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Vail-Beaver Creek Restaurant Week runs through Nov. 23

Vail-Beaver Creek Restaurant Week is the perfect time to take advantage of the valley’s exceptional food and drink, without paying premium prices, as participating restaurants offer specials on everything from soft shell crab or oysters to filet mignon.

Originally launched to increase business during the slow shoulder seasons in May and September, Restaurant Week has moved later and later into the fall, because September — and even the first couple weeks of October — are now a part of the high season, said Alison Wadey, executive director of Vail Chamber and Business Association. And, as Denise Cheng, marketing specialist for the Vail Chamber pointed out, restaurants had “a great shoulder season in October.”

This year, the name is a bit of a misnomer; Restaurant Week started Nov. 11 and stretches into Nov. 23. The dates capture the opening day of Vail Mountain and the first day of the season at Beaver Creek.

After discussing the best dates with restaurant owners, Restaurant Week moved to align with Vail Mountain’s opening.

“It’s not typically the busy season yet, and we thought it was a good time to encourage people to come out and provide them with something to do if snow conditions aren’t ideal yet,” Wadey said.

But not everyone agreed on the exact date. Drew Riley, owner of Russell’s and Los Amigos preferred the week after Thanksgiving, so his staff doesn’t have to hit the ground running. He admits the date of Restaurant Week is “never going to appease 100 percent of people,” and he sees it as an evolving learning process. Wadey said the chamber and business owners “might work with a slightly different date” next year, particularly since many of Beaver Creek’s restaurants haven’t opened ahead of its winter season, and some maintenance work is going on in the village.

Still, Beaver Creek’s Blue Moose Pizza and Vail Coffee and Tea are participating, as is Stoke & Rye in Avon. The village also is supporting Eagle County Gives during Restaurant Week by accommodating table tents with information on how to donate to, or get involved with, nonprofits.

Blue Moose Pizza, with locations in Beaver Creek and Lionshead Village in Vail, will be offering pizza specials during Restaurant Week.
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“Restaurant Week is a great event,” said Krista DeHerrera, director of events at Beaver Creek Resort Company. “It’s an opportunity to encourage locals to eat and drink and enjoy what our restaurants have to offer. Vail Coffee and Tea has a super amazing staff that’s very friendly and very welcoming, and Blue Moose Pizza is just top-notch and very fun and lively — kids love that restaurant. Both are staples in Beaver Creek.”

Every restaurant chose its own specials to highlight. For example, Russel’s wanted to showcase its new chef and upgraded menu items, so it’s offering a three-course meal so guests “can try as much food as possible,” Riley said, for $40.44.

“We still have all the classics; we just enhanced the menu to make it more contemporary, but we want to stress that most of what makes Russel’s Russel’s is still three — all the staples and classics,” Riley said, adding that the new menu features items like a Wagyu 4-ounce portion steak with scalloped potatoes and different vegetables and sides “to create more offerings.”

Meanwhile, Gessner is offering a main course with either an appetizer or dessert for $20.22, and diners can add the third course for a mere $8. Choose from onion soup or roasted vegetable salad for the first course; chicken fried chicken with potatoes and green beans or Boulder Colorado trout with Marcona almond, piquillo peppers, spinach and potato cake for the second course; and a limoncello ice cream flute with raspberry coulis and fresh berries or white chocolate croissant bread pudding with rum raisins, salted caramel and cheesecake ice-cream.

The smoked oysters are a great way to start off the meal at Stoke & Rye.
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Other establishments offer everything from a serving of family-sized pulled pork with sides to tacos, burgers, pad Thai chicken and bacon-wrapped scallops.

“We wanted to include every restaurant with no restrictions,” Cheng said. “Locals appreciate the fact that they can try restaurants we don’t typically go to and experience what our guests experience.”

Restaurant Week Specials

Beaver Creek:

Vail Coffee and Tea: Fresh drip coffee and a cookie for $2.22. vailcoffee.com

Blue Moose Pizza (Vail and Beaver Creek): 18” pizza for $20.22; any 12” house pizza with two draft beers or glasses of house wine $20.22; or draft beers and house wines for $22.22 (this latter offer is only good from 3-5 p.m.). BlueMoosePizza.com

(Avon): Stoke & Rye: Small plate and glass of wine for $20.22. Choose from three specific wines and pan-seared bacon-wrapped scallop; beef tartar with cured quail egg yok; mushroom ravioli; or smoked oysters. StokeAndRye.com

Vail:

8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill: $20.22 specials. Hyatt.com

Big Bear Bistro: Specials for $20.22. BigBearBistro.com

Moe’s Original BBQ: Double-wide family pack with 1 pound of pulled pork, two side pints and choice of bread. MoesOriginalBBQ.com

Russell’s: Three-course meal for $40.44 and select bottles of wine for $20.22. RussellsVail.com

Los Amigos: Select tacos for $2.20, select entrees for $20.22 and select half liters of margaritas and pitchers of beer for $20.22. LosAmigosVail.com

El Segundo: Any two tacos and a house margarita for $20.22. ElSegundoVail.com

Deca + Bol: DECA Burger for $20.22. DecaBolVail.com

Garfinkel’s: $20.22 specials. GarfsVail.com

Montauk Seafood Grill: A half-dozen freshly shucked oysters and glass of Champagne for $20.22. MontaukVail.com

Leonora at the Sebastian: Any breakfast and a bloody Mary for $20.22. TheSebastianVail.com

Frost at the Sebastian: 7X Colorado Wagyu Burger and a draft beer for $20.22. TheSebastianVail.com

Elway’s Steakhouse: Smash burger and a beer for $20.22. Elways.com/vail-home

Mountain Standard: One sandwich and one beer at lunch for $20.22, or two beers and the pimento cheese appetizer for $20.22 all day. MtnStandard.com

Sweet Basil: Lunch for two (choice of one appetizer, two entrees and one dessert) for $60, lunch only, or choice of any dessert with select dessert wine pairing for $20.22, all day. SweetBasilVail.com

The Hythe Vail – Revel Lounge: Signature bison poutine and Revel old fashioned for $20.22. TheHytheVail.com/Revel

Bully Ranch Sonnenalp: Chef Jesse’s Burger: double patty burger with white cheddar, bacon onion jam, crispy onions and a peppercorn aioli served with a draft beer. Sonnenalp.com/dining/bully-ranch

Treff Café: Two hugo sprintz cocktails for $20.22. Sonnenalp.com/dining/treff-café

Sushi Thai at Lionshead: Salt and pepper soft shell crab for $22, pad Thai chicken for $18 or Thai ginger chicken for $19. BeyondSushiThai.com

The Tavern on the Square: Half off all food between noon and 8:30 p.m. daily. VailResorts.com

Gessner: Choice of first and main course or main course and desserts for $20.22 (add $8 for third course). GrandHyatt.com

Yoshimi Pop-up @ Grand Hyatt: $20.22 daily sushi roll and draft Sapporo beer. GrandHyattVail.com

The George: $20.22 filet mignon, sirloin steak or plum duck. TheGeorgeVail.com

Tuesday’s Trivia Night at Route 6 Café benefits Ukraine

What does the yellow and blue mean on the Ukrainian flag? What year did the country appear in the World Cup and reach the quarterfinals?

While the questions at Tuesday’s Trivia Night at Route 6 Café and Lounge won’t predominantly be about Ukraine (but rather, about Vail and Beaver Creek history), the benefit will be all for Ukraine. Limbs for Liberty, a local nonprofit that provides free prosthetics to Ukrainians who have lost limbs during the war, is hosting the game night to remind people about the power of community.

Though it is a fundraiser (and a pretty darn good one, with two free drinks, appetizers and prizes), organizers are focusing more on creating community rather than asking for donations. The evening includes two separate trivia games, with a very brief presentation on Ukraine in between rounds.

“We are a community; the world is a community. We’re all connected, and this is a way for you to get connected,” said Limbs for Liberty cofounder Kelli Rohrig, explaining that people have tired of nonprofits asking for money. “Rather than money, let’s create a culture that recognizes when people need help and have more of a group-think on how to help.”

Limbs for Liberty and Ukrainians for Colorado saw strong support for Ukrainians when the war began, but now that’s starting to wane, as the shock, outrage and initial aid is wearing off, after nearly eight months, she said.

“In February and March (when the war started), everyone, every time, would ask me about Ukraine,” said Andrew Iwashko, who grew up in Ukraine, moved to Colorado in 2011 and will be supplying coffee as one of the prizes during Trivia Night, adding that people don’t say as much to him these days. “I understand it’s hard for people to comment, but there really isn’t anything wrong to say. We don’t want to feel like the world has forgotten about it. I don’t smile as much as I used to. The cloud of the Ukraine war, it’s tough. It’s just good to feel the support of your community — just remind us ‘we’re thinking of you.’ You don’t have to extend the conversation … Putting your Ukrainian flag up has made a difference in (Ukrainians’) lives and in my life. This community cares, and those people need to continue to be thanked because their efforts go a long way.”

Ukrainians haven’t had the luxury of putting the war on the back burner of their minds; Iwashko’s cousin, who lives in Kyiv, steps outside only to see smoke plumes from drones dropping bombs.

