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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.

Open for Business: Eye Pieces of Vail

Name of Business: Eye Pieces of Vail

Locations: Stores in Vail, Lionshead, Beaver Creek, Edwards and Snowmass

Email: CustomerService@EyePiecesofVail.com

Website: eyepiecesofvail.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

At Eye Pieces, we provide a world-class selection of sunglasses, glasses, and goggles all available in prescription. We also provide eye exams, telehealth eye exams, contact lenses, cleanings and repairs for eyewear.

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

The team at Eye Pieces can now bring the shopping experience to you! From the comfort of your home, our opticians can come to you with the latest styles in eyewear for the ultimate private shopping experience. In our stores, our staff is working diligently to sanitize our showrooms, medical equipment and all product. We are asking customers to also wear facemasks while in the store and practice social distancing.

How can the community support you?

Gift cards are a great option for customers that can’t visit us right now. We also love Google reviews.

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

Customers and the community can keep up to date with our offerings through Instagram (@eyepieces1984), Facebook (Eye Pieces of Vail and Snowmass) and our Website (EyePiecesofVail.com)

What’s the response been?

We have gotten a great response from the public and customers who are eager to get essential services and products for all their vision needs. We are so grateful for the support from all of our amazing customers, neighbors and community during this time.

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

We are so excited to have all six of our stores back open and to have our wonderful team of opticians back. Moving forward, we want our customers to know that we are here for them in-store seven days a week and able to accommodate them through private appointments if needed.

Open for Business: Edwards Corner Farmers Market

Name of business: Edwards Corner Farmers Market

Physical address: 56 Edwards Village Blvd. Edwards, CO 81632

Phone number: 970-926-6226

Email: office@remonov.com

Website: edwardscornerfarmersmarket.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time?

We are happy to have the Edwards Corner Farmers Market running again this summer. We’ll have 15 vendors every Saturday through Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will be featuring locally grown fresh produce, meats and eggs along with a local massage therapist, tamale vendor and more.

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

The Edwards Corner Farmers Market will be adhering to both State of Colorado and Eagle County COVID-19 regulations including mandatory face masks and one-way traffic flow.

How can the community support you?

Support our local vendors by attending this year.

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

You can keep up to date by visiting us at https://www.edwardscornerfarmersmarket.com/

What’s the response been?

Our local Eagle Valley community is excited for the Edwards Farmers Market to return this year after a long COVID-19 pause which obviously has created a new normal that we will have to live with for a while.

Open for Business: Bookworm of Edwards

Name of business: Bookworm of Edwards

Physical address: 295 Main Street C101 Edwards, CO 81632

Phone number: 970-926-7323

Email: thebookwormofedwards@gmail.com

Website: www.bookwormofedwards.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

The Bookworm is a full-service independent bookstore offering titles for adults and children, including books in Spanish. We carry a wide selection of gifts and stationery. Dine on our patio or carry out from our cafe! We have the following by either going to our website or giving us a call: virtual events and book clubs for adults, Snack Time Story Time every Wednesday at 3:30 with children’s authors and illustrators, gift cards, book subscriptions, soup meal service, curbside pick up and home delivery.   

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

We have created a gift page for our website as well as groceries and curbside pick up. We are doing virtual events and upping our soup subscription orders. We also have book recommendations on our social media accounts.

How can the community support you?

Gift cards are a great option. We also have book subscription and soup subscription services that make great gifts. Buy our gifts online. Keep buying books from indie bookstores!

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

Our website is the best way to get up to date information on what books are in stock. It is also how you should place orders, not through social media platforms. Staff picks are on our website and our social media platforms are great for keeping up with video and written book reviews and recommendations and seeing the newly added gifts that link to our website.

What’s the response been?

We have had an amazing response from our customers. Soup subscriptions are up and people are buying them to give to front line/essential workers. We also raised over $65,000 to keep the store open through our GoFundMe page. We are so grateful for all the love our customers and community have shown us. 

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

The Bookworm is still a full-service independent bookstore with a wide selection of gifts and stationery. Dine on our patio or carry out from our cafe in Riverwalk in Edwards.

Open for Business: Ptarmigan Sports

Name of business: Ptarmigan Sports

Physical address: 137 Main Street C-104 Edwards, CO 81632

Phone number: 970-926-8144

Email: info@ptarmigansports.com

Website: www.ptarmigansports.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time?

As the Vail Valley’s premier outdoor store we are offering a wide range of products from outdoor suppliers and accessories to casual clothing and activewear. We also have a great selection of casual and outdoor footwear to help with any of your hiking, walking, running or leisure needs. Come in to check out our newly remodeled store.

