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Scotty McCreery, free family fun, a half marathon and more: Tricia’s weekend picks for 7/19/19

Gypsum Daze

This weekend, the spotlight is on the town of Gypsum as they host Gypsum Daze, a community event that celebrates 37 years this summer. This tradition brings friends and families together to celebrate Colorado and rural, mountain town fun.

Gypsum Daze has activities happening morning, noon and night, but the big draw is the Saturday night concert. Gypsum Daze is known for bringing in bigger name acts from the country music genre, and past headliners have included Rascal Flatts, The Charlie Daniels Band, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, LeAnn Rimes, Easton Corbin and Big & Rich. This year’s headliner is Scotty McCreery with opening act The Lone Bellow.

What were you doing when you were 18? At that tender age, Scotty McCreery was named the winner of season 10 of “American Idol” in 2011. Soon after that, hits like “Five More Minutes” and “This Is It” started taking over the airwaves of country music radio and McCreery was eventually awarded New Artist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards and the American Country Music Awards. McCreery co-writes much of his music and it comes from his heart, with many of his videos featuring family photos and life experiences.

Leading up to the concert there are many family-friendly events over the next two days. View the website for full detail and parking information at www.gypsumdaze.com.


Pickleball Tournament 9 a.m. – Registration 8 a.m.

  • Bring a partner or they will match you up with a player.
  • Pickleball courts at the Gypsum Creek Golf Club.

Youth Talent Show – 6 p.m.

  • Two categories: 12 and under at 6 p.m., 13-18 at 7:15 p.m.
  • Lundgren Theater.

Gypsum Daze Stampede – 8 p.m.

  • Learn dances like the two-step, western swing, and cha-cha.
  • Professional instructors on site.
  • Gypsum Rec Center Parking Lot Tent.


Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast – 7-10:30 a.m.        

  • $5 gets you pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee.
  • Proceeds go to the Gypsum Fire Protection District’s Equipment Fund.
  • Gypsum Rec Center Parking Lot.

Gypsum Creek Cruisers Car Show – 11 a.m.

  • Open to all classic cars, pickups, off-road vehicles, antiques, street rods, muscle cars, racers and toys.
  • Awards for Best in Show, Mayor’s Choice and State Patrol’s choice and more.
  • Lundgren Blvd. and Town Hall Park.

26th Annual 5k Run/Walk – 8 a.m.

  • Awards given to top male/female 1st, 2nd and 3rd place per age groups.
  • A loop course that takes place on Valley Road and Lundgren Blvd.

Gypsum Daze Parade – 10 a.m.      

  • Theme: Building Community for All Seasons.
  • Prizes awarded to 1st ($300) 2nd ($200) and 3rd ($100) place.
  • Parade takes place on Valley Road.

Concert – Lundgren Amphitheater

  • Opening Act – The Lone Bellow at 7 p.m.
  • Headliner – Scotty McCreery at 8:30 p.m.

Bravo! Vail

The New York Philharmonic returned to Vail earlier this week and with them, they brought a new musical director, Jaap van Zweden. Zweden is no stranger to the Bravo! Vail Music Festival. He was the music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for years and is very familiar with the stage at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.

This weekend’s performances include violinist Augustin Hadelich and pianist Conrad Tao. Friday’s show will showcase Grammy Award-winning Hadelich performing Brittan’s “Violin Concerto”. Saturday night’s performance will bring Tao to the piano to perform Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 2”.

Take some time to learn about the featured artists from the Bravo! Vail program notes. By reading a little before or during the performance, you can gain different insights into the music, the composers and the artists. For example, did you know that Tao was the only classical artist on the “Forbes” magazine’s “30 Under 30” list in the music industry in 2011 at just 17 years of age?

Another noteworthy story is about Hadelich. When he was 15, his upper body and bow arm was badly burned in an accident on his family’s farm in Italy. Many doctors didn’t think he’d ever be able to play again. After much rehabilitation, he was able to return to his career two years later. Hadelich says it means more to play now, knowing that he almost had to quit doing what he loved due to that accident.

The passion of these artists shines through on stage, so take advantage of Bravo! Vail’s last few concerts at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. For more information and tickets, go to www.bravovail.com.

Vail Family Fun Fest

If you see painted faces, water balloons and zany paper airplanes, you’re probably just a few steps away from the Vail Family Fun Fest. Held on select Saturdays during the summertime in Lionshead from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., this free event brings the community out for some good old-fashioned family fun.

The Lionshead Mall is filled with tents housing various activities like arts, crafts, fun games and competitions, all for free.

“We think it’s great to be able to offer a free family event in Vail because it speaks to Vail’s sense of hospitality,” said Brian Hall, organizer of the event along with the Vail Chamber and Business Association, the Town of Vail, The Arrabelle at Vail. “It provides a sense of welcome to the families who visit Vail.”

