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Beaver Creek Rodeo wrangles up family fun

Thursdays mean rodeo days as the Beaver Creek Rodeo returns for its 18th season. Complete with bronc riding, barrel racing and bull riding, families can enjoy this western tradition and get a taste of true rodeo fun.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and the rodeo action begins at 6 p.m. Get there early to enjoy complimentary kids activities like face painting, pony rides, a bounce house, a mechanical bull and archery.

There are plenty of food vendors on hand so you can feed the family before or during the rodeo as well.

The enthusiastic announcer and rodeo clown will keep you entertained as well as explain each event and this is not just a spectator sport, the audience can participate as well. Mutton Bustin’ is open to kids under 50 pounds and under 50 inches in height. It’s capped at 15 kids and the one who holds onto the sheep the longest wins.

The Calf Scramble is open to 100 kids aged 5-12. The kids chase the calves and try to grab the ribbon tied to the tails. Adults can take part in the Burro Racing. Here, teams of three people ride, push and pull the donkey from one end of the arena to the other end. Did we mention that these donkeys can be stubborn?   

Last year, Beaver Creek debuted the Gold Dust Rodeo Festival, the official pre-party of the Rodeo. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on rodeo days, the Beaver Creek Plaza will host vendors, exhibits, music and family-friendly activities. Here you can meet Bogart, a “friendly” bull, try your hand at calf roping and board a complimentary shuttle bus to the rodeo grounds in Avon. 

Once the Beaver Creek Rodeo wraps up, you can return to Beaver Creek Village for an after party. Western-style dancing and crafted cocktails and mocktails will be on hand for the whole family to enjoy. The Walker Williams Band will provide the music this Thursday.For more information, including details on the Gold Spur Club, which provides premium seating, two complimentary drinks and small bites at the rodeo, visit www.beavercreek.com/rodeo.

Shuck Brothers bring oysters to the high country

The Rocky Mountains may be thousands of miles away from either coast, but oysters have been popping up in the land-locked state of Colorado thanks to the Shuck Brothers Events Raw Oyster Bar. Celebrate ‘Merica with the Shuck Brothers as they serve up their oysters during the Salute to the USA event in Avon.

Who are the Shuck brothers? Well, they aren’t actually brothers, but Riley Campbell and Jesse Migchelbrink do share a kinship in their desire to bring you the best oysters possible. The two met at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar in Denver. Migchelbrink taught Campbell how to shuck oysters and after years in the industry, they decided to take the show on the road and bring oysters to various events in the high country.

Be it a wedding, a birthday or other special occasion, the Shuck Brothers delight in bringing the oysters and all the fixings to the party. The mobile operation sets up easily and adds that extra panache to any gathering.

The first thing you notice, besides oysters being served fresh at altitude with mountains in the background, is their set up. Though it’s mobile, the Shuck Brothers take great care in making sure their presentation is top notch.

“It’s important that the first impression be a strong one,” said Campbell, who credits Migchelbrink with the aesthetics of the display table with the wooden table toppers, fresh flowers and logo prominently displayed. “It definitely catches the eye and makes people think, ‘hey, these guys have taken the care to make this look nice, so they must be taking the care of the product as well,’ so presentation is key.”

The day we interviewed, they were serving up Chunu and Pencove oysters and lobster rolls. In addition to raw oysters, they sometimes serve cooked oysters.

“We do a Rockefeller, we do a charred oyster, it just kind of depends on what we are trying to offer and where,” Campbell said. “For example, we did a BBQ-style oyster at the Frisco BBQ Challenge and they were really well-received.”

One thing Campbell and Migchelbrink love to do is to serve oysters to someone for the first time or guiding an oyster lover to a new type of oyster.

“With all of our experience serving oysters, we love helping people navigate which oyster they want to choose next,” Campbell said. “Sometimes people will say, ‘I like oysters, but I don’t really know what type”, so we will ask them where they were when they had them and if they say, ‘I was in Washington, I really liked them’ then we recommend something from that region or taste profile,” Campbell said.

“We just sell them as single oysters, so I will suggest they try one of each, or two of each an then they get to explore the difference on their own,” Campbell said.

Campbell and Migchelbrink have long-standing relationships with suppliers in Denver and always order the freshest oysters available at the time. “Northeast Seafood is our purveyor where we set up a house account and that’s where we source from and we kind of get our pick of the litter. We’re their new favorite account for sure, we sold 10,000 oysters in May.”