“The war is still in full scale,” Iwashko said. “Nothing has died down except the shock of it.”

In fact, just as some Ukrainians in Kyiv began to return to some semblance of normality — for example, his relatives got back to their salon business in late summer and early fall — as of a couple weeks ago, they’re now facing electrical blackouts and water shutoffs.

“The Russians are switching methods, using drones and cruise missiles to attack the energy system, to bring the effects of war to every citizen,” he said. “The sense of normality has dwindled a little — that blanket of safety is a lot thinner than we want to tell ourselves. They want to bring the war to every citizen. They want to raise terror.”

Rohrig wakes up at 4 a.m. every day to read the latest from her contacts in Ukraine. Sunday, she read about 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war locked in a small room and thrown a couple loaves of bread to eat every two days. A surgeon she will meet when she flies back to Ukraine this Friday, talked about the number of elderly people without family and how it was doubtful they’ll survive.

That’s why Rohrig and her husband, Kreston, are traveling to Ukraine for about 10 days on their own dime (all the money they raise for Limbs of Liberty goes directly to Ukrainians receiving prosthetics). They’re delivering winter coats and base layers donated by the community to help Ukrainians living with power outages, which means no heat.

Limbs for Liberty has partnered with doctors in Florida and Minnesota to provide about 20 Ukrainians with prosthetics, and now the team plans to bring its first Ukrainian, Andrey Chersak, to Colorado by the end of the year. Chersak lost both his legs while defending his country; before the war, he was a fitness instructor, and he still has “an unstoppable desire to go,” he wrote in a message. He and his wife have a 2-year-old son.

While hearing details like this about the war’s horrendous causalities is heavy, Tuesday’s trivia games aim to be a light night out, focused on community. All of the prizes are either from Ukraine or Ukraine-focused, so exercise your brain a bit for a great cause.

If you go…

What: Trivia Night

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Route 6 Café and Lounge, 40801 Route 6, Avon

Tickets: $25, includes two free drinks (including a Kyiv mule) and appetizers

Benefits: Limbs for Liberty, a local nonprofit that helps Ukrainians who have lost limbs due to the war receive prosthetics

More info: LimbsForLiberty.com

“Wizard of Oz” coming to Homestake Peak School

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City with the students at Homestake Peak School in EagleVail as their theater department presents the “Wizard of Oz” Thursday through Saturday.   

The “Wizard of Oz” may be familiar to adults, but to the third-through-eighth-grade students at Homestake Peak School, the storyline isn’t as well known.

“Many of the adults grew up watching the Wizard of Oz on TV at least once a year but this generation has seen a lot of Disney animated musicals but weren’t very familiar with this show,” said Deb Swain with the Homestake Peak School Drama Club.

The Homestake Peak Drama Club performs “Shrek The Musical Junior” in December of 2019.
Homestake Peak School Drama Club/Courtesy photo

Adults of a certain age remember this story since it was so popular and aired on television first in 1956 and then every year from 1956 to 1991, with the exception of 1963 according to IMDb.com. The award-winning motion picture, based on the book by L. Frank Baum, debuted in 1939 and was directed by Victor Fleming. With this movie airing only once a year on television, people gathered around the living room to watch it year after year.

The “Wizard of Oz” was selected at this year’s fall production because it was important to find a show with lots of speaking parts and an expandable cast.  

“The ‘Wizard of Oz’ allowed us, with 45 students in our drama club, to give every child at least one line or a featured special part. We were also able to give up-and-coming actors opportunities to understudy many diverse roles,” Swain said.

This year’s production of the “Wizard of Oz” involves about 45 Homestake Peak School students. Pictured here is the cast from “Frozen KIDS” which was performed in May 2022.
Homestake Peak School Drama Club/Courtesy photo

The roles range from leads Dorothy and her new friends, the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion, to the Wicked Witch of the West to supporting cast members like the Munchkins.    

“The students have grown into the characters and some of the kids have really surprised me. Some of our understudies will be prime candidates for major roles in the next couple of years,” Swain said.

A certain amount of discipline is required from each student and that builds life skills.

“We require the actors to show respect for their cast members, staff, the facility as well as all the props, costumes and sets,” Swain said. “And since I hear a fair amount of laughter throughout rehearsals and see lots of smiles, I know they are having fun.”  

The characters and storyline are endearing. The Tin Man wishes for a heart, the Scarecrow wants a brain and the Lion wants courage. What they learn throughout their trek to the Emerald City is that they already have these qualities, they just need to look within. Dorothy realizes, even after all of her adventures on the Yellow Brick Road, that there really is no place like home and is happy to return to her family and friends.  

The production is a family affair at Homestake Peak School, with parents helping out in various ways.

“The production staff is headed up by two parents, costuming is under the direction of the grandmother of two of our actors and then almost every parent is involved either in creating sets, costumes, props or handling front-of-the-house duties during the run of the show,” Swain said.  

In addition to the 45 actors, there is a student handling the music system, two former students helping with makeup and backstage management, and another Battle Mountain High School student handling the microphone and sound system.  

Homestake Peak School’s Drama Club is comprised of third-through-eighth-grade students. The club performed “High School Musical” in the spring of 2022.
Homestake Peak School Drama Club/Courtesy photo

It’s a true labor of love to put all this work in in addition to school work and other responsibilities but Swain says it is worth it.

“Friendships blossom among so many of these kids. They all come together, along with their parents, to create something that can’t be done as an individual. It takes an incredible number of hours and commitment to put a show of this size on,” Swain said.

The “Wizard of Oz” is playing at the Homestake Peak auditorium Nov. 10, 11 and 12 at 6:30 p.m., and there will be a bake sale each night at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults/$10 for students and are available at HPSDrama.org/ticket-Sales/ and at the door.

“In a time when our world seems besieged with bad news, this is an opportunity to enjoy the magic of live theater and a story with wonderful life lessons,” Swain said. “Join us in an exciting trip to the Emerald City.”

From Trick-or-Treat Trots to costume contests, pumpkin patches and puppet shows, it’s a busy Halloween weekend: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 10/28/22

Find our more about this weekend’s happenings by watching Tricia’s Halloween Weekend Picks

This year, Halloween falls on a Monday but there are plenty of things going on for the kids and adults leading up to the spooky holiday. We’ve listed them out by day so you can plan to do as much or as little as you like around the Vail Valley this Halloween season.

Friday

Pumpkin Carving at Alpine Arts Center: Bring a pumpkin and leave with your hand-carved or painted jack-o-lantern. For $15, Alpine Arts Center provides the instructors, tools and templates, and they will also have some treats. Two time slots are available at either 4 or 6 p.m. and parents, there will be “witching hour” specials with beer, wine and champagne for $4. Sign up at AlpineArtsCenter.org.

A Kiddie Halloween Party will be held at North Coast Originals on Broadway in downtown Eagle on Friday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Here, your kids can get crafty by making paper jack-o-lanterns and they can even eat their creations by dipping caramel apples and decorating cookies. For more information, visit Bit.ly/KiddieHalloween.

Glow Flow Yoga at the Athletic Club at The Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa welcomes you to do yoga practice with a Halloween twist. Participants are encouraged to wear a costume and glow bracelets and necklaces will be handed out before DJ Kirby spins the tunes during class. A $20 donation is recommended and will benefit the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group. Go to AthleticClubWestin.com for more details.

From hot dogs to yetis, the creativity in costumes is endless in the Vail Valley around Halloween.
Vail Recreation District/Courtesy photo

Halloween Parents Night Out gives parents a break while their kids head to the Vail Gymnastics Center on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. for a costume contest, tricks for treats, open gym time, games, pizza, drinks and a Halloween movie. This is for kids ages 5 to 12 and the cost is $35 if preregistered or $40 for drop-ins. Register in advance at VailRec.com/Register.

Alter Ego Costume Ball is a fundraiser for the Eagle Valley Child Care Association to keep early childhood tuition affordable. Discover your alter ego and head to the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. There will be dinner and dessert by Lauren’s Kitchen and live music by Grey Rails plus a silent auction. Tickets start at $35 and you can purchase them at GiveButter.com/c/AlterEgo.

7 Hermits is having a Hermits Halloween Bash on Friday night. Live music with Uncle Charlie’s Band (featuring members of The Runaway Grooms) will start at 8 p.m. Costumes are strongly encouraged and there will be a costume contest, Jell-o shots and more. Note: 7 Hermits in Eagle will be closing its doors after its Halloween party to make way for a new restaurant coming this winter, so say “goodbye” on Friday.

10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company is hosting its Halloween Costume Party on Friday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Vail Tasting Room on Bridge Street, Vail Village. Enjoy drink specials and awards for best costumes.

Saturday

Burn some of the Halloween candy calories by taking part in a 2K Fun Run on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Nottingham Park. Wear your Halloween costume but make sure you can maneuver the path around Nottingham Lake. There will be a costume contest with prizes awarded after the race and registration includes entry to the run, one pumpkin and one carving kit (while they last). Ziploc bags will even be provided so can keep pumpkin seeds and make a tasty treat at home. Visit Avon.org for more info.