This week, the Science Tent will feature “The Whacky Wonders of Flight”. Kids can experiment with creating aeronautic delights, also known as paper airplanes. From simple to exotic, kids will be able to build their own paper airplanes and experiment with the dynamics of flight. Who will go the fastest? Who will go the highest? Some will be cruisers, some will do loop-da-loops, but all will amaze and bring a smile to the faces of the young visitors.

“We are probably famous for our many crazy, zany, outlandish contests and games for the entire family like Ultimate Simon Says, The Vail Hula Hoop-Palooza, the Blue Moose Pizza Toss and the Water Balloon Toss of Death,” Hall said. “These are all fun actives and games that get kids and their parents acting silly, laughing their heads off and creating wonderful memories.”

Learn more about the Vail Family Fun Fest at www.vailfamilyfunfest.com or check out their Facebook page.  

Jammin’ Jazz Kids

Kids can also have fun this weekend at Jammin’ Jazz Kids, a free and engaging interactive musical experience they will love.

Jammin’ Jazz Kids is an offering from Vail Jazz. Throughout the years, Vail Jazz has brought Jazz goes to School to over 18,000 students in Eagle County. This program reaches visiting children as well as locals during the month of July in conjunction with the Jazz @ the Market series at the Vail Farmers Market on Sundays at the Vail Jazz Tent, Solaris Plaza.

Jammin’ Jazz Kids is part of Vail Jazz’s mission to expose the next generation of jazz players and listeners to this style of music. Let the kids work off some of their energy while banging on drums, xylophones, bongos, tambourines and more. This opportunity allows kids aged 4-12 to learn the fundamentals of jazz and even join professional jazz musicians in playing the music and learning about improvisation.

To participate, register your kids by 10:45 a.m. and the activities start at 11 a.m. Parents are encouraged to stick around and watch and listen, the session will last about 45 minutes. Learn more at www.vailjazz.org.

Camp Hale Half Marathon and 5k

The Camp Hale Half Marathon marks your chance to run on the same hallowed ground as the famed 10th Mountain Division, the winter warfare unit of the U.S. Army that was instrumental in fighting the battles during World War II. Thousands of troops trained at Camp Hale and the only remnants of their existence are a few concrete foundations, but the roads are still intact.

The race will follow those well-maintained roads as well as parts of the Continental Divide Trail and the Colorado Trail. The good news is there is minimal elevation gain during this 13.1-mile race. The bad news is you’re starting at 9,200 feet above sea level. But rest assured, the beautiful vistas will take your breath away before your lungs tire at that altitude. This is an iconic spot for a race.

That’s what the Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series is all about, bringing trail runners to some of the most beautiful trails in Colorado. This series has already taken runners to the trails near Eagle and on Vail and Beaver Creek Mountains. The experienced staff marks the courses and uses the GPS technology of Garmin to help runners find their way. Maps will be available online prior to race day.

After the race, the post-party and awards will be held at Camp Hale near the finish line where Northside Kitchen will provide donuts and burritos. Prizes are given out to the top three finishers in each category, but even if you’re not the fastest, you still have a chance to win a raffle prize. Bib numbers serve as your raffle tickets and prizes include items from Dynafit, Vail Mountain Coffee and Tea Co., West Vail Liquor Mart and more. 

Race time for the Camp Hale Half Marathon begins at 9 a.m. followed by the 5k at 9:30 a.m. Racers can pick up their bib numbers or register ahead of time on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Peak Performance in Edwards. For more information, visit www.vailrec.com.

Small town venue, big time fun at Gypsum Daze: P.S. Scotty McCreery will be there

GYPSUM — Country artist Scotty McCreery shared scenes from his wedding for his “This is It” music video.  His hit “Five More Minutes” was inspired by his grandfather’s death and the song’s video features family photos and movies.

“I am not one of those artists who can pull stuff out of thin air,” said  McCreery. “I have to live it.”

It’s a good thing life has been generous in providing source material for him. 

McCreery, now 25, was the winner of season 10 of American Idol in 2011 at age 17. During his time on the show, he turned in one of the long-running program’s signature moments when he performed Montgomery Gentry’s hit “Gone.” From there, McCreery made history when he became the youngest male artist of any genre, and the first country music artist ever, to have his debut album enter at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. 

That album, “Clear as Day” was certified platinum for sales of one million units in just 13 weeks and became the best-selling solo album released by a country artist in 2011. The singles “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble with Girls” were also certified platinum. He won the New Artist of the Year award at both the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards and the American Country Awards, and also received the CMT Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year for “The Trouble with Girls.”

After that auspicious start, McCreery released a Christmas album in 2013 followed by “See You Tonight” in 2013 and “Seasons Change” in 2018. 

