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Warren Miller movie premiere, restaurant deals, art programs and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 11/13/20

America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day is Nov. 15 and Eagle County wants to help you understand the best ways to recycle every day of the year. According to the lovevail.org website, the current national recycling rate is 35% while the state of Colorado’s rate is 16%. The town of Vail recycling rate is 27%, just shy of the Eagle County rate of 28%.

Are you confused about what can and can’t be recycled? If the answer is yes, download the free Eagle County Waste Wizard app. The Recycling Guide will give you and your family the answers to all your recycling questions at your fingertips.

Walking Mountains Science Center has been counting down to America Recycles Day by offering tips and tricks to help you recycle right and manage your waste more sustainably. New tips are posted daily to its Sustainability Facebook page and Instagram stories (search for @walkingmtns). You can also send in your questions to @walkingmtns or tag #recycleright and the Walking Mountains Zero Waste team will answer your questions.  

If you want to ditch the single-use plastics, head over to Fill & Refill, a store in Edwards that is dedicated to reducing single-use plastic by selling many household items like shampoo and laundry detergent that are unpackaged. Simply bring in your own containers or purchase reusable containers at Fill & Refill and break the cycle of contributing to more plastic waste. More info can be found at fillandrefill.com.

On Friday, the town of Vail had planned to host a recycling event for paper shredding and electronic waste. Due to the rising COVID-19 cases in Eagle County, the town of Vail is postponing the event and it will be rescheduled when the COVID-19 case numbers have been lowered.

As an alternative, Eagle County residents can take electronics waste to the Eagle County Household Hazardous Waste facility in Wolcott. The facility is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. There is a small charge for electronics and Eagle County residents can deposit up to 20 items of household hazardous waste, such as paint, free of charge per visit.

Second Friday ARTwalk on Broadway

This weekend marks the second anniversary of the Second Friday ARTwalk, a monthly event held in downtown Eagle. The milestone won’t be marked by any grand celebrations due to COVID-19 restrictions, but you are still invited to stop by and support local artists and shops on Broadway and beyond on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. by ordering takeout, getting gift cards and doing a quick shopping trip in the shops and galleries.

Founder and event organizer Tara Novak, owner of ARTSPaCE workshop and gallery, has been working hard throughout the pandemic to support local artists and small businesses that are a part of the Eagle community. Novak is currently working on uploading items by local artists for holiday gift ideas on artspaceworkshop.com to provide a resource for those looking to shop local this holiday season.  

The Vail Valley Art Guild will be holding a member exhibit on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Visitors will be allowed to choose two free holiday greetings cards designed by artist Beth Levine. The Vail Valley Art Guild’s Gallery is located at 108 Second Street in Eagle.  

Even though the Broadway Promenade in downtown Eagle won’t be bustling with exhibitor tents and food trucks like it has in the past, browse the art galleries and stop by the restaurants for a quick bite or takeout or buy a gift card and support those places as well:

  • Bonfire Brewery’s 10th Anniversary Celebration – new chalk art reveal by Natalia Gray, live music with The Evolution from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Katch of the Day Wine Bar – Frida Kahlo, Picasso, other assorted vintage art and wine specials
  • Owashi Sushi Kitchen – fine art exhibit and dining specials
  • Chics Couture – fall sale, local artisan jewelry
  • Everyday Outfitters – fall sale, home holiday decor and art prints

71st annual Warren Miller Movie Premier

Even though we are in the middle of a pandemic, it’s still stoke season and the 71st annual Warren Miller movie, “Future Retro,” is the official flick that kicks it off.

You read that correctly, 71 years of Warren Miller films. These films about winter skiing and snowboarding attract die-hard enthusiasts, aspiring wanna-be pro athletes and even those who may never step foot on the slopes this winter. The footage, music and commentary are that entertaining and iconic. And although you can’t watch this year’s movie on the big screen like in the past, you’ll still see the beautiful scenery, amazing athleticism and hear some of Warren’s famous quotes.

“Future Retro” features a cast of nearly two dozen of today’s most talented skiers and snowboarders that will take you to the slopes of Utah, Vermont, Montana and Alaska. International destinations include Switzerland, Iceland and Antarctica. For those of you missing the Birds of Prey World Cup Races at Beaver Creek this year, there is a segment from last year’s women’s World Cup race in Killington, VT.

Due to the pandemic, “Future Retro” is being premiered in locations across the U.S. over a three-week period via a streaming platform. Last Saturday, the East Coast got to view “Future Retro,” This Saturday, the Rocky Mountain Region can view it at 6 p.m. MST and next Saturday the West Coast will be able to see the film.

A ticket for the movie premiere costs $30 and that will accommodate one to four people on a single device. This ticket gives you and your three guests access to door prizes like ski gear, coupon codes and other swag. Have more than four who want access to the goods? Simply purchase more tickets to accommodate your viewers. You will have access to the event for up to 48 hours in case you can’t watch it Saturday or want to watch it again.

Olympian and long-time Warren Miller films narrator Jonny Moseley reprises his role in this year’s film and will kick it off with a virtual red carpet experience. Get your living room ready for the 71st annual Warren Miller movie with popcorn, “free” drinks from your own fridge and a comfortable couch. To purchase tickets or watch the movie trailer go to warrenmiller.com.

Cupcakes and Clay

Instead of Cupcakes and Canvas, Alpine Arts Center is hosting its Cupcakes and Clay event this Sunday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy delicious cupcakes while creating a lasting piece of functional art. This week, the class will be creating platters for serving or as a decorative piece to display.

During the class, you will be provided with all the art materials to make the platter and the instruction and assistance you’ll need throughout your artistic journey. Start with a ball of clay and shape it into the desired platter you envision. This is the family-friendly version of Cocktails and Canvas, but those over 21 are allowed to purchase beer, wine or champagne from the Alpine Art Center for $6 each.

Go to alpineartscenter.org to make a reservation for the class. Tickets are $35 and include the cupcakes and all the art supplies. You can do the class virtually for $25, which doesn’t include the art materials, but you can buy art class kits online as well.

You may have seen information about the Social Arts Programs that the Alpine Arts Center is doing for the town of Vail this season. These are discounted classes for $20 due to support from the town of Vail, Alpine Bank, Holy Cross Energy and Vail Daily. This Friday’s trail map painting class is already sold out but inquire about a virtual class. More information can be found at alpineartscenter.org.