Walking Mountains Science Center hosts its Science Spooktacular: Super Spy Science Fun from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Avon. Kids will learn the science of solving mysteries through hands-on activity stations and interactive experiments. Go ahead and wear the costumes and get ready to learn and have fun. Visit WalkingMountains.org for more info.

Music Makers Hacienda Musica Fright at the Museum brings in Bravo! Vail musicians to Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon starting at 9 a.m. for a spooky concert followed by a forest walk and instrument petting zoo. More information can be found at BravoVail.org.

Mountain Youth’s Annual Pumpkinfest, presented by Village Market Edwards, will be taking place on Saturday at Riverwalk in Edwards. Start out at The Bookworm of Edwards with Spooky Storytime at 10 a.m., then head over to the Backyard in Riverwalk from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for face painting, yard games, bounce house, hot cocoa and more. Grab a pumpkin at the Mountain Youth table for $5. Riverwalk will also host Trick-or-Treat Street for even more candy gathering opportunities at area businesses. More info at MountainYouth.org.

For those who dare…there is a Polar Plunge that will take place in Avon. Wear your Halloween costume and take a dip in Nottingham Lake. Registration starts at 11 a.m. and the Polar Plunge goes from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. This challenge is a fundraiser for Special Olympics Colorado and there’s a $75 fundraising minimum for all adults and $50 fundraising minimum for students and Special Olympics Colorado athletes. Please visit SpecialOlympicsCo.org/Event/AvonPlunge/ for more information.

Fall Fun Fest at 4 Eagle Ranch offers Halloween fun for the whole family hosted by Mountain Life Calvary Chapel from 1 to 4 p.m. Wear your costumes and head to the ranch for games, bouncy houses and lots of candy. This is a family-friendly event, so no scary costumes.

Trunk-or-Treat at Eagle Vineyard Church will offer not only candy but tricycle races, games and fun for all ages. Check it out from 2 to 5 p.m. at Eagle Vineyard Church.

Trunk-Or-Treat with Episcopal Church from 4 to 5 p.m. Let your kids roam between creatively decorated vehicles in the parking lot of the Edwards Interfaith Chapel on Highway 6.

A Celebration of Spirit event will be held with medium Becky Hesseltine. This time of year is a great way to celebrate our spirit-loved ones who have departed from this physical life. Join Becky at Helen’s House in Minturn on Main Street on Saturday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person. Learn more at BeckyHesseltine.com/Events/2022/CelebrationOfSpirit.

Halloween at Grand Avenue Grill will feature the music of Jen Mack from 6 to 9 p.m. in Eagle. Come enjoy dinner, drinks, a good crowd Mack’s music will include originals and covers that span the decades and have been influenced by Billie Holiday, Bonnie Raitt and Anita Baker.

Ein Prosit is hosting a Halloween party with prizes for best costume, drink specials, live music and more in Avon starting at 6 p.m.

Minturn Community Fund will host its annual Halloween Party with Minturn’s own Turntable Review band. The event will be held in downtown Minturn at Magusto’s with drink and food specials. There will be a costume contest and the theme this year is “The Looney Bin,” in case that inspires any costume ideas. $20 donation at the door and the event starts at 9 p.m. Minturn.org/Home/Events/14951.

The Turntable Review will play at the annual Minturn Community Fund’s Halloween Party at Magusto’s in Minturn.
Minturn Community Fund/Courtesy photo

Primal J and the Neanderthals play at Agave in Avon from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. A $500 cash prize will be handed out for best costume, so, get off the couch for this one.

Sunday

If you missed this event on Saturday, Walking Mountains Science Center hosts its second installment of Science Spooktacular: Super Spy Science Fun from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Avon. Kids will learn the science of solving mysteries through hands-on activity stations and interactive experiments. Go ahead and wear the costumes and get ready to learn and have fun. Visit WalkingMountains.org for more info.

Music Makers Hacienda Musica Fright at the Museum brings in Bravo! Vail musicians to Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon starting at 9 a.m. for a spooky concert followed by a forest walk and instrument petting zoo. More information can be found at BravoVail.org.

It’s not quite a Halloween event, but Touch A Truck was postponed last Sunday and rescheduled for this Sunday. This event gives kids a chance to get up close and hop in and touch these vehicles that are so mesmerizing, all courtesy of the Vail Public Library and Children’s Garden of Learning. This will be held at the Ford Park parking lot and will run from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

Minturn Trick-or-Treating happens on Sunday starting at 5:30 p.m. Stop by Town Hall for trick-or-treating and photo opportunities. Candy is available until 7:30 p.m. or until it runs out. Then, roam the streets of Minturn for more trick-or-treating. For more information, visit Minturn.org/Home/Events/13911.

The staff at Minturn Town Hall will be ready for the trick-or-treaters on Sunday.
Town of Minturn/Courtesy photo

Also in Minturn on Sunday, check out Rockin’ Halloween with Radio Free Minturn. DJ Dash and DJ Dana will host this at the studio at 105 Williams Street on Sunday during the trick-or-treating with candy for the kids and T-shirts to sell to moms and dads. To get into the spirit of things, Radio Free Minturn will be playing “War of the Worlds” from about 5 to 8 p.m.

The Ultimate Halloween Costume Party will be held at Route 6 Cafe in EagleVail on Sunday starting at 7 p.m. with the music of Rewind. This is a fundraiser for the Vail Valley Theatre Company (whose “A Rocky Halloween” musical shows have sold out this week). $20 is the ticket price and includes one drink. Wear your best Halloween or ’80s costume as this event will be full of people in the Halloween spirit. Visit VailTheatre.org for more info.

Rewind will play at the Ultimate Halloween Costume Party at Route 6 Cafe on Sunday.
Rewind Band/Courtesy photo

 Monday

Trick-or-Treat Story Time will be held at the Vail Public Library from 1 to 2 p.m. (right before the Trick-or-Treat Trot from 2 to 5 p.m.) This free offering is perfect for babies and toddlers and will feature non-scary Halloween stories and poems and a special appearance by Alp Arts Puppetry. Go to VailLibrary.com for more info.

The 30th annual Vail Trick-or-Treat Trot is the place to be on Monday afternoon. This free event is for infants up to 10-year-olds and their families and allows them to roam the streets of Vail and Lionshead from 2 to 5 p.m. Participating merchants will have an orange jack-o-lantern leaf bag outside their front door. The Trick-or-Treat Trot takes place rain, snow or shine so please dress for the elements and bring your own reusable bag or containers for collecting candy. For more information, go to VailRec.org.

In the Vail Valley, Halloween isn’t just for the kids, adults like to dress up, too.
Vail Recreation District/Courtesy photo

The Skipper & Scout boutique in Vail Village is ramping things up on Halloween with not only trick-or-treating at the store, but also music with DJ Piro, face painting and a costume contest with an exciting prize. The event goes from 2 to 5 p.m. Instagram.com/skipperScoutVail/.

We don’t want to leave out the older kids, so the Gypsum Public Library is hosting a Teen Night Costume Contest where those 12 and older are invited to show off their costumes, join in some fun and participate in the outcome by voting for their favorite costume of the night. The event goes from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and more information can be found at EVLD.org.

Man of the Cliff, Teton Gravity Research ski movie, a Día de Muertos musical and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 10/14/22

Man of the Cliff

The annual lumberjack competition returns on Oct. 15-16.
Man of the Cliff/Courtesy photo

What better way to celebrate fall than wearing flannel, throwing axes and drinking beer. Avon will be filled with people clad in plaid this weekend for Man of the Cliff, a fundraiser for Can Do MS.

This event brings different types of competitions to the Vail Valley. Instead of mountain biking or trail running, participants get to show their skills at keg tossing, speed chopping, spear throwing and other lumberjack games. Man of the Cliff isn’t just for the guys; ladies do pretty well during the competitions, also. Some of the tasks are more about finesse than pure strength.

Sign up as an individual competitor or as a team. The Flannel Panel is where everyone completes individually, but the scores are added up to see which team wins.

This event started out as an idea that Amanda Williams and her husband, Adam, came up with while they were enjoying time with friends around a campfire in Red Cliff. The concept grew and became a reality and was hosted in Red Cliff for many years before moving to Avon. 

This event not only draws locals who first remember enjoying this event when it started in Red Cliff in 2009, but also participants who now return year after year from the Front Range and across the U.S. Folks will be flocking to Avon’s Nottingham Park on Saturday and Sunday to take part in the Man of the Cliff fundraiser that has raised more than $150,000 for local organizations.   

Every year, Man of the Cliff puts money toward a nonprofit. This year Can Do Multiple Sclerosis will be the recipient of fundraising dollars. Can Do MS is a national nonprofit organization based in Avon that delivers health and wellness education programs on exercise, nutrition, symptom management and motivation to help individuals with MS and their families thrive.

Food trucks, adult beverages and live music will also be a part of the event, so come hungry and thirsty.

To learn more about the event, see the schedule and to register, go to ManOfTheCliff.com. Slots fill up fast, so register in advance. Participation costs $88 in advance and $100 on the day of the event, but you can also come and watch. Spectating is free but they do ask that you donate $10 and the proceeds go to Can Do MS. It’s a great fall tradition that supports a worthy cause.