The Shuck Brothers Events Raw Oyster Bar will be at the Salute to the USA event in Avon on Wednesday, so stop by and say hello and try your favorite oyster or seek out something new with their guidance. Learn more by going to www.shuckbrothers.com and follow them on Facebook and Instagram to see where they are popping up next.

Avon LIVE! free concert series continues Wednesday with La Misa Negra

The Avon LIVE! free community concert series continues on Wednesday, June 26, when La Misa Negra takes the Nottingham Park stage starting at 7 p.m.

La Misa Negra is a 7-piece band from Oakland, California, known for their unique blend of heavyweight cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Latin music.

Local act Split Window will open the show at 5:30 p.m.

The show is free to the public, and features local food vendors and a collection of ice-cold brews, wine, refreshing spirits, as well as non-alcoholic beverages available. Drinks are $3-off before 6:00 p.m. For water-drinkers, there is a hydration station, so bring your reusable bottle. Organizers encourage concert-goers to take green transportation, such as the bus, walking or riding a bike to the park, but free parking is available nearby.

Avon’s free summer concert series will continue next week with headliner Ziggy Marley scheduled for the July 3 Salute to the USA event. Marley is an eight-time Grammy Award-winner, is scheduled to play at 7:45 p.m., with opening act the Hazel Miller Band performing starting at 5:45 p.m. on July 3.

On July 10, Pato Banton & The Now Generation will play Avon Live, followed by the March Fourth Marching Band on July 17. Ghost of Paul Revere with opening act Tierro Band will play on July 24, and Lindsay Lou is scheduled to play on July 31. On Aug. 14, Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan with opening act Turntable Revue.

4 reasons to see Cirque Goes to Hollywood in Beaver Creek this weekend

Troupe Vertigo will bring its Cirque Goes To Hollywood production to the Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) on Saturday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m. The show combines music and lighting with mind bending performances, all inspired by movies like “Pirates of the Carribean” and “Star Wars.” Here are four reasons to get your family out to the show:

It’s a family-friendly kickoff to summer.

The Vilar offers a 4-pack of tickets, which costs $180, so families can save up to $12 if they buy two adult and two child tickets at $58 and $38 respectively. And for that price, families are seeing several favorite movies, live-action and with acrobats.

The show is inspired by favorite films.

Imagine characters like Captain Jack Sparrow and Darth Vader performing mind bending stunts and tricks. Sure, they do stunts on-screen, but it’s not quite the body-and-mind-bending acrobatics of a live show. In addition to “Pirates,” and “Star Wars,” show-goers will see bits of Indiana Jones’ “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Incredibles,” and “The Lord of the Rings.”

Highly stylized choreography, lighting and music stimulates the imagination.

Troupe Vertigo is known for pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the realm of circus and dance, using music, movement and astounding stunts to tell stories that connect to audiences of all age groups. With aerialists, jugglers and acrobats, guests go on a visually stunning rip through the music and sights of Hollywood.

It’s created by Cirque du Soleil veterans and trainers.

The team that choreographs Troupe Vertigo show also often works with film and television industry heavy-hitters. Rebel Wilson’s aerial performance in “Pitch Perfect 2” was thanks to the expertise of Troupe Vertigo. Also, Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz utilized them not only for circus instruction but for character background research for the film “Water for Elephants.”

Vail Brewing Co. and Bonfire Brewing team up for Inland Island beer collab ahead of Vail Craft Beer Classic

Zack Kaplan shouts over the loud noises of beer brewing in the back of the Bonfire Brewing taproom. He’s explaining the fermentation process – how beer becomes beer. Pointing at his 7-barrel – that’s 31 gallons– kettles, he looks at home in what he affectionately calls his “test kitchen.”

Kaplan, the head brewer at Bonfire, and Vail Brewing Co.’s Head Brewer Garrett Scahill worked together to create Inland Island, a mellow, fruity and funky Saison/Farmhouse ale meant for summertime sipping. With the Vail Craft Beer Classic this weekend, beer enthusiasts in town can check out this brew on draft at both taprooms while enjoying everything else the festival has to offer.

The brewers achieved their flavor by using Inland Island farmhouse yeast, then adding guava puree later. They also used white wheat and spelt in the malt, which adds an earthy flavor to the beer. It finishes with a slight tropical punch.