Off season deals

There are a few restaurants doing deals this time of year. Take advantage of the savings and treat yourself to a nice meal before the ski season starts and support local restaurants:

Northside Coffee & Kitchen:

  • All entrées $20
  • Specialty entrées:
  • Filet mignon, rib eye or prime rib $24
  • Lobster shrimp risotto $27
  • Thenorthsidekitchen.com

Hooked:

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

Route 6 Cafe and Bar:

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

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

Cocktails and Canvas

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

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

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

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

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

Bonfire Brewing’s 10th Anniversary Party

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Giving with the Grooms Food Drive

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

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

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

Drop off locations:

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

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

Colorado Snowsports Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Swap

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

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

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

Halloween arts and crafts

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

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

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

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

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

Pumpkin Fest

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

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

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

Live music

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

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

Coat Drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Avalanche dogs, Halloween costume contests, restaurant deals, live music and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 10/16/20

Live Music

The fall colors are still holding on and so are the nice temperatures. That weather will bode well for the live music offerings this weekend, many of which are outdoors.

Rewind Halloween Costume Party – Edwards – Saturday

Get your 80s costumes ready for an early Halloween show with 80s retro rockers Rewind, a cover band from Eagle County. Rewind will take the stage under the marquee at the Riverwalk Theater on Saturday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Check Rewind’s Facebook page for more details.

Pop-Up Street Music – Vail Village – Saturday

Shakedown Presents has more live music coming your way. This Saturday the stage will be in the Solaris Plaza. Scott Rednor, owner and musician at Shakedown Bar, has been hosting a series of outdoor concerts due to COVID-19 regulations that have kept his bar closed. Rednor has been working with the town of Vail to provide live music for free on the streets of Vail from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, visit shakedownbarvail.com.

Live music at Bonfire Brewing – Eagle – Friday and Saturday

Listen to the sounds of Motown, rock and folk music by Jen Mack, a long-time local who will play acoustic sets at Bonfire Brewing in Eagle on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. On Saturday, Brian Chinn takes the stage from 6 to 9 p.m. Axe Throwing is back with Wood & Steel Axe Company who will be hosting events every weekend in October. Don’t forget, Bonfire’s patio is heated. For more info, check out bonfirebrewing.com.

Kevin Danzig  – Vail – Saturday

Join Kevin Danzig for his eclectic mix of sounds and songs at the King’s Club Lounge at the Sonnenalp Vail. Enjoy the lounge atmosphere of the Bavarian-style hotel while listening to a variety of musical genres from folk to rock and some of Danzig’s originals from 7 to 10 p.m.

Meet Avalanche Dogs at Colorado Snowsports Museum

Dog lovers, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to meet Vail’s Avalanche Dogs and get some insights into photographer Scott Brockmeier’s latest book, “Skiers’ Best Friends.”

The Colorado Snowsports Museum in Vail will host Brockmeier and have a book signing from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday. Brockmeier traveled throughout the state of Colorado and got to observe these working dogs in action in his new book. The book will be available for purchase and so will the 2021 Avalanche Rescue Dog calendars.

A portion of the proceeds from the book and calendar sales will be made to the Avalanche Rescue Dog teams. Beer, wine and 10th Mountain Whiskey will be available for purchase during the book signing.

Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. For more information, call the museum at 970-476-1876.

“Purple Mountains”  movie at Riverwalk Theater

Professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones has been enjoying the steepest slopes and deepest snow all around the globe for decades. Now, he’s taking his experience and observations to the slopes and streets to meet the people to discuss climate change. “Purple Mountains” is an hour-long documentary that hopes to build dialogue to help people understand what can be done climate-wise in order to keep enjoying the great outdoors.

The Riverwalk Theater is hosting this documentary on Friday night at 7 p.m. Tickets are free thanks to the help of a former employee of the Riverwalk Theater and some businesses that stepped up to sponsor this event.

“A former employee of mine (who wanted to remain anonymous) reached out to me and wanted to bring this movie to the theater as a way to support our business and bring this specific message to our community given its subject matter,” said Grant Smith, owner of the Riverwalk Theater in Edwards. 

The former employee enlisted the help of Jeremy Lepore of Edward Jones, Alpine Quest Sports store in Edwards, Mid Valley Paint and Hemp Works Colorado, a sustainable wood material made from hemp stalks.

“It means a lot as a business to have groups like this stepping up to show the Riverwalk Theater support and especially for a movie like this that is meant to bring people together. This is 100% in tune with what we are trying to do at the Riverwalk Theater,” said Smith, whose mission is to have the Riverwalk Theater be a place where people can connect with friends and family.

Once again, tickets are free, but reserve yours now by contacting the Riverwalk Theater or by stopping by to reserve tickets. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the maximum capacity is 50 people. Come early and enjoy live music from 6 to 7 p.m. and happy hour specials including $10 chopped brisket sandwiches and $5 Vail Brewing Company Octoberfest lagers.

Back to the movie, expect to see scenic vistas you’d expect from any Jeremy Jones film, but also witness conversations with people on all sides of the issue. To learn more about “Purple Mountains”, view the website and trailer at www.purplemountainsfilm.com. To learn more about the Riverwalk Theater, go to riverwalktheater.com.

Gypsum Fun Fest

Get into the Halloween spirit at the Gypsum Fun Fest this Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. Costume contests, live music, food and more will be on hand along with a pumpkin weight-guessing contest.

The Gypsum Chamber is hosting this event with The Andrews Team of All Western Mortgage, which will be celebrating its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. Stop by its new location and register to win a 58-inch flat-screen television that will be given away at 5 p.m. Neighboring Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Colorado Properties is co-sponsoring the event and many of the activities will occur on its lawn on the corner of Green Way and Highway 6 in Gypsum.

Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume for a chance to win prizes. Awards will be given for the best child and adult costume at 4 p.m. Kids will also receive a Halloween goodie bag. Register to win raffle prizes at the Gypsum Chamber’s registration table at the event. Raffle prizes will be given away at 2 and 5 p.m. Raffle prizes include six complimentary Sunny Pop lift tickets to Sunlight Mountain Resort and gift certificates for local businesses. Guessing the correct weight of the large pumpkin on display can earn you a prize, too.

Grilled hamburgers, hotdogs and other snacks will be provided at this celebration. Listen to live music by Mysterious Forces and enjoy family games on the lawn and the kids can burn off some energy in the Bounce House.