Teton Gravity Research: “Magic Hour”

Jim Ryan and Griffin Post enjoy the view in “Magic Hour” the new stoke movie by Teton Gravity Research showcasing some of the best skiing and riding in North America.
Max Ritter/Courtesy photo

Fall also means it’s time for the new ski and snowboard movies to be releasd and Teton Gravity Research has answered that yearly call by bringing its latest film, “Magic Hour” to screens all over the nation. This Sunday it will be shown at the Vail Mountain School. Sit back in awe while looking at some of the most scenic mountainscapes in North America, including Alaska’s Chugach and Coast Mountain Ranges, Montana, Jackson Hole and the Selkirk, Purcell, Valhalla and Kootenay ranges of British Columbia.

The title “Magic Hour” isn’t a specific time of day, but rather a feeling found during a moment when something extraordinary is experienced. Teton Gravity Research has been filming these experiences for 27 years with talented skiers and riders bringing the stories to life through the cinematography and angles that make you feel like you are right there with them. This year, look for athletes Parkin Costain, Amy Jane David, Tim Durtschi, Kai Jones, Jeremy Jones, Nick McNutt, Bode Merrill, Michelle Parker and others to grace the screen with their skiing and snowboarding and get inspired for the new season ahead.

To get stoked for “Magic Hour” check out the movie trailer:

Tickets and more information can be found at Tour.TetonGravity.com. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for ages 16 and under. Doors at the Vail Mountain School will open at 6:30 p.m. and the film will begin at 7 p.m. There will be prize giveaways from Teton Gravity Research, YETI, Atomic, Volkl, Mammut and more and everyone in attendance will have a chance at the tour grand prizes, including a trip to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Sugar Skull! A Día de Muertos Musical Adventure

‘Sugar Skull! A Día De Los Muertos Musical Adventure’ plays Friday at Battle Mountain High School.
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Día de Muertos is just around the corner. The holiday is typically celebrated in Mexico and areas that observe Mexican heritage and culture on Nov. 1 and 2. This weekend, you can get a glimpse into the meaning behind this more festive event that brings humor and playfulness into remembering those family members who have passed by going to “Sugar Skull! A Día de Muertos Musical Adventure” at the Battle Mountain High School Auditorium.

The show is recommended for ages 5 and up and the whole family will become engaged in the dynamic set and fabulous costumes on stage. The storyline follows Vita Flores, who is a ‘tween that is questioning why her family is so excited to throw a party for the dead. But, through meeting a candy skeleton, Vita is transformed to a magical place where she learns more about her ancestors and the meaning behind Día de Muertos.

The whole production is pulled off by three musicians, two dancers and three actors. The audience is called upon to conjure up the ancestors. It’s an enlightening tale that brings about more understanding of the holiday and a different way to view the somberness of death by celebrating lives with “ofrendas” or offerings like the deceased’s favorite foods, photos and flowers.

General admission tickets for this production are $10 for adults and kids 12 and younger are free, but a reservation is required by going to VilarPAC.org. Please note that even though the Vilar Performing Arts Center is presenting this as part of its STARS Program (Support The Arts Reaching Students) the event is at the Battle Mountain High School Auditorium and parking is available on site, but concessions will not be available, so grab a bite to eat before or after you get there. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m.

Vail Valley Art Guild Jazz Kickoff Party

Clay Vessel, a ceramic work by Willow Murphy is one of the works featured at the Vail Valley Art Guild Fine Arts Show and Jazz reception on Oct. 14 at CMC Vail Valley campus in Edwards.
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The Vail Valley Fine Arts Show and Jazz Reception kicks off the 9th annual event at Colorado Mountain College this Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. The Vail Valley Art Guild’s mission is to enrich lives by fostering and promoting artistic growth and building awareness of the visual arts in Eagle County. Come celebrate the arts and meet the artists behind the work of the paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramicists and photography on display.

The Kathy Morrow Trio will be playing the jazz tunes that will accompany works showcasing local scenes like Piney Lake and the Gore Range, cityscapes, sunsets and more during the reception. Accompanying Morrow in the trio will be Sean Flanigan and CMC’s own Larry Dutmer, a college counselor at CMC’s Vail Valley campus since 1996.

The show will feature over 160 pieces of art by nearly 40 local artists. View the walls of art while sipping free wine, beer and tasting delicious appetizers.

The event, presented by Colorado Mountain College, the Vail Valley Art Guild and the El Pomar Foundation, will be on display from now until early December. Mix and mingle with the artists and even purchase new art for your home. For more information and to find out about other Vail Valley Art Guild events, go to VVAGCO.org.

Clay Vessel, ceramics, by Willow Murphy

The bRUNch Trail Run at Beaver Creek

Sweet swag like a strawberry scented finisher’s award along YETI drinkware and Goodr sunglasses are available at the finish line at The bRUNch Run at Beaver Creek on Saturday.
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Anyone can host a trial run, but when the main focus is on the brunch afterward, the miles logged get just a bit sweeter. Brunch Running of Denver, a social running club, and World Playground, will host a 15k and 5k trail run and a kids run followed by a brunch this Saturday at Beaver Creek.

The trail run will take runners and hikers through the beautiful aspens that are turning the trails golden this time of year. At the finish line, everyone will be presented with a strawberry scented finisher’s medal and other great swag like commemorative YETI drinkware and Goodr sunglasses. Bites will be provided by Mush, ready-to-eat oats made with clean ingredients to give you natural energy.

All participants will receive a drink token to redeem at Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company good for one coffee, a boozy coffee, Bloody Mary or Montucky Cold Snack. Plus, unlimited sips of Gruvi, Polar Selzers, NOCO, Liquid Death water and more.

The folks at bRUNch Run team up with World Playground, an adventure travel community led by retired NHL athlete, Brooks Laich, who has been to Vail before for the GoPro Mountain Games with his dog, Koda. World Playground gives you a chance to go on adventures around the world from trips to an ultimate safari in Tanzania to shark diving in Guadalupe Island. 

The bRUNch Trail Run is a fundraiser for Operation Underground Railroad. The organization offers freedom and healing to survivors of human trafficking and exploitation through direct intervention and aftercare. 

This is the first event hosted up in Beaver Creek. The bRUNch Run has an annual race in Denver and has popped-up in Snowmass in the past. The run club side of the community hosts run clubs in Silverthorne, Denver and Phoenix. If you can’t make the event on Saturday but want to join the next one, head to the Bluebird Market in Silverthorne on Oct. 23.

Tickets for this fundraiser are $100 for the 5k and 15k and $29 for the kids fun run. For more information, go to RunSignUp.com/Race/CO/Avon/bRUNchTrailRun.

Oktoberfest at Beaver Creek, Jazz in Vail, Minturn Market and the Vail Duck Race: Tricia’s Labor Day Weekend Picks 9/2/22

Beaver Creek Oktoberfest

Labor Day Weekend not only signifies the unofficial end of summer, but it also kicks off Oktoberfest season in the Vail Valley. Beaver Creek’s three-day event ushers in two more weekends of Oktoberfest, with Lionshead hosting on Sept. 9-11 and Vail Village hosting on Sept. 16-18. Each are different and equally as fun, so don that dirndl and put on the lederhosen and get ready to say “prost” this time of year.  

Beaver Creek will tap the keg and start the music at 4 p.m. in Beaver Creek Village on Friday. Beaver Creek is happy to welcome back its sister city’s band, Trachtenkapelle of Lech Zurs, Austria. For over two decades the two towns have hosted each other and music has been the connection despite any language barriers. In addition to coming out each year for Oktoberfest, Trachtenkapelle has made it out for World Cup alpine ski races as well.

Helmut Fricker gets the crowd going during Oktoberfest at Beaver Creek.
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Helmut Fricker and his band will be taking turns on the stage with Tratchenkapelle throughout the three-day festival. Capping off the weekend days will be Philadelphia Freedom: A Tribute to Elton John on Saturday and Brothers Revival: A Tribute for the Allman Brothers on Sunday. The music and the event goes from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

There will be plenty of beer on tap and this year’s commemorative stein will be available for purchase. Food booths will be placed along the plaza level of Beaver Creek with traditional Bavarian eats like brats and sauerkraut, schnitzel, pretzels, German-style potato pancakes and more.

If you are looking for a free lunch, enter to compete in the bratwurst eating competition at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. If you’ve been working on your 12-ounce curls, maybe the stein holding competition is more your speed, held at 6 p.m. on Friday and 3:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Or, if you think you are looking pretty authentic, try out for the best-dressed competition at 5:45 p.m. on Friday and 2:45 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The Kids Zone will be hopping with all sorts of activities, which will be up near Centennial Express (No. 6) at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain. Complimentary games and bouncy castles, face painting and inflatable axe throwing will entertain the little ones while the adults can try their hand at Hammerschlagen and axe throwing on the lawn as well at the Haus of Games.

Entry to the event is free and you can pay for food and drinks as you go. For more information and a full schedule, go to BeaverCreek.com.