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

Ptarmigan Sports has adhered to the Eagle County Public Health order in opening to the public. We are opening our doors, however, we are maintaining social distancing protocol, requiring sanitation upon entry and exit, quarantining apparel and footwear that has been tried on, and requiring masks for all employees when customers are present.

All of these items are in compliance with Phase 2 of the Eagle County Public Health code guide to reopening, a guide we are happy to strictly adhere to. Should any of our customers not want to come in, we are offering curbside pick-up. All you need to do is email or call us during our regular operating hours.

How can the community support you?

Come on in and check out the newly remodeled store, think of us for any of your outdoor wants or needs, and of course, we are always open for gift cards. We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone but being outside is a great way to exercise and practice social distancing so if you need anything at all please do not hesitate to reach out. 

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

Our Facebook and Instagram accounts.

What’s the response been?

So far so good! We have had a warm welcome back into the retail world from all of the Vail Valley locals! It’s been great to see everyone who has come in and we have loved all of the support from our curbside pick-up supporters as well! 

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

As the new normal continues to evolve we will strictly adhere to the Eagle County Public Health order with regard to protocol and procedures. The Colorado Public Health Organization will also play a large role in giving local retailers direction as we move forward. As for now, the new normal means a heavy dependence on cleanliness and sanitation for us. We will focus on social distancing, wearing masks, constantly cleaning common areas, staff areas, product and our own hands.

Open for Business: Riverwalk Wine & Spirits

Name of business: Riverwalk Wine & Spirits

Physical address: Riverwalk Complex – 34295 Hwy 6 Unit C: 1-A Edwards, CO 81632

Phone number: 970-926-8111

Email: wine@vail.net

Website: riverwalkwineandspirits.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

For Father’s Day, along with all our great specials (hint, hint, come on in to save), we always think of Scotch and Bourbon for the cultured dad. If you want to treat dad, we have Macallan 12 Year Sherry Cask 750 ml on sale for $85.99. We also have Maker’s Mark Bourbon 750 ml on sale for $25.99.

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

We are open normal hours, using social distancing, employees wear masks and we offer curbside pick-up or delivery if needed. We are delivering every day between 2-4 p.m., call to set this up.

How can the community support you?

Stop on in for your favorite beverage or ask us for a suggestion if you are looking to try something new.

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

The best way to stay up to date with Riverwalk Wine & Spirits is to follow us on our Facebook page.  

What has the response been?

We’ve been open this whole time, so we’ve seen many of our regular customers and met some new ones, too.

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

We will continue to serve our customers and we really want to thank everyone for the support!

Open for Business: Moontime Cyclery

Name of business: Moontime Cyclery and Moontime Cyclery West

Physical address: 0105 Edwards Village Boulevard Unit B-105 and 700 Chambers Avenue Building 1 Unit A1 Eagle, CO 81631

Phone number: Edwards: 970-926-4516 and Eagle: 970-777-6666

Email: frank@moontimecyclery.com

Website: www.moontimecyclery.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

Both Moontime Cyclery locations are open for service work, bicycle-related retail items as well as new and demo bike sales.

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

Moontime Cyclery is adhering to social distancing procedures by maintaining at least six feet between customers and employees, as well as only allowing one customer in the store at a time. Curbside pickup, drop off, and sales are also available.

How can the community support you? 

Shopping local, even for something as small as a bike tire tube, is helpful in keeping our business alive.

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

Call us if you have any questions on anything bicycle-related or service appointment availability. Keep up with new product offerings and other updates via Facebook or Instagram:  @moontimecyclery. 

What’s the response been?

As the weather begins to warm up and allow for outdoor recreation, our customers have been delighted that we are open. We have had an incredible number of bikes in for service.

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

As an essential business, we’ve been open since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. We will continue to operate in compliance with public health standards as they evolve. Our hope is that our beloved Vail Valley returns to normal soon so our customers can enjoy a fun and healthy summer on the seat of a bicycle!

Open for Business: Peak Performance Footwear

Name of business: Peak Performance Footwear

Physical address: 137 Main Street C 103 W, Edwards, CO

Phone number: 970-835-0340

Website: www.ppfrun.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

We opened the store on May 1 and we are limiting in-store traffic.

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

We have adjusted by offering free in-valley delivery and curbside pickup.

How can the community support you?

The community can support us by shopping in-store or online.

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

Our Facebook page is the best way to keep up to date with Peak Performance.

What’s the response been?

We have an amazing community and have received excellent support.