In case of inclement weather, tents and heaters will be in place and Vail Honeywagon has donated mobile hand-washing and sanitation stations for attendees. For more information go to gypsumchamber.org.

Restaurant and shopping deal cards

If you head down valley for the Gypsum Fun Fest, stick around and have a bite to eat at some of the restaurants that are participating in Gypsum Restaurant Daze. Get a Gypsum Restaurant Daze punch card at Gypsum Town Hall or any participating restaurant. During the month of October, stop by all of the 11 restaurants, get your card punched and once you’ve completed the punch card, drop it off at the dropbox outside the main entrance of Gypsum Town Hall by November 1.

Two winners with completed cards will be randomly selected in early November and each winner will get $300 in gift cards to Costco, Ridley’s and Ace Hardware.

Participating restaurants include Creekside Clubhouse & Grill, Turgeon’s, DJ’s + Dahlias, Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli, Trigo Food Co., Subway, Domino’s Pizza, Tu Casa Coffee Shop, Spice of Life and Firebox. For more information to go townofgypsum.org

Access Unbound is offering a discount card as well. Access Unbound’s mission is to transform and heal the lives of people with disabilities or disabling conditions who qualify for its adaptive programs.

The Access Unbound Access Card will allow you to save 20% at many valley businesses and restaurants from now until Oct. 23. Buy the card online for $55 by going to au-accesscard.org. Check out the long list of businesses that are participating while you’re on the website, too. There are tons of great deals to be had, but hurry, the offer ends on Oct. 23.

Take advantage of the savings while helping Access Unbound reach their goal of providing funds for adaptive equipment, scholarships, instructor incentive programs and more.

Pumpkin races, artwalks, mindfulness and live music: Tricia’s weekend picks 10/09/20

ARTwalk in Eagle

It’s the second Friday of the month and that means that Eagle ARTS is hosting another ARTwalk from 5-8 p.m. Parts of Broadway in downtown Eagle will be blocked off so guests can stroll down the street take advantage of specials at participating businesses. Stop by the various booths that line the street and celebrate the arts and celebrate the fact that you have a fun, socially-distanced activity to do on a Friday night.

In addition to the art and business offerings, there will be a special street dance performance by students of More 2 Dance Studio at 6:30 p.m. and live music by The Evolution from 5-7 p.m. Then DJ Kirby will start spinning tunes at Katch of the Day from 7–9 p.m.

Don’t miss this month’s ARTwalk Scavenger Hunt, which has become popular. Download the app and follow the clues to different businesses on Broadway. Finding unique art could earn you a prize.  

The Vail Valley Art Guild’s Eagle Gallery at 108 W. Second Street will be having its Second Friday event in conjunction with the Eagle ARTS event. From 5 to 8 p.m., stop by the gallery and view the work of featured artist Missy Octave. In addition to Octave, other artists include Cindy Kelleher, Soodi Lick, Christine Sena and Barbara Holden. The gallery will also feature works by photographers Raymond Bleeze, Rick Spitzer and Jon Sheppard as well as ceramics by Ann Loper and woodworking by Ken Kolano.

Admittance to the ARTwalk is free and tickets to participate in the scavenger hunt are $5 per person and available for purchase at www.eaglearts.org.

Gypsum Fall Festival

Gypsum is hosting its Fall Festival by spreading people throughout the town hall and library parks, Lundgren Amphitheater, and even Lundgren Street to provide a socially-distanced celebration.

Costumes are encouraged as folks come out to enjoy the various activities for all ages. Zone One (Lundgren Amphitheater) will have a “daylight friendly” movie screen and will be showing “Ghostbusters” at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. followed by a costume parade.

Zone Two (Gypsum Library Pavilion and Lawn) will house the food and live music with bands from 1 to 7 p.m. Food trucks will be available and don’t forget to sign up for the Apple Cider Holding Competition at 2 and 5 p.m. There will be adult and child categories.

Zone Three (Lundgren Blvd.) features a pumpkin decorating contest, pumpkin race and ax throwing. Heats in the pumpkin race will go off at 1:15, 3:15 and 5:15 p.m. Ax throwing will happen between 1 and 7 p.m.

All information on the races, costume contest and decorating contest can be found at townofgypsum.com.

World Mental Health Day

Saturday is World Mental Health Day and local suicide prevention group SpeakUp ReachOut has several ways to get involved.

“World Mental Health Day is a day to remind us to slow down and acknowledge what we need for mental wellness,” said Erin Ivie, executive director of the nonprofit SpeakUp ReachOut. “This year we are offering most of the sessions online so that more people can participate. Intentional mental health care is more important than ever as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ivie said.

Schedule (some events are in-person and streaming):

8 a.m. – Virtual Meditation with Becky Hesseltine

9 a.m. – Yoga/Meditation with Twyla Gingrich of Samya Yoga Healing

10:30 a.m. – Mindfulness Mandala with Alpine Arts Center

12 p.m. “A Mental Health Toolkit for COVID-19” – Lunch and Learn with Dr. Justin Ross

1 p.m. – Financial Wellness Basics w/ Michelle from Cornerstone Financial

2 p.m. – “Practical Steps to Taking Control of Your Life” – Tess Johnson of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team.

If you don’t have enough time to participate in these events online or in person, Ivie said they are suggesting that everyone takes 10 minutes out of their day to just be still.

“Suicide is complicated and is rarely caused by one factor. The pandemic affects everyone in a different way and therefore it is difficult to predict how this will affect suicide rates in our community. With that said, being aware of your own mental health and what is happening for your friends and loved ones is more important than ever, ” Ivie said. To learn more, go to speakupreachout.org.

Pop-Up Music

Scott Rednor, musician and owner of the Shakedown Bar in Vail Village has been busy playing all over the place this summer. Where there’s a stage, there’s a show and Rednor and his talented team of musical friends will host a few more pop-up shows before the month is over.

This Saturday, follow the sounds of the music in Lionshead and sit back and listen to free live music between 2 and 7 p.m. This week’s band is Mark Levy & Friends featuring Scott Rednor, Joey Porter and Garrett Sayers.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, Rednor hasn’t been able to host musical performances at Shakedown Bar at the top of Bridge Street. He created Shakedown Presents and approached the town of Vail with a few ideas for music during the pandemic. Rednor has so many connections in the music world that he’s been able to bring plenty of performers to the Vail Valley and play at pop-up locations throughout town and at the main stage in Ford Park.

