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Learn how to make music during the pandemic with local musician Kathy Morrow

If you’ve already watched all the new shows on Netflix and finished those unread books, why not pick up an instrument and learn to play some tunes during the pandemic?

Vail Valley musician, Kathy Morrow, has been in the area since 1985 and wants to share her love of melodies and harmonies with others. She’s offering COVID-19-friendly music lessons, and can teach piano, voice and ukelele.

The Lincoln, Nebraska native was the seventh of eight children in a musical family. Her mom played piano and her dad played the ukulele. Morrow took music lessons all throughout grade school and high school and got a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatrical Arts from the University of Nebraska.

“One of my teachers was Chuck Pennington of Mannheim Steamroller. He helped me train my ear for old jazz tunes like ‘The Girl From Ipanema’ and ‘When Sunny Gets Blue’ and I was hooked,” Morrow said.

Morrow also said it was good to be a piano player in the ’70s because there were so many great bands that were featuring the piano and doing piano solos. “You became very popular at parties if you could play an Elton John song,” Morrow said.

Playing tunes for friends is one thing that keeps people motivated.

“I have a lot of young girls in my classes learning to play guitar and they love learning ‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy” because they can play it for their friends,” Morrow said.

Morrow primarily teaches piano, ukulele, guitar and voice lessons, but she is also a new student herself. She recently took up the violin and says it puts her back into the shoes of a beginner again.

“It’s nice to have that touchstone to realize what someone is going through when they are trying to learn a new instrument. I’m trying to play ‘Silent Night” on the violin and I’ve finally gotten to the point where my dogs don’t hide under the couch while listening to me,” Morrow said.

Morrow finds that adults sometimes have more of a guard up and are afraid to try something new like learning how to play an instrument.

“We already have barriers up and have that little critic on our shoulder telling us we can’t do it, but I make sure we set attainable goals and I provide plenty of encouragement,” Morrow said.

Morrow’s familiar face and voice have been a staple at Splendido where she’s tickled the ivories the past several years but she also teams up with other musicians throughout the valley. Look for her in Three for One with Brent Gordon and Brian Loftus and she is part of the high energy trio, the Fabulous Femmes along with Beth Swearingen and Charis Patterson.

“That’s why I took up the violin, or I should say fiddle, so the Femme’s can add a few country songs to our repertoire,” Morrow said.  

Whether you want to learn to read notes, play instruments by ear or sing your heart out, take advantage of some of this downtime during COVID-19 to bring out your inner musician.

Morrow has made accommodations for COVID-19 restrictions and can either do in-person classes with masks on or teach classes via Zoom. “I clean the piano keys and instruments and have a 7-foot piano, so I can be at the other end as they practice,” Morrow said. Learn more about lessons by going to katsmusiclessons.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
  • Specialty entrées:
  • Filet mignon, rib eye or prime rib $24
  • Lobster shrimp risotto $27
  • Thenorthsidekitchen.com

Hooked:

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

Route 6 Cafe and Bar:

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

Veterans Day videos allow students and the public to connect with veterans

For the past 22 years, veterans from the local VFW Post 10721 have been going to over 20 schools to share their stories on Veterans Day. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, those in-person gatherings didn’t seem feasible this November.

Debbie Robbins, who has been organizing the veteran assemblies since the first one happened in 1998 at Avon Elementary School, was trying to come up with a solution. She reached out to Hannah Shapiro, the media, journalism and English teacher at Eagle Valley High School.

Shapiro was already familiar with some of the local veterans because of the work she and her students had done on the Veterans History Project during her first year on the job six years ago. Her class had worked with veteran Pete Thompson and had interviewed several veterans before the summer school break. Unfortunately, the school district wiped the computers clean over the summer, deleting the interviews that she and her students had conducted.

“When I read the email from Debbie asking about video suggestions and support for Veterans Day, it hit me. We could do that, but we could also revive the Veterans History Project,” Shapiro said.