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

We will see where the dust settles. In the meantime, we will be limiting in-store traffic, employees will be wearing masks, sanitizing frequently, offering private shopping and limiting contact. 

Open for Business: The Thrifty Shop

Name of business: The Thrifty Shop (Edwards and Eagle)

Physical address: Edwards – 34510 Hwy 6 #C2 Edwards, CO 81632, Eagle – 1160 Chambers Ave, Eagle, CO 81631

Phone Number: Edwards – 970-926-7134, Eagle – 970-328-1444

Email: info@vailvalleycares

Website: vailvalleycares.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

We are so excited to be open! Our temporary hours for donations are 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. We are open for shoppers inside the store (please wear masks) from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. We can also come and pick up items, call the closest store for a pickup. Hopefully, we will get back to our regular hours as things begin to normalize.

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

We are juggling our donors, store customers, and the nonprofits we give grants to. We’ve temporarily adjusted our hours, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. We are accepting donations outside. We know people have been spring cleaning for the past six weeks and have a lot of donations so we are gearing up for the avalanche. From 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday we can allow up to eight customers (with masks on) in the store at a time. For our nonprofit grant applicants, we have pushed our due date back from April 13 to June 1. Hopefully, this will help our applicants to get a handle on their most pressing needs as well as help us figure out how much we can give away this year as we all recover.

How can the community support you?

Help us help the nonprofits we give grants to. Basically, bring us your donations and come see what we have that’s new, which should be most things since we were still skiing when we shut down and now it seems like summer.

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

Our Vail Daily ads, our website at vailvalleycares.com and our Instagram / Facebook pages at vvcthriftyshops.

What’s the response been?

Positive responses from everyone, and on Instagram we got a “thumbs up” from the Sheriff’s Office and a “Yay” and a “FREAKING FINALLY!”

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

We’ll do our best to anticipate needs but I think being able to respond to the changing needs of the community will be most important as we all come out of this and get back on our feet.

Visits with Santa, holiday tunes, ice sculptures and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 12/20/19

Boulder Philharmonic playing Handel’s “Messiah”

This year’s Winter Holiday Series at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek kicks off with a show sure to put you in the holiday spirit on Saturday at 7 p.m. A Classical Christmas with the Boulder Philharmonic features a full orchestra and a choir. Four soloists will perform, including a soprano, an alto, tenor and a bass, all under the direction of conductor Gary Lewis. Feel the holiday spirit while listening to “Archangel Corelli: Concerto grosso, op. 6, no. 8” (Christmas Concerto); Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia” on “Greensleeves”; Antonio Vivaldi’s “Autumn and Winter” from the “Four Seasons”; and the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah”, ending with the beloved “Hallelujah Chorus.”

Founded in 1958, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra is comprised of the top freelance musicians from Colorado’s Front Range and beyond. The Boulder Phil was voted “Best of Boulder” for the past six years in a row. Today, under the vision and leadership of Music Director Michael Butterman, the Boulder Phil is bucking national trends with growing, enthusiastic audiences.

The Boulder Philharmonic performance is part of a brand-new VPAC program this year where you can Pay Your Age (18-30 years). “We are really hoping to be accessible to the young heart-and-soul of our community,” said Kim Hannold, Vilar programming director. “With the new Pay Your Age program the goal is to provide a way for locals who have a passion for the performing arts to experience a fantastic show.”  To purchase a Pay Your Age ticket, you must do so in person at the Vilar box office with valid proof of identification. For more information, visit www.vilarpac.org.

Vail Winterfest

Vail Winterfest returns for its 13th season this weekend with a number of events and activities to kick-off winter. The town of Vail’s Art in Public Places is pleased to announce its signature events celebrating the celestial wonders through the integration of ice, snow, and light.

Ice sculptor Paul Wertin’s illuminated ice installation will be reminiscent of stargazing around a campfire. The interactive ice sculptures will allow for seating and enjoying the views both day and night. The combination of illuminated ice sculptures, snow, light, and the reflections upon the Gore Creek will create a radiant experience.

New this year, Art in Public Places enlisted the help of Art Ethos out of Denver to create an immersive experience that uses art and technology. The installation will include programmed LED lighting on the adjacent trees and pedestrian bridge illuminating the entire Gore Creek Promenade. Here’s a look at the schedule of events:

Friday:

Cocktails & Canvas: Lantern Painting with Alpine Arts Center-4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

  • Vail Recreation District Community Programming – 2nd Floor Lionshead Welcome Center
  • Alpine Arts Center will instruct participants on how to paint paper lanterns. This lively evening will include holiday music, complimentary light snacks, and wine and beer available for purchase 21 + years old.
  • Join to create your unique lantern to bring to the Holiday Lantern Walk on Sunday.
    RSVP: www.alpineartscenter.org or 970-926-2732. Please indicate the number in your party – space is limited. $10 per person.