“It’s been a blast!” Rednor said. “It’s been fun to explore all the new opportunities. The town of Vail has been supportive and we’ve learned a lot about what live music can do for businesses who are near the pop-up stage,” Rednor said.

If you miss this Saturday, Shakedown Presents will host shows from 2 to 7 p.m. for the next four Saturdays with a special Halloween show on Oct. 31. For more information visit shakedownpresents.com.

Cocktails and Canvas

The Alpine Arts Center is hosting its popular Cocktails and Canvas event this Saturday where adults get to show their creativity while also having an adult beverage. Alpine Arts Center provides all the supplies and instruction for a group project.

Advanced registration required and it’s $45 per person to attend the class. Due to COVID-19, classes are available in-person or virtual. You can still participate via Zoom and that cost is $25 per person, but it doesn’t include materials. You can purchase class kits if you don’t have the right supplies at home.

Get those creative juices flowing with wine or beer for $6 a glass. Please note, you can’t bring in your own alcohol, all alcoholic beverages must be purchased through the Alpine Arts bar. There are some non-alcoholic beverages and snacks available, too.

This Saturday’s class is painting on canvas, but Alpine Arts mixes up the mediums and also has classes working with clay, glass etching, encaustic wax and more.

Follow Alpine Arts Center’s social media pages and website for more details on which classes are offered and look for Halloween-themed classes this month. For more information, go to alpineartscenter.org.

A benefit for firefighters, Oktoberfest, pumpkin patch, pet blessings and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 10/02/20

Firefighters Tribute Festival

The smoke may have cleared and the fires contained, but the hard work and the dedication that local, regional and national firefighters went through this season got Dave Kraft thinking. Kraft, a valley local since 1981, decided he wanted to throw a benefit in honor of those who fought so hard to protect Colorado’s landscape.

“I drove the Turtle Bus for weddings, but COVID-19 reduced those trips, and then the fires reduced the Turtle Bus tubing trips we’d do on the river, so with that extra time on my hands, I decided to put together a benefit concert and that’s how the Firefighters Tribute Festival was started,” Kraft said of the event taking place Saturday.

Kraft started calling in favors and got the venue, entertainment and raffle prizes in the span of one month with zero budget. Stoneyard Distillery in Dotsero is providing its large venue for the event. They will also be pouring various drinks including daiquiris and pina coladas for $5. Stone oven wood-fired pizzas will be sold for $14 and the Turtle Bus is offering transportation from Vail, Avon, Edwards and Eagle for $30 round-trip.

Firefighters will get two complimentary drinks and a complimentary pizza. Kraft also wants to honor the firefighters with prizes. There is a free drawing for firefighters where they can win a marble fireman sculpture donated by Rex Branson of the Marble Institute in Marble; two nights lodging donated by the Four Seasons Vail; a guided snowmobile trip; and more.

Local musicians donated their talents for performances that will go on all day. Kraft will play with a collection of musicians in what he calls the Fireman Legacy Band, playing a mixture of classic rock, country and originals. Other artists include Primal J and the Neanderthals, Don Watson, John Dunn, the Al Maul Trio and Helmut Fricker will be there wearing lederhosen along with his companions Charlotte Bogert and Rupert Oberlohr. It’s a fantastic lineup of entertainment that appeals to many age ranges and crosses musical genres.  

The event goes from noon until dark, is free, the drinks are affordable and round trip transportation is $30, so take advantage of the beautiful setting for a good cause. If you’d like to contribute any raffle prizes or for more information, call Kraft at 970-977-9649 or email davekraft2018@gmail.com.

Vail Farmers Market & Art Show

This Sunday marks the last day you can buy products in person at the Vail Farmers Market & Art Show. A 20-year tradition, the Vail Farmers Market & Art Show modified its operations to comply with COVID-19 regulations in order to bring this event to the streets of Vail once again this summer.

Come and get your produce, but there’s also so much more at the Vail Farmers Market & Art Show. Housewares, soaps, candles, jellies, coffee and teas, clothing, books as well as art can be found each week. Instead of having 158 vendors as in years past, the market hosted 58 booths. This year, they implemented a virtual market, which will allow you to keep on buying vendor products throughout the offseason.

Although some of the farms’ crops suffered from a frost earlier this year and wildfires and road closures almost prevented them from getting to the markets, the peaches and other produce still eventually made it. 

“The fires and many other non-COVID-related issues made some of our Sundays different, however, we were able to have most of our vendors show up and they drove over five hours to get here from Palisade,” said Angela Mueller, organizer of the event. “We are glad now that we have pumpkins, squash and so many beautiful apples and pears available.” 

This year the market is providing time slots to get guests into the market to help with crowd control. You may still enter the venue without signing up for a time slot, but your wait to enter the venue might be a little longer, so plan ahead and schedule a time. Wear a mask and there will be plenty of hand sanitizer placed throughout the market. The Vail Farmers Market & Art Show goes from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information on reservations or the virtual market, go to vailfarmersmarket.com.

Oktoberfest at Ein Prosit

Last weekend, Beaver Creek hosted Septemberfest, which gave event-goers a taste of Bavarian fare, beer and music. This weekend, Ein Prosit in Avon wants to help you get your oompah on by hosting its own version of Oktoberfest on Saturday and Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Ein Prosit already carries a variety of authentic German brews on a daily basis, as well as pretzels and traditional and exotic sausages. Try the wild boar with apricots and cranberries or the pheasant mushroom and parmesan sausage. 

This two-day event will have live music as well. They’re not quite the lederhosen guys you’d expect to find at an Oktoberfest celebration, but the Runaway Grooms may throw out a yodel to get the crowd going on Saturday night. On Sunday, Those Austrian Guys will take the stage and with a name like that, don’t be surprised if you find yourself dancing to the “Chicken Dance” after a few brewskis. Check out Ein Prosit’s Facebook page or go to einprosit.net for more details.

Eagle Ranch Pumpkin Patch

Fall is here and along with the autumn colors, cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes, it’s time to get your pumpkins for the season. Grab one to adorn your doorstep or a dozen for pumpkin decorating with the family.

The Eagle Community Gardens will once again host its annual fundraiser in Eagle Ranch on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Brush Creek Park and Pavilion in Eagle Ranch. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Eagle Community Gardens is issuing tickets and time slots for parties of up to eight people.

