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

Gypsum Daze

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

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

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

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

Friday

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

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

Youth Talent Show – 6 p.m.

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

Gypsum Daze Stampede – 8 p.m.

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

Saturday

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

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

Gypsum Creek Cruisers Car Show – 11 a.m.

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

26th Annual 5k Run/Walk – 8 a.m.

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

Gypsum Daze Parade – 10 a.m.      

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

Concert – Lundgren Amphitheater

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

Bravo! Vail

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

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

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

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

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

Vail Family Fun Fest

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jammin’ Jazz Kids

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

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

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

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

Camp Hale Half Marathon and 5k

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

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

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

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

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

Centerpiece salad takes center stage

Forget the bouquet of flowers, this centerpiece salad has enough beauty to fill the table with color and wow your guests with its striking appearance.

“Food really can be art, such as is the case with this centerpiece salad,” said Ally Stephens, chef-owner of Season to Taste. “Taking the time to beautifully plate the food you’re serving can take a dish to the next level.”

At your next dinner party, serve this Instagram-worthy dish and be prepared to have your guests delay dinner to snap a few photos of the centerpiece salad. Serve as a side or add some protein like cooked eggs, chicken, shrimp or crab legs to make it more of a meal.

Stephens said she doesn’t have a set recipe for this, but bases the ingredients on what is appealing to her eye at the markets and farms and chooses what looks the freshest in a variety of colors and textures.

“For this particular salad, I chopped some fresh spinach to create a base on the bottom of the salad and then added the following greens and veggies: purple kale, grilled romaine hearts, endive, sugar snap peas, spiralized golden and red beets, rainbow carrots, multi-colored radishes and grilled baguettes,” Stephens said.

“Grilling romaine hearts unexpectedly elevates and transforms your romaine into a beautiful, slightly smoky, charred delicious treat. It may even get non-salad eaters to eat some greens,” Stephens said.

Serve the salad with different homemade dressings to account for a medley of flavor profiles and dietary restrictions. Learn how to make the salad and homemade dressing in today’s video.

Pesto Buttermilk Dressing

Ingredients

1/8 cup basil pesto

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 shallot, chopped

1/4 cup buttermilk

Juice of one lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or use an immersion blender and blend until well combined. Pour over chopped vegetables and toss until it’s evenly distributed.

Beaver Creek Rodeo wrangles up family fun

Thursdays mean rodeo days as the Beaver Creek Rodeo returns for its 18th season. Complete with bronc riding, barrel racing and bull riding, families can enjoy this western tradition and get a taste of true rodeo fun.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and the rodeo action begins at 6 p.m. Get there early to enjoy complimentary kids activities like face painting, pony rides, a bounce house, a mechanical bull and archery.

There are plenty of food vendors on hand so you can feed the family before or during the rodeo as well.

The enthusiastic announcer and rodeo clown will keep you entertained as well as explain each event and this is not just a spectator sport, the audience can participate as well. Mutton Bustin’ is open to kids under 50 pounds and under 50 inches in height. It’s capped at 15 kids and the one who holds onto the sheep the longest wins.

The Calf Scramble is open to 100 kids aged 5-12. The kids chase the calves and try to grab the ribbon tied to the tails. Adults can take part in the Burro Racing. Here, teams of three people ride, push and pull the donkey from one end of the arena to the other end. Did we mention that these donkeys can be stubborn?   

Last year, Beaver Creek debuted the Gold Dust Rodeo Festival, the official pre-party of the Rodeo. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on rodeo days, the Beaver Creek Plaza will host vendors, exhibits, music and family-friendly activities. Here you can meet Bogart, a “friendly” bull, try your hand at calf roping and board a complimentary shuttle bus to the rodeo grounds in Avon. 

Once the Beaver Creek Rodeo wraps up, you can return to Beaver Creek Village for an after party. Western-style dancing and crafted cocktails and mocktails will be on hand for the whole family to enjoy. The Walker Williams Band will provide the music this Thursday.For more information, including details on the Gold Spur Club, which provides premium seating, two complimentary drinks and small bites at the rodeo, visit www.beavercreek.com/rodeo.