Vail Jazz Party

The Vail Jazz Party offers over 35 hours of live music and presentations throughout Labor Day Weekend in Lionshead.
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A summer full of jazz culminates with the Vail Jazz Party this Labor Day Weekend. The music started on Thursday and winds down on Monday afternoon, equaling 35 hours of music throughout the festival. After 28 years, this event turns into more of a reunion than just a jazz fest. Some of these stars and patrons have been coming year after year.

The venues shuffle between the jazz tent at Vail Square and The Hythe in Lionshead (formerly the Vail Marriott). Special performances include Wycliffe Gordon’s Nu Funk Dance Party IV on Friday, Ken Peplowski’s In the Moment on Saturday and Niki Haris’ Gospel Prayer Meetin’ on Sunday morning. The Vail Jazz Orchestra will celebrate the life and contributions of Jeff Clayton. Clayton was not only a bright light in the jazz world, but he also was a founding faculty member at the Vail Jazz Workshop, which brings in the most promising students of jazz from high schools around the country.

In addition to the event to honor Jeff Clayton, who passed away in December of 2020, the Vail Jazz family will no doubt pay tribute to the founder of the Vail Jazz Festival, Howard Stone, who passed away in early August. The valley also lost musician Tony Gulizia, who would have been celebrating 25 years of the Vail Jazz Goes to School Program. Tony G, as he was known around town, passed away in July.

Check out the website for an all-access pass or get individual session tickets at VailJazz.org.

Summer’s End in Avon

Avon’s Summer’s End event brings live music, an outdoor movie, family fun and races across the lake to Nottingham Park.
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Nottingham Park has been the place to be this summer. With the lake activities like paddle boating and SUP’ing, volleyball, fishing and tons of playground equipment, people of all ages flock to this centrally located park in Avon and Eagle County. To celebrate cummer, the town of Avon is bringing back Summer’s End for Labor Day Weekend.

On Friday, check out the last Lakeside Cinema featuring the children’s animated film, “Up.” The movie screen will be on the lawn, so bring a blanket or a low-profile lawn chair and some snacks and sit back and enjoy the show, which starts around dusk.

On Saturday, relax and enjoy the amenities of the park and then get ready for Sunday and Monday. The Paddle Battle is back on Sunday, offering up cash prizes for the top performers. There will be an individual SUP race, a SUP-Squatch race where you can fit eight people on one huge standup paddle board and try to work together to navigate the board.

The Cardboard Regatta Race will be equally as fun to watch. This is just like it sounds – you are making a boat out of cardboard and trying to float across water. The rules require that your boat’s hull can only be made out of corrugated cardboard and sealed with duct tape, caulk, glue, latex paint or varnish. These boats will then be propelled by the use of cardboard paddles by those in the boat. First boat to cross the finish line wins, but in addition to being the fastest, there will be an award for most dramatic sinking and most creative boat. Costumes are encouraged for this, so get creative!

After the races, there will be a doubleheader of concerts for SunsetLIVE! At 3 p.m. Rocket Parade will take the stage on the Terrace of the Performance Pavilion in Nottingham Park. Listen to sounds of rock and soul from this group based out of Nederland, near Boulder. At 5:30 p.m. Jen Mack will take the stage and bring on the sunset with her acoustic, soulful originals and cover tunes done her own way.

On Labor Day, the park will be filled with family activities like inflatable bouncy castles, jugglers, balloon artists and more. There will also be food vendors and drinks available at the Hahnewald Bar.

The musical lineup will feature Arlo McKinley, who is touring with his latest release, “The Mess We’re In” and Jeremy Pinnell, playing a little country with a honky tonk flair. Big Richard will headline with its all-female band who play cello, mandolin, bass and guitar and fiddle. This supergroup has performed with countless stars but when they come together they become a festival supergroup.

For more information, how to register for the SUP races and showtimes, visit Avon.org.

Vail Duck Race

Gore Creek in Vail Village will turn into a sea of yellow during the annual Vail Duck Race on Sunday.
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Head to Gore Creek in Vail Village on Sunday for the Vail Duck Race. This fundraiser has been going on for 25 years and benefits the Rotary Clubs of the Vail Valley. You can still adopt a duck for a chance to win $5,000 and other prizes. The Rotary Club folks will have four tents with ducks for adoption on Sunday., Two tents will be at the Vail Farmer’s Market and Art Show, one tent at the International Bridge and one tent at the Covered Bridge near Russell’s. The Vail Duck Race will start at the Covered Bridge and end at the International Bridge.

Organizers expect to send between 8,000 and 10,000 ducks downstream. Local Boy Scout troops will help with unloading the ducks at the start and gathering them after the race in Gore Creek.

To enter the Vail Duck race, you simply adopt a duck or several ducks if you want to increase your chances of winning. The ducks have numbers on the bottom and those numbers correspond with who purchased them. If your duck is the first one across the finish line, you win $5,000. There are other prizes that have been donated from area businesses, so there is still a chance to win something even if your duck didn’t come in first.

For over 50 years the Rotary Clubs of Vail have been giving back and much of the money raised stays in Eagle County. During the pandemic, the Vail Rotary Club donated money to the local food pantry called the Community Market, the Vail Valley Salvation Army and SpeakUp ReachOut for suicide prevention. They also work to help Rotary International Youth Exchange send local high school juniors for a year overseas, help many other local nonprofits and help with other international needs.

The cost to purchase a duck is $10, or get three for $20, five for $30 and so on. Any number of ducks can be adopted. If you can’t make it to the Vail Market or the other booths to purchase your duck, you can do so online at VailDuckRace.com. They will be selling ducks until 2 p.m. and the Vail Duck Race starts at 3 p.m.

Minturn Market

This Saturday marks the final Minturn Market of the summer.
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The last Minturn Market of the summer is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The valley’s first market is celebrating 25 years and some of the vendors have been there the whole time, like Carol Colletti, better known as Grammy from Grammy’s Jam. Minturn’s quaint small town feel and the beauty that surrounds it provide a perfect backdrop for not only the produce vendors, but for the artisans and shopkeepers selling their wares.

Fashions, pet items, housewares, hats and more hats, jewelry, even wine samples from Wild Mountain Cellars can be found at the Minturn Market. There will also be live music and kids activities like the Climbing Wall brought in each week by Eagle Climbing + Fitness.

Come for the shopping but stay for lunch. Quench your thirst with Inner Light Juice, serving up everything from super-food smoothies to detoxifying lemonades. Grab a chicken and mushroom empanada from Flavor Stop and add a side of Elote Mexican corn from the roasted corn truck. Cap it off with something sweet from the ColoraDough Bakery truck.

Make a day of it and enjoy a hike just outside of town like Lionshead Rock or a bike ride on the Everkrisp Trail before or after the market. Stick around and do some more dining and shopping throughout Minturn as well. For more information and information about the vendors, go to Minturn.org. Don’t forget this is the last Minturn Market of the season, so pencil it into your holiday weekend plans.

Wine and beer tastings, concerts, a bike swap and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 8/12/22

Wine Events

Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival

The Beaver Creek Wine & Spirits Festival is back after taking a break due to COVID but it’s not skipping a beat. The fun and frolicking on the mountain and weaving in opportunities to wine and dine in and around beautiful Beaver Creek Village and the trails are what this event is all about. From on-mountain adventures to seminars and wine-paired dinners, it’s time to sip and savor at summer’s end.

From learning about Austrian whites and some not-so-well-known Spanish wines to a Farm-to-Table Dinner at Mirabelle where all the ingredients are sourced within 150 miles of Beaver Creek, there’s a lot to learn. Beaver Creek Wine and Spirits Festival also focuses on the spirits side of things and Laws Whiskey is on hand to pair their whiskey with ice cream.

Don’t miss opportunities to hike to your next sip or bite with the Hike and Lunch at Saddle Ridge on Saturday or a 4×4 Jeep Tour ending with a wine and food pairing at the Beaver Creek Chophouse on Sunday. The full schedule can be found by searching Signature Events on BeaverCreek.com.

Vail Wine Classic

 In Vail, you’ll find the Vail Wine Classic with wine and food tastings going on along with winemaker dinners, hikes, lunches and whiskey pairings.  

The Vail Wine Classic features hundreds of fine wines from around the world, so check out the list at VailWineClassic.com to see if your favorite is on there or find a few that pique your interest.

Grand Tastings happen on Friday and Saturday with different ticket prices, some offering premier access, at the festival. Check the event’s Eventbrite page to find the ticket that’s right for you and to take part in other festival offerings.

Big name concerts

On Saturday, Emmy and Tony Award-winning singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth will be at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek.
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Primus, Kristin Chenoweth and Amos Lee – these names won’t be performing on the stage together, but they will all be in town this weekend for separate shows in Vail and Beaver Creek.

Primus will play two nights as part of their Tribute to Kings Tour, where they play Rush’s classic album, “A Farewell to Kings” in its entirety. “A Farewell to Kings,” the 1977 album by the Canadian trio, features classics like the title track, followed by “Xanadu” as well as “Closer to the Heart,” Rush’s first hit single in the United Kingdom, and it was also a chart-topper in Canada and the U.S.