Tickets are available on EventBrite and you will be given time slots to choose from once you are in the reservation and purchasing system. Reservations are from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Walk-ins are welcome from noon until 2 p.m. Don’t worry, word has it that they will still have a good selection of pumpkins past noon, too.

Each reservation per party costs $5.50 and it includes a small “pie” pumpkin. Once you are in the pumpkin patch, pick out your pumpkins, which will cost between $5 and $10 each.

In addition to finding that perfect pumpkin, there will be a pumpkin maze to go through and an area set up for photographs. Bring your own camera and create a memorable memento of the season. Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions the usual fair activities won’t be happening this year, but the playground will be open.

Blessing of animals

Does your pet need to be blessed? On St. Francis Day this Sunday you can bring your pet to Edwards to be blessed in honor of this patron saint of animals. In early October, people all over the world will celebrate St. Francis Day, for Saint Francis of Assisi.

Bring your furry friends down to the Freedom Park recreational dog area on the east side of the pond in Edwards. There, Pastor Scott Beebe of Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church will be conducting blessings. It’s not just limited to dogs, all creatures large and small are invited to come with their owners whether by foot, bike or even a drive-by blessing can be conducted.

For more information, call 970-471-3563 or view the website at mountholycross.org.

Bavarian fun, trail runs, walks for charity and a grape stomp: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 9/25/20

Septemberfest at Beaver Creek

It’s not quite the annual Oktoberfest celebration Beaver Creek hosts every fall, but we’ll take it. Septemberfest will offer up Bavarian food, beer, music and fun this Friday and Saturday.

Area restaurants will feature specials on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m. No tickets required for entry, a la carte food and beverages will be available for purchase at restaurants in Beaver Creek Village. Here are a few samples of what you’ll see:

The Dusty Boot: Bratwurst and Sauerkraut with chips, cheese beer soup with pretzels

The Golden Eagle Inn: Schnitzel and Kolsch Beer

Coyote Cafe: Beirock and Oktoberfest Lager

The Met Kitchen: Strudel and The Kaiser Lager

Pair those items with your dirndl or lederhosen and enjoy live music performed in the village. For more information, go to beavercreek.com.

Last weekend for gondola rides

The last weekend in September marks that last time you can ride lifts until the winter season fires back up on November 20 on Vail Mountain and November 25 at Beaver Creek Resort. Vail starts the weekend early with lifts starting at 9:30 a.m. on Friday and will run Gondola One in Vail Village until 4 p.m. Those are the operating hours for Saturday and Sunday as well. Beaver Creek will have the Centennial lift running from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

If you work up an appetite, you can purchase a grab-and-go lunch from Sarge’s Deck on Vail Mountain at Mid Vail or from Spruce Saddle at Beaver Creek. This is prime hiking and biking season because of the fall colors. Have the camera handy so you can snap a few pictures of the golden aspen leaves whether you are hiking or biking up or down the trails.

Beaver Lake is a popular destination this time of year. You can hike up the trail from the base area by starting out on the Five Senses Trail before embarking on the Beaver Lake Trail or take the Centennial lift up to Spruce Saddle and follow the Royal Elk Trail to Beaver Lake.

Bikers can try the Grand Traverse trail for spectacular views of the back bowls or do a lap on Big Mamba and Radio Flyer. 

Keep an eye on the time if you are hoping to download the lifts at the end of the day. The temperature is cooler as you ascent, so pack an extra layer for once you get to the top. For more information visit vail.com or beavercreek.com.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Saturday marks the third annual Vail Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s, a disease that affects 5.8 million Americans and 76,000 Coloradoans. Due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, the walk won’t be held in one central location. Instead, participants are encouraged to walk their families or small groups on neighborhood streets, school tracks and trails in support of a world without Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Registration is still open by going to alz.org/walk. Search for the Vail Valley’s walk and join a team or sign up as an individual. Registration is free, but if you’d like to donate you can do so with or without walking in the event. The goal of the Vail Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s local planning committee is to raise $130,000 by the end of 2020 and at press time over $74,000 had been raised. Here are some stats about Alzheimer’s and why this is such a national concern:

  • 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and that number is expected to reach nearly 14 million by 2050
  • More than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, providing an estimated 18.5 billion hours valued at nearly $234 billion
  • There is so prevention, treatment or cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

Walk with your family and friends at this year’s Vail Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s. For more information, go to alz.org/walk.

Boneyard Boogie Trail Run

This Saturday marks the final race in the Dynafit 2020 Vail Trail Running Series. The Boneyard Boogie is presented by and held in the town of Eagle. This race typically takes place in the spring, but due to COVID-19 cancellations and postponements, this race was pushed to the fall. The benefit will be the wonderful fall colors that racers will get to see by having it held in September versus May.

The Boneyard Boogie is a 13k race that starts and ends at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink. The terrain is mostly dirt single track with a small percentage of double track that winds through pinyon groves and juniper shrubs. The race includes about 1,400 feet of climbing.

The race is capped at 175 runners and there is no day-of registration. Racers can pick up their race numbers or register ahead of time in person (space available) on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Peak Performance in Edwards.

As with all the other races, there is a race t-shirt and Northside Coffee and Kitchen will be serving up donuts. You can grab both after you finish and head home. Due to COVID-19, the series champion and raffle winner prizes will be given out by staff at the race area as racers finish. Boneyard Boogie overall men’s and women’s finisher prizes will be mailed. Go to vailrec.org for more information.

“I Love Lucy” Wine Crush

If you’ve ever followed the “I Love Lucy” show, the classic comedy that starred Lucille Ball, you may have seen the episode where Lucy stomps grapes with her feet. Each year during harvest time, Vines at Vail allows those who dare put their feet in the vat to stomp grapes and don a costume similar to the outfit Lucy wore in that famous episode. The best costume and look alike winner will receive a $150 credit toward Vines at Vail wine.

All fun and games aside, it’s a busy time at Vines at Vail with the crush and press going on this fall with harvest in full swing. This boutique mountain winery has been sharing the experience with guests for decades. The grapes are from Lodi, Amador and Stockton, CA.

After the grape stomp and costume contest, stick around and taste some wines that have already been bottled. The event goes until 5 p.m. Vines at Vail offers Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Tempranillo, Petit Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, just to name a few.

For more information about tickets to this event and to learn about how you can get your own barrel or host an event out there with your friends – Vines at Vail is located at 4 Eagle Ranch – visit vinesatvailwinery.com. If you can’t get there on Saturday, Vines at Vail is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Oct. 15 and open Fridays and Saturdays through November.

