biking is becoming so popular that the event sold out by the end of the day on Wednesday, but the Bighorn Gravel Expo, live music, food and fun will be available to the public.
Bighorn Gravel was the brainchild of Jake Wells and Mike Brumbaugh. Wells is a multi-time U.S. cyclocross national champion who is concentrating more on gravel and endurance events. Brumbaugh is the owner of Venture Sports and is an avid cyclist, climber, skier and entrepreneur.
“After riding on bikes and in cars for many, many hours together, Mike and I wanted to host an event that inspires people to get out of their comfort zone and push beyond what they are willing to say ‘yes’ to on a normal given weekend,” Wells. “What better place to do that than by showcasing our own amazing back yard here in Eagle County, Colorado.”
There are three distances for this inaugural event:
Ram’s Horn Escape: 85 miles, 11,000 vertical feet of climbing
Little Bighorn: 50 miles, 6,000 vertical feet of climbing
Gravel-Curious: 20 miles and 2,000 vertical feet of climbing, non-competitive
The home base for this event will be the Gypsum Sports Complex and Gypsum Mountain Rec Center. On Saturday the public is invited to attend the Bighorn Gravel Expo. Here you can learn from the experts and go for a ride with TheFeed’s High Performance Team athlete Eli Kranefuss and Pinarello Scuderia athlete and Olympic silver medalist Mari Holden at 10 a.m. She will lead a women’s ride after the clinic. The Craftsman Beer Garden opens at noon, there is a kids race at 3 p.m. and Primal J and the Neanderthals play from 2 until 5 p.m.
The races happen on Sunday, but once again, the races are sold out. Rain or shine, a police escort will lead riders from downtown Gypsum to the course. The Ram’s Horn Escape starts at 7:30 a.m. followed by the Little Bighorn race at 8:30 a.m. and the Gravel Curious ride at 9 a.m. For those staying back in Gypsum, the Bighorn Gravel Expo area will still be open with the Craftsman Beer Garden opening at noon, live music with Custom 20 from 1 to 3 p.m., awards at 3 p.m. and Coldsmoke taking the stage from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, go to BighornGravel.com.
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
Filet mignon, rib eye or prime rib $24
Lobster shrimp risotto $27
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fill and Refill moves into bigger space, adds pop-up Sprinter van to help the Vail Valley live greener
Deciding to expand your business is always nerve-wracking, but deciding to expand during a pandemic can be even more so. Allison Burgund decided to grow her relatively new business, Fill & Refill, this summer and isn’t looking back.
“I was very scared to make the move and wanted to grow gradually because I didn’t know how this year was going to go,” Burgund said. “But, I also knew that there was a need for this in our valley and I’ve had a great response from customers.”
The need Burgund is talking about is for a refill store, which allows you to bring in your own containers and refill them with household items like soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, lotion and more.
Fill & Refill is dedicated to reducing single-use plastic by selling lots of items that are unpackaged. Allison vets products for bath, body and home that can be sold in bulk, are eco-conscious and sustainable. “I’ve spent a lot of time testing these products out on my family,” Burgund said.
Burgund was a graphic designer in her previous career, but a trip to the recycling center with her daughter’s class prompted her to start her own business. “I saw all the recycling and it was just sad. I thought to myself that there’s got to be a better way,” Burgund said. Directly after that, she collected all of her household’s plastic trash for a month. “I wanted to see how my family was contributing to this and it turns out we were a pretty big contributor,” Burgund said. “You don’t know what you don’t know.”
Burgund has been educating the public since she started setting up a booth at last summer’s Vail Market and Art Show and opened up shop a few doors down from the current location in the Edwards Commercial Park last fall. Burgund soon found that others wanted to ditch the disposables and the business grew. Fill & Refill just moved into bigger digs on August 17.
In addition to the new location in Edwards, Fill & Refill has a satellite location inside the new Knapp Harvest store in Eagle Ranch. Outside the shop, there is a new Sprinter van that will be used for deliveries up and down the valley.
Businesses have also sought out this sustainable concept. Goat Training, Alpine Arts Center, The Slifer House and Drunken Goat restaurant sport Fill & Refill-logoed bottles filled with soap, lotion and hand sanitizer.
“I think I have the happiest customers of any store and people come in and say thanks for what we are doing here, it’s the best!” Burgund said.
Although Burgund loved her job as a graphic designer, she was led to do something else. “It just came time for me to take that leap and connect more with the community,” Burgund said. “I’ve made a couple of leaps in my lifetime and they are terrifying every time, but they are also greatly fulfilling.”
