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Live music, farmers markets, virtual biking events and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 7/24/20

Vail Jazz in the Park

COVID-19 times are bringing some creative ideas to the musical landscape. This summer, Vail Jazz’s schedule has been reduced quite a bit but they are still keeping people moving to the smooth jazz sounds at the “lower bench” at Ford Park. This large, flat, grassy area between Gore Creek and the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and just west of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater provides a great backdrop and allows for social distancing while enjoying the Vail Jazz line up.  

The lawn is sectioned off into pods where you and your group can sit and enjoy a performance on Friday nights through Sept. 4. Guests are encouraged to bring picnic items – chairs (legs must be no more than four inches), blankets, snacks, beverages, and alcohol is allowed. There will be no food or beverage vendors on-site, so let’s see how creative those picnic spreads can be! 

For all July performances, the venue will open at 5 p.m. and music is from 6-7:30 p.m. For August and September performances, the venue opens at 4 p.m., music is from 5-6:30 p.m.

Vail Jazz is bringing in a variety of artists for these free shows, but you do need advanced reservations. Vail Jazz will also stream the shows live from their Facebook page. For more information and the line up of musicians, visit vailjazz.org.

Edwards Corner Farmers Market

We are pleased to have a few farmers markets this year, one being held on Saturday mornings is the Edwards Corner Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Sept. 19. Each week, the Edwards Corner Farmers Market features locally grown fresh produce, meats and eggs along with a local massage therapist, stylish offerings from Wild Heart Clothing, Eye Pieces of Vail and more.

Grab breakfast and a coffee or a golden root ginger turmeric latte from Hovey & Harrison, which is located in the middle of the venue and become inspired by the goods being sold to make a delicious meal over the weekend.

The Edwards Corner Farmers Market does require market-goers to comply with COVID-19 restrictions and wear a mask, stay six-feet apart, shop in as small of groups as possible and follow the one-way traffic through the market.

Support local and regional farmers and businesses and get your shopping done for the week in the open-air setting of the Edwards Corner parking lot, at the corner of Highway 6 and Edwards Village Blvd. For more information, go to edwardscornerfarmersmarket.com.

GoPro Mountain Games Elements

The GoPro Mountain Games did not go on as planned this summer due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the Vail Valley Foundation, the nonprofit organization that puts this event on each summer, has set up some cool and socially-distant ways for you to still stay active and feel like you are a part of something bigger. The GoPro Mountain Games Elements is a series of events that showcase some of the sports the GoPro Games embraces. On Saturday, mountain bike enthusiasts can take part in the first virtual ride.

All levels of bikers are able to participate in this virtual ride on your favorite trail with family and friends. Do the classic XC Mountain Bike route or keep it casual with a fun ride around your neighborhood trails.

Free event registration (with a suggested donation). Riders will have until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, July 25 to complete their ride and upload their activity tracker (Strava, Garmin, FitBit, etc.) link to the Mountain Games Registration system and/or share their ride on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #MTNGamesElements, if they would like to receive $5 off their 2021 event registration.

You can also participate in the Bike Ride and a Movie portion of this, which is a $10 event registration fee that includes one ticket to “Teton Gravity Research: Accomplice,” showing at The Amp in Vail on Saturday evening and a pair of Smartwool socks. Socks are only redeemable in-person at The Amp the night of the movie. Please note, registration for the bike and movie category closes Friday, July 24 at 6 p.m. For more information, check out mountaingames.com.

SunsetLIVE! In Avon

Close down the weekend with a little live music on Nottingham Lake in Avon. SunsetLIVE! Is a weekly offering that showcases local musical acts every Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. until Sept. 6 on the back of the Avon Performance Pavilion, barring any new public health orders that may place new restrictions on holding events.

“SunsetLIVE! was designed to provide ambient entertainment to those enjoying Nottingham Lake this summer,” said Danita Dempsey, Culture, Arts & Special Events Manager for the town of Avon. “Who and a doesn’t want to enjoy music and a sunset from a paddleboard?”

Listen to the live music from the lake or from the shore, grab a fishing pole, have a picnic or just enjoy the sunset. Bring your own chairs are seating is limited.

The town of Avon did have to cancel the AvonLIVE! and Special Edition AvonLIVE! concerts due in part to multiple groups of 175 people no longer being allowed per the public health orders. Visit avon.org to see the musical line up for the next several Sundays.