Hikes and bike rides for charity, ski movie premiers, live music, a local artisan’s market and more: Tricia’s Weekend picks 9/18/20

Hikes and races for charity

This weekend offers a few ways to get your heart pumping while also funding local charities. The 12th annual Hike, Wine and Dine will be a virtual event this Saturday and Sunday. Instead of a large group gathering on the trails of Beaver Creek, trekkers will be asked to share where they are and virtually participate to raise funds for Jack’s Place, the cancer caring house adjacent to the Shaw Cancer Center in Edwards.

To take part, simply register at hikewinedine.com where you will get access to the special Strava, Facebook and Instagram groups where you can share your hike stats and photos. There will be some restaurant gift certificates given out for the hiker who posts the longest hike or the most elevation gain. Enter the prize raffle by posting a selfie on the Hike, Wine and Dine Facebook event page with a yellow Hike, Wine & Dine ribbon.

The money raised will help Jack’s Place, which provides affordable lodging for cancer patients who are undergoing treatment at Shaw Cancer Center. This year, in honor of Dr. Jack Eck’s retirement, a portion of the funds raised will go towards the initiative to keep Jack’s Place open on weekends over the winter season.

Down in Eagle, the Mountain Rats race returns with a weekend full of races for trail runners and mountain bikers. The half marathon, marathon and 55k races on Saturday are sold out, but spots are still available for the 5k run and 50k mountain bike race on Sunday. The 5k run will be on the paths around Eagle Ranch.

The 50k mountain bike race will showcase some of Eagle’s challenging mountain bike trails and will be a true test of the training you’ve been doing all summer long. Proceeds from the 50k bike race will benefit The Cycle Effect, a local non-profit with the mission to empower girls through mountain biking.

There are still a few spots left for the family-friendly Amazing Race, which is a 5-mile long team treasure hunt. There will be 10 stops along the paths of Eagle Ranch and you can only use human power (biking, walking, running) to find each clue before going to the next stop. Text a team photo to the Amazing Race Headquarters before solving the next clue and moving to the next stop. To register for any of these races, go to mountainrats.com.

Free live music

There is a vast array of live music this weekend. Some of these performances are outdoors, so keep in mind that the cooler days and nights mean you’ll need to dress appropriately for outdoor seating. It’s a perfect excuse to get out those cute leather boots, scarves and fleece jackets or buy something to keep you cozy at the local shops. 

Friday:

Pop-Up show with Brother’s Keeper – Lionshead – 2 to 7 p.m.

Kevin Danzig’s eclectic mix – King’s Club Lounge, Sonnenalp – 7 to 10 p.m.

Saturday:

Brother’s Keeper – Children’s Fountain in Vail – 2 to 7 p.m.

Zusamenn – Featuring the sounds of Spinphony – Beaver Creek Plaza – 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Special Sunset LIVE! with Frisco Funk Collective and very special guests – Avon Performance Pavilion (west side) – 5 to 8 p.m.

Rewind 80s cover band – outdoors under the Riverwalk Theater marquee – 6 to 9 p.m.

Kevin Danzig’s eclectic mix – King’s Club Lounge, Sonnenalp – 7 to 10 p.m.

Local Designer Market

The valley is full of creative types and the Local Designer Market plans to showcase this talented bunch at the Riverwalk Amphitheater in Edwards on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Come shop locally designed goods like clothing for the outdoors, athleisure or streetwear as well as jewelry and art. Vendors include Moxy Evolution, Algorhythm Designs, Theo Rhodius Art, Ski Girl, Jennie Fancher Designs, Skye Design, Mountain Girl Creations, Mountain Wave Malas, Artspace Workshop, Rocky Mountain Resin and Kali Mala Jewelry Design.

There will be live music on the Riverwalk Amphitheater stage with Corrsound & Company playing from 12 to 3 p.m. and The Evolution from 3 to 6 p.m.        

“I created this event to show my support for all of our local designers, musicians and artists of all genres and creative entrepreneurs in the Vail Valley,” said event organizer Missy Erickson of Moxy Evolution. “I envision the Vail Valley becoming a Colorado certified creative district.”

Ski movie premiere

Vail’s opening day for the 2020-2021 snow sports season is about two months away and Matchstick Productions wants you to get psyched for winter with its latest film “Huck Yeah.”

“Huck Yeah” takes athletes to the high peaks of Alaska, British Columbia, Switzerland, Japan and iconic locations throughout the U.S. View the trailer here.  

Catch this action-packed flick at the Riverwalk Theater in Edwards on Friday night at 7 p.m. or at the Blue Starlite Drive-In in Minturn on Saturday night at 8:15 p.m. The Riverwalk Theater will be doing food and drink specials (don’t forget about Smokin’ J’s BBQ and an expanded concessions area that includes alcoholic beverages) before and during the show.

“Hosting ski movies in the fall before ski season is what the Riverwalk is all about. It’s about providing the opportunity to get together and share the stoke for the upcoming winter season with friends and your community,” said Grant Smith, owner of the Riverwalk Theater.

The Blue Starlite Drive-In lets you watch “Huck Yeah” from the comfort of your own vehicle at its location just south of the town of Minturn. If you purchase concessions when you buy your tickets online, your concessions will be given to you as you drive into the venue. Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. for the 8:15 p.m. show.

For ticket info and information on COVID-19 restrictions go to riverwalktheater.com or bluestarlitedrivein.com.

Oktoberfest at Antlers at Vail

Normally, the Vail Valley hosts several weekends of oompah fun with Oktoberfest celebrations spanning from Vail Village to Gypsum. This year, COVID-19 cramped the style of the usual festivals, but there is one Oktoberfest celebration that is happening this weekend.

The Antlers at Vail is throwing an Oktoberfest party for its hotel guests. This exclusive offering features lodging, vouchers to Oktoberfest, music by Vail resident and German native Helmut Fricker, Bavarian fare, hotel amenities like the hot tub, pool and more. Beer and wine will be available for purchase during the event.

This socially distanced Oktoberfest celebration will be limited to guests of the Antlers at Vail. The package starts from $295 plus tax per night for an Antlers studio suite and includes two Oktoberfest event vouchers, valued at $40 each. Locals, listen up, you could do a staycation this weekend right in Vail. A special discount is available to Eagle County residents with rates starting at only $199 plus tax per night. Just show your Eagle County ID at check-in. That rate also includes the two $40 vouchers and you can buy additional vouchers if necessary.