Primus was just at Red Rocks Amphitheater earlier this week as part of the 25th anniversary of “South Park,” where they played with Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Ween. Primus wrote the theme song for the animated series. Catch them this weekend before Primus heads off to Santiago, Chile to perform “A Tribute to Kings” at Teatro Coliseo in November.

On Saturday, Emmy and Tony Award-winning singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth will grace the stage at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek accompanied by the Colorado Symphony.

Besides winning awards, Chenoweth has been busy on the sets of “Pushing Daisies,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “Wicked” and “Glee.”

“With Kristin Chenoweth’s visit to Beaver Creek, we welcome a performer and entertainer of the highest echelon to our community,” said Owen Hutchinson, executive director of the VPAC. “Both on-stage and on-screen, her masterful performances lift hearts and delight audiences of every age and artistic preference. We are honored to host Kristin with our beloved Colorado Symphony.”

As of press time, tickets were listed at limited availability, so act fast. For ticket information, go to VilarPAC.org.

The Colorado Symphony has a busy weekend in the Vail Valley. After playing with Chenoweth on Saturday, they will venture over the Ford Amphitheater on Sunday to perform with Amos Lee and Danielle Ponder. Gone will be the heavy bass beats by Les Claypool of Primus the night before, the sounds will be replaced by Lee’s vulnerable style of songwriting and singing along with Danielle Ponder’s smooth, soulful sound.

A couple of fun facts: Lee was an English major in college and was teaching school and bartending when he decided to make music his career and Ponder was working as a public defender before taking the leap and sharing her voice with the world.

Tickets for Primus “A Tribute to Kings” and Amos Lee with the Colorado Symphony and Danielle Ponder can be found at GRFAVail.com.

Brew’au in Avon

The Vail Valley Charitable Fund presents the Vail Valley Brew’au, a beer tasting with a Hawaiian theme, on Saturday.
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The Vail Valley Charitable Fund is once again hosting its annual Brew’au which is a beer tasting event with a luau theme. This luau, libations and live music combination all results in a fun way to spend your Saturday afternoon. Held at Nottingham Park in Avon, the lake and the Performance Pavilion stage provide the perfect backdrop for the entertainment. The headlining act this year is the Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review with opening act The Sweet Lillies.

The event is held from 4 to 8 p.m., so it’s perfect timing after that hike, bike ride or just a day of getting the kids ready for back-to-school season. Ticket holders will enjoy unlimited samples of over 40 amazing brews, but it’s not just beer, seltzers and ciders will be poured, too, all in a souvenir sampling glass.

Drink vendors include: 10th Mountain Whiskey, BATCH Slapped Brewery/Cidery, Black Bottle Brewery, LLC, Canteen Spirits, Cutwater, Dirty Dill, Ecliptic Brewing Company, Elevated Seltzer, Golden Moon Distillery, Juicy Beverage CO, Kona, Los Dos Potrillos, Cerveceria, Mixedup Mules, Smoking River Brew, So Many Roads Brewery, STEEP Brewing and Coffee Co., Upslope and Vail Brewing Company.

In addition to the libations, there will be food vendors on hand to fill your belly. No outside alcohol or food will be permitted at this event.

Bring the kids because there will be plenty of activities they will love like the bouncy house, climbing wall, lawn games, face painting and more. There will also be live performers including hula dancers and dressing in Hawaii attire is encouraged. Elua Wahine Hula, which means “Two Women Hula” in Hawaiian, will take the stage between The Sweet Lillies and Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue. They will also be doing a hula dance with the kids when their set concludes on the main stage over near the kids’ activities.

The Vail Valley Charitable Fund is celebrating 26 years of serving the valley. The VVCF provides assistance to individuals who live and work in the Vail Valley who are experiencing a financial hardship due to a medical crisis or long-term illness. Over the past two decades, the VVCF has raised and distributed $8.6 million to over 1,900 families in the community, with the majority of the donations coming from individuals and businesses in the valley. To close out the event, water lanterns will be lit and released to honor those who we have lost in the community who were touched by the VVCF.

This is the VVCF’s biggest fundraiser of the year, so make plans to attend and help your community. Buy tickets at Brewau.com.

Vail Youth Music Showcase

Michael Gheghan, who has played with Supertramp, Justin Timberlake and Andrea Bocelli, is one of seven industry pros who will participate in the inaugural Vail Youth Music Showcase as a mentor and performer to 14 young musicians from around the state.
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The search for the next generation of musical talent will be showcased this Saturday at Solaris in Vail Village from 3:30 to 6 p.m. The Vail Youth Music Showcase features emerging musicians and in order to find them, the MAPS Institute of Modern Music searched the state earlier this summer to pick who would come to the workshop and perform at the event.

The free event will bring in 14 youth ages 14 to 20, and a few of them are locals. The young artists will perform two songs of their choice, but they won’t be alone. They will be backed by some pretty big names in the music world. The list of mentors and musical professionals includes:

  • Aaron Johnston – Brazilian Girls, David Byrne
  • Matt O’Ree – Bon Jovi, Matt O’Ree Band
  • Michael Ghegan – Supertramp, Justin Timberlake, Andrea Bocelli
  • Michael Jude – Brothers Keeper, John Oates Band
  • Michael Travis – The String Cheese Incident
  • Rob Eaton Jr. – Brothers Keeper
  • Scott Rednor – Brothers Keeper, Dean Ween Group

Local musicians include Isaac Silvers of Avon, Rennick Williams of Eagle-Vail, Izzy Thomas and Jake Beau of Eagle and the band Trees Don’t Move from Eagle.

Before the showcase starts, the youth participate in musical workshops and rehearsals with the career musicians. This is a project of the MAPS Institute of Modern Music, the mentoring program of the Eagle County-based nonprofit organization, Mr. Anonymous Philanthropic Society (MAPS). Founded in 2021, MAPS is inspired by connection, collaboration and integrity in the music it produces and the relationships it builds. For more information, go to GoMAPSMusic.org.

Vail Bike Swap

The Vail Bike Swap will be held at Battle Mountain High School on Saturday.
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Have your kids outgrown their bikes? Have you upgraded to a more technical set of two wheels? If you have a bike to spare, bring it to the Vail Bike Swap this weekend. Presented by Vail Ski and Snowboard Club and The Kind Bikes and Skis, the Vail Bike Swap helps those looking to offload bikes and those looking to get a new ride at a discount.

The equipment dropoff time frame is Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. or Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. The event will be held once again at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards. In addition to bikes, gear in good working order can be donated as well. With a 20% commission going to Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, Unsold equipment pickup will be on Saturday from 4 to 5:30 pm.

There will be a $5 entry fee and cash is preferred. Children under $10 are free. The money raised will benefit Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s Junior Cycling Team. For more information, go to VailBikeSwap.com.

Rodeo, dance, art shows, silent disco and uphill races: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 7/29/22

Eagle County Fair & Rodeo

Since 1939, Eagle County has celebrated its western heritage by hosting a rodeo to showcase the skills used on the ranch. This Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned event has grown throughout the decades and brings in talent from all over, and that talent includes not only the cowboys and cowgirls but also the stock featured in the rodeo. The bucking animals are brought in by Cervi Championship Rodeo out of Greeley.

The carnival rides and food booths are open early, so come down and enjoy the fun. On Friday, the carnival gates open at 3 p.m. and on Saturday gates open at noon. There will be a kiddie land at the east side of the Eagle River Center. This year’s carnival will feature rides and attractions including the Majestic Ferris Wheel, Space Shuttle, Ripsaw, Thea’s Zoo, Flying Pink Elephants and more. Get your thrills before eating too much cotton candy or funnel cakes.

Come early to view the 4-H exhibits in the Eagle River Center, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Check out the chickens, bunnies, lambs, pigs, goats and more. The 4-H kids have been working hard to raise these animals over the past year and many of them will be featured at the Junior Livestock Auction on Saturday at 11 a.m. Money raised from the auction helps kids invest in their next animal and often goes toward funds for college. Many area restaurants have been known to buy livestock from this auction to keep the meats on their menu super local, so don’t be surprised if you see a few restaurant owners bidding.

Also on Saturday you’ll find the Pretty Baby contest. This is the cutest thing ever with little ones dressed in their best to impress the judges. Does your baby have what it takes? Show up to register between 9:30 and 9:55 a.m. and the contest starts at 10 a.m. at the Eagle River Center.

There are theme nights throughout the rodeo and Friday’s theme is Pink Night. Are you tough enough to wear pink? The cowboys and cowgirls are. Don a pink hat, shirt, skirt or event boots and show up for a good cause. The Eagle County Fair & Rodeo will donate $0.50 for each Friday rodeo ticket sold and that money will go to the Shaw Cancer Center in Edwards.

For more information, go to EagleCountyFairAndRodeo.com.

Vail Dance Festival

The New York City Ballet performs Justin Peck’s “Partita.”
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The 34th annual Vail Dance Festival returns with 12 performances, over 40 festival events and three dance companies making their Vail Dance Festival debuts this summer.