Living history

The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000 as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. These video recordings of veterans from all over the nation create a permanent record to contribute to an understanding of the past.

“Wednesday is the asynchronous day for students while teachers have meetings and I asked our Assistant Principal Abby Wiens if we could make a schedule for veterans to come in one at a time to minimize germ exposure and have the students come in and interview them on those Wednesdays, and she was all about it,” Shapiro said.

Since Shapiro was in meetings on Wednesdays, she asked two of her experienced EVTV reporters if they’d be willing to take the lead. Sam Elliott and Langston James, both juniors at Eagle Valley High School, accepted this additional responsibly.

With Elliott and James wrangling the students to help and Robbins getting the word out to area veterans, the local Veterans Awareness Week was still made possible this year in Eagle County.

The students conducted a half-hour video interview with each veteran and sent the raw footage to the Library of Congress. Then, each interview was edited down to a 3-5 minute profile of the veteran to be shown in classrooms and to the public on High Five Access Media (channel 5) and Eagle County Television (channel 18) throughout Veterans Day. The videos will also be available on EVTV’s website.

‘A wonderful alternative’

“The response from the vets has been great. They are thrilled to be able to do this. They all miss going into the schools but this is a wonderful alternative,” said Eagle County Veterans Service Officer Pat Hammon. “So many more of our veteran’s stories can be shared via video in the schools and on television and social media.”

The students are benefitting, too. Not only are they gaining responsibility by conducting the various steps to collected and edit the information, but they are also hearing history unfold from those who lived it.

“It is important to have veterans tell their story because they went through
something more than the average person does. They all played a role no matter what branch or whether they were in a war or not, in keeping us safe and giving us the privileges we have today,” said Zofia Skiba, a junior at Eagle Valley High School.

“I feel that this project is extremely cool in the fact that it will act as a time capsule and really preserve the things these men and women have to say for many years to come,” added Jordan Neifert, a junior at Eagle Valley High School. “These interviews could be the first time they are openly sharing their stories or showing off their service memorabilia. It is exciting to get to be a part of that.”

The students involved in this project got to hear firsthand how these veterans’ lives were changed and shaped by their experiences in the military.

“I was operating the camera during Pat Hammon’s interview and during it, she said that she was against the Vietnam war, but she still went because she wanted to help the people that were going, and that just really stands out to me. Sometimes you’ve just got to look at the bigger picture and see what you can do to help. After listening to the interviews, I found that I took way more of an interest in past and present service than I did before, and many of the stories really swung my view,” said Langston James, a junior at Eagle Valley High school.

The project also helped these young students think about their own future.

“Listening to the veterans has given me a greater appreciation for past historical events in history. A lot of the veterans have inspired me to be more creative with the lifestyle I choose to have,” said Sam Elliott, a junior at Eagle Valley High School. “Not just in choosing a military path, but just to take advantage of different opportunities that I am presented with in life.”

“One main idea I got from the interviews was that joining the military is a commitment to a team. You are united with the people that you serve with and that unity is what is most important during hard times,” Elliott said.

These videos will be shown in classrooms on Veterans Day and will air on High Five Access Media (channel 5) and Eagle County Television (channel 18) throughout Wednesday or view the videos here.

Painting a full moon, a food drive, 10 years of beers and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 11/6/20

Cocktails and Canvas

If you’re not watching the big Clemson-Notre Dame football game on Saturday night, maybe Cocktails and Canvas is more your thing at Alpine Arts Center. Even if you don’t fancy yourself as an artist, you can still create something and you may even amaze yourself.

This week’s art project lets painters create a moonlit scene with a mountain backdrop. An Alpine Arts Center instructor will guide you through a step-by-step process on how to paint the full moon, stars, evergreen trees and a lake with a reflection on it.

Advance registration is required and you can do this from the comfort of your own home or in the studio. Visit alpineartscenter.org for options on how to register for an in-person class, which is $45 per person, or a virtual class. If you’d like to attend virtually through Zoom please select that option for $25. It excludes materials but class kits available for purchase online.