The song “Five More Minutes” is featured on his 2018 album, but the single was initially released to digital retailers and streaming services in 2017 after McCreery parted with his record label. The single was the first song released without a record label to ever chart on the Country Aircheck/Mediabase Top 50.

McCreery co-wrote all 11 songs on “Seasons Change”  and according to this promotional material, the album represents “a bold bet with his career that has paid off with a new label and a reinvigorated attitude.”

It’s also spawned a national tour that’s taken him “here and there and everywhere.”

“We’ve just been to Wisconsin and Ohio and this week we will hit California and Utah,” said McCreery.  

Saturday, July 20, will find him on the Lundgren Theater stage performing as the headliner for the annual Gypsum Daze concert.

Feel the love

“To me, those small town shows are a little more energetic and fun,” said McCreery during a telephone interview this week. “In big cities, people can see someone every night, but people can’t do that in small towns. Every time you get to go to a small town, its a lot more exciting. It’s a lot more fun.”

Regardless of the venue, McCreery’s stage goal is as personal as his signature musical videos. 

“We feel the love from the crowd and we try to give the love as well,” he said.

Early on, McCreery found his musical inspiration and he didn’t mess around. When he was still in elementary school he had a book about Elvis Presley and he not only read about the King, he loved his music.

“He just marched to the beat of his own drum,” said McCreery. “That guy just did what he wanted to do.”

Saturday’s concert go’ers can expect to hear new music mixed in with McCreery hits. He is currently compiling music for his next album. “It seems like I am always getting geared up for the next record,” he noted. 

“In Between,” a third single from “Seasons Change” has been released and McCreery’s team may release a fourth single from the 2018 album. 

The Lone Bellow

Opening for McCreery is Brooklyn-based band The Lone Bellow. Country-twinged rock band burst onto the music scene with their self-titled debut in 2013, and serious musicianship and raucous live stage shows have earned the group a devoted fan base. The first two album hit the Billboard 200. The band has appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Show With David Letterman,” “Conan O’Brien,” “CBS This Morning,” “Later…with Jools Holland,” and “The Late Late Show With James Corden.” 

The Lone Bellow has a new album, “Walk Into A Storm,” which will be released Sept. 15 on Sony Music Masterworks. The trio, features Zach Williams (guitar/vocals), Kanene Donehey Pipkin (multi-instrumentalist), and Brian Elmquist (guitar).

Gypsum Daze Schedule of Events

The Saturday July 20’s concert headlined by Scotty McCreery with special guest The Lone Bellow is the big show during the Gypsum Daze event, but the festivities actually begin midweek and build to that point. Here is a rundown of what’s on tap for Gypsum Daze. Find event registration, ticket sales and more at www.townofgypsum.com.

5 to 7 p.m. Free family fishingat Gypsum Ponds. Colorado Parks and Wildlife, town of Gypsum and ECO Transit offer fishing for all ages. Park along the shooting range road and hop on the ECO bus for a ride to the ponds. Colorado Parks and Wildlife stocks the pond with thousands of rainbow trout. Local youth will help with baiting, casting and de-tangling. The last shuttle pick up will be at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Colorado Division of Wildlife, Eco Transit, Gallegos Corp., Minturn Anglers

Friday, July 19

8 a.m. — Pickleball Tournament registration begins at the courts located just south of the Gypsum Creek Golf Course clubhouse. Tournament play begins at 9 a.m. The event his sponsored by the Gypsum Recreation Center. For more information call 970-777-8888. Event sponsors are Vail Health and Mountain Recreation.

4 p.m. — Kiddie playland, vendor village and food court open at Town Hall Park. Free activities through Saturday for kids, including bounce castles, an obstacle course, a water slide, petting zoo and more. Event sponsors are Eagle County Regional Airport, Vail Valley Jet Center, Alpine Arts Center, Gallegos Corporation.

 6 p.m. — Youth talent show at Lundgren Theater. Space is limited to the first 10 applications in age categories from 4 and younger to 18. Online registration is accepted through Thursday, July 19, by 3 p.m. at townofgypsum.com. No onsite registration accepted. The talent show is sponsored by Gallegos Corporation, Vail Valley Jet Center and the Eagle County Regional Airport.

8 p.m. Gypsum Daze Stampede at the food court tent. Instructors will teach two step, double two, triple step, cha cha and western swing moves. Sponsors are Bighorn Toyota, Alpine Bank, Best Western Plus Eagle Lodge and Suites, American Gypsum, Vail Valley Jet Center and the Eagle County Regional Airport

Saturday, July 21

7 a.m. — Gypsum Firemen Pancake Breakfast at Gypsum Recreation Center parking area. A $5 donation nets pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee and all proceeds go to the GFPD Equipment Fund.