“We can’t wait to get back onstage here in the Vail Valley,” said Damian Woetzel, artistic director of the Vail Dance Festival. “In addition to a return engagement by New York City Ballet MOVES after their sold-out performances last year, audiences won’t want to miss the Festival debuts of Ephrat Asherie Dance, Limón Dance Company, and DanceAspen.

This year’s Artists-In-Residence include dancer and choreographer Caili Quan and New York City Ballet soloist Roman Mejia. Look for each of them to have new collaborations, stretching their limits of performance in the next two weeks. New collaborations are all a part of the spirit of adventure at the Vail Dance Festival so expect to see cross-genre pairings showcasing some of the best choreographers, dancers and musicians in the world.

Opening Night at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater on Friday includes performances by the New York City Ballet MOVES. Watch them perform “Red Angel” by Ulysses Dove and “Other Dances” by Jerome Robbins. The Limón Dance Company takes the stage for the first time and so does Ephrat Asherie Dance. Sprinkled in between will be performances by festival artists.

On Saturday, New York City Ballet MOVES returns to The Amp and will showcase Justin Peck’s recent premiere “Partita,” which will be set to Caroline Shaw’s “Partita for 8 Voices,” which won a Pulitzer Prize. Artist-In-Residence Roman Mejia will dazzle audiences debuting in Jerome Robbins’ “A Suite of Dances” and “In the Night.”

On Sunday, the performance moves to the Vilar Performing Arts Center and celebrates the debut of Ephrat Asherie and “ODEON.” This New York City-based group is known for its African American and Latine street and social styles. This will be a high energy show. Think break, hip hop and house styles of dance found on the streets and the clubs. It will be hard to sit in your seats for this show, which starts at 6 p.m.

Rounding out the weekend will be Master Dance Classes at Vail Mountain School with different artists. For the little ones, don’t miss the Tiny Dancer Tea Party from 10 to 11:15 a.m. on Saturday at the Social Courtyard at The Amp.

The dance festival runs from now until Aug. 9 and performances will be happening up and down the valley at The Amp, The Vilar Performing Arts Center, the Avon Performance Pavilion and even on the streets of Vail. For a full schedule of events, go to VailDance.org.

Beaver Creek happenings

Billy Doran of Fossil Posse Adventures and The Museum at Dinosaur Junction shares information about pre-historic activity in Eagle County.
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In addition to the lift rides on Centennial Lift (No. 6), the hiking and biking trails and mini golf and other attractions at the base of Beaver Creek, the resorts has a lot of free family entertainment throughout the weekend to enjoy. Whether you are visiting or if you are a local, head up there for a day of fun that won’t break the bank.

Friday kicks off with free yoga from 9 to 10 a.m. on the plaza level. In the summertime, the ice rink is converted into a lawn area filled with patio tables, chairs and umbrellas surrounded by games like shuffleboard. Stretch out with the free yoga and then sit and enjoy a latte before hopping into a game of ping pong.

Later that afternoon, the Beav’ offers free live music with different bands playing each week from 4 to 6 p.m. The Beau Thomas Band will play this Friday on the stage at the end of the plaza.

On Saturday, sit back and let Ken Carpenter draw a picture of you as a caricature. Carpenter has been the featured caricaturist at Beaver Creek for decades and has drawn grandparents, children and now their children. Take home a complimentary memory of your trip through the eyes of Carpenter, who will be on the plaza from 4 to 6 p.m.

Also on Saturday, get your groove on with some silent disco. If you have yet to try this fun activity, get up to Beaver Creek and don a pair of headphones and listen to the beat. Different sets of headphones are tuned into different songs. Pretty soon you’ll start grooving to a tune and realize someone else is dancing to the same beat. It’s a ton of fun and you have to experience it to understand what it’s like.

On Sunday, listen for the accordion, alpenhorn or a yodel from Helmut Fricker, the valley’s Bavarian entertainer who always has a smile and a joke to tell. He’s a fixture on the entertainment scene and you can find him roaming around the plaza from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Did you know that pre-historic creatures walked the earth right here in Eagle County years ago? Find out who roamed these parts long before it was a ski area with Fossil Posse Adventures. Led by Billy Doran, who hosts the Fossil Posse Adventure Camps for kids and just opened up the new Museum at Dinosaur Junction in Edwards, these programs are as educational and interactive as they are fun. Let yourself be a kid again and learn more about the wonders of the pre-historic world. Doran will be on the plaza stage from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Don’t forget that Beaver Creek has its Common Consumption Area (CCA) that allows those 21 and older to stroll around the village or sit at the tables at the plaza with an alcoholic beverage served by one of the participating restaurants. Just ask for your drink to go and the server will place it in a disposable CCA cup.

For a list of complimentary family activities at Beaver Creek throughout the week, go to the Events Calendar on BeaverCreek.com.

Art shows

The Avon Arts Celebration returns for its second weekend at Harry A. Nottingham Park Friday through Sunday.
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Avon Arts Celebration

Back for its second weekend, the Avon Arts Celebration is a true celebration of the arts with so many talented individuals coming in from states across the country. Whether you are making this your event of the day or are dropping by after a bike ride or a hike, stop by Nottingham Lake and talk to the artists who will be there and speak to them about their craft. This is a juried art show and the quality of work reflects that. Mediums include painting, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, metal and woodwork, fiber, clothing, furniture and more.

The show is free to attend. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Cordillera Fine Art Show

Cordillera is bringing art to the eyes of the public with its Fine Art Show happening this weekend. Stop by the Cordillera Metro District at 408 Carterville Road and see quality artwork for your home. On Saturday the show will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a wine tasting going on from 3 to 5 p.m. On Sunday, the show will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with a Mimosa Art Trail from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.  

Berry Creek Trail Run

The Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series takes place on Berry PIcker trail this Saturday.
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How about a little jog up to Mid-Vail this Saturday? For time. That’s what it’s all about at the Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series that the Vail Recreation District hosts throughout the summer. This running series is known for its great courses and views and it was recently named by the American Trail Running Association as Race Standards Certified for exceeding measurements in safety, well-marked courses, timely results and awards, environmental responsibility and excellent communication with racers prior to the event.

Let’s get to the stats:

  • Race distance:  4.6 miles
  • Elevation gain: is 2,337 feet
  • Average grade: 14%

The course starts at Gondola 1 in Vail Village and travels up single and double track on Berry Picker and Fireweed trails until it brings runners on the Mountain Access Road to Mid-Vail. The race starts at 8 a.m. and spectators may hop on Gondola 1 for free between 8 and 8:30 a.m. After that, spectators can buy a lift ticket to ride the lift when it opens to the public at 9:30 a.m.

Save yourself some time on race day by going to the pre-race bib pick up on Friday at West Vail Liquor Mart from 4 to 6 p.m. Otherwise day-of race bib pick up will starts at 6:45 a.m. and goes until 7:45 a.m. on Saturday at the base of Gondola 1.  

What’s your incentive for doing this? How about some donuts and refreshments from Northside Coffee & Kitchen and a custom T-shirt? The afterparty and awards ceremony will be held at Mid-Vail and additional food will be available at The Coop. Prizes will be given out to the top male and female finishers in different age categories.

Although I said it’s all about your race time, it’s way more about the fun and the community these races provide. It’s a welcoming bunch and it’s a great way to kick off your Saturday. For more information, go to VailRec.com.

New music with the New York Philharmonic, Old Crow Medicine Show at Vilar, Art in Avon and acrobatics down valley: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 7/22/22

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

To round out Bravo! Vail Music Festival’s 35th season, the New York Philharmonic will take the stage at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater this weekend through July 27. The New York Philharmonic returns to Vail for its 19th summer residency and is one of the oldest musical institutions in the world and is the oldest of the Big Five Orchestras in the U.S., dating back to 1842:

  • New York Philharmonic (1842)
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra (1881)
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1891)
  • Philadelphia Orchestra (1900)
  • Cleveland Orchestra (1918)

Throughout its 180-year history, The New York Philharmonic has had several notables as conductors including Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky and Copeland. The symphony orchestra is currently under the musical guidance of Jaap van Zweden. Van Zweden is no stranger to the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, he was the musical director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2018.

Friday night’s performance will feature the world premiere, “Profiles” by Carlos Simon. This work was co-commissioned by Bravo! Vail Music Festival and the New York Philharmonic as part of the New Works Symphonic Commissioning Project.

Friday:

  • Jaap van Zweden – conductor
  • Bomsori Kim – violin
  • Carlos Simon – Profiles
  • Max Bruch – Violin Concerto No. 1
  • Bartók – Concerto for Orchestra

There will be a pre-concert talk with Ryan Banagale of Colorado Mountain College at 5 p.m. at The Amp and a short talkback with composer Simon and Bravo! Vail artistic director Anne-Marie McDermott following the concert.

On Saturday, listen to the recent work by Nina Shekar, an award-winning composer and flutist, pianist and saxophonist, called “Lumina.” Shekar touches on darkness and light in this work by contrasting sounds that elicit feelings of joy and sadness.