Saturday’s class starts at 6:30 p.m. and goes for about two hours. Beer and wine are available at Alpine Arts Center’s bar for $6. Soft drinks are available for purchase, too.

Congratulations to Alpine Arts Center for earning the gold medal for Best Art Gallery in the Vail Daily’s Best of the Vail Valley contest for 2020. View the entire list of top spots here.

Bonfire Brewing’s 10th Anniversary Party

Bonfire Brewing in Eagle turns 10 years old this weekend! To celebrate, this popular brewery is hosting a weeklong celebration with retro beer styles re-released to the public along with a commemorative pint glass, brewery tours, live music and more.

Stop by on Sunday to get your hands on a limited-edition pint glass that Bonfire Brewing is deeming a “Decade of Pints.” The artwork depicts the exterior of Bonfire Brewing’s location on Second Street in Eagle and shows the number of pints sold throughout the past decade.

Bonfire Brewing will be conducting tours of its production facility on November 12. Pre-register for the tours in advance as space is limited to four to 10 people per tour due to social distancing guidelines. Tours are free and are 45 minutes long.

Congratulations to Bonfire Brewing for earning the silver medal in the “Best Happy Hour” and “Best Brewery” categories as well as bronze in the “Best Patio” category in the Vail Daily’s Best of the Vail Valley contest for 2020.

Bonfire Brewing has decided to celebrate the occasion with a week full of events:

  • Sunday – Commemorative Glass Release, Chalkboard Art Revealed
  • Monday – Throwback Beer Release #1
  • Tuesday – Guess Your Flight Night and Throwback Beer Release #2
  • Wednesday – Specialty Slush Release #1
  • Thursday – Chambers Brew Tours and Throwback Beer Release #3 and Live Music: Lance Boyle and the Red Bottom Boys 6-9 p.m.
  • Friday – Throwback Beer Release #4, Specialty Slush Release #2 and Live Music: The Evolution from 6-9 p.m.
  • Saturday – Final Hurrah – Mug Club Auction, Prize Drawing, No. 10 Bottle Release and Live Music: Hardscrabble from 6-9 p.m.

For more information visit Bonfire Brewing’s website at bonfirebrewing.com and follow its social media accounts.

Giving with the Grooms Food Drive

In a few weeks, many families will be feasting on turkey and all the fixings during the Thanksgiving meal. But while many don’t feel the strife of food insecurity, it is a problem in the Vail Valley. To help get food into the hands of those in need, rock band The Runaway Grooms have stepped up to host a food drive.

Throughout the month of November, The Runaway Grooms is hosting “Giving with the Grooms” at various locations up and down the valley. Donate non-perishable goods or City Market gift cards at any of the drop-off sites. All donations will benefit the Vail Valley Salvation Army Food Pantry.

The Vail Valley Food Pantry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, with many more households needing assistance. According to the Vail Valley Salvation Army’s website, non-perishable food and hygiene items are needed. Non-perishable food items include canned soups, peanut butter, pasta and rice, canned vegetables, dried fruit, nuts and cereal. Hygiene items include soap, shampoo, toothpaste, lotion and toilet paper.

Drop off locations:

  • Bonfire Brewing
  • Vail Brewing Company – Eagle-Vail
  • Vail Brewing Company – Vail Village
  • Riverwalk Theater
  • Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy

The Runaway Grooms is hosting this food drive until the end of November. For more information, go to therunawaygrooms.com.

Colorado Snowsports Museum

Unlike other ski towns that were mining operations first, Vail was created because of the ski area. Vail started spinning its lifts for the public in December of 1962 and the town was erected around the slopes and was incorporated in 1966. This short yet impressive history is brought to life with the Colorado Snowsports Museum. The museum also houses artifacts and much more about the history of skiing in Colorado. 