8 a.m. — Gypsum Daze 5K Run and Walkloops along Lundgren Boulevard and Valley Road. Awards presented to overall winners and age category winners. All participants and volunteers are eligible to win sponsor prizes. Race proceeds will purchase children’s books for the Gypsum Public Library. Pre-registration is $10. Race day registration is $20. Register at www.townofgypsum.com. Sponsors are Costco, American Family Insurance Trish Romero Agency, Tom and Margaret Edwards, Vail Valley Jet Center and the Eagle County Regional Airport

10 a.m. — Parade down Valley Road. This year’s theme is “Building Community for all Seasons.” Cash prizes for parade winners. Register at www.townofgypsum.com. Sponsored by Eagle County Regional Airport, Vail Valley Jet Center, Vail Health, Berkshire Hathaway, Collins Cockrel & Cole, Shop N Hop, State Farm Insurance – Will Comerford.

11 a.m. — Gypsum Creek Cruisers Car Showat Town Hall Park. The event is open to all classic cars, pickups, off-road vehicles, antiques, street rods, muscle cars, racers and toys. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and costs $20 per vehicle and $10 for each additional entry. The awards ceremony is at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Steve Carver at 970-989-0470. Sponsored by Napa Auto Parts, Big Steve’s Towing and Recovery, Colorado 811, Christie Carver Photography, Werks Auto and Diesel Repair, Vail Valley Jet Center and the Eagle County Regional Airport.

12 to 3: 30 p.m.Family Shooting Sports and Barbecue at the Gypsum Shooting Sports Park. This free event offers families a chance to learn about basic gun safety and shooting firearms from certified instructors and range officers. Participants will be allowed to fire small-bore rifles, pistols, shotguns, and air guns under supervision of experienced shooters from the club. Along with furnishing the firearms and ammunition, the club will serve hot dog, hamburgers, and soft drinks. Sponsored by Eagle Valley Rod & Gun Club, Sagebrush Services

2:30 p.m. — Jalapeno eating contestat Town Hall Park. Contestants will have three minutes to consume as many jalapenos as possible and the winners will receive cash prizes. Sponsored by Eagle County Regional Airport, Vail Valley Jet Center, Tu Casa Mexican Restaurant

6 p.m. — Gates open for Scotty McCreery and The Lone Bellow concert at Lundgren Theater. Early tickets cost $20 and are available online at www.townofgypsum.com. Tickets cost $30 on the day of the show.

Steve Martin, “Tosca”, art shows and more: Tricia’s weekend picks for 7/12/19

Steve Martin and Martin Short at Whistle Pig Vail

Whistle Pig Vail returns this weekend for its second year, and will kick it off with a little comedy and music with Steve Martin and Martin Short.

The show is titled, “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t,” and comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short will present new material in a variety of musical sketches as only those two can do, along with insights about their amazing careers in show business. Joining the comedic duo will be Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers. The tour also features renowned pianist and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” band member Jeff Babko.

Whistle Pig Vail is a summer-long music series that brings a new era of headliner music to the iconic Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Some of the other acts lined up to perform at Whistle Pig Vail include Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Bon Iver and The Steve Miller Band. The series is booked in collaboration with AEG Presents, one of the largest live music companies in the world, and will bring well-known rock, pop, country and bluegrass icons to Vail for shows throughout the summer.

Expect to be fully entertained during this first show of the Whistle Pig Vail series. Tickets are $65 for lawn seating and range from $179.50-$299.50 for reserved seating. Go to www.grfavail.com for more information.

Bravo! Vail presents “Tosca”

The Philadelphia Orchestra is quickly winding down its stay in Vail, but before it goes, it has a big weekend that includes a premier opera production of Puccini’s “Tosca”.

In addition to the opera, which opens on Thursday and also runs on Saturday, Friday’s Bravo! Vail performance will feature the sounds of Mozart and Rachmaninoff. With conductor Yannick Nezet-Sequin conducting and Seong-Jin Cho on piano, listen to Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor” and learn why Cho feels playing the piano is like singing and why he thinks Mozart is a genius. Read the program notes to get special insights on the performers and the pieces that are performed throughout the season.

Saturday night, sit back and be treated to Bravo! Vail’s most ambitious project to date. The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater will be transformed as a fully staged production of Puccini’s “Tosca” debuts in Vail. “Tosca” is a thrilling melodrama set in Rome during the Napoleonic wars. Follow the twists and turns around this fatal love triangle in this must-see event.

There’s been a lot of attention surrounding this event. To get the audiences ready for this performance Bravo! Vail along with the Vail Symposium have hosted various talks including a conductor’s guide and an immersive look at this opera earlier this week. Take advantage of opportunities to meet the director and cast on Friday or attend the pre-performance talk on Saturday. For more information, visit www.bravovail.org.