The Antlers at Vail Oktoberfest package requires a two-night minimum stay and is subject to availability. Keep in mind, the Antlers charges no resort fees. For more information, go to antlersvail.com.

Trail runs, car shows, art walks, 9/11 tributes and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 9/11/20

9/11 events for Patriots Day

It’s hard to believe that the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, were 19 years ago. The local VFW and first responders team up each year to host its annual golf tournament and First Responder Memorial on 9/11 Patriots Day to show that we will never forget.

Although it’s too late to sign up for the annual charity golf tournament, you can still support local youth scholarships via the silent auction. The on-site silent auction will be moved outside of the Eagle-Vail Golf Clubhouse starting  at 10:30 a.m. So, stop by and bid on some great items like restaurant gift certificates, golf outings, hotel stays and more.

In addition to the silent auction, there will be a First Responder Memorial on 9/11 Patriots Day with a procession from Vail to Edwards. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the ceremony before and after the procession will not be open to the public to ensure the safety of the first responders involved in the event. But, the public is highly encouraged to line the procession route that will take emergency service vehicles from Ford Park in Vail, west to Highway 6 to Avon, Edwards and end at Freedom Park in Edwards.

You are still welcome to gather at Freedom Park in Edwards throughout the day and visit the Freedom Park Memorial in honor of Patriots Day. On the west end of the pond sits a piece of limestone weighing in at 600 pounds from the Pentagon west wall. This fragment was part of the damage and rubble of the 9/11 attacks from American Airlines Flight 77. It is one of approximately 100 pieces of limestone that was saved for memorials across the United States.

The Freedom Park Memorial not only commemorates 9/11 but also honors fallen veterans, police and emergency personnel from Eagle County.

Art events  throughout the Valley

The Avon Arts Festival kicks off this weekend at the Harry A. Nottingham Park. Art Festivals have had a successful return to the Vail Valley this summer with outdoor venues and social distancing providing a COVID-19-conscious atmosphere for artists to show their wares and art lovers to interact with the artists. This fine art and fine craft show will feature at least 40 artist booths, all socially distanced in the large space that Nottingham Park provides. This is a juried art show that will include painting, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, metal & woodwork and more.

The Avon Arts Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.  For more information, visit avon.org.

This Friday from 5-8 p.m., Eagle ARTS and the Eagle Chamber of Commerce and are teaming up to present an event that combines the 2nd Friday ARTwalk and 6th Annual Eagle Business Roundup. Head down to historic downtown Eagle and enjoy specials at participating businesses and visit the booths along Broadway between 2nd and 4th streets, which will be closed to traffic to allow for social distancing.

Local artists will have tents displaying artwork, there will be live music and food trucks will also be in attendance including Suntown Sparkling Waters and Mountain Minis Mini Donuts. There will be a number of door prizes from Boneyard, Bonfire Brewing, Color Coffee Roasters, Knapp Harvest, Owashi, Pazzo’s Pizzeria, and The Assembly. Guests must register at the Eagle Chamber Tent located at 3rd & Broadway to be eligible for a door prize.

The Vail Valley Art Guild is also going to combine its 2nd Friday event with the 2nd Friday ARTwalk and Eagle Business Roundup. This month’s exhibit, entitled “Art in Isolation,” will showcase what the artists have been doing while in quarantine. The first 50 people to stop by the Eagle Art Gallery will receive a free limited edition Broadway Street poster by Beth Levine.

For more information on the event, visit Eagle ARTs Colorado or the Eagle CO Chamber of Commerce on Facebook, or contact Eagle ARTS at 970-376-4772.

EverGold 5k and 10k

This weekend brings another installment of the 2020 Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series and the Vail Recreation District is excited to invite runners to a new venue for the EverGold 5k and 10k on Saturday. Meadow Mountain trail out of Minturn has hosted the last few EverGold races and this year runners will be exploring the trails of Beaver Creek.

The EverGold trail run will begin and end in Creekside Park, just below the plaza level of Beaver Creek Village. Runners will go through and around the resort community on a variety of terrain and on the Aspen Glad and Allie’s Way trails.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the participation is capped at 175 racers and participants must pre-register, there will be no day-of registration. Racers can pick up their race numbers or register ahead of time in person (space available) on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Peak Performance in Edwards.

The race starts will be divided into waves according to age categories, with the first wave beginning at 9 a.m. There will still be swag. Racers can pick up their custom race t-shirt and delicious Northside Kitchen donuts when exiting the race finish.

The last race of the series will be the Boneyard Boogie 11k Trail Run in Eagle on Sept. 26. For more race and COVID-19 details visit www.vailrec.com

SpeakUp ReachOut Community Walk

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and local nonprofit SpeakUp ReachOut is offering thirteen free trainings and events throughout the month to help people get involved and learn how to provide hope to others.

SpeakUp ReachOut hosts a community walk and memorial every September. The walk is a 3-mile loop in Freedom Park in Edwards. The event will also feature Anne Moss Rogers, an expert in mental health, suicide prevention and grief. She will share her story of the loss of her teenage son’s death by suicide. Through her “Turning Pain into Purpose” speech, Rogers identifies how to support those who are suffering from the loss of a loved one to suicide. Molly Fiore Booker will also hold a Benediction ceremony to honor those we have lost to suicide.

The event aims to take time to remember those we have lost to suicide and reflect and revitalize hope in the community. “This event provides a much-needed opportunity to safely gather locals and discuss grief, loss and hope. One could be experiencing loss due to suicide, but the reality of COVID-19 and our “new normal” presents many different types of losses right now,” said Carol Johnson of SpeakUp ReachOut in an email.  

Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the speakers. The event is on Sunday from 8:30 to 11 a.m. followed by a Yoga for Mental Health class taught by Brooke Skjonsby from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bring your own mat if you have one as only a limited amount will be provided. For more information, go to speakupreachout.org.

Vail Automotive Classic

Although it’s not the typical Wheels and Wings air plane and car show this weekend at the Vail Valley Jet Center, unique cars will be on display Sunday courtesy of the Vail Automotive Classic.