“We always come together and say ‘hey, what are you thinking about,’” Kaplan said.

Inland Island, a tart saison brewed with guava puree, is available on tap at both breweries.
Casey Russell | crussell@vaildaily.com

This isn’t the first collaboration between two of Vail Valley’s the heavy-hitting breweries. Kaplan and Scahill’s first collab, called Make I-70 Great Again, came out in October 2018. They’ve got a collab New England IPA in the works already, so all three beers will have been released within five months of each other.

They love the teamwork and the friendly nature of the beer industry.

“We all get along. It’s not a competition,” Scahill said.

“There’s so many times too where we’ll both need an ingredient or something like that. It’s nice to close that gap. You have another resource here to help you out,” Kaplan said.

When making any new beer, including the collabs, Kaplan starts testing out ingredients using the two kettles in the back of the Bonfire taproom. Once he’s satisfied with the product, he kegs it up and puts it on tap for customers to try. Bonfire also has a production facility 1.5 miles from the Eagle taproom, where the brewery makes large batches for wider commercial use, which can end up in kegs or cans.

Scahill attributes some of the success of VBC and Bonfire to consistency. When customers are able to come in and get their favorite beer, and it tastes the same every time, he knows he’s found success.

“The thing that people don’t understand is that people are trying to make the same beer over and over again. It’s really hard to do,” he said.

Catch Inland Island on tap at both VBC and Bonfire.

Father’s Day events, farmers markets, fun runs and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 6/14/19

Father’s Day ideas

After celebrating Mother’s Day last month, it’s time to high-five good ol’ dad on Father’s Day this Sunday. According to www.history.com, Father’s Day was inspired by Mother’s Day back in the early 1900s, but it wasn’t deemed a federal holiday until many decades later when President Nixon signed a proclamation in 1972. Rather than getting dad another tie for Father’s Day, check out these different experiences and treat dad this weekend.

Good Eats

  • Maya Mexican Restaurant – On Saturday, bring dad to Maya to taste samplings of brisket, pork shoulder and chicken from their house smoker. Tasty sides will be available as well. Wash it down with free beer from Crazy Mountain Brewery or a 10th Mountain Whiskey Mule for $5. The price is $40 per person with advanced reservations or $50 on the day of the event. Kids age under 12 eat free. Reservations can be made by calling 970-690-5500 or going to www.richardsandoval.com/maya-bc.
  • Game Creek Club – On Sunday morning, bring dad up to 10,000 feet above sea level for brunch. The price is $48 for adults and $28 for kids and that includes the scenic ride up the Eagle Bahn Gondola, complimentary shuttle (or you can hike to and from the location) and a gourmet brunch buffet. Reservations are required. Go to www.gamecreekclub.com for information.
  • Remedy Bar at the Four Seasons Resort Vail – Have an “Old Fashioned” Father’s Day celebration complete with bourbon-molasses glazed pork ribs with sides. Remedy suggests you pair that with a Remedy barrel-select bourbon Old Fashioned cocktail. Available at the Remedy Bar June 14-16.

Daddy’s Girl Tutu 2k

Take dad for a run around Nottingham Lake in Avon on Sunday during the Daddy’s Girl Tutu 2k, a fun run that takes participants around the lake for two laps before coming back to enjoy some snacks. Tutus are mandatory for dads, but dress up the whole family and get some exercise to kick off Father’s Day.

Registration is at the Nottingham Cabin at 9:30 a.m. and the two-kilometer run will begin at 10 a.m. Register in advance through the Avon Recreation Center and pay $5 or day-of registration is available for $10. Tutus will be available for purchase for $20 or make or bring your own. For more information and to register, visit www.avon.org/163/recreation-Center.

Ride the lift

The Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead opened last week and the Centennial Lift at Beaver Creek opens up this Saturday and Sunday and daily operations start on June 21. Some trail closures are still in effect and you may be surprised how much snow is still holding on in the higher elevations. Don’t forget, if you already purchased your Epic Pass for the 2019-2020 ski and snowboard season, you get to ride the lifts this summer for free. For more information, go to www.vail.com and www.beavercreek.com.

Farmers’ Markets

The markets are back in the valley with fresh produce, live music, art and more. The Minturn Market kicks off its 21st season from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 7, while Vail hosts its Farmers Market and Art Show from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 6.