FAC at Beaver Creek

Friday’s mean FAC (Friday Afternoon Club) and Beaver Creek invites you to wind down after a day of activities at Village Plaza. From 4:30-7:00 each Friday through Aug. 23, sip on an ice cold Stella Artois or Breckenridge Brewery beer, or cheers to the day’s events with a glass of wine with friends and family while enjoying live music.

While you sit back and relax, the kids can keep going with lawn games like giant Jenga, Connect Four and ice skating from 6 to 10 p.m. Local caricaturist Ken Carpenter will be on hand as well if you want a comical portrait created of your family through his eyes.

Jade Vases, a 5-person indie band out of Denver, will be playing tunes under the pergola and will fill the Plaza Pavilion with music to get your weekend started.

For more information and the musical line up for the rest of the summer, check out www.beavercreek.com/events.

Art on the Rockies

For nearly a decade, Art on the Rockies has brought in talented artists for a 3-day event showcasing their craft in Edwards. Art on the Rockies is an opportunity to see new art, talk to artists and attain artwork at all price points.

This juried show brings in artistic styles ranging from sculpture, painting, photography, ceramics, mixed metal, glass, jewelry and more. Over 130 artists from around the country converge near the Colorado Mountain College campus surrounded by a gorgeous backdrop of scenic views around Edwards.

Many of the participating artists also are known from renowned shows such as La Quinta Arts Festival in Palm Springs, CA, and Celebration for the Arts in Scottsdale, AZ.

On Friday, enjoy a little champagne during the opening reception at 4 p.m. On Sunday, the silent auction fundraiser closes at 3 p.m. All proceeds benefit free art programming for local youth.

In addition to meeting the artists and viewing the art, food and beverages will be available for purchase and a kids zone will be set up for aspiring youngsters who want to create some art at the event. For more information, visit www.artontherockies.org.

Eagle’s 2nd Friday ARTwalks and Sidewalk Sale

Speaking of art, Eagle has embraced the second Friday ARTwalks since they began in November, the event is growing to two days this weekend. Eagle’s 2nd Friday ARTwalk and Sidewalk Sale brings in local fine artist’s tents and exhibits, interactive art activities, plein air painters, food vendors, Quiet Kat demo rides, and a chance to meet local alpacas and goats.

There will also be live music at various businesses on Broadway including ARTSPaCE, Bonfire Brewery, Everyday Outfitters, and Petals of Provence.

“July’s ARTwalk will be our ninth consecutive 2nd Friday event. We started with three art gallery venues, including ARTSPaCE workshop+gallery, Vail Valley Art Guild gallery and Red Canyon Cafe,” said Tara Novak, artist and owner of ARTSPaCE workshop+gallery and founder of the event.

“This weekend we will have nine galleries and business venues exhibiting our talented local artists plus an Art Market Zone on Broadway with over a dozen local artists showcasing their work in tents on the street.”

It all starts on Friday at 4 p.m. and continues Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more details, please visit the Facebook page @eagleartscolorado.

Porchlight Players Children’s Summer Theater camp performs ‘Mary Poppins Jr.’

GYPSUM — As we all know, summertime in the Vail Valley is “practically perfect,” so it’s only logical that Mary Poppins is planning to swoop down for a visit.

Tonight, June 28, the 44 kids enrolled in the Porchlight Players Children’s Summer Theater camp will perform the musical “Mary Poppins Jr.” at Gypsum’s Lundgren Theater. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. and the performance is free and open to the public.

This is director Ann Olin’s 13th summer theater camp show.

“I love the creative process of turning a concept into reality on stage. I also love working with the kids to bring out what they already have in them, and teaching them some new skills,” said Olin.

A crew of chimney sweeps launches into a signature song from “Mary Poppins Jr.” Shown, from left to right, are Jonah Klearman, Olivia Patterson, Quincy Eckdahl, Kira Hower and Alexa Martinez.
Special to the Daily

As the conclusion of each summer musical, the cast gathers to select the show for the next year. It isn’t hard to understand why the kids would gravitate to “Mary Poppins.”

” Learning the songs and choreography for the dance numbers has been the most fun for the kids,” said Olin. “They also love the costumes for this show.”

In addition to tonight’s show, the kids performed a concert version of “Mary Poppins Jr.” at Castle Peak Senior Life earlier this week. On Saturday, they will be performing the show at the Colorado Community Theater Coalition Festival in Glenwood Springs. Olin noted the extra performance opportunities are a first for the theater camp kids.

Listen to our ShowDown Town Spotify playlist

Eagle’s free ShowDown Town concerts start with a set from local act The Runaway Grooms, who met working at Beaver Creek. Get to know them before heading out – their music is on YouTube.

Get ready for the rest of this summer’s shows by listening to the Vail Daily’s exclusive Spotify playlist, featuring four songs each from performing artists.

