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Maker+Stitch marks five years

Maker+Stitch believes that creativity is the truest form of connection. This destination yarn shop in Edwards invites people to gather, create and explore — especially this week as their founders, Cathryn Cooper and Liza Alrick celebrate five years.

The idea behind Maker+Stitch came about from a lifelong love of knitting.

“I remember visiting Kathy Morrow’s yarn shop in Minturn with my kids after school, and my regular stitch and bitch group with friends was a critical way for me to relax and connect my internal community,” Cooper said. In the summer of 2016, Alrick went on a hiking and knitting trip in Iceland with renowned knitter and knitting retreat host, Helene Magnusson.

Upon her return, Cathryn saw her photos and signed up for the same hiking and knitting trip in June of the following year. Inspired by the landscape and the passionate group of knitters on the trip, Cathryn came home, put together a business plan and called Liza. The model in Iceland was a perfect way to expand their passion of building community in the Vail Valley through knitting to not just friends and family, but the valley as a whole.

Maker+Stitch, a destination yard shop at The Corner at Edwards, is celebrating its 5th Anniversary.
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“We felt a yarn shop would be a great amenity to the valley. We wanted to create an opportunity for creative connection in a valley that highlights athleticism and fine dining,” Cooper said.

Five years later, Maker+Stitch is what the pair envisioned and even more. There’s a growing community of knitters and crocheters in the area and among second-home owners that grew exponentially over the COVID pandemic.

“We felt fortunate that people could find refuge and connection during those times by visiting our store, in person and virtually. What truly amazes us is as the immediate threat of COVID fades, the knitting community continues to thrive. We are always excited to see knitters of different ages and backgrounds connect over projects by sitting on our couches in the shop,” Cooper said.

Groups like this one from Michigan plan a trip to Maker+Stitch each time they visit the Vail Valley.
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Cooper and Alrick are always bringing in new yarns and patterns to share with their knitters.

“We’re always looking for ones we think our community would love to create with. We work with large, world-renowned yarn companies, right down to small local Colorado creators, and plan to continue searching for the best yarns for our makers,” Cooper said.

Maker+Stitch finds unique yarns, sourced from around the world and Colorado.
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Knitters young and old stop in and Cooper and Alrick are grateful to watch a new generation of knitters be inspired. Community is one of the pillars of their business model. They are always excited to incorporate new people into our community through tourism and young knitters. Maker+Stitch hosts several group knitting sessions and lessons a week and their Knitting Retreats have sold out in minutes.

“This past year, our 12 seats on the hut trip sold out in 20 minutes! We are so thrilled that we are able to attract people from within the valley and from all over the country to share in our vision, push their comfort zones, and explore their creativity in the beauty of the backcountry,” Alrick said.

In the short time that Maker+Stitch has been in Edwards, bonds have been made and friendships formed.

“Not a week goes by that we don’t have a customer tell us how grateful they are that we are here. We are so thrilled to serve as a destination yarn shop as well as a local refuge. We have many groups of knitters that plan annual or bi-annual trips to come to our shop and to knit in our beautiful community,” Cooper said.

Knitting is a great way to create a unique, handcrafted gift for someone.
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Stop by the shop or visit the website, Instagram and Facebook to find anniversary specials to celebrate this milestone. Flash sales, gatherings in the shop, new yarns you won’t want to miss, cider and goodies through Saturday are on the calendar. There is also a Trunk Show with The Conifer Collective on Saturday. The Conifer Collective will bring in a truckload of Colorado hand-dyed yarns until 4 p.m. Meet owner Audrey LaCrone to discuss each and every skein you are curious about.

What do the next five years hold for Maker+Stitch?

“We’d love to continue growing our community and bringing people together. In a world where it is so easy to get isolated, it’s important to continue to foster and encourage real connection,” Cooper said.

More terrain on Vail Mountain, Restaurant Week, pet photos with Santa, author meet-and-greets and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 11/18/22

Watch Tricia’s Weekend Picks to find out what is going on this weekend.

Vail Beaver Creek Restaurant Week

No fasting or dieting prior to Thanksgiving this year, there are too many good deals out there you won’t want to miss during Vail-Beaver Creek Restaurant week. This meal deal, foodie-friendly promotion was typically held in the fall and organizers are trying it during the early part of the ski season instead this year. The event has not only changed dates, but it is also longer than a week. It started on Vail’s Opening Day, Nov. 11 and goes until Nov. 23, the day before Thanksgiving.