Vail’s history has a lot to do with its past. Just south of Vail is Camp Hale. At one point, up to 14,000 soldiers were stationed there training with the 10th Mountain Division, the winter warfare unit of the U. S. Army during World War II. The Colorado Snowsports Museum has a full exhibit dedicated to the stories of the men of the 10th, complete with a movie called “Climb to Glory” that shares stories from that era, vintage footage from Camp Hale and the battles in Europe.

When the men of the 10th returned home after the war, many of them went into the fledgling outdoor ski industry as we know it today. One of the founders of Vail, Pete Seibert, was in the 10th Mountain Division.

In addition to information about the 10th Mountain Division, the Colorado Snowsports Museum houses Olympic memorabilia, the evolution of ski equipment, lost ski areas, the history of snowboarding and the Hall of Fame.

The Colorado Ski Museum’s Snowsports Hall of Fame includes an interactive touchscreen monitor display of information on the movers and shakers in the winter sports industry of Colorado. Each year, Hall of Fame candidates are nominated under the established criteria of Athlete, Sport Builder, Inspirational or Pioneer categories, with the Hall of Fame Nomination Committee evaluating and confirming the nominees to move onto the final ballot.

Join the Colorado Snowsports Museum on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a 60-minute Walking Tour in Vail. During the tour, the guide will relay how Vail became the town and resort it is today. The tour information dates back to when Vail was a remote area, accessed only by the Ute American Indians as a summer residence. The land around Vail was part of the Gold Rush and became home to ranchers and eventually became America’s number one ski resort. Learn the story of Vail and share it with others time and time again after you take this tour.

To join a tour, call (970) 476-1876 to make a reservation. Then, meet at the Colorado Snowsports Museum just before 11 a.m. to start the tour. Masks and proper social distancing are required on tours and in the Museum. Have a larger group? Private tours can be arranged outside of the Museum’s regular schedule. The Colorado Snowsports Museum’s hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, view the website at snowsportsmuseum.org.

Shakedown Bar Vail is taking music to the streets

The COVID-19 restrictions have made it difficult for some businesses and professions to re-open and get back to work. Scott Rednor, owner and musician at Shakedown Bar in Vail and Shakedown Presents, felt the sting of the restrictions. Shakedown Bar at the top of Bridge Street had been closed since March 12. Warmer weather and the urge to play gave Rednor a few ideas on just how he could reach others through music this summer.

“I don’t think any of our family of musicians had gone three to four months without playing since we all began our journeys in music,” Rednor said, referring to the long list of talent he performs with. “We started playing at the entrance at Shakedown where we served drinks to on-lookers and played some tunes.”

After a couple of weeks, small crowds started to gather. In addition to enjoying live music in the street, the listeners also became shoppers and diners at area retailers and restaurants.  

“We noticed how well all the businesses around us were doing during our five-hour performances and took it to the town of Vail to see if they’d assist us in covering the costs,” Rednor said.

That initial talk with the town of Vail eventually became a contract where Shakedown Presents would do the business activations, pop-up street performances in Lionshead and Vail Village as well as the concerts at the Lower Bench at Ford Park. Rednor has an extensive list of talented musicians that he could draw from and all of them were excited to work.

“Our roster of artists has been put to work and they couldn’t be happier to play their music to the crowds in Vail who appreciate the fun atmosphere we create at each event,” Rednor said.

“Through our hard work over the past eight years at Shakedown, we have established relationships with the best players locally and regionally. The high level of experience for the artists and listeners has helped to grow this exponentially,” Rednor said.

The live music that has drawn in listeners has been a plus all around. From the unexpected reactions from passers-by who stop and sit and take a listen while sipping a to-go cocktail to the businesses in the area of the music that benefitted, it was a win-win for everyone. 

“We were treated so well by all the businesses in the area of the concerts. They were all very thankful for our innovation and efforts to boost their businesses. Retail and food and beverage alike seemed to benefit from it,” Rednor said. “Lionshead has been busier than I’ve ever seen and a special shout out to Bart and Yeti’s for taking such great care of the bands and crews.” 