Sunday:

Lantern Making Workshop with Alpine Arts Center–Noon to 3:30 p.m.

  • Create your lantern at a free workshop with Alpine Arts Center in the Community Room at the Vail Public Library.
  • Allow yourself 30 minutes at this drop-in workshop to create your lantern. The last entry is at 3:00 p.m. Following the workshop, join in the Holiday Lantern Walk through Vail Village.
  • RSVP: meppard@vailgov.com or 970-479-2344. Please indicate the number in your party.
  • Vail Public Library Community Room
  • Free and family-friendly


 Holiday Lantern Walk through Vail Village

  • 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Music by “Grown Men in Lederhosen,” authentic family-friendly entertainment
  • 4:30 p.m. Santa and Ralph the World’s Tallest Elf arrive to mingle with guests
    5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Holiday Lantern Walk through Vail Village
  • Complimentary LED lights & hot chocolate distributed before the walk.
  • Gather in Slifer Square before the walk. A short jolly procession led by Santa and Ralph the World’s Tallest Elf through Vail Village winds its way to the Gore Creek Promenade for the grand opening of the 13th Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater.

Grand Opening Celebration-5:15 p.m.

  • 13th Annual Vail Winterfest Ice & Light Installation
  • Gore Creek Promenade, Vail Village
    The illumination begins daily at dusk and runs until 10:00 p.m. through January 20, 2020.

Santa at Riverwalk

If your kids haven’t paid a visit to Old St. Nick, there is still time before Christmas to do so. As the song goes, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and that town is Edwards, and more specifically, Riverwalk.

Riverwalk is putting together a full schedule of activities on Saturday to get you into the holiday spirit. Santa and Ralph, the World’s Tallest Elf, will be at the Riverwalk Theater from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Then, the pair will travel a few blocks down to the Bookworm of Edwards where there will be a Santa Story Time at 4:30 p.m.

In addition to visiting Santa, visitors can view live reindeer on Main Street in Riverwalk and listen to the Calvary Chapel Vail Valley Carolers who will be singing holiday tunes while strolling along Main Street.

There will also be the Famous Kitchen Collage Cookie Contest at the store starting at 3:30 p.m. Speaking of food, dip into one of the many restaurants in Riverwalk if you need a bite to eat or feel a little chilly. With the variety of shops at Riverwalk, you can finish up your Christmas shopping on Saturday, too.

If parking is full on the ground level in front of the shops, don’t forget there is parking also available in the underground parking garage.

Vail Skating Festival

The Vail Skating Festival returns to Vail with shows indoors and outside. Get a glimpse of the talented skaters on Friday with two shows on the in-town ice rinks. At 5 p.m. the skaters will take to the ice rink at Solaris in Vail Village and then move over to Lionshead for a short skating exhibition at the ice rink next to the Arrabelle. These two outdoors shows are free and will feature U.S. national and international medalists. The shows are about 15 minutes in length, so you won’t spend too much time out in the cold but dress accordingly for the temperatures for that time of night.

On Saturday, come see the Ice Spectacular at Dobson Ice Arena. 2018 Olympic medalists Mirai Nagasu and Chris and Alexa Knierim will be performing as well as national and international medalists and world competitors. The Knierims are a husband-wife team who won a bronze medal at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang. Nagasu was the first U.S. woman to land a triple axel and the third woman in the world to do the feat. She was also featured on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

The Vail Skating Festival is also offering two half-day clinics and seminars featuring Olympic and world coach Christy Krall. For more information and to get tickets to the Dobson Ice Arena show, go to www.vailskifest.com. Tickets are $40 for on-ice seating and $20 for bleacher seating.

KidZone School’s Out Camp

If you are wondering what to do with the kids once school is out for the holiday break, check out the programs offered at the KidZone School’s Out Camp at the Vail Recreation Center. Operated by the Vail Recreation District’s community programming department, KidZone is fully licensed by the Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Child Care.

The goal is the KidZone School’s Out Program is to give children ages 5 (and in kindergarten) through fifth grade a fun and structured program that fosters social, physical, emotional and intellectual development.

Check out www.vailrec.org for more details and how to pre-register your child for these day camps that are offered from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on various dates throughout the holiday break.