To see a list of the deals, go to DiningAtAltitude.com. It gets sort of overwhelming to keep track of all the deals, so maybe choose by category, for example, find a place to go for breakfast, like Leonora in The Sebastian in Vail Village and order any item off the breakfast menu and a Bloody Mary for $20.22. Lunch could be at Big Bear Bistro where you can order two sandwiches and chips and a drink for $20.22. Los Amigos has select tacos for $2.22 or step into Sweet Basil for their deal, which is during lunch only and is for two people. Take your pick of one appetizer, two entrees and one dessert all for $60, in honor of Vail’s 60th anniversary.

Vail-Beaver Creek Restaurant Week offers up dining specials through Nov. 23. Gessner at the Grand Hyatt Vail is doing a two-course meal for $20.22.
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Dinner offerings range from burgers and beers for $20.22, to sushi and oyster deals, two-course meals and wine pairings. In addition to the $20.22 pricing, restaurants may have other deals so inquire about it with your server when you are seated. For more information and a full list of participating restaurants, go do DiningAtAltitude.com. Reservations are a good idea since many schools are out for the Thanksgiving holiday week and its best to the let the restaurant prepare for the dinners coming in each night.

Vail Mountain adds terrain

Skiers and riders make turns on Vail’s Opening Day on Nov. 11. The resort has already added more terrain and lift access during its first week of the 2022-2023 season.
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With the help of Mother Nature and sophisticated snow-making equipment, Vail Mountain has been able to open up more terrain and lifts during its first week of operations for the 2022-2023 season. Vail Mountain opened on Nov. 11 with about 100 acres and now has more lifts and more runs as the holiday visitors come to Vail for the Thanksgiving break.

A winter snowstorm that dropped nine inches of snow in the high country last Monday night into Tuesday offered those with flexible schedules an early-season powder day. Vail’s Mountain Operations department is working hard to get more terrain open as conditions allow.

Please remember to follow signs and stay out of closed areas otherwise you’re in jeopardy of getting your pass pulled. Also, ski and ride on terrain that is appropriate for your ability level. The only true beginner area is at the top of Eagle’s Nest, serviced by the Little Eagle Lift (No. 15). Even though runs like Swingsville may be marked with a green circle on the map, signifying that it is a beginner run, true beginners should work on their skills around the top of Eagle’s Nest before attempting something more advanced.

On-mountain dining options include Express Lift Cafe at the base of Gondola One (No. 1) Mid Vail, Buffalo’s at the top of Mountain Top Express (No. 4) and Marketplace at Eagle’s Nest at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola (No. 19).

If you don’t have your Epic Pass yet, do keep in mind that pass prices do go up on Nov. 20. Go to EpicPass.com to see which pass is right for how you plan to visit Vail Mountain and other resorts on the Epic Pass.

Authors in Autumn

Author Laura Thompson will be just one of many local authors featured at the Authors in Autumn event at the Eagle Public Library on Saturday.
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Looking for some good reads for yourself or a gift for a book lover on your holiday shopping list? Shop local and meet local authors at the Eagle Public Library’s Authors in Autumn event. This free expo will be held at the Eagle Public Library at 600 Broadway Street in downtown Eagle from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. You may not realize that the valley is home to several authors who write everything from fiction to historical accounts of our valley. The local author lineup includes:

  • Jennifer Alsever – several young adult novels, most recent is “Burying Eva Flores”
  • John Dunn – “Learning to be a Lawyer in Leadville, Colorado”
  • Kathy Heicher – several books on Eagle County history, newest is “Gypsum Days: Pioneers, the Poor Farm & Progress”
  • Helen Hiebert – several paper crafting books, newest is “The Art of Paper Craft”
  • Judi Kirby – “The Book of Lena: A Time Before” and “Eartha’s Name”
  • Dan Matney – “Final Wishes”
  • Laura Thompson – “Beaver Creek, a pictorial history from 1883-2015”

Refreshments will be provided during this open house-style event, so make a plan to stop by the Eagle Library this weekend and meet the faces and minds behind the book covers. For more information, go to EVLD.org and go to the events page.

Santa Paws

Bring your pet and camera to Castle Peak Veterinary Services and take your picture with Santa.
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The holidays are just around the corner and if you want to get your holiday greeting cards mailed out sooner than later, bring your pet to Santa Paws on Saturday. Castle Peak Veterinary Service in Eagle is hosting Santa Paws on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Dress your dog, cat or other well-behaved pet up in holiday sparkle and cheer and get a photo with the man in red.