Saturday:

  • Jaap van Zweden – conductor
  • Conrad Tao – piano
  • Nina Shekar – Lumina
  • Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 17
  • Dvorak – Symphony No. 7

Also on Saturday, put your feet in the shoes of Gustaf Mahler, who was from Austria and would spend much of his composing time surrounded by nature and the beauty of the mountains, similar to our surroundings here in Vail.

Mahler would often compose in the morning and then hike, swim and soak in the sun in the afternoons in the Austrian Alps. Bravo! Vail Music Festival explores Mahler’s connection to nature on Saturday with its Naturally Mahler Adventure Walk. The walks will be based out of the Vail Nature Center and led by Gabryel Smith, the director of archives and exhibitions for the New York Philharmonic at 9:30, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. There will be select musicians set up along the trail to bring Mahler’s music to life.

On Sunday, get ready for the big sounds of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, also known as his tragic symphony. To help understand this statement and what makes this work less triumphant go to the pre-concert talk at 5 p.m. at The Amp lobby with Jack Sheinbaum of the University of Denver. Then settle in on the lawn or pavilion seating for this 80-minute masterpiece. This program will not have an intermission, so get your snacks and drinks ahead of time. 

Sunday:

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

For more information, go to BravoVail.org.

Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show members Morgan Jahnig, Mason Via, Ketch Secor, Jerry Pentecost, Cory Younts and Mike Harris will take the stage at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Sunday night.
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The Vilar Performing Arts Center has had a big summer schedule so far with names like John Fogerty, Kenny G and Shakey Graves and the award-winning line up continues this weekend with the Old Crow Medicine Show playing the Vilar stage on Sunday at 7 p.m.

“Old Crow Medicine Show brings a spectacular summer concert to the Vail Valley. From Grand Ole Opry members to Grammy winners, Old Crow Medicine Show have an old-timey folk/string sound combined with a rock energy – this combination will make for an especially memorable live performance,” said Ruthie Hamrick, director of marketing for the VPAC.

Old Crow Medicine Show got its start over 20 years ago by busking in New York City and then making their way across Canada and then the lower 48 and gaining fans wherever they went.

Their latest album came out in April of this year, and they are currently on tour with recent stops in Montana, Wyoming and Utah and will be traveling to Washington, D.C., Virginia, Arkansas and Canada after their stop in Beaver Creek.

Listen for new releases like “Paint This Town” and but don’t be surprised if they put in a Willie Nelson song, play a little “Wagon Wheel” or even “Fight for Your Right” by The Beastie Boys.

Tickets start at $75 and there are only 535 seats at the venue, so don’t hesitate if you want to hop on this opportunity to see this high-energy show. Take a look at their social media pages and you’ll realize that beyond their musical talents, they are just a fun group of guys you’ll want to spend your Sunday night with. For more information and for tickets, go to VilarPAC.org.

Avon Arts Celebration

The Avon Arts Celebration returns to Nottingham Park for the third summer.
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Art lovers are invited to converge at the Avon Arts Celebration this weekend for the third annual Avon Arts Celebration. Last year, this was the largest art show in the Vail Valley and this year the organizers expect to have over 100 artists show their works at Harry A. Nottingham Park in Avon.

The juried show invites artists from California, North Carolina, Arizona, Texas, Kansas, Wyoming, and beyond and the artists will all have original artwork that is one of a kind in all sorts of mediums like painting, photography, woodworking, print, mixed media, pottery, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, clothing and more.

According to the organization’s Facebook page, there will be a $1,000 art festival shopping spree giveaway on Saturday and Sunday. To get an entry ticket, come to the show Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11:59 a.m. and ask any artist for a free entry ticket. Then put your “Stub in the Tub” at the Colorado Art Weekend booth and be present for the drawing at high noon on both days. The winner will get to select art from any artist or combination of artists in the show up to $1000.

The event takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information and a list of artists go to AvonArtsCelebration.com.

Free Family Fun Fest

The Free Family Fun Fest is back in Lionshead this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Come out to Lionshead Village for a few hours of free family fun at the Vail Free Family Fun Fest this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There aren’t a lot of free things to do in Vail, so this is a great way to spend part of your day and come and play, learn and create together as a family.

Take part in some of the zany competitions and contests along the Lionshead Mall. There’s also the Creation Station Zone where they will have plenty of quality arts and crafts and creative projects.

Although this is a fun event for kids, there’s quite a bit of learning going on along the way. Visit tents that will house fun games and activities based on STEM themes (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Each week, the Free Family Fun Fest showcases quality educational presenters such as The Raptor Educational Foundation, Nature’s Educators, Space Time Kids, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Butterfly Pavilion, Spark Lab Science and Mad Science.

For more go to DiscoverVail.com.

The Greatest Show in CO

PLAY Performance Group launches its annual summer circus shows in Eagle and Minturn this weekend.
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Ladies and gentlemen, step right up for the Greatest Show in CO this Friday and Saturday. PLAY Performance Group is presenting two shows, one in Eagle on Friday night and one in Minturn on Saturday night.

PLAY Performance Group, a local aerial acrobatics group, is hosting a circus-style show for the community. No elephants or lions, just human-powered performances from your friends and neighbors who have all sorts of hidden talents that will be revealed both nights. In addition to the circus arts, there will be live music and plenty of fanfare.

PLAY Performance Group has already had a busy summer performing at the Vail America Days parade and at the Eagle Artwalks. They are now gearing up to do their annual shows in Eagle and Minturn.

PLAY Performance Group doesn’t only do shows, they also offer weekly classes at Mountain Recreation Field House in Edwards. PLAY evolved out of Peace Love Aerial Yoga in Minturn into a hub for aerial arts education and performance. If you think you have what it takes, join them for a class. Who knows, you may be part of the Greatest Show in Colorado next year.

On Friday head to the Eagle Town Park for a 7 p.m. start and on Saturday go to Little Beach Park in Minturn for a 6 p.m. start. The cost is $15 for general admission either night and kids ages 4 and under free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at: GSEagle.bpt.me or GSMinturn.bpt.me.

Little Listeners at the Library introduces kids to music and instruments

Philip Kates allows a child at teh Vail Public Library to try her hand at plucking the strings on the violin at the Bravo! Vail Little Listeners at the Library program.
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Beyond what you see on the stage at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, the Bravo! Vail Music Festival is connecting with the community in many ways. To reach the youngsters in the Vail Valley, Bravo! Vail hosts the Little Listeners at the Library program throughout the festival.

“This is a very popular series at Bravo! Vail Music Festival for young audience members all around the Vail Valley. Here, we invite professional musicians that are playing with the festival at the Ford Amphitheater to come in and do a more intimate chamber music performance geared toward children ages two through elementary school and their families,” said Amara Sperber, programs coordinator at Bravo! Vail Music Festival.

Three musicians from The Philadelphia Orchestra led the Little Listeners at the Library program, a group that consisted of around 50 people at the Vail Public Library on a Thursday afternoon. Kids of all ages, even babies, were treated to the sounds of Philip Kates on violin, Elizabeth Masoudnia on the oboe and English horn and Matthew Vaughn on trombone and small tuba.

Bravo! Vail’s Little Listeners at the Library is a free program, but registration is requested at BravoVail.org.
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Kates got the kids’ attention while plucking a familiar tune. Ears perked up when “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” filled the room and the attention focused on Kates. He talked about tempo and what tempo works best for a happy song or a sad song. He told the kids a story of an ox pulling a large cart and asked the children what sort of tempo should be used for that scene.

“Slow!” the children yelled in unison.

Education and engagement are two things what Bravo! Vail aims to do to inspire musical curiosity. It’s Bravo! Vail’s mission to share the joy and power of music and inspire lifelong learning. The power of the music came over the room as even crying babies were lulled into a mesmerized gaze as the sounds of the instruments filled the space.

Elizabeth Masoudnia taught the kids about the oboe and the English horn, which, she let the kids know, is neither English nor a horn, and played some higher-pitched and faster songs with the oboe and slower and lower notes with the English horn. She also let them see the reeds she makes and uses for her wind instruments.

Matthew Vaughn had fun making funny noises with his trombone and introduced the kids to the small tuba he brought and described how sounds are formed via the mouthpiece and how horns rely more on vibrations than breath. He also showed the little listeners how he can manipulate the sounds coming out of the bell of the horn by using a mute or a piece of household equipment that everyone was familiar with: the base of a plunger.

Matt Vaughn demonstrates the range of notes the trombone can produce.
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“But I promise you, this plunger has never been used in a toilet,” Vaughn said as the kids chuckled at the bathroom joke.

The trio then got together and played for a few minutes before the program was over. It’s a 30-minute opportunity to introduce kids to music and instruments in an approachable way.

“Parents love it. I think what’s so incredible about this series. This is often a student’s first encounter with classical music and it’s being presented on such a high level, from the musicians at Bravo Vail which makes it just that much more of a lasting impact on students who might be interested in learning how to play.”

Kids can earn stickers at each of the eight Little Listeners at the Library performances.
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The Little Listeners Program travels to the Vail Public Library, the Avon Public Library, Eagle Public Library and the Gypsum Public Library. It’s also free, just register at BravoVail.org to make sure they have enough room for everyone. To learn more, go to BravoVail.org.