Here’s the 2019 lineup:

  • The Runaway Grooms on June 27
  • Treehouse Sanctum on July 11
  • The Vegabonds on July 18
  • Kendall Street Company on July 25
  • The Dip on Aug. 1
  • Ten Years Gone on Aug. 8
  • Shovelin’ Stone on Aug. 15

Eagle’s Color Coffee has a growing base and a glowing reputation

EAGLE — Three years ago, Charlie Gundlach took over the former 7 Hermits Brewing location in Eagle Ranch to chase his dream of offering downvalley residents a truly remarkable coffee-drinking experience.

More than 1,000 days later, his Color Coffee shop has become a bustling hangout with a national reputation.

“It’s been a ton of work, and certainly not everything panned out exactly, but by and large we are very happy about where we are right now,” said Gundlach. “There is a great energy here in Eagle and we are happy to bolster the community.”

Like the community it serves, Color Coffee is poised to grow in the coming months with a new partnership in the works and building national buzz about the business.

Moxie Bread

A truly great cup of coffee deserves an equally delectable pastry compliment. Beginning this summer, those treats will be on the menu at Color Coffee.

Moxie Bread, a renowned bakery based in Louisville, is partnering with Color Coffee.

“We are going to build a bakery (at the Color Coffee shop in Eagle Ranch) and begin offering heirloom wheat baked goods,” Gundlach said. “It took us a while to decide how to approach it, but we are looking to have the bakery up and running by mid-July.”

Gundlach said Moxie specializes in French-style bread. Look for country-style sourdough bread, baguettes, croissants and more at the shop.

“We felt there was a lack of fresh baked goods options downvalley and we wanted to be in control of freshness,” said Gundlach.

National buzz

Three years into operation, Color crews roast almost 1,000 pounds of coffee a week and serve 40 wholesale accounts. Their work has drawn some national attention.

Coffee aficionados nationwide listen to James Harper’s podcast called “Filter Stores,” an episode of which helped them discover Color Coffee.

“James is a great guy, and what he wants to do is share some of the untold stories of the coffee industry,” said Gundlach. “He was a start-up entrepreneur who needed money to travel. Now he has done six to eight podcasts.”

The podcast with a Color Coffee tie delved into the story of a farm in Costa Rica, which has weathered political unrest to grow its unique beans. Filter Stories wanted to offer some of the farm’s product to its listeners and Color Coffee stepped in to help.

“The idea was to have some of the coffee air-dropped, and we roasted it here,” Gundlach said. “It was not cheap to get 60 kilos of coffee shipped from Costa Rica, and we roasted it all in one day. Then we sent coffee to 20 different countries.”

“It was the first podcast of its kind where you could hear the story and taste the story,” Gundlach continued. “Essentially this story captivated James’s listener base to the level where he can fund his travels, and he recently received a notice from Apple UK that they had put his show on their main page of podcasts to listen to.”

Meanwhile back at the ranch

If opening a bakery and helping a national podcast wasn’t enough to keep things fresh at Color Coffee, Gundlach said his shop has also begun working with a new coffee delivery service and signed up to be a specialty retailer for Breville, the Australian manufacturer of quality home brewing coffee machines.

Color Coffee is now a roasting partner for Pearl Coffee Box, a Blue Apron-like service that sends subscribers various coffees each month.

“We are getting our coffee out to a bunch of new drinkers,” Gundlach said.

The Breville retail agreement involves partnering with the company at trade shows and new product launches and providing training to its customers across the region. Color Coffee one of its 10 USA specialty coffee roaster/brand ambassadors working with Breville.

Gundlach noted that previously, Breville home brewing products were only available from certain retailers, including Williams Sonoma, so selling the company’s home espresso machine will be a coup for Color.

“We don’t usually recommend a home espresso machine, because what you get at the café is so much better than what you can make at home,” said Gundlach. “But this product, priced under $1,000, is a game changer for the home espresso enthusiast.”

He added the Ritz Carlton at Vail will be placing Breville machines in its rooms and Color will work with the hotel to supply the coffee and offer brewing profile recommendations.

To learn more about Color Coffee, visit the business website at colorroasters.com or the café at 717 Sylvan Lake Road.

Eagle’s Flight Days offer family fun by the new Eagle River water park

EAGLE — With its new water park now open, the town of Eagle is getting wet for this year’s Flight Days celebration.

“Take Me to the River” is the theme for this weekend’s party, planned Friday and Saturday, June 28 and 29.

“The river park is the new front door for Eagle,” said Eagle Events Coordinator Jeremy Gross. “It’s our new welcome mat for people who are driving down the highway. It’s an oasis for the people on the interstate.”

Along with attracting visitors to the town, Gross said the Eagle River Park is a great new amenity for residents. 