In addition to helping the community, Rednor’s talented and innovative group was also able to take care of their own. Shakedown Presents produced a charity event in October for a long-time musician and friend, Todd Smallie, who’d lost his teenage son, Ethan, this summer. The event raised $40,000 for mental health services.

“We are a family that will do whatever it takes to support one another, especially during something as sad as this,” Rednor said. “The Vail Mind Center was a really great partner for this as well, providing therapists on-site to show our community that resources are available locally.”

That sense of community can be felt by watching a video posted on Shakedown Bar’s Facebook page as the musicians gathered on stage to sing an emotional version of “Will the Circle be Unbroken” during the fundraiser.

What’s on tap for this winter? Shakedown Presents has proposed shows in Vail Village and Lionshead every weekend throughout the ski season and next summer. This Saturday Shakedown Presents will host “2 Villages, 6 bands: A Halloween Family Jam” from 1 to 6 p.m.

“We have the resources to create a great street vibe to help our town handle the lack of inside space that will be available. The town seems very supportive and we’ll know more in a couple of weeks,” Rednor said. “We are ready to rock as often as they’ll have us!”

Costumes, games, movies, live music and plenty of candy can be found this Halloween: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 10/30/20

Halloween Happenings

As you can guess, Halloween looks a little different this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Although some events have been canceled, most have been altered to allow some traditional fun for kids and adults alike. Please check out each event’s website for COVID-19-compliant regulations that will be put in place. The forecast at press time called for clear skies and temperatures in the 50s during the day and 20s at night, so dress appropriately to allow for layers underneath the costume. Here’s a few things happening Friday and Saturday:

Mountain Youth’s Valley Voices Teen Halloween – Trinity Church – Friday 8 to midnight

High schoolers can still take part in Halloween activities by dressing up and heading over to Trinity Church in Edwards from 8 p.m. until midnight on Friday. Throughout the night teens can enjoy decorating facemasks to match costumes, tons of Halloween candy and two movies: “Beetle Juice” and “A Quiet Place” along with popcorn. There will be some great photo ops for selfies. Learn more at valleyvoice.org.

Trick or Treat Street – Eagle Ranch Village – Friday and Saturday – 4 to 7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ranch Village will be hosting its annual Trick or Treat Street this year, but to encourage social distancing, kids will be sent on a hunt for photo stops around Eagle Ranch Village. Costumes are encouraged and masks are required. The event has been spread out over four days (it started on Wednesday) to allow guests to space out. and choose which date they’d like to attend. Kids can travel to these businesses between 4 and 7:30 p.m. and look for the designated photo stops around the village. Once the photo stops are found, kids are asked to take a photo and post it on Facebook or Instagram and tag the business and #eagleranchtrickortreat. Prizes will be awarded and look for dinner and drink specials while you are out. For more information, visit Eagle Ranch Village’s Facebook page. At press time, this was the list of participating businesses:

Endorphin
Zealous Schools
Slifer Smith & Frampton *stop in for a treat
Yoga Off Broadway
Knapp Ranch *Stop in for a treat
Berkshire Hathaway

Trick or Treat Trot by Vail Rec District – Vail and Lionshead – Saturday – 2 to 5 p.m.

The longest-running event for Halloween this weekend is the 28th annual Trick or Treat Trot put on by the Vail Recreation District. Park for free in either the Vail Village or Lionshead Village parking structures and check-in at booths at either village to start your candy-gathering journey. There will be lists of participating businesses given out at the booths. The Vail Recreation District recommends this event for infants through 10-year-olds and their families. This is a great time for everyone to show off the costumes and roam around pedestrian villages while stopping at various businesses for candy. Join in the fun on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit vailrec.com.

Halloween on Broadway – Eagle – Saturday – 4 to 9 p.m.

Historic downtown Eagle will also be a place to go for Halloween fun on Saturday between 4 and 9 p.m. Area businesses will be handing out candy in addition to some fun and games, food trucks, live music shopping and more. For information, check out downtowneagle.org.