No appointment is necessary and although it is a free event for the community, donations are welcome and all proceeds go to Eagle County Animal Shelter. The Eagle County Animal Shelter and Animal Services does good things in our community. They provide care and shelter to stray animals in need while maintaining a safe community where they promote responsible pet ownership through outreach, education and enforcement. Animal Services Officers respond to calls of animals at large, aggressive animals or animal bites, excessive barking, or other animal control issues.

Bring your own camera, they’ll provide Santa. Castle Peak Veterinary Services is happy to bring back this tradition after a few seasons off due to COVID-19. Castle Peak Veterinary Services is located at 734 Chambers Ave. in Eagle. For more information, dial 970-328-5444.

Cocktails and Clay

Cocktails and Clay will be the featured art class this Saturday at Alpine Arts Center.
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Looking for gift ideas for that certain someone who is hard to shop for? Create a wonderful and hand-crafted present from Alpine Arts Center’s Cocktails and Clay this Saturday in Edwards. This week’s art project is clay aspen vases, which you can personalize, adding that extra touch if this does become a gift for someone. Or, if you end up keeping it, each time you use the vase, you’ll remember the fun that went into making it.

Alpine Arts Center draws out the artistic abilities in everyone and no prior experience is needed. The instructor will walk you through the process and all the materials and supplies will be provided. The class is $49 per person and advanced registration is required.

The class is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., so make a night of it. Wine and beer are just $6 per glass. All alcoholic beverages must be purchased through the Alpine Arts Center’s bar and there are some non-alcoholic options and snacks available, too. Advanced registration is required. Go to AlpineArtsCenter.org to get signed up. Cocktails and Clay alternates with Cocktails and Canvas and they also offer Wax and Wine, Painting and Pints and more.

Vail Performing Arts Academy presents ‘Rock This Town Revue’

Are you ready to rock? Come and listen to your favorite rock ‘n’ roll songs and tunes made famous by many musicals when the Vail Performing Arts Academy presents “Rock This Town Revue” on Saturday and Sunday.

“Rock This Town Review” will take you on a musical journey through the decades with the Vail Performing Arts Academy singers performing songs from “Jesus Christ Superstar,” which debuted on Broadway in 1971, The Who’s rock opera, “Tommy,” which the band first performed in 1969 and was translated to the theatrical stage in London in 1979. (I’m betting on them singing “Pinball Wizard.”)

Songs from a more recent musical will be featured as well. “Spring Awakening” is a coming-of-age musical that debuted on Broadway in 2006. In addition to Broadway hits, there will be plenty of songs you can sing along to from the ’80s like “Eye of the Tiger,” of “Rocky III” movie fame from the band, Survivor, Foreigner’s hard driving “Juke Box Hero,” and of course, “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey.

While the performances will be held at the Battle Mountain High School auditorium, the Vail Performing Arts Academy involves kids in grade school as well as high school in a collaborative effort to bring great entertainment to the stage. This weekend, over 60 talented kids will take the spotlight. The costumes, props, choreography and fun make this an entertaining way to spend your evening.

The Vail Performing Arts Academy has been around since 1995. Founded by executive director Annah Scully, the Vail Performing Arts Academy gives kids an outlet to express themselves and show off their talents.

“After enduring the pandemic, our casts and audiences have rebounded. Now, more than ever children need the opportunity to self-express and revel in the camaraderie of performing,” Scully said. “We’ve been blessed all these years with a supportive and appreciative community who fill the seats, cheer, donate and agree that the Vail Performing Arts Academy is, indeed, the most important stage in a child’s life.”

Scully has been putting on these shows for 28 years and has great help from artistic director and choreographer Colin Meiring, vocal instructor Melinda Carlson, and Val Watts, who is in charge of the costumes. These leaders have been rehearsing with the cast on Sundays since September and are putting the finishing touches on the shows this week.

“It is truly astounding what these young actors accomplish in our intensive rehearsals. We have so much enthusiasm and talent, and each student finds a way to shine, no matter their experience. We work hard but we also have so much fun, that’s the key,” Scully said.

Tickets are general admission and can be bought online with a credit card for $18 or at the box office with a check or cash for $15. Visit VPAA.org to purchase and for more information. Also, sign-up has begun for Vail Performing Arts Academy’s Spring Revue which will be “Broadway Showtime,” and the summer musical will be “Into The Woods, Jr.,” for ages 8 to 16. Space is limited so get your kids to commit early so they can have fun and grow their skills on stage.

Time to get stoked: Matchstick Productions presents ‘Anywhere From Here’

Just in time to pump up your adrenaline for Vail’s Nov. 11 opening, Matchstick Production’s “Anywhere From Here” explodes onto the big screen with plenty of face shots, big air and terrain park tricks.

One of the most exciting moments of pre-season involves sitting in a theater at the edge of your seat with likeminded snow lovers who cheer and audibly show their appreciation for standout footage during the film. Be it pounding big pillows of powder over huge boulders, getting big air in the park or floating through cascades of snow, “Anywhere From Here” has all that and more.

While some ski flicks resort to basic ski porn full of big mountain skiers and riders flying down impossible lines over and over again, Matchstick Productions adds story, along with a variety of athletes (gender, age and race-wise) and a variety of styles. It’s harsh to say it gets boring to watch top athletes scream down big mountains, outrunning avalanches, but … it does. Matchstick changes it up.

It begins by viewing the world of possibility through 12-year-old hotshot freestyler Walker “Shredz” Woodring contemplating the question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

It’s ultimately a no-brainer for the kid who skis year-round, now spending winters at Copper Mountain and summers in Mt. Hood or Europe and recently signed by Oakley: He wants to freely explore, stand on top of the world, fly and most of all NOT grow up, but rather surround himself with skiers and riders who never grow up either.

“All I know is that I’m a skier, and it feels like with this sport and these crazy magic shoes, I can pretty much go anywhere,” he says in the film.

And that he’s doing, along with a host of fellow athletes, including Sam Kuch, Tonje Kvivik, Eric Hjorleifson, Markus Eder, Emily Childs, Lucy Sackbauer and many more.

Caite Zeliff in Seward, Alaska with Third Edge Heli.
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As they travel through Alaska, British Columbia, Austria, Colorado and Oregon, captivating camera angles make audiences really feel the action, unlike some films, which rely predominantly on footage that makes you feel like you’re watching a relatively small dot race down the mountain. Matchstick footage begins viewing tips of skis as a skier launches into the steep terrain and follows that eyeball-point-of-view for a while, giving you a visceral feeling. Drones follow riders, providing yet another vantage point.

Cameras also capture the athletes tumbling through horrendous yard sales or outrunning an avalanche. You even hear the crack of a skier hitting a tree and witness the consequences of a little “too much stoke.”

And then there are the artistic shots, with large snowflakes drifting toward a skier’s upward-turned face, reflections of the mountains in goggles and sea lions and whales filling the frame.

Honestly, if this film doesn’t psyche you up for the season, it may be time to hang up the boards.

If you go…

What: ‘Anywhere From Here’

When: Friday, Nov. 4; 6:30 and 9 p.m.

Where: Riverwalk Theater, Edwards

Tickets: $12 adults; $10 seniors; $8 kids

Pre-Show: Winter Stoke Happy Hour, with first 100 beers free, starts at 5:30 p.m. Benefits Gore Range Gravity Alliance, which encourages women doing rad things in the backcountry, supporting and learning from one another.

More info: RiverwalkTheater.com

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

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

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

Friday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Turntable Review will play at the annual Minturn Community Fund’s Halloween Party at Magusto’s in Minturn.
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Primal J and the Neanderthals play at Agave in Avon from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. A $500 cash prize will be handed out for best costume, so, get off the couch for this one.

Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rewind will play at the Ultimate Halloween Costume Party at Route 6 Cafe on Sunday.
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 Monday

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

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

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

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

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

Man of the Cliff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teton Gravity Research: “Magic Hour”

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

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

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

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

Sugar Skull! A Día de Muertos Musical Adventure

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

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

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

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

Vail Valley Art Guild Jazz Kickoff Party

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

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

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

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

Clay Vessel, ceramics, by Willow Murphy

The bRUNch Trail Run at Beaver Creek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Curate Gallery now open in Edwards

Can art make you happy? That’s the thought behind Curate, a new art gallery in the Edwards Village Center.

“That’s our whole intention, for people to fall in love with art because truly art adds the finishing touches to a home,” said Cynthia Pillsbury, co-founder of Curate Art & Curiosities. “When art speaks to you, whether it’s the colors used in the painting or subject matter in the photograph, it can spark joy and make you content, put you in a better mood and create more happiness in you and your family’s life.”

Pillsbury and friend McKinley Lee created the idea for Curate to help fill a void they felt was needed in the Vail Valley art scene. Pillsbury came from San Francisco and Lee came from Virginia where there were more styles of art to choose from and a wider range of price points. To test the market, they did a pop-up gallery in Edwards last spring featuring 11 artists. The concept took off and once the space across the street from the Edwards Post Office and next door to the relatively new Yeti’s Grind coffee shop became available, they took the opportunity to set up shop.

Matthew Carden is a California artist who is a pioneer in miniature and toy photography.
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“We want to be a place where people can stop by and say hi and we want to be a part of the community,” Pillsbury said. “We want art to be accessible and want people to not feel intimidated to walk into an art gallery. Buying art should be a fun process,” Pillsbury said.

Curate is showcasing 17 artists from across the nation and one artist from Spain.  

“McKinley and I both love color, we are drawn towards that and abstract art, so that influence definitely plays a part in the way the gallery has been shaped,” Pillsbury said.  

Both Pillsbury and Lee are attracted to colorful abstract art.
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Artists from New York, Virginia, California, South Carolina, Kansas, Wisconsin and more are being featured. There’s an artists who used to live in Vail, Starr Marchand, who has art that gives a nod to the skiing lifestyle and there is also artwork that showcases your favorite bars in Vail as seen through the eyes of Tricia Donovan. Stop in to see which local places are brought to life on canvas.

In addition to art, there will be pottery and rugs for sale.

“We work with a woman who is from Turkey and she is a single mom of three girls and is supporting them with her rug business. We will have these unique rugs, but they aren’t $10,000, these are under $1,000 and they are really cool, one-of-a-kind and very special,” Pillsbury said.

“We are doing a lot of interior designer outreach because we want to be a resource for designers in case their clients have hired them to do everything, including buying art for the home, so we want to be a local resource for them,” Pillsbury said.

Starr Marchand is a former Vail local whose art is featured at the Curate Gallery in Edwards.
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Curate is also showcasing the artists at The Hythe, the recently remodeled Marriott in Lionshead. Local designers Highline Wood Art will have their modern three-dimensional works on display just off of the main lobby.

In addition to offering art that is more accessible, Pillsbury and Lee also feel the need to support individual artists.

“That’s what’s so great about this community, everyone likes to support each other and artists and their craft. I have a lot of good friends who own businesses here and everyone is just very supportive because they know you are putting yourself out there. That is something about a small community that I love most,” Pillsbury said.

Curate Art & Curiosities will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays and by appointment Sundays through Tuesdays. Follow them on Instagram using the handle Curate Vail Valley.

Gear swaps, last Vail Farmers’ Market, honoring our heroes, a cozy dinner experience and more: Tricia’s Weekend Picks 10/7/22

Gear Swaps

Vail Ski and Snowboard Swap

A sure sign that the ski and snowboard season is approaching is the return of the Ski and Snowboard Swap. This marks the 53rd annual event that benefits Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, one of the valley’s oldest nonprofits. The money raised will help Ski and Snowboard Club Vail athletes pursue their dreams on the slopes.  

As in years past, the swap will take place Friday through Sunday at the Dobson Ice Arena in Lionshead, where they transform the entire place into virtually a sporting goods store. Rows and rows of equipment and racks of outerwear fill the floor. The equipment and accessories are divided into different sections so even if you just need to find new gloves, you can get in and get out easily.

The swap will feature gently used goods and brand new items that still have the tags on. Hard goods like skis, snowboards and boots will be available as well. Outerwear and accessories are plentiful. This is a great place to get that extra pair of socks or if you lost your goggles at the end of last season, get a pair at a discount.

Have your kids outgrown their gear and clothing from last year? This is a good place to pick up items for them, too. There is usually a good selection of winter boots, think fashionable Sorel boots for the ladies and après ski footwear for men. You can try them on for size and bring them home all while saving money.

The gear drop-off period ended Thursday, so you’ll have to wait until next year to put your gear, outerwear and accessories into the swap.

Schedule:

  • Friday – 3 to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Keep in mind that the largest selection of sizes, colors, etc. will be when the doors open on Friday, but there will still be good finds by Sunday afternoon. The event is free to attend, but you need to reserve a ticket. To do so and to find out more information, visit VailSkiSwap.com.

Route 6 Café Gear Swap

While the Vail Ski and Snowboard Swap benefits the athletes at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, the Route 6 Café Gear Swap benefits the Eagle Valley Humane Society. Ollie Holdstock, the owner of Route 6 Café, hosted the event last year and decided it was a success, so it’s back for year number two.

You can still drop off gear on Friday and then event will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Gently used gear, tools, clothing and accessories are all welcome.

The Eagle Valley Humane society’s goal is to house homeless animals until they find their fur-ever home and they help facilitate the adoptions. Much of the proceeds from this swap will go toward vet bills while the animals are in the Eagle Valley Humane Society’s care.

Last Vail Farmers Market and Art Show

Noah Price of Mountain Bluebird Farm organizes produce on the first Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show. The weekly market wraps up its season on Sunday.
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This Sunday marks the last Vail Farmers’ Market and Art Show, the county’s largest market that runs 17 Sundays, starting on Father’s Day. The event has grown over its 22-year history, and now boasts 148 vendors. This late in the season you are sure to find late-harvest fruits and vegetables like apples, pears, tomatoes and squash. Don’t forget to stock up on some of the finds like local honey, soaps, meats, and specialty foods.

It’s called an art show as well as a farmers’ market. Check out the paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery,  handcrafted leather goods and more. Housewares and clothing can be found as well. There is literally something for all ages and tastes.

Speaking of tastes, the market is also a great place to grab a bite to eat. With 40 vendors featuring everything from Elote corn, Inner Light Juice, Kirby Cosmo’s BBQ, salmon wraps from Kaleb’s Katch and bratwurst to desserts, cookies, pastries and sweet roasted nuts, it’s the best place for your group to find something for everyone’s palates.  

The hours are from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Parking is free during the day and the Vail Village parking structure may fill up, but you can always park in the Lionshead parking structure and take the free in-town shuttle bus to the market venue. For more information and to learn more about the vendors, go to VailFarmersMarket.com.

Hygge Life Dinner

Hygge Life is bringing back its Hygge Dinners in its showroom this weekend featuring dishes from The Rose.
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Come and get cozy and learn more about Hygge, the Danish art of creating joy and coziness in everyday moments, no matter the time of day or season, at the Hygge Dinner this weekend. The Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) Life store in Eagle-Vail will host this intimate event on Sunday evening (Saturday night’s dinner has already sold out) and they are happy to bring these dinners back after a break during COVID-19.

Alexandra Gove and Koen van Renswoude are the dynamic duo behind Hygge Life, starting out at the Vail Famers’ Market and Art Show before adding a brick-and-mortar space for people to shop and learn about hygge year-round.

Sunday’s dinner will include a five-course meal featuring farm-to-table dishes with locally sourced ingredients by The Rose. Cocktails and wine have been specifically paired to go with each course. The décor will follow the hygge theme: think soft candlelight, cozy blankets or sheepskin on the chairs, cute menus printed up so you can anticipate the next course and there will be plenty of flowers and greens from Riverbee Floral to transform the Hygge Life showroom into a fabulous setting.

In addition to the welcoming ambiance there will be storytelling, which is so very hygge, to share in the intimate experience of moments. To round out the look and feel of the evening, enjoy live music while meeting friends old and new.

In the past, Hygge Life also has hosted dinners at The Rose in Edwards, the Bread Bar in Silver Plume, the Milston Well Farm in Boulder County and the Church House in Denver. Tickets for the event are $225 and can be purchased through their Facebook Events page.

A Night of Excellence

The area Rotary Clubs and Starting Hearts are once again hosting A Night of Excellence, which is an event that thanks and shines a light on those who serve. This 9th annual event will take place at the scenic 4Eagle Ranch just a few miles off I-70 in Wolcott. Come out and enjoy a barbecue dinner, live entertainment, a silent auction and an awards ceremony that will celebrate our emergency responders and safety organizations.

The event was formerly known as the Eagle County Public Safety Awards. The event is also a fundraiser for the Eagle County Emergency Responders Fund and Starting Hearts. The Eagle County Emergency Responders Fund helps responders during times of crisis by assisting with basic needs and ensures community support to those who sacrifice so much for their communities. Starting Hearts is dedicated to saving the lives of sudden cardiac arrest victims. Starting hearts provides education and distribution of defibrillators in public locations and aims to provide early care when needed in an emergency situation.

Rotary International fits in because of its goals of providing service to others through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.

Tickets are $45 and that includes the barbecue dinner, the live entertainment and a free drawing ticket. The event runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.  For more information, contact Starting Hearts at info@StartingHearts.com.

Cupcakes and Canvas

The Alpine Arts Center is hosting Cupcakes and Canvas this Sunday where you can learn how to paint a scarecrow.
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The Alpine Arts Center lets kids get messy and eat their cake, too – a cupcake that is. Cupcakes and Canvas (the child’s version of the adult orientate Cocktails and Canvas) welcomes kids to the art tables at the Alpine Arts Center in Riverwalk in Edwards for some time away from their screens and devices to get their creative juices flowing. This alternates with Cupcakes and Clay, which is equally fun to do, so check the events calendar at Alpine Arts Center’s website for the next offering.

This weekend’s theme will be scarecrow painting and no prior painting experience is necessary. The art professionals at Alpine Arts Center will take participants through a step-by-step process. From a blank canvas to a finished product, it is fun to see the image unfold and see how different painters interpret the subject matter.

The event starts at 3 p.m. and goes until 4:30 p.m. All materials and cupcakes are provided. Parents, if you would like a cocktail while you join your child in painting on canvas, beer or wine is available for purchase. To sign up, go to AlpineArtsCenter.org.

Vail Symposium series focuses on stress management

When we get stressed, even if it’s as minor as an email, it results in a cascade of 1,400 biochemicals, like cortisol and adrenaline, designed to help us deal with a life-or-death threat. The problem is most stressors aren’t life or death, but the chemicals they release may be; they contribute to all kinds of conditions, from heart disease, cancer and diabetes to obesity and Alzheimer’s. The half-life of many of these chemicals, like cortisol, lasts six to eight hours, which is pretty significant.

“They age you and make it hard to sleep,” said Bruce Cryer, cofounder of HeartMath, a system of scientifically validated tools, techniques and behaviors to reduce stress, enhance performance, increase creativity and improve overall well-being.

Cryer presented a series of workshops Sept. 14-15 as part of the Vail Symposium’s consciousness series. On Sept. 14 at Donovan Pavilion, he reviewed tools to help people build adaptability, resilience and well-being in the face of ongoing uncertainty, which translates to stress. On Sept. 15, he taught a morning workshop on stress and techniques to deal with it, then led an afternoon session on unleashing creativity at Eagle River Presbyterian Church.

He began the workshop on Sept. 15 with a YouTube video called, “You see the world through how you feel,” which depicts cityscapes through the lens of stress followed by the same scenes as classical music lends a calm atmosphere to the previously perceived madness. His point: our experiences and perceptions affect how we feel.

Cryer defined stress as an “emotional mismatch between expectations and reality,” which becomes problematic when it’s chronic, like the layers of stress we’ve collectively experienced in the past two years with the pandemic, inflation, climate change and conflicts.

He reviewed studies as far back as WWII that showed how soldiers, when faced with challenges, reach peak efficiency, but as the difficulty stretches over time, hyper reactions lead to emotional exhaustion, which ultimately results in breakdown. He also went over Elizabeth Kübler Ross’ process of shock and recovery, which journeys through emotions like anger, fear and blame, goes into resistance then worry, bottoms out at depression and feelings of loss of control, and ultimately rises to exploration.

“You can get stuck in depression,” he said, “but if you’re willing to stay with life and move on, you go on to exploration.”

And he knows about moving through difficulty. After about a dozen years of being the CEO of HeartMath, he got cancer, got divorced, went through the death of a parent and battled a staph infection after hip replacement surgery. He ended up leaving his job and focusing on his creativity, or what makes his heart sing.

“Whenever you’re doing things that make your heart sing, it benefits your health and well-being,” he said during the afternoon session on creativity. “One of the fundamental things that needs to shift is how we associate creativity with artistic expression. Creativity is not just artistic expression. A relationship can be artistic, work can be artistic, family can be artistic. We are all made of creative energy. This energy inside us can play out in all different ways.”

But in order to be as creative as possible, it’s important to manage stress. That’s where heart meditation comes in.

During the morning session, Cryer encouraged participants to focus attention around their heart area, breathing in for 5 seconds and breathing out for 5 seconds while imagining the breath moving through the heart.

“This moves you into a more balanced state,” Cryer said, adding that it helps maintain a neutral stance in any situation. “To me, we’re at a time where people are at their worst — myself included, so cut yourself some slack and cut others some slack. It’s rough now. Stay neutral. You don’t know where people are coming from or what they’ve experienced … we have no idea what’s going on in people’s lives. Then we judge them, and then we pay the price (through emotions like anger, which releases stress chemicals),” he said.