Open for Business: Edwards Corner Farmers Market

Name of business: Edwards Corner Farmers Market

Physical address: 56 Edwards Village Blvd. Edwards, CO 81632

Phone number: 970-926-6226

Email: office@remonov.com

Website: edwardscornerfarmersmarket.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time?

We are happy to have the Edwards Corner Farmers Market running again this summer. We’ll have 15 vendors every Saturday through Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will be featuring locally grown fresh produce, meats and eggs along with a local massage therapist, tamale vendor and more.

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

The Edwards Corner Farmers Market will be adhering to both State of Colorado and Eagle County COVID-19 regulations including mandatory face masks and one-way traffic flow.

How can the community support you?

Support our local vendors by attending this year.

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

You can keep up to date by visiting us at https://www.edwardscornerfarmersmarket.com/

What’s the response been?

Our local Eagle Valley community is excited for the Edwards Farmers Market to return this year after a long COVID-19 pause which obviously has created a new normal that we will have to live with for a while.

Open for Business: Riverwalk Theater

Name of business: Riverwalk Theater

Physical address: 34253 US Hwy 6, Edwards, CO 81632

Phone number: 970-855-2182

Website: riverwalktheater.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time?

The Riverwalk Theater is open for business running classic movies and serving our full concessions menu as well as soft-serve ice cream and beer, wine and cocktails on our exterior patio. We also have private show buyouts where $125 will get you a private show for up to 25 people and you can watch one of the four movies we have booked for that week. Call to reserve this unique offering for you and your family and friends.

We are also operating our recently launched coffee shop that is focused on serving high-quality products from local vendors and made fresh to order. We also recently teamed up with local private chef Eli Gerstein from Mr. G’s Cusine to launch our Smokin J’s pop-up barbecue concert.  Smokin J’s is focused on smoked brisket.  We are also trying to do some live music and have partnered with The Fossil Posse to offer some kids dinosaur workshops on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m.  

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

We are currently operating the theater at less than 25% capacity to allow for proper social distancing and we continue to make cleaning and sanitizing a top priority. We now offer a service where you can buy out the theater for your group of 25 family members and friends.  

How can the community support you?

Come visit us in a manner that you feel comfortable with. For some that might be coming with their family to a movie and for others that might be grabbing a beer and some BBQ on our exterior patio. How about coming down for a soft-serve ice cream cone or grabbing your morning coffee? We are a business based on community and really find ourselves needing support from that very community now.  

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

Stay up to date by visiting our website and Instagram (@riverwalktheater) or Facebook (@riverwalktheateredwards ) accounts.

What’s the response been?

We had a great response initially when we opened our walk-up window for barbecue and ice cream but things have cooled a bit as more restaurants have opened. We are getting some traction on the Edwards Supply Company coffee concept but it is a really tough time to start a business. The theater has been really slow and to a degree that was expected, but I did not expect it to be as slow as it has been.  

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

We plan to keep evolving and working to be a business that brings value to our community.

Open for Business: Bookworm of Edwards

Name of business: Bookworm of Edwards

Physical address: 295 Main Street C101 Edwards, CO 81632

Phone number: 970-926-7323

Email: thebookwormofedwards@gmail.com

Website: www.bookwormofedwards.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

The Bookworm is a full-service independent bookstore offering titles for adults and children, including books in Spanish. We carry a wide selection of gifts and stationery. Dine on our patio or carry out from our cafe! We have the following by either going to our website or giving us a call: virtual events and book clubs for adults, Snack Time Story Time every Wednesday at 3:30 with children’s authors and illustrators, gift cards, book subscriptions, soup meal service, curbside pick up and home delivery.   

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

We have created a gift page for our website as well as groceries and curbside pick up. We are doing virtual events and upping our soup subscription orders. We also have book recommendations on our social media accounts.

How can the community support you?

Gift cards are a great option. We also have book subscription and soup subscription services that make great gifts. Buy our gifts online. Keep buying books from indie bookstores!

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

Our website is the best way to get up to date information on what books are in stock. It is also how you should place orders, not through social media platforms. Staff picks are on our website and our social media platforms are great for keeping up with video and written book reviews and recommendations and seeing the newly added gifts that link to our website.

What’s the response been?

We have had an amazing response from our customers. Soup subscriptions are up and people are buying them to give to front line/essential workers. We also raised over $65,000 to keep the store open through our GoFundMe page. We are so grateful for all the love our customers and community have shown us. 

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

The Bookworm is still a full-service independent bookstore with a wide selection of gifts and stationery. Dine on our patio or carry out from our cafe in Riverwalk in Edwards.

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.