The Minturn Market is the valley’s original market, and some of the vendors have been showcasing goods there for the past two decades. Minturn is a quaint old railroad town that has its own draw, but really comes alive on Saturdays during the market. The Minturn Market still holds true to its roots and offers plenty of seasonal fresh produce, but has also become more of an artisans’ market. Over 85 vendors offer anything from local wines, clothing to handcrafted toys and wedding gifts.

The kids will love the goat petting zoo and a “build-a-bear” station. Everyone can enjoy live music and vendors serving up breakfast and lunch throughout the event. For more information, visit www.minturnmarket.org.

What started out 18 years ago as a small market with a few tents on East Meadow Drive, the Vail Market and Art Show has grown into the largest farmers market in the Vail Valley. The Vail Farmers Market and Art Show now has over 135 vendor tents showcasing products from Colorado and beyond. Find fabulous fresh produce from around the region, but also check out everything from USDA-certified meats to photography to housewares.

You can buy everything you need to have a fresh dining experience at home, or you can let the professionals take care of the details at the Farm to Table dinners held throughout the summer. These dinners will be held rain or shine and you are seated right on East Meadow Drive. Each dinner will be paired with a wine and beer partner from the Taste of Vail.

The Vail Market and Art Show also almost acts as a second home for the Vail Jazz Festival. The Vail Jazz Festival hosts musicians from noon to 3 p.m. June 30 through Aug. 25. For more information about the Vail Farmers Market and Art Show, go to www.vailfarmersmarket.com.

King of the Mountain Volleyball tournament

You may not think Vail and beach volleyball go together, but for 47 years, the King of the Mountain Volleyball Tournament has been offering divisions of play for junior boys and girls, masters/seniors divisions and co-ed divisions.

The tournament has become a Father’s Day tradition since it has been held over Father’s Day weekend for the last 19 years. Each year they host special father/son and father/daughter divisions on Father’s Day.

In addition to the division play, there is also a free juniors’ beach volleyball clinic on Friday. One of USA Volleyball’s greatest coaches and mentors, John Kessel, will be directing the clinic. Kessel was recently inducted into the USAV Hall of Fame and was the recipient of USAV’s highest award, the Frier Award, earlier this spring.

One of the country’s oldest volleyball events returns to Vail Friday-Sunday. Watch the best players in the region compete or take part in the event. For more information, please visit www.kingofthemountainvolleyball.com.

Tabor Opera House shows

2018 was a very successful year for the Tabor Opera House in Leadville. Once known as the “finest opera house west of the Mississippi,” the structure was about to face extinction. The Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation has worked hard to secure funds to help preserve this historic landmark, which was built by Horace Tabor, one of the most well known silver mining kings in the West, in 1879.

Oscar Wilde, Harry Houdini, John Philip Sousa, and Buffalo Bill were among the famous entertainers and speakers who performed at the Tabor Opera House back in its heyday. The opera house has been used continuously since it was built in 1879.

This weekend kicks off the calendar of summer events with bluegrass quartet, Chatham County Line and American singer-songwriter and storyteller, John Craigie on Friday night. The Central City Opera performs “En Mis Palabras/In My Own Words” on Saturday night.

Chatham County Line describes themselves as “an Americana band without drums, or a rock and roll band that doesn’t plug anything in.” Be prepared for three- and four-part harmonies along with banjo, mandolin, fiddle, piano, steel pedal and bass.

John Craigie is known for his humorous storytelling and serious folk music. The Portland, Oregon native has recently collaborated with Gregory Alan Isakov on his fifth album, “No Rain, No Roses” and was asked by Jack Johnson to be a part of his summer 2017 tour.

An original one-act opera, “En Mis Palabras/In My Own Words” follows the universal theme of adolescents trying to find their own voice and learning who they are amid parental expectations and peer influences.

Help support a historical landmark by attending these shows. For more information, visit www.taboroperahouse.net.

Bindu Memorial Run

On Saturday morning in Minturn, the inaugural Bindu Memorial Run will be held to honor a beloved teacher, Bindu Sky Pomeroy, who died in a backcountry snowboarding accident this past winter. The Bindu Memorial Run offers a 5k run as well as a 5k walk and is the senior project of recent graduate, Caroline Jones.

Jones had taken a few history classes from Pomeroy throughout the years at the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy (VSSA). She also took mindfulness classes where Pomeroy would teach meditation, yoga and rock stacking on the river.  