The Vail Automotive Classic will be hosted in Lionshead versus Vail Village this year. This is a judged car show that will be bringing in up to 80 cars spanning in years from World War II to the present day with everything from vintage cars and contemporary supercars. “Porsche’s and Ferrari’s stand out in numbers with a healthy representation among Lamborghini’s, Aston Martins and McLarens,” said Mark Bergman with the Vail Automotive Classic Foundation. “We love to see people enjoying the cars.”

Leading up to the car show on Sunday, the Vail Automotive Classic will host drivers from all over on drives from Vail to Steamboat and other routes. “We’ve been sold out with a waiting list of people hoping for cancellations. Most car shows in the state were canceled this year fueling tremendous pent up demand,” Bergman said.   The car show is open to the public on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there is no charge to spectators. For more information visit vailautomotiveclassic.com.

Bike and jazz festivals, art shows and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 9/04/20

Eagle Outside Festival

If you are wondering what to do this Labor Day weekend, head to Eagle for some fun on the trails and in town. The Eagle Outside Festival is returning with gear demos, races, group bike rides, skills clinics and contests. As event organizer Mike McCormack puts it, it’s a ‘full weekend of she-nanigan-izing.”

If you are looking for the latest in bike technology, demo gear from 9 to 5 on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. In addition to the bike-oriented events, there is also an Eagle’s Got Talent contest and a Colorado Karaoke Contest. The kids will have fun with the Stryder races as well. For a full schedule, visit eofestival.wpengine.com.

The weekend will kick off with First Fridays in Eagle Ranch, an event that happens from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. Look for fun activities, food and drink specials, live music, unique vendors, yoga and more. Check out some of the fun themes First Friday is hosting like “Magnum P.I. Night” at new restaurant The Assembly: magnums of wine, island cocktails, Hawaiian shirts and maybe a Tom Selleck mustache. Or try your hand at ax throwing at Boneyard and yoga in the park at Brush Creek Park.

Virtually Vail Jazz

For 26 years, the annual Vail Jazz Party has been swinging all weekend long with performances at the Vail Marriott, the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Lionshead and beyond. Since they aren’t able to host large crowds this year, the Vail Jazz Foundation decided to present Virtually Vail Jazz: A Labor Day Weekend Celebration. The Foundation will be sharing jazz virtually, via its Facebook page, all weekend long.

“We have been so fortunate to present Jazz in the Park. But it doesn’t seem like the end of summer without the Vail Jazz Party. Virtually Vail Jazz is our way of bringing music to the people. We all need it right now,” Said Meghan Scallen, marketing manager for Vail Jazz Foundation.

The virtual celebration on Friday will bring a live stream of the final Jazz in the Park show (which is already sold out for in-person seating), a screening of the Foundation’s new documentary film and the finale of the 25th anniversary of the Vail Jazz Workshop. Saturday and Sunday will have Jazz Interludes plus additional surprise performances from some of the Vail Jazz artists. On Labor Day, the party doesn’t stop. Crank up the volume as the organization celebrates its 2020 Vail Jazz Party line-up with videos of some past performances. 

Schedule (Schedule subject to change) Check vailjazz.org for full schedule and updates.

Friday
5 p.m. –  Livestream of Jazz in the Park with Media Noche Hornado
7 p.m. – Documentary
7:30 p.m. – Workshop Finale

Saturday
5 p.m. – Jazz Interludes – Fall Series Premiere with Diego Figueiredo
6 p.m. – Surprise Performance!
7 p.m. – Diego Figueiredo – Concert from Brazil

Sunday

10 a.m. Jazz Interludes – Fall Series Premiere Gospel with Byron Stripling and Bobby Floyd
11 a.m. – Howard University Gospel Choir – Rebroadcast from the Kennedy Center – Millennium Stage Sept. 25, 2016

Monday

9 a.m.- 5 p.m. – Rebroadcast of performances from the 2020 Vail Jazz Party Line-up

Avon Art Festival

The Harry A. Nottingham Park in Avon will be bustling with activity this weekend, but in addition to the paddleboats, sand volleyball and picnicking, the visual arts with be showcased during the Avon Art Festival.

Join other art lovers in this Labor Day Weekend celebration of fine visual arts and handcrafted goods in a beautiful setting. This show is a juried show, so you are seeing some of the finest art from more than 80 artists around the nation. These artists represent a wide variety of mediums from oil paintings to watercolors, mixed media, jewelry, woodworking and more. 

This free art and craft festival runs through the core downtown area on the Main Street Mall in Avon from Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit avon.org/events.

Speaking of art, the Vail Valley Art Guild is hosting a First Friday event at its gallery in Minturn on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Soodi Kick, a fine art painter and Scott Pope, a photographer, will have works on display. Kick’s images are very dream-like in appearance with magical animals and human figures floating through the landscape.  Soodi employs bright colors and textures to give an ethereal effect. Pope starting getting hooked on photography in college at the University of Oklahoma and he stretches his creativity beyond film and creates works that have more of a “painterly” look to them.

Stop by the galley space, which was generously donated to the Vail Valley Art Guild by The Minturn Community Fund. It is located at 291 Main Street next to Rocky Mountain Taco. For more information, visit vailvalleyartguild.org.

Beaver Creek Happenings

While we won’t have the omp-ah music this weekend during the annual Oktoberfest celebration, we will still have a festive vibe up at Beaver Creek with live music and restaurant deals, kid’s activities and more. And if you are craving omp-ah music, Helmut Fricker will be bringing out his accordion, alpenhorn and lederhosen for his regular time slot on Sunday. Here’s how the weekend will be shaping up:

Friday

3 to 5 p.m. – FAC Live music from with Twang Box

5 to 8 p.m. – Silent Disco Dancing

Saturday

5 to 8 p.m. – Silent Disco Dancing

Sunday

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Fossil Posse Dinosaur Adventures

1 to 3 p.m. – Helmut Fricker

The Centennial lift is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for daily operations through Labor Day. Then it goes to a Saturday and Sunday schedule through Sept. 27. For more information, go to beavercreek.com.

SunsetLIVE! in Avon

Keep the holiday weekend going with a little live music on Nottingham Lake in Avon. SunsetLIVE! has been a fun, weekly showcase of local musical acts on Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m. The free concerts take place on the back of the Avon Performance Pavilion. The Saucy Bees will be playing the tunes on the lake.

Listen to live music from the lake or from the shore, or from a paddleboard. Grab a fishing pole, have a picnic or just enjoy the sunset. Bring your own lawn chairs as seating is limited. For more information, go to avon.org.