To learn more, visit fillandrefill.com or follow along on social media at @fillandrefillvail.
Live music, farmers markets, virtual biking events and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 7/24/20
Vail Jazz in the Park
COVID-19 times are bringing some creative ideas to the musical landscape. This summer, Vail Jazz’s schedule has been reduced quite a bit but they are still keeping people moving to the smooth jazz sounds at the “lower bench” at Ford Park. This large, flat, grassy area between Gore Creek and the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and just west of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater provides a great backdrop and allows for social distancing while enjoying the Vail Jazz line up.
The lawn is sectioned off into pods where you and your group can sit and enjoy a performance on Friday nights through Sept. 4. Guests are encouraged to bring picnic items – chairs (legs must be no more than four inches), blankets, snacks, beverages, and alcohol is allowed. There will be no food or beverage vendors on-site, so let’s see how creative those picnic spreads can be!
For all July performances, the venue will open at 5 p.m. and music is from 6-7:30 p.m. For August and September performances, the venue opens at 4 p.m., music is from 5-6:30 p.m.
Vail Jazz is bringing in a variety of artists for these free shows, but you do need advanced reservations. Vail Jazz will also stream the shows live from their Facebook page. For more information and the line up of musicians, visit vailjazz.org.
Edwards Corner Farmers Market
We are pleased to have a few farmers markets this year, one being held on Saturday mornings is the Edwards Corner Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Sept. 19. Each week, the Edwards Corner Farmers Market features locally grown fresh produce, meats and eggs along with a local massage therapist, stylish offerings from Wild Heart Clothing, Eye Pieces of Vail and more.
Grab breakfast and a coffee or a golden root ginger turmeric latte from Hovey & Harrison, which is located in the middle of the venue and become inspired by the goods being sold to make a delicious meal over the weekend.
The Edwards Corner Farmers Market does require market-goers to comply with COVID-19 restrictions and wear a mask, stay six-feet apart, shop in as small of groups as possible and follow the one-way traffic through the market.
Support local and regional farmers and businesses and get your shopping done for the week in the open-air setting of the Edwards Corner parking lot, at the corner of Highway 6 and Edwards Village Blvd. For more information, go to edwardscornerfarmersmarket.com.
GoPro Mountain Games Elements
The GoPro Mountain Games did not go on as planned this summer due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the Vail Valley Foundation, the nonprofit organization that puts this event on each summer, has set up some cool and socially-distant ways for you to still stay active and feel like you are a part of something bigger. The GoPro Mountain Games Elements is a series of events that showcase some of the sports the GoPro Games embraces. On Saturday, mountain bike enthusiasts can take part in the first virtual ride.
All levels of bikers are able to participate in this virtual ride on your favorite trail with family and friends. Do the classic XC Mountain Bike route or keep it casual with a fun ride around your neighborhood trails.
Free event registration (with a suggested donation). Riders will have until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, July 25 to complete their ride and upload their activity tracker (Strava, Garmin, FitBit, etc.) link to the Mountain Games Registration system and/or share their ride on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #MTNGamesElements, if they would like to receive $5 off their 2021 event registration.
You can also participate in the Bike Ride and a Movie portion of this, which is a $10 event registration fee that includes one ticket to “Teton Gravity Research: Accomplice,” showing at The Amp in Vail on Saturday evening and a pair of Smartwool socks. Socks are only redeemable in-person at The Amp the night of the movie. Please note, registration for the bike and movie category closes Friday, July 24 at 6 p.m. For more information, check out mountaingames.com.
SunsetLIVE! In Avon
Close down the weekend with a little live music on Nottingham Lake in Avon. SunsetLIVE! Is a weekly offering that showcases local musical acts every Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. until Sept. 6 on the back of the Avon Performance Pavilion, barring any new public health orders that may place new restrictions on holding events.
“SunsetLIVE! was designed to provide ambient entertainment to those enjoying Nottingham Lake this summer,” said Danita Dempsey, Culture, Arts & Special Events Manager for the town of Avon. “Who and a doesn’t want to enjoy music and a sunset from a paddleboard?”
Listen to the live music from the lake or from the shore, grab a fishing pole, have a picnic or just enjoy the sunset. Bring your own chairs are seating is limited.
The town of Avon did have to cancel the AvonLIVE! and Special Edition AvonLIVE! concerts due in part to multiple groups of 175 people no longer being allowed per the public health orders. Visit avon.org to see the musical line up for the next several Sundays.