“He taught me to find inner peace with myself as well as something called ‘Live Aloha’,” Jones said. “’Live Aloha’ isn’t just a greeting in Hawaii, it means that by having kind, patient, sympathetic, loving actions we can individually and collectively improve our community.”

Proceeds from the event will go to the Bindu Sky Memorial Fund, which will help fund future mindfulness classes at VSSA, help build a memorial in his honor and help fund the Bindu Spirit Award and scholarship, which will be awarded to an athlete who shares Bindu’s spirit.

“He was full of passion and love for the mountains, snowboarding, mindfulness, and especially his students,” Jones said. “Bindu touched the lives of each person he came across and will be forever missed.”

The cost is $26 for adults and $16 for students. The cost will increase by $10 on the day of the event. Online registration closes at midnight on Friday. Day-of registration begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday with the 5k run at starting 10:30 a.m. and the walk at 10:35 a.m. For more details, go to www.bspmemorial.com/bindumemorialrun.

EagleVail’s Hygge Life store just got a caffeinated upgrade

The Vail Valley’s most hygge couple opened a quaint cafe in EagleVail. Alexandra Gove and her husband, Koen van Renswoude, owner of the home goods shop Hygge Life, just expanded the store’s footprint to include a cafe. Hygge Life has a grand opening event for the cafe on Saturday, June 15. Guests can stop in to sip on a $1 cup of coffee or munch on a pastry any time of day.

Hygge Life started out of a van, the Hygge Bus, while Gove and van Renswoude traveled Europe in their early days as a couple. Almost 10 years later, they’ve since launched an extensive online store, hosted their own hygge-inspired wedding up at Tigiwon Community House, opened up a brick and mortar shop and now will offer the community a little more of the ultimate meaning behind their brand.

Hygge (pronounced HOO – gah) is the Danish word for cozy, and now there’s a perfect place to experience it without having to leave the mountains.

“Hygge is a verb in Danish,” van Renswoude, who is from Amsterdam, said. “So you can say ‘let’s hygge.’ Now you can practice it here.”

the inside of the hygge life cafe/store in eaglevail
The Hygge Life store opened in August 2017, but the couple is now expanding on their idea by adding a cafe for guests to sit and enjoy a beverage, chat with friends or just read the newspaper.
Dominique Taylor | Special to the Daily

The space has become a welcoming corner of the Hygge Life shop, and it isn’t designed for guests to hold business meetings or sit for hours on their laptop. In fact, the tables are purposely too low for working on a computer, so guests are invited to sit and chat with friends or spend some quiet time reading the newspaper.

“We were recently back in Copenhagen and Amsterdam and you just see that the culture there is so much more present around a cup of coffee,” Gove said. “They sit and chat and just enjoy the time.”

She also noticed on their recent trip overseas that the cafes use candles all day, every day, year-round.

“Even if the sun is glaring into the windows, the candles are still lit,” Gove said. “It really makes for this warm, comfortable atmosphere. And that is what we are going to do here — we are always going to have candles lit, in the summer and the winter. It’s coffee by candlelight.”

They have also created a south-facing patio to complement the cafe. Sheepskin-covered furniture sets the open-air scene, complete with a window into the cafe for ordering.

“We are sprucing up the patio this summer so that will be a really nice place to hang out and have a coffee. Even if you’re just biking though and you want to stop and get a drink, that’s perfect,” Gove said.

Van Renswoude said they will likely apply for a beer and wine license in the future and they are planning on offering events throughout the year.

Coffee drinks and tea will be served, along with fresh pastries from The Rose in Edwards, including their apple tart and shortbread. The cafe also has a kids’ specialty: the babyccino, a cup of steamed milk. Gove and van Renswoude sourced their beans from Huckleberry Roasters out of Denver, which they’ll pair with a rotating variety of some of their favorite European roasts.

“We have people who come in to the shop just to say hello and hang out for a bit. We really like that and we want people to feel like they can do that more often,” said Gove. “Our bigger dream is to have a hotel and a cafe and shop somewhere. That is the distant dream, so this is like another little stepping stone in that direction.”

If you go …

  • What: Hygge Life Cafe Grand Opening party.
  • Where: Hygge Life, EagleVail.
  • When: Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Cost: As little as $1 for a coffee.
  • More information: Visit hyggelife.com/pages/events.