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

Steve Martin and Martin Short at Whistle Pig Vail

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

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

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

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

Bravo! Vail presents “Tosca”

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

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

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

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

FAC at Beaver Creek

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

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

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

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

Art on the Rockies

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

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

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

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

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

Eagle’s 2nd Friday ARTwalks and Sidewalk Sale

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

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

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

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

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

Try mayo that’s homemade

Summer calls for lighter dishes like tuna or chicken salad, but instead of going with store-bought mayonnaise, why not try something healthier and make your own homemade mayo?

Christine Pierangeli, certified master nutrition therapist and owner of Profound Wellness Vail, strives to teach people to eat whole foods and to get in the kitchen more. By eating foods you make yourself, Pierangeli believes you receive greater benefits by giving up the preservatives and ingredients you can’t pronounce on pre-made items, while saving money along the way.

“There is a great brand at City Market called Primal Kitchen mayonnaise, but it costs $10 for a jar of it. We made it for a fraction of that cost and we know everything that is in it and it’s so fast to make at home,” Pierangeli said while demonstrating her recipe.

All of the ingredients in the mayo we made are recognizable items you probably already have in your pantry at home. Pierangeli has tested out various recipes and admits that the consistency varies greatly.

“After researching the process, I found that no other oil works as well as avocado oil, so I stick with that,” Pierangeli said. She also uses eggs that are room temperature to help with consistency, but it doesn’t always help. “I think you have to just accept that it may be more like a dressing consistency and go for taste rather than texture.”

Homemade Avocado Oil Mayo:

1 cup avocado oil 

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (ACV)

1 egg at room temperature

Dash of salt

Instructions:

Put ingredients in a glass bowl and blend with an immersion blender. Store in a glass jar in fridge. Consistency will vary.

Option: for “curry mayo” use limejuice instead of ACV, add curry spice, touch of garlic, touch of crushed ginger and touch of cilantro.

Tuna salad:

1 can of tuna

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 clove garlic

1 stalk chopped celery

1/4 cup avocado oil mayo

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: sweet pickle relish, dash of lemon juice

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, stir and serve on a bed of greens or as a sandwich.

Vail honors 10th Mountain Division during parade

Patriotism was running high at this year’s Vail America Days Parade with thousands of attendees wearing plenty of red white and blue while celebrating America’s birthday in Vail on July 4th.

This year’s theme honored the 10th Mountain Division, the winter warfare unit that was created by the United States Army during World War II and trained just south of Vail at Camp Hale.

“We used to invite the 10th Mountain Division out to ski each winter, but many of them don’t ski anymore, so last winter we started doing the 10th Mountain Legacy Parades with a torchlight ski-down with skiers dressed in traditional 10th Mountain Division ski trooper uniforms,” said Jeff Wiles, guest services manager at Vail Mountain and a judge at this year’s parade. “It seemed natural to have that theme carry into this year’s parade, especially since it is the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Riva Ridge,” Wiles said.

Honorary parade marshal for this year’s event was 10th Mountain Division veteran, Dick Over, who, at 96 years old, came out and waved at the crowd and tossed out candy to the kids.

“When they picked me to be the parade marshal, I was so amazed. I am not sure who put someone up to ask me, but I am so honored to do this, and I am honored to have served my country so many years ago,” said Over.

Chris Anthony, who was also a judge at this year’s parade, has been able to get to know Over and other 10th Mountain Division veterans well while making the “Climb to Glory” documentary and his new film, “Mission Mt. Mangart”, which chronicles the activities of the 10th Mountain Division. 

“It’s so great to get to hear these stories of the 10th, these vets are such amazing people and this is the perfect theme for this year’s parade,” Anthony said.

After the parade, the Colorado Snowsports Museum hosted a meet and greet with Over, who has spoken at the museum several times in the past about what it was like to be a part of the 10th Mountain Division. The Vail America Days parade was presented by the town of Vail, GMC, Alpine Bank and The Gallegos Corporation and was sponsored in part by LIV Sotheby’s International Realty.

Shuck Brothers bring oysters to the high country

The Rocky Mountains may be thousands of miles away from either coast, but oysters have been popping up in the land-locked state of Colorado thanks to the Shuck Brothers Events Raw Oyster Bar. Celebrate ‘Merica with the Shuck Brothers as they serve up their oysters during the Salute to the USