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Open for Business: Peak Performance Footwear

Name of business: Peak Performance Footwear

Physical address: 137 Main Street C 103 W, Edwards, CO

Phone number: 970-835-0340

Website: www.ppfrun.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

We opened the store on May 1 and we are limiting in-store traffic.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times?

We have adjusted by offering free in-valley delivery and curbside pickup.

How can the community support you?

The community can support us by shopping in-store or online.

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Our Facebook page is the best way to keep up to date with Peak Performance.

What’s the response been?

We have an amazing community and have received excellent support.

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves?

We will see where the dust settles. In the meantime, we will be limiting in-store traffic, employees will be wearing masks, sanitizing frequently, offering private shopping and limiting contact. 

Open for Business: The Thrifty Shop

Name of business: The Thrifty Shop (Edwards and Eagle)

Physical address: Edwards – 34510 Hwy 6 #C2 Edwards, CO 81632, Eagle – 1160 Chambers Ave, Eagle, CO 81631

Phone Number: Edwards – 970-926-7134, Eagle – 970-328-1444

Email: info@vailvalleycares

Website: vailvalleycares.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

We are so excited to be open! Our temporary hours for donations are 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. We are open for shoppers inside the store (please wear masks) from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. We can also come and pick up items, call the closest store for a pickup. Hopefully, we will get back to our regular hours as things begin to normalize.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times?  

We are juggling our donors, store customers, and the nonprofits we give grants to. We’ve temporarily adjusted our hours, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. We are accepting donations outside. We know people have been spring cleaning for the past six weeks and have a lot of donations so we are gearing up for the avalanche. From 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday we can allow up to eight customers (with masks on) in the store at a time. For our nonprofit grant applicants, we have pushed our due date back from April 13 to June 1. Hopefully, this will help our applicants to get a handle on their most pressing needs as well as help us figure out how much we can give away this year as we all recover.

How can the community support you?

Help us help the nonprofits we give grants to. Basically, bring us your donations and come see what we have that’s new, which should be most things since we were still skiing when we shut down and now it seems like summer.

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings?

Our Vail Daily ads, our website at vailvalleycares.com and our Instagram / Facebook pages at vvcthriftyshops.

What’s the response been?

Positive responses from everyone, and on Instagram we got a “thumbs up” from the Sheriff’s Office and a “Yay” and a “FREAKING FINALLY!”

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves?  

We’ll do our best to anticipate needs but I think being able to respond to the changing needs of the community will be most important as we all come out of this and get back on our feet.

Local yoga, cardio, barre, spin classes all online: Tricia’s weekend picks 3/20/2020

Earlier this week, the weather was nice enough to get outside and walk, run, hike and bike but it is still winter outside and the colder temperatures and precipitation will come and go. Don’t let the weather deter you from keeping a fitness routine going during the coronavirus crisis. To help you stay active, local gyms and fitness centers are helping you take the workouts home. Here’s a look at what area gyms are doing:

Revolution Power Yoga – Avon

Philosophy:

“We’re all in this together!” said Julie Kiddoo, owner of Revolution Power Yoga in Avon. “Offering online classes is a great opportunity to stay in the work, practice alongside your global yoga community and experience the power of comm-UNITY and connection.”

Offering:

Right now, we are offering daily one-hour Power classes. This is an energizing, challenging and powerful class based on Baptiste Yoga’s ‘Journey Into Power’ sequence and suitable for all levels that will leave you feeling rinsed and revitalized. Expect to move, sweat and be transformed!

Right now through March 22 classes are free and open to everyone via Zoom. We will be re-evaluating this the week of March 23. Stay connected daily on our Facebook and Instagram pages, as class times and teachers will change every day.

Take Away:

“At Revolution Power Yoga, our purpose is to elevate, transform, and empower the community to live in possibility, connection, and discovery.” Kiddoo said. “We will come out of this stronger together.”

PeloDog Studio – Avon

Philosophy:

“The main reason we did this is simple, we wanted to offer a free, easy and effective way to keep people moving and fit in the comfort of their own home,” said Jen Kaplan, owner of PeloDog Studio in Avon. “The community at my studio is so important to me and I wanted to offer some, albeit small, means to stay connected to each other and the studio.”

Offering:

I am certified in a variety of fitness modalities and will be offering a variety of classes including Pilates, sculpt, core & roll, equipment-free cardio, and rides for those who do have in-home bikes. My goal is to offer variety, to keep things simple and safe, and to make workouts accessible to all levels.

All of my sessions, except for rides, will either require no props, or I will offer creative substitutes for gym equipment. For example, instead of using dumbbells for sculpt class, you can use water bottles or soup cans. 

Classes are free right now on www.vimeo.com/pelodog and you do not need to be a member to participate. All updates will be on the PeloDog’s Instagram and Facebook pages.

Take Away:

“Working out is one of the best ways to relieve stress and produce positive endorphins,” Kaplan said. “Simple workouts will do wonders to maintain physical and mental strength during this unprecedented and strange time.”

Dogma Athletica – Edwards

Philosophy:

“Humans are designed to move. It relieves stress, bolsters the immune system, and calms the mind. We are inundated with information that will create anxiety,” said Rod Connolly, owner of Dogma Athletica in Edwards. “Moving also gets your creative juices flowing so you can think outside of the box to move forward during this uncertain time.”

Offering:

We are offering Live it Lean which is metabolic conditioning, Live It Strong for functional strength and Live It Loose for active mobility. Using mindfulness, high-intensity movement and decompression to put yourself in the best place physically, mentally and emotionally.

We have both paid and complimentary offerings. You do not need to be a member but to get set up for the paid classes email Dogma Athletica general manager Jessica Moser at jessicadogma@gmail.com. To access our free “Twenty Minutes to a Better Day” class, follow Dogma Athletica on Facebook and Instagram.

Take Away:

“Look for opportunity in change. Utilize this as an impetus to practice healthy habits and self-care you may have been putting off. Get clear on what’s most important to you and focus your energies,” Connolly said. “Notice what you have in your life, not what feels missing.”

Barre Forte Vail Valley – Edwards

Philosophy:

“Community is so important. We are in this together and by supporting us, we can support you,” said Jessica Denton, co-owner of Barre Forte in Edwards with Beth Robinson. “Fitness isn’t just about burning calories it’s about having a strong mind and body.”

Offering:

We’ll be offering Barre Express, a 45-minute barre class, Sculpt class, which is a low impact total-body workout, Oula, which is a fun dance fitness class, Sculpt Yoga and Pilates Barre. We’re lucky to be able to stream classes that provide almost the same experience as a studio experience.

All current Barre Forte Vail Valley members have access. New clients will be able to purchase a drop-in, 8-class pack, or unlimited streaming. Our full schedule is on the Mindbody app or follow us on Instagram @barrefortevailvalley.

Take Away:

“Staying active and healthy is important all the time, but especially right now. The amazing thing about Barre workouts is that it truly changes your body, by using “almost” only your body.” Denton said. “Movement is really important. We all need movement mentally and emotionally.”

Endorphin – Eagle Ranch

Philosophy:

Endorphin’s mission is to deliver the best experience by the best instructors to the happiest community. “We are all about providing movement experiences and making people feel welcomed and supported,” said Corina Lindley, owner of Endorphin in Eagle Ranch. “During this COVID-19 timeframe, we want to keep that feeling going virtually by providing online classes.”

Offering:

We will be offering up to three classes a day, free of charge to anyone. If you are already a member or want to join with our introductory rate you can do that. But, if you are experiencing a financial crisis due to COVID-19, we still want you to participate and we want to support you.

As for classes, we’ll have HIIT, Barre, Yoga, Metabolic Conditioning and other group classes where little or no weights or other equipment is necessary. Access classes through Zoom once you create an account at www.myendorphin.com.

We have also allowed our members to take two to three pieces of equipment to their home, including stationary bikes, to use to stay active in addition to going outside.

Take Away:

“The energy and endorphins you get from working out will help sustain you and keep your stress levels down to keep you well. The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends at least 30 minutes a day of exercise for adults and to 60 minutes a day for kids,” Lindley said. “If you are creative, you can still get your exercise in during these trying times.”

These are just a few gyms in the area that are providing online access to workouts. Check with your favorite gym to see if they are offering anything online at this time.

Vail marriage proposals elevated by local business

Are you thinking of popping the question this weekend? Before you do ask for an “I Do”, check out some of these elaborate engagements carried out with the help of the Party Girl.

Mariana and Fernando

This couple traveled to the top of Vail Mountain for a proposal with a view of Vail’s Back Bowls. Fleck and her crew hauled up china, glassware, white linens, balloons, flowers and food from Splendido to the picnic venue.

Sydney and Sam

Sydney loves horses, so a private sunset horseback ride with Beaver Creek Stables was the perfect setting for Sam’s wedding proposal. A picnic spread from Rocky Mountain Raclette was followed by dessert at the Anderson Cabin in Bachelor Gulch with Sydney’s family.

Kali and Ryan

A snowshoe proposal was what Ryan wanted for girlfriend, Kali. The couple trekked around Strawberry Park at Beaver Creek. Matt Lewis from The Union Band performed Kali’s favorite song, “Head Over Boots,” as the couple approached an outdoor deck with huge, custom-made red letters that spelled out “Marry Me!”

Some spare no expense nor see obstacles when they decide to plight their troth.

Over-the-top creative and personalized engagements are trending now. Stephanie Fleck, local wedding and event planner and owner of Party Girl Events is at the beck and call of those who wish to give their partners a special surprise when they pop the question.

“We started doing proposals a few years ago when a groom-to-be needed help with his proposal and didn’t know who else to call,” Fleck said. “Now, people are seeing the potential and also want an above-and-beyond engagement for their partner.”

Fleck does some investigative work to find out what the betrothed’s style is, sentimental facts, tidbits of their relationship that no one knows about and other leads that help her come up with ways to make the proposal special.

“My clients are really romantic, thoughtful people and do a wonderful job of describing their partners to me. After I know more about them and their relationship, I can come up with the perfect concept and location and can hire the right vendors,” Fleck said. “I make sure to incorporate as many sentimental personal touches as possible. More is more!”

The proposal package includes the planning, scheduling and delivery of any props needed at the scene. Fleck also works with local photographer, Toni Axelrod to capture the moment. “Toni does a photoshoot with the couple so they can have the photos for their save-the-date and wedding websites,” Fleck said. It also includes a turn-down service at the hotel room with rose petals set out, monogrammed pillowcases and other touches as well as a printed photo in a frame from the proposal that same day in the couple’s room.

From coordinating dog sled teams and live music on a mountaintop to decorating horse-drawn sleighs and bringing fine china to the top of Vail’s Back Bowls and every detail in between, Fleck says she loves what she does. “It’s a dream job! Seeing the partner’s reaction to what their new fiancé did for them and how much they love it is amazing,” Fleck said.

“We get to be a part of their special day and after I see a proposal, I’m so happy for the entire week!”

If you want to learn more about these elevated proposals check out Fleck’s blog on her www.partygirl.events website or follow her on Instagram at @partygirl.events. 

Alpine Arts Center offers more than just painting

When you think of Alpine Arts Center, you may think about the guided painting classes and endless kids’ activities, but there is more to this studio than just painting.

Lauren Merrill, Alpine Arts Center’s owner and creative force behind this bustling studio in the Riverwalk in Edwards, is always trying to come up with new ideas and offerings and ways for the public to get creative.

“We are constantly searching for a new twist on each class we offer. This keeps our programs exciting for aspiring artists of all ages, and it allows our teachers to continually improve upon each of our offerings.”

Beyond the popular “Cocktails and Canvas” classes, Alpine Arts Center also teaches classes on clay, drawing, printmaking, fabric art, jewelry, glass art, string art and more.

We were at the studio during the silk scarf marbling class. Here, a shallow trough is filled with water and a solution. The trough is about 6 feet long to fit the scarf. Participants choose the colors they want to use to create their own one-of-a-kind design. The oil-based paint practically floats in the water and designs are created by a board that has evenly-spaced nails in it. The board is slid through the water in various directions and the nails drag the colors of paint to create a unique look, similar to how a barista forms designs in the foam of your cappuccino.

“Silk marbling is one of our newer activities and a favorite among our students. It produces beautiful results and it’s a magical process to experience, both for the artist and for spectators alike.”

If you have non-skiers and snowboarders in your group who are looking for something to do to fill their time – or to just give the legs a rest – the Alpine Arts Center is wonderful for all ages.

“We love to offer different art activities that appeal to many different age groups and abilities,” Merrill said. “Even if you don’t think you are creative, our team can walk you through the process and sometimes people are amazed at what they can create.” View the full schedule of events at www.alpineartscenter.com and don’t forget, kids’ schools out programs will be held for local kids during the mid-winter break in a few weeks, so sign up early to get enrolled.

Visits with Santa, holiday tunes, ice sculptures and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 12/20/19

Boulder Philharmonic playing Handel’s “Messiah”

This year’s Winter Holiday Series at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek kicks off with a show sure to put you in the holiday spirit on Saturday at 7 p.m. A Classical Christmas with the Boulder Philharmonic features a full orchestra and a choir. Four soloists will perform, including a soprano, an alto, tenor and a bass, all under the direction of conductor Gary Lewis. Feel the holiday spirit while listening to “Archangel Corelli: Concerto grosso, op. 6, no. 8” (Christmas Concerto); Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia” on “Greensleeves”; Antonio Vivaldi’s “Autumn and Winter” from the “Four Seasons”; and the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah”, ending with the beloved “Hallelujah Chorus.”

Founded in 1958, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra is comprised of the top freelance musicians from Colorado’s Front Range and beyond. The Boulder Phil was voted “Best of Boulder” for the past six years in a row. Today, under the vision and leadership of Music Director Michael Butterman, the Boulder Phil is bucking national trends with growing, enthusiastic audiences.

The Boulder Philharmonic performance is part of a brand-new VPAC program this year where you can Pay Your Age (18-30 years). “We are really hoping to be accessible to the young heart-and-soul of our community,” said Kim Hannold, Vilar programming director. “With the new Pay Your Age program the goal is to provide a way for locals who have a passion for the performing arts to experience a fantastic show.”  To purchase a Pay Your Age ticket, you must do so in person at the Vilar box office with valid proof of identification. For more information, visit www.vilarpac.org.

Vail Winterfest

Vail Winterfest returns for its 13th season this weekend with a number of events and activities to kick-off winter. The town of Vail’s Art in Public Places is pleased to announce its signature events celebrating the celestial wonders through the integration of ice, snow, and light.

Ice sculptor Paul Wertin’s illuminated ice installation will be reminiscent of stargazing around a campfire. The interactive ice sculptures will allow for seating and enjoying the views both day and night. The combination of illuminated ice sculptures, snow, light, and the reflections upon the Gore Creek will create a radiant experience.

New this year, Art in Public Places enlisted the help of Art Ethos out of Denver to create an immersive experience that uses art and technology. The installation will include programmed LED lighting on the adjacent trees and pedestrian bridge illuminating the entire Gore Creek Promenade. Here’s a look at the schedule of events:

Friday:

Cocktails & Canvas: Lantern Painting with Alpine Arts Center-4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

  • Vail Recreation District Community Programming – 2nd Floor Lionshead Welcome Center
  • Alpine Arts Center will instruct participants on how to paint paper lanterns. This lively evening will include holiday music, complimentary light snacks, and wine and beer available for purchase 21 + years old.
  • Join to create your unique lantern to bring to the Holiday Lantern Walk on Sunday.
    RSVP: www.alpineartscenter.org or 970-926-2732. Please indicate the number in your party – space is limited. $10 per person.

Sunday:

Lantern Making Workshop with Alpine Arts Center–Noon to 3:30 p.m.

  • Create your lantern at a free workshop with Alpine Arts Center in the Community Room at the Vail Public Library.
  • Allow yourself 30 minutes at this drop-in workshop to create your lantern. The last entry is at 3:00 p.m. Following the workshop, join in the Holiday Lantern Walk through Vail Village.
  • RSVP: meppard@vailgov.com or 970-479-2344. Please indicate the number in your party.
  • Vail Public Library Community Room
  • Free and family-friendly


 Holiday Lantern Walk through Vail Village

  • 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Music by “Grown Men in Lederhosen,” authentic family-friendly entertainment
  • 4:30 p.m. Santa and Ralph the World’s Tallest Elf arrive to mingle with guests
    5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Holiday Lantern Walk through Vail Village
  • Complimentary LED lights & hot chocolate distributed before the walk.
  • Gather in Slifer Square before the walk. A short jolly procession led by Santa and Ralph the World’s Tallest Elf through Vail Village winds its way to the Gore Creek Promenade for the grand opening of the 13th Annual Vail Winterfest Ice Theater.

Grand Opening Celebration-5:15 p.m.

  • 13th Annual Vail Winterfest Ice & Light Installation
  • Gore Creek Promenade, Vail Village
    The illumination begins daily at dusk and runs until 10:00 p.m. through January 20, 2020.

Santa at Riverwalk

If your kids haven’t paid a visit to Old St. Nick, there is still time before Christmas to do so. As the song goes, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and that town is Edwards, and more specifically, Riverwalk.

Riverwalk is putting together a full schedule of activities on Saturday to get you into the holiday spirit. Santa and Ralph, the World’s Tallest Elf, will be at the Riverwalk Theater from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Then, the pair will travel a few blocks down to the Bookworm of Edwards where there will be a Santa Story Time at 4:30 p.m.

In addition to visiting Santa, visitors can view live reindeer on Main Street in Riverwalk and listen to the Calvary Chapel Vail Valley Carolers who will be singing holiday tunes while strolling along Main Street.

There will also be the Famous Kitchen Collage Cookie Contest at the store starting at 3:30 p.m. Speaking of food, dip into one of the many restaurants in Riverwalk if you need a bite to eat or feel a little chilly. With the variety of shops at Riverwalk, you can finish up your Christmas shopping on Saturday, too.

If parking is full on the ground level in front of the shops, don’t forget there is parking also available in the underground parking garage.

Vail Skating Festival

The Vail Skating Festival returns to Vail with shows indoors and outside. Get a glimpse of the talented skaters on Friday with two shows on the in-town ice rinks. At 5 p.m. the skaters will take to the ice rink at Solaris in Vail Village and then move over to Lionshead for a short skating exhibition at the ice rink next to the Arrabelle. These two outdoors shows are free and will feature U.S. national and international medalists. The shows are about 15 minutes in length, so you won’t spend too much time out in the cold but dress accordingly for the temperatures for that time of night.

On Saturday, come see the Ice Spectacular at Dobson Ice Arena. 2018 Olympic medalists Mirai Nagasu and Chris and Alexa Knierim will be performing as well as national and international medalists and world competitors. The Knierims are a husband-wife team who won a bronze medal at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang. Nagasu was the first U.S. woman to land a triple axel and the third woman in the world to do the feat. She was also featured on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

The Vail Skating Festival is also offering two half-day clinics and seminars featuring Olympic and world coach Christy Krall. For more information and to get tickets to the Dobson Ice Arena show, go to www.vailskifest.com. Tickets are $40 for on-ice seating and $20 for bleacher seating.

KidZone School’s Out Camp

If you are wondering what to do with the kids once school is out for the holiday break, check out the programs offered at the KidZone School’s Out Camp at the Vail Recreation Center. Operated by the Vail Recreation District’s community programming department, KidZone is fully licensed by the Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Child Care.

The goal is the KidZone School’s Out Program is to give children ages 5 (and in kindergarten) through fifth grade a fun and structured program that fosters social, physical, emotional and intellectual development.

Check out www.vailrec.org for more details and how to pre-register your child for these day camps that are offered from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on various dates throughout the holiday break.

Beaver Creek opens early, Revely Vail kicks off the holidays, disco returns to the ice rink and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 11/22/19

Beaver Creek opens early

Beaver Creek Resort announced early Tuesday morning that they would open four days ahead of schedule. Get your skis and boards and head up for Opening Day on Saturday. This is the second year in a row that Beaver Creek Resort will open early for the season, thanks to the dedication and hard work of its snowmaking and mountain operations teams.

Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy shushing down the hill with more than 70 acres of beginner and intermediate terrain accessible via Centennial Express Lift (No. 6) and Haymeadow Express Gondola (No. 1). The resort will offer beginner terrain on Haymeadow and intermediate terrain on Gold Dust. Opening day festivities will include a special Cookie Time in the morning, so get there early before the cookies are gone.

What about the annual Beaver Creek Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition that typically happens on Opening Day? It will be held on the resort’s original Opening Day, Nov. 27. At 2 p.m., guests are invited to taste and vote for which cookie they like best. Five finalists will bake 1,000 cookies each in hopes of earning the winning vote. After all the votes have been counted, the winner will be announced at 3 p.m.

But back to Opening Day this Saturday, if cookies don’t fill you up Spruce Saddle and the Ice Cream Parlour will be open as well. Beaver Creek’s Ski and Snowboard School is open for lessons also.

Paid parking starts on Opening Day in the parking structures in the village and in the Bear and Elk Lots in Avon. Parking is $10 per day in the lots and is complimentary after 1 p.m. From the parking lots you can hop on the free shuttle to Beaver Creek Village. Rates for covered parking at the parking garages in Beaver Creek Village can be found as you drive into the parking garages or at www.beavercreekvillageexperience.com/parking.

For more information about Beaver Creek’s Opening Day, visit www.beavercreek.com.

Revely Vail

New this year is Revely Vail, a weeklong event that kicks off the ski season and winter during Thanksgiving week.

Many schools across the nation have the entire week of Thanksgiving off and families are flocking to the Vail Valley for the holiday. Revely Vail will offer family-friendly activities throughout Vail.

Welcome to the Brilliance of Winter with these events this weekend:

Saturday

Revely Vail Cooking Class Series – 12 – 2 p.m.

  • Create ceviche with executive chef Rosa Provoste of Harvest Restaurant & Bar in Edwards
  • Grand View Community Room – top level of Lionshead Parking Structure

Ice Skating Celebration – Solaris 3:30 – 4 p.m.

  • Enjoy skating exhibitions from the Vail Ice Skating Club at the Solaris outdoor skating rink.

Sunday

Revely Vail Cooking Class Series – 12 – 2 p.m.

  • Create gnocchi and pumpkin soup with executive chef Rosa Provoste of Harvest Restaurant & Bar in Edwards
  • Grand View Community Room – top level of Lionshead Parking Structure

Revely Vail Cooking Class Series – 5 – 7 p.m.

  • Create buffalo chili with executive chef David Sanchez of Grill on the Gore at the Vail Clubhouse
  • Vail Golf Club

Vail Astronomy Nights – 6 – 8 p.m.

  • A professional astronomer will lead guests through a fun exploration of the night sky using museum-grade, state-of-the-art telescopes for observing the universe.
  • Betty Ford Alpine Gardens 

The activities will continue through next Saturday, so look for the Explosion of Lights walk, which includes Gluwhein and beer, a gingerbread contest, tree lighting, music in Vail and the Kris Kringle Market. Learn more at www.reneventproductions.com.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Holiday Event

Winter is being celebrated all over the High Country and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is getting into the spirit of things this Saturday by lighting up the Alpine Coaster and most of the mountainside for that matter – over 750,000 holiday lights will illuminate the adventure park, which stands high above the city of Glenwood Springs at 7,100 feet above sea level.

Now in its fifth season, Winter on the Mountain at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park brings families up the gondola to festivities that include trips to the caves, (which remain at a comfortable temperature of 54 degrees year-round) s’mores by the fire pit, visits with Santa, and a giant musical tree.

The musical Christmas tree plays holiday tunes to a synchronized light show. The tree itself has 80,000 lights. Renewable energy will power the three-quarters of a million holiday lights after Glenwood Springs became the seventh city in the U.S. to rely entirely on renewable energy earlier this year.

The adventure park is known for popular attractions such as the haunted mine drop, which plunges riders 110 feet inside Iron Mountain and the alpine coaster that takes riders down 3,400 feet of track. The park’s 4D motion theater and laser tag will also be available this winter. The Friday Afternoon Club features live music and food and drink specials from 5-8:30 p.m. in the adventure park’s Lookout Grille.

If you can’t make it this weekend, you have plenty of time to check it out. Winter on the Mountain at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park runs from now until Feb. 29, 2020. For more information, visit www.glenwoodcaverns.com.

Disco Ice Skate Nights

What happens when “Saturday Night Fever” collides with ice skating? Disco Ice Skate Nights at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink, of course!

This is a family-friendly event for all ages and feel free to dress the part by donning 70s disco-era-inspired clothing, wigs, sunglasses and flashy jewelry. The DJ will spin funky tunes from the past as ice skaters groove around the ice rink under the disco and laser lights from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

This is a drop-in event with no advance registration required. The price is $5 for kids and $10 for adults. For more information, go to www.mountainrec.org.

“Frozen II” storytime and movie

No need to “Let It Go,” because “Frozen II” is hitting the big screen to continue the story of Elsa and Anna with the sequel to the original animated Disney movie. To celebrate the return of Elsa the Snow Queen and her sister Anna who embark on an adventure far away from the kingdom of Arendelle, the Bookworm is hosting a storytime on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.

“We’re so excited to have partnered up with the Riverwalk Theater for the release of “Frozen II” and have scheduled our storytime early enough so fans can get to the Riverwalk Theater for the 12:50 p.m. matinee,” said Makena Burner, events manager for the Bookworm of Edwards.

All storytime attendees will receive a coupon for popcorn at the Riverwalk Theater. There will also be a costume contest with the winner receiving a prize from the Bookworm and a ticket to the matinee at 12:50 p.m. on Saturday at the Riverwalk Theater. It will be just like Halloween, but everyone will be dressed as characters from the movie like Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven.

This event is for kids and kids at heart and is free and open to the public. Visit the Bookworm of Edwards’ website to find out more details at www.bookwormofedwards.com.

Ski Town Brunch shares recipes from North America’s top resorts

Thanksgiving is coming early to the Bookworm of Edwards. The Riverwalk bookstore and cafe has teamed up with Ski Town Life, the creators of the “Ski Town Soups,” “Ski Town Après” and “Ski Town Brunch” cookbook series authored by Vail resident, Jennie Iverson. Some of the recipes from Iverson’s latest cookbook, “Ski Town Brunch” will be featured at a Friendsgiving event this week.

The “Ski Town” series showcases recipes from North America’s ski resorts. This coffee table-worthy cookbook could also serve as a travel guide and a keepsake with beautiful photos from legendary cafes, spectacular resorts and charming bed and breakfasts.

When Iverson started thinking about doing a cookbook, she pondered how she could combine a love of travel, eating and skiing into a business model. The latest cookbook, “Ski Town Brunch,” features savory and sweet brunch dishes from 65 top North American ski resorts. “I actually conduct a pretty thorough search of places to feature and have researched and visited most of the big North American resorts that are included,” Iverson said. 

Living to travel may be one thing for Iverson, but living to eat is certainly another. “I have always had a passion for food. I have this theory that my taste bud chemistry might be different than others,” Iverson said. “I can decipher nuances in foods and relish my eating rituals more than any other person I know.” 

Enjoy some of the tasty recipes in “Ski Town Brunch” at Friendsgiving on Thursday with two seatings at 9 and 10:30 a.m. The menu features savory and sweet dishes from the cookbook along with baked goods, hand-crafted espresso drinks, smoothies and more. Tracy Miller of Colorful Cooking will make the buffet in Bookworm’s kitchen and Iverson will be selling and signing cookbooks.

Seating is limited and tickets available for $75, which includes brunch and the cookbook. For more information about the cookbook, go to www.skitownlife.com and for more information on the Friendsgiving brunch, visit www.bookwormofedwards.com.

Learn more about the granola from Cafe Genevieve from Jackson Hole, WY. Iverson shares the recipe and how to make it in today’s video.

Ingredients

1 cup Vital Farms butter

½ vanilla bean

½ cup Vermont Sticky maple syrup

7 cups of old fashioned oats

½ teaspoon Kosher salt

1/3 cup oil

2 ½ cups coconut, sweetened and shredded

1 ¼ cup dried cranberries

¾ cup dried apricots

¾ cup dried peaches

In a medium saucepan, melt the @vitalfarms butter and scrape vanilla seed into butter then throw the entire seed into butter. Cook on medium, stirring frequently until butter is golden. Off the heat, add @vermontsticky maple syrup and oil to saucepan. Combine oats, coconut, salt and the melted vanilla syrup butter in large bowl until evenly coated. Spread out on 2 baking sheets and bake at 325 degrees until golden brown. (Rotate and toss granola mid-way through baking). Remove from oven and let cool. Add dried fruit and then enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container for future enjoyment.

Veterans visit local schools

Do you have any medals? How hard was boot camp? What was the food like? What’s it like to blackout because of G-forces in a B-52 bomber?

Those are just a few of the many questions kids asked local veterans last week. The local Mount of the Holy Cross VFW post 10721 veterans visited 19 schools in Eagle County.

Leading up to Veteran’s Day, local vets from all branches of the military attend receptions, assemblies and classroom talks. Kids from all grade levels were able to learn more about what it was like to be on a tour of duty or to serve during a time of peace. The kids honored them with songs, messages of appreciation and an ear to listen to their stories.

We visited Brush Creek Elementary last Wednesday and sat in on one of the talks in Mr. Musser’s 5th-grade class. After the assemblies, one or two veterans go into the classrooms to discuss their experiences and bring in items from their time of service to show the kids. For over 45 minutes, the students were glued to every word the guest speakers were saying.

Guest speakers in this classroom were United States Marine Corps Captain Bill Welch who spoke about his service during wartime in Vietnam. Dana Whelan was in the United States Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel and spoke of her service during peacetime. 

Welch wore his fatigues and talked about everything from how hot it was and how bad the bugs were to the Ho Chi Minh Trail and how the only way they could communicate with friends and family back home was through letters. He showed the kids where Vietnam was on the map and why they slept with their boots on.

“There was this one time I took off my boots, just for a little bit, but then I fell asleep. I woke up in the middle of the night and my legs were burning! I couldn’t turn on a flashlight in case the enemy was watching, but it didn’t take me long to realize that I had slept near a big red ant hill,” Welch said.

Whelan spoke about the amazing opportunities she had in furthering her education and how service members are highly trained and are able to take on a lot of different challenges. During her time in the military, she was able to work and earn several degrees in places such as Washington, D.C., Wyoming, Alabama, Texas and Ramstein, Germany where she was in charge of nutrition for all of the branches of the U.S. military stationed in Europe.

“I think the thing that’s most meaningful to me about the Veteran’s Day events is giving kids that may have no exposure to military service the opportunity to hear stories of veterans,” Whelan said. “Hopefully we’ll inspire them to go home and ask their families about family members who have served and provide a chance for them to really appreciate and have some gratitude for what so many people have done for our country.”

The kids paid attention and did bring that conversation home. Michelle Sanders, the mother of Wynn Sanders, a 5th-grader in Mr. Musser’s class at Brush Creek Elementary, said that Wynn came home full of enthusiasm about the talks. “He explained in great detail what the veterans said that day. We had an engaging dinner conversation and it was fun to hear his perspective on the veteran’s visit,” Sanders said.

As much as the kids benefit from the school visits, the veterans benefit as well. “I’ve only been doing these school visits for a couple of years now and when I first started I would get kind of emotional,” Welch said. “It’s good for us to talk about it.”

The Mount of the Holy Cross VFW post 10721 veterans will host a Veteran’s Day ceremony that is open to the public at Freedom Park in Edwards on Monday at 4 p.m.

More ski resorts opening, holiday craft fairs, art walks and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 11/8/19

More ski resorts open

Although the calendar still says autumn, winter is here in the minds of many skiers and snowboarders who are enjoying lift-accessed skiing and riding in Colorado. Arapahoe Basin and Keystone have been open since mid-October with Loveland, Eldora, Monarch and Wolf Creek opening their slopes a few weeks later. This Friday marks the opening day for two more Colorado resorts: Breckenridge and Copper Mountain. A snowy and cool October brought a lot of natural snow to the resorts and snowmaking crews have combined forces with Mother Nature to allow more than one run to be open this early in the season.

Breckenridge Ski Resort will offer nearly 200 acres of terrain on Peak 8 for opening day. Skiers and riders will have access to a variety of groomed trails on lower Peak 8 accessed by the Colorado SuperChair, Rocky Mountain SuperChair, 5-Chair and Rip’s Ride. The resort will offer skiing and riding for all ability levels on trails including Springmeier, 4 O’Clock, Columbine, Northstar, Duke’s, Claimjumper and Trygve’s.

Lifts are set to open at 9 a.m. while the BreckConnect Gondola will open at 8 a.m. to provide access from Town and the Gondola lots to the base of Peak 8. The official first chair celebration and banner-breaking will take place on the Colorado SuperChair. Before the rope drops, guests can enjoy complimentary waffles and DJ music on the snow.

Take note of some of the new conveniences at Peak 8 such as escalators, skier drop-off parking, skier services facilities, rental and retail space, public restrooms and more. You can buy a day pass or Epic Passes are still available through Nov. 24. For information on the resort, go to www.breckenridge.com. For information on Epic Passes, visit www.epicpass.com.

Copper Mountain will also open on Friday with more than 90 acres of terrain featuring skiing and riding for all ability levels. The American Eagle lift will begin turning at 9 a.m. and shortly thereafter the Easy Rider and Excelerator lifts will spin.

Trails that are expected to open Friday include Ptarmigan, Rhapsody, Main Vein, Fairplay and Easy Rider. Additionally, Lower Bouncer is expected to feature a Woodward Pop-Up park consisting of one jump and about a dozen features. Skiers and riders can look for more natural terrain to open as conditions allow.

Throughout the weekend, guests can enjoy free live music, giveaways and a variety of dining and après ski options throughout Center Village.

Copper Mountain season passes are on sale for $589 for adults and $289 for children until November 18 when prices increase $40 and $20 respectively. The last chance to purchase Copper Mountain Four Packs for $279 in-person and online is now through November 18. For more information on opening day and passes, visit www.coppercolorado.com.

To show Copper’s appreciation for military veterans, the resort will offer $60 lift tickets on Veteran’s Day, Monday, Nov. 11. The $60 discounted lift tickets are available for one day only to all skiers and riders and must be purchased online before midnight Monday.

Vail Nordic Ski Swap

We just had the big Vail Ski & Snowboard Club swap where you could get everything you needed for alpine skiing and snowboarding a few weeks ago. This weekend, the Vail Nordic Center hosts the 35th annual Nordic Ski Swap at the Vail Nordic and Golf Clubhouse in Vail.

Winters are long in Colorado, so switch things up by switching out your activities. Taking a day off from alpine skiing or snowboarding and heading out to do some cross country skiing or skate skiing lets you experience the outdoors in a different way. Telemark gear and alpine touring gear can get you up to that next hut trip or allow you to avoid the crowds by skiing in the backcountry. Or skin up the mountain before work to get some cardio in before you start your day. Whatever your mode of transportation, it all provides a great workout (remember, the holidays are coming and you need to fit into those ski pants).

Getting into a new sport can be expensive. By going to a swap, you are able to find the gear that will allow you to try out the sport and see if it is right for you without paying retail.

Buy or sell skate skis, touring and track skis as well as telemark, backcountry and snowshoe equipment. Winter clothing will be on sale as well. Drop off Nordic gear you want to sell between 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday. The Nordic Ski Swap takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday with discounts starting after 12 p.m. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Homestake Peak School Nordic program. Please note that it is cash or check only for purchases. Visit www.vailrec.com or call 970-479-2279 for more information.

2nd Friday Artwalks on Broadway

Eagle Arts presents 2nd Friday Artwalks this Friday, but this time it’s extra special because the art community in Eagle is celebrating its first anniversary. What started out as an idea artist Tara Novak of Artspace workshop+gallery hatched with the Vail Valley Art Guild and Red Canyon Cafe to host the first Eagle Art Walk last November has grown into an event that encompasses more than art.

Broadway Street in Eagle will turn into a holiday market with galleries, shops and restaurants offering art exhibitions, live music, interactive activities, sales and specials.

Presented by Eagle Arts and the Broadway Business Community, join family and friends from 5 to 8 p.m. for a fun evening out. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/eagleartscolorado. Here are a few of the participating businesses and what they will be featuring:

  • Alpaca Yarn Shop
    – Live alpacas, bring your knitting projects for a Knit Night
  • Artspace workshop+gallery
    – Art exhibit and live music
    – Eagle Arts raffle and food drive – bring a canned food item, get a ticket
    – 3 Holiday gift making mini-workshops
  • Bonfire Brewing
    – Happy hour and live music
  • Old Town Hall Gallery – Vail Valley Art Guild
    – New gallery location and exhibition
    – Live music with Jen Mack
  • Owashi Sushi & Kitchen
    – Art exhibit and dinner special
  • Katch of the Day Wine Bar
    – Fundraiser for Zehr Goat Ranch with goats
  • Brush Creek Saloon
    – Dinner specials
  • Everyday Outfitters
    – Live Music, refreshments and art
  • Fusion Hair Salon
    – Art and pottery exhibition
  • Petals of Provence
    – Holiday gift making mini-workshop

Craftsman’s Christmas Market

What’s been known as the Chicken Noodle Soup & Bazaar for years is now the Craftsman’s Christmas Market. Hosted at the Brush Creek Elementary in Eagle, the holiday market and crafts fair will feature hand-made items that are unique to this region. Shoppers will still be able to find their favorite western and vintage items as well as visit the man in the big red suit. Santa will make an appearance in Eagle County, so bring the kids along to this event.

Along with the crafts, the famous home-made chicken noodle soup and pies will be available for purchase to enjoy with friends while you shop or you can even take it home and enjoy it later.  

This holiday fair has been going on for over 40 years and is the main fundraiser for the United Methodist Women of Eagle Valley. The proceeds from this event go directly to helping women and children in our community and throughout the world. Stop by Brush Creek Elementary School from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Veteran’s Day Ceremony

Leading up to Veteran’s Day, which is Monday, the veterans from the Mount of the Holy Cross VFW Post 10721 out of Minturn were busy visiting 19 schools and being part of receptions, assemblies and classroom talks. Kids from all grade levels were able to learn more about what it was like to be on a tour of duty or to serve during a time of peace.

Many of the veterans wore their uniforms or fatigues and brought other items like canteens, technical backpacks and fireproof flight suits to share in the classrooms so the kids could see the gear and learn about what it was like in the jungles of Vietnam during that war or flying a B-52 bomber.

According to Military.com, Veteran’s Day honors veterans who are living or deceased who served honorably in the military during wartime or peacetime. It is sometimes confused with Memorial Day, which honors service members who died during service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle. Veteran’s Day is observed on Nov. 11, which was also known as Armistice Day.

A public Veterans Day ceremony will be held at Freedom Park in Edwards at 4 p.m. on Monday. The guest speaker will be retired US Navy Chaplain Rabbi Joel Newman. The VFW has enlisted the talents of community members to perform on Monday. Nicole Gustafson will sing the “National Anthem”. Gustafson is a former student of Vail Performing Arts Academy, who is currently attending Colorado Mountain College working towards a nursing degree. The 5th-grade classes from Edwards and Avon Elementary Schools will be singing also.

Freedom Park hosts many military-related ceremonies throughout the year. Along the west end of the pond, you will find the Freedom Park Memorial, a 600-pound piece of limestone from the Pentagon’s west wall. The memorial not only commemorates 9/11 but also honors fallen veterans, police and emergency personnel from Eagle County.