“It’s a celebration of our outdoor lifestyle here in Eagle,” he said.

Something for everyone

As always, the Eagle Flight Days schedule has something for everyone — a pet show, baby contest, parade, vendor booths and more.

For those who like their entertainment to be active, the Saturday Push Cart Race is a great way to enjoy Flight Days by being part of the event. 

“Building a push cart is a fun evening project to do with your kids,” said Gross. “Get the neighborhood together, build a cart and you could win cash.”

Alpine Lumber sponsors the event and Gross noted the staff there can offer construction pointers and sell competitors what they need to fashion a vehicle.

Special Homecoming

Music at the Centennial Stage is always a highlight of the Flight Days weekend and this year Eagle will welcome home a native son.

The bluegrass band Meadow Mountain — winner of the 2017 Rockygrass competition — will be the featured entertainment Saturday night. As evidenced by a band name that reflects a local landmark, the group has a number of area musicians including Eagle’s Jack Dunlavie on mandolin.

“We are excited to welcome them home and bring them up for a neighborhood show,” said Gross.

Come on down

Here’s the rundown of activities for Eagle Flight Days 2019:

Centennial Stage Free Concerts

When: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 22, featuring A Band Called Alexis. 8 to 10 p.m. also on Friday, featuring Wolf and Friends. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. featuring Austins Rose.6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, featuring The Well.8:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, featuring Meadow Mountain 

Details:  All concerts are at the Centennial Stage at Eagle Town Park. 

Castle Peak Veterinary Pet Show

When: 5 p.m. Friday.

Details: Hosted by Castle Peak Veterinary Service. Local kids are invited to bring their pets — anything furry, feathery, scaled or slimy. A slew of prizes will be awarded, including best costume. Contact Castle Peak Veterinary at 970-328-5444 for more information. No advance registration needed.

Batson’s Baby Contest

When: 5 p.m. Friday.

Details: Batson’s Corner Store and Eagle Pharmacy is sponsoring this contest for babies younger than the age of 2. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded in the following categories: best smile, best eyes, biggest dimples, best theme wear (get your cape on), chubbiest feet, best hat, best swimsuit, most vocal, baby-relative look-alike and best hair. Register on site.

Pancake Breakfast

When: 7:30 to noon, Saturday, June 23.

Details: Members of the Eagle Lions Club will serve their signature flapjacks. Look for the Lions Club trailer and the folks wearing purple vests.

Flight Days Parade

When: 10 a.m. Saturday.

Details: The theme this year is Take Me to the River. The parade will line up on Howard Street and then proceed down Broadway from Second Street to Eagle Town Park. 

The entry fee is $10 plus one bag of candy, which will be tossed from the Greater Eagle Fire Department ladder truck stationed at Fifth Street, following the parade.No candy can be thrown along the parade route.Parade lineup begins at 9 a.m. and volunteers will be available to assist. Judging will begin at 9:45 a.m. Everyone will be considered for the Judge’s Award –the entry that best represents the theme of the parade. In addition, ribbons will be awarded for the following categories: Children’s Group, Marching and Walking Group, Floats, Vehicles, Equestrian, Novelty (clowns, animals, non-motorized vehicles). Completed forms and fees may be returned to Eagle Town Hall by Thursday.

Kids Crafts Tent

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Details: Free kids’ craft activities, sponsored by the Eagle Flight Days Committee.

LED Light Bulb Swap

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday

Details: Energy Smart Colorado and R&H Mechanical will take your old incandescent light bulbs and trade them for new, energy saving LED models.

Horseshoe Tournament

When: Competition is Saturday, beginning immediately after the parade.

Details: Entry fee is $10 per person.

Alpine Lumber Push Cart Race

When: 11 a.m. Saturday.

Details: Teams of three to five participants are invited to build a push cart and race head-to-head through a slalom course located on Broadway. Two team members can push, one has to ride. The first place team will win $300, second place wins $200 and third place wins $100. Additionally prizes will be awarded for the cart that best reflects the Flight Days theme and for the team with the best costumes. The event is sponsored by Alpine Lumber. For full race rules and a registration form, visit www.eagleoutside.com/flightdays.

Chocolate Bake Off

When: Noon to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Details: Whip up your best chocolate confection for this competition. Please provide enough for 100 small tastings. Serving supplies will be provided. Tasters will vote on first, second and third place. 

Talent Show

When: Saturday; registration begins at noon and ends at 1 p.m. The show starts at 1:30 p.m.

Details: Competition divisions are: preschool to age 6; ages 7 to 9; ages 10 to 13; and ages 14 to 17. Cash prizes for the top-three finishers in each category. 

Basketball Shoot Out

When: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Details: Register on site prior to competition start time. Prizes will be awarded.

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.