Halloween Family Jam 

Scott Rednor, owner of Shakedown Bar Vail, and his collection of talented musicians have been livening up the streets of Vail and Lionshead this summer with their pop up concert series and their larger shows at the Lower Bench at Ford Park. Rednor, a family man himself with two young daughters, decided to put together one more show during the day on Halloween.

What’s been dubbed as “2 Villages/6 Bands: A Halloween Family Jam” by Shakedown Presents and the town of Vail will entertain those families enjoying the 28th annual Trick or Treat Trot in Lionshead and Vail Village, as well as those who have been following the Shakedown Presents series and even passers-by who stumble upon the music.

The free Halloween Family Jam band will feature members of the Shakedown Family Band including Brian Loftus, Eddie Roberts, Michael Jude, John Michel, Mark Levy, Kramer Kelling, Shawn Eckels, Rob Eaton, Jr., Dan Africano, Scott Rednor, Kory Montgomery and Nicholas Gerlach. The concerts will be held in unison and the Children’s Fountain location will include a Halloween-themed photo set and complimentary photographer. For more information visit shakedownpresents.com.

Children’s Fountain in Vail Village:
  • Turntable Revue 1 – 2:25 p.m.
  • Brothers Keeper 2:45 – 4:10 p.m.
  • A Spooky Talking Heads Celebration 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Lionshead Stage
  • Pauli G & The Alien Love Monkees 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Kory Montgomery Band 2:20 – 4:10 p.m.
  • Eddie Roberts and Friends 4:30 – 6 p.m.

‘Climb to Glory event provides education for kids and adults

Like most of us during the COVID-19 pandemic, Chris Anthony misses being around people, especially the kids he interacts with during his Youth Initiative Project programs in schools all over Colorado.

“I usually visit 20 to 30 schools every fall and reach around 3,000 to 5,000 kids a year. I love the energy they have and watching them learn,” said the professional skier who started a nonprofit that aims to improve quality of life for kids through educational enrichment opportunities. He aims to still reach kids virtually during the pandemic.

“The virtual classroom is a new arena for me, but I’m excited to conduct my first class from the Colorado Snowsports Musem on Wednesday night,” Anthony said. 

Although Anthony has been featured in 28 Warren Miller ski movies, one film project he keeps bringing back to the students is “Climb to Glory,” a documentary that gives a historical perspective about the 10th Mountain Division, the famed winter warfare unit that trained just south of Vail at Camp Hale in the early 1940s. The group was pivotal in the outcome of World War II after its soldiers battled the Nazi Gothic line in Italy. The soldiers were also instrumental in developing the ski industry as we know it today.

“The ‘Climb to Glory’ film is a fun and entertaining way to help kids learn about a specific time period in world and American history,” Anthony said. “The kids love it and it has so many teachable moments. The teachers have the kids do essays and reports on the film and ask questions like who was president during this time and which countries were involved, it’s a great educational tool.”

There’s a part of the film where Anthony, who has skied some of the steepest peaks around the world in Warren Miller films, tried skiing on the type of equipment the 10th soldiers used.

“That was tough. Trying their equipment gave me complete and total respect for how difficult it was for those guys back then. It’s also neat to see how much everything has evolved,” Anthony said. “The class really cracks up when they see me struggle on the old equipment.”

Anthony is taking this program virtual on Wednesday night with a special showing that is free to anyone. In addition to the movie, Anthony will give a pre-taped tour of the Colorado Snowsports Museum with Olympian Mikaela Shiffrin. He’ll also talk about of his latest documentary “Mission Mount Mangart,” which follows the 10th Mountain Division after their assignment in Italy.

The virtual event starts at 6:25 p.m. on Wednesday and is free. Sign up by going to Chris Anthony’s Facebook page or click here to reserve your spot.

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

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Swap

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

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

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

Halloween arts and crafts

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

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

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

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

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

Pumpkin Fest

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

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

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

Live music

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

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

Coat Drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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