After this simple exercise, he led people to once again focus on heart breathing while also thinking about, and feeling, what they appreciate.

“Just start appreciating what’s around you, and you’re restoring your system,” he said. “Appreciation is the lever that gets you out of feeling small and being stuck.”

He encouraged people to ask, while in the middle of a stressful situation, “what can I appreciate now?”

This simple act releases about 1,400 feel-good, beneficial biochemicals like DHEA, an anti-aging and vitality hormone, he said.

“It’s the ultimate stealth tool to leverage your awareness of your heart,” he said. “As you practice peace, compassion and gratitude, you start to build circuitry that helps you live on the vitality side. … That’s why people say you look good after vacation, because you’re making more DHEA.”

In the ’90s, HeartMath measured the heart rate variability of hundreds of people, first asking them to think about something frustrating and then asking them to think about appreciation for 3 minutes each. Frustration showed chaotic heart rate patterns, while appreciation showed “coherence,” or a smooth, flowing rhythm. Further studies showed how heart rate affects the brain.

The effects of thinking about frustration (top) as opposed to thinking about gratitude and appreciation (bottom graph).
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“Chaotic patterns are not isolated to the heart; they are being distributed to every cell in your body,” he said. “Incoherence inhibits brain function.”

And, as it turns out, the heart is about 60 times stronger in amplitude than the electric signal of the brain, and its magnetic dimension is over 100 times stronger than the brain; Cryer said the heart’s electromagnetic energy extends several feet beyond the body. That’s why you feel certain good or bad vibes from people.

“What we put out matters, whether it’s to our pets, our spouses or our plants,” he said. “You sense it in people. So ask yourself: How can I bring more joy and be more compassionate?”

He brought this sense of vital energy into the afternoon session, which was much more experiential; participants danced and wrote letters from different parts of the self, including fear and delight.

He talked about six catalysts for amplifying creative energy: being mindful through heart awareness, movement and dance, nature, playfulness, artistic expression and music.

“Playfulness is the wonder drug of creativity,” he said. “And creativity is a natural high for our brain. Whatever we love doing helps our brain build new connections.”

Coming this week: Purposeful Living

The Vail Alliance for Purposeful Living, Vail Symposium and Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging at the University of Denver are co-hosting a three-day “Purposeful Living Experience” featuring best-selling authors Richard Leider and Chip Conley. This includes two days in Vail and one day in Denver, all focused on various aspects of purposeful living. Tickets can be purchased separately for each event.

  • 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards: “Unlocking Your Purpose at Any Age” with Richard Leider and Chip Conley
  • 9 -11:30 a.m. Sept. 28 workshop at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards: “The Questions You Should Be Asking Yourself to Live Purposefully” with Richard Leider and Chip Conley
  • September 29, 10:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 29 in Denver at the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging: “The Path of Purposeful Aging” with Richard Leider

Tickets: $25; $10 for Vail Resort employees and free for Eagle County teachers and students Sept. 27; $40 for Sept. 28, free Sept. 29.

More info: VailAlliance.org or VailSymposium.org

‘Today’s Contemporary Landscape Photography’ workshop and lecture at CMC Sept. 30

The Vail Valley Art Guild is hosting a photographic workshop and lecture Sept. 30 at Colorado Mountain College Edwards Campus with Esther Macy Nooner, director of new media at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass.

The workshop, entitled, “Landscape Photography, A Playful Approach” will be held 3:30-5 p.m. in the art room at Colorado Mountain College and will be limited to 10 students. Esther will provide working prints or participants can bring their works to modify, alter or amend by using household detergents. Collages, montages and the manipulated print will be demonstrated as well as using iPhone as a palette in creating one’s own playful artistic images.

A free public lecture follows the workshop in the CMC auditorium from 5-6 p.m. entitled, “Landscape Photography, A Contemporary Approach.” An artist in residence in the National Park System, Esther is well versed in viewing the landscape alternatively. She will present her current work and share other contemporary photographers who view the landscape in non-traditional approaches. The workshop and lecture is a tremendous opportunity to learn from one of the foremost “New Media” instructors.

To register: Please visit the Vail Valley Art Guild’s website: vvagco.org/events or contact 970-471-0853 or Raymond Bleesz at 970-926-5424.

Workshop Fee: $50 for VVAG members, $70 for non-guild members. 

Lecture: Free at 5 p.m. is free and open to the public.

The Vail Valley Art Guild is a local nonprofit that promotes the visual arts through education, exhibits and classes in the Vail Valley.