Cotton & Co. Street Boutique brings fashions to you

It’s a beautiful thing when your talents and passion can lead you to a job you love. That’s what happened to Kailey Cotton Gorbold, the driving force –literally – behind Cotton & Co. Street Boutique, a mobile clothing store that brings styles to you.

You’ve probably seen the big pink truck parked outside the busy intersection at the Gashouse along Highway 6 in Edwards on Wednesdays or in downtown Eagle Ranch during lunchtime on Fridays. This new business allows Gorbold, who has been an assistant buyer at Base Mountain Sports and assistant manager at Beaver Creek Sports and a Sales Associate at Loro Piana in Vail, a chance to sell clothing while also managing a household with her husband and two small children.

“My husband and I brainstormed my passions and how I could incorporate that into our lives, allowing my time to be flexible with the kids and our lifestyle. He came up with a traveling boutique,” Gorbold said.

First Chair Designs created the bright look for this former linen truck while Gorbold’s husband and in-laws built out the inside of the truck. “My husband’s parents traveled from upstate New York and they all worked all day, every day for a month to get most of it completed. It turned out way better than I ever imagined,” Gorbold said.  

“When we designed it, I wanted it to be loud on the outside and light and airy on the inside. I didn’t want customers to feel like they were walking into a cave,” Gorbold said.

This small store packs in the goods. Gorbold carries about eight different lines of women’s clothing, handbags and jewelry. She’s proud to offer variety at a good price. “Most of us have many hobbies around here, and our dollars are spread thin, so it’s meant to be fun, bright and budget-friendly,” Gorbold said. 

Follow this traveling boutique on Instagram, Facebook or www.cottoncosb.com for a complete and updated schedule of where the truck will be. Cotton & Co. is also available for private parties and events.

Rev it up, Eagle: the monster trucks are coming

EAGLE — Hearing the roar – and we do mean roar – of monster truck engines isn’t a common occurrence in the Vail Valley.

But this Saturday is your chance.  

At 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. on June 15, the No Limits Monster Truck Tour returns to the Eagle County Fairgrounds.

Event promotor Ed Beckley — Big Ed, to his friends — brought his show to town for the first time last summer. As he tells it, he was driving through the valley last year when he saw the fairgrounds facility from the highway. He figured it would be a perfect location to stage a show.

“I could imagine what those monster trucks were going to sound like. The sound was to go up I-70 and shake the mountains at Vail,” he said.

No Limits

Beckley is a retired motorcycle stunt driver who now promotes the No Limits tour. The tour makes stops in venues ranging from huge football stadiums to smaller, local arenas. O’Reilly Auto Parts is the tour’s corporate sponsor and with stores located in Gypsum, Glenwood Sprigns and Leadville, there is a local sponsor pressence.

Beckley said once someone attends a monster truck event, he or she soon becomes a fan. 

 “It just kind of brings out the kid in all of us,” Beckley said.

The event will feature a lineup of five monster truck competitors who are making their first valley appearance — Ghost Rider, Project X, Girl Power, Disturbed and Unhinged. Their drivers will compete in races, wheelie contests and a freestyle event. 

Beckley said that lineup includes some of the country’s top monster truck vehicles and drivers.

“Ghost Ryder is the King of the Monster Truck Back Flips,” Beckley said. “Larry Quick from Aledo, Illinois drives his $200,000 custom built Mustang monster truck like a mad man. He most certainly will be the crowd favorite, unless his wife Shannon Quick, driver of the Girl Power truck, gets the crowd on her side. She drives as hard as Larry.”

Other Action

Between the monster truck appearances, Beckley will also stage a Robot Wars contest during today’s shows. Two 30-foot tall rocket firing, flame throwing robots — Reptar and Glactron — will battle in what promises to be a crowd-pleasing spectacle.

The show also has a local element with “tuff truck” races where Colorado drivers will tackle an obstacle course. Any licensed driver at least 18-years-old with a “safe” vehicle can enter by contacting No Limits at 940-683-4742 or visiting the tour website at nolimitsmonstertrucks.com.

Beckley added that his events are intended for the whole family, as evidenced by tour’s kids power wheel races. Youngsters are urged to bring their own battery-powered riding vehicles to the event where they can compete against other kids in their age groups. Any child ages 3 to 7 can enter and prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers. 

Rounding out the event offerings, monster truck rides are offered for an additional fee and start one hour prior to each show, after the show and during intermission. One hour prior to the show, a free pit party is open for all ticket holders to see the trucks up close and meet the drivers.

Tickets for the No Limits Monster Truck Show are $27 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 to 12 years. All seating is general admission and the gates open at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. respectively. No coolers, food or drink can be brought to the arena, but concessions will be offered on-site, and the local Crawlin’ to a Cure group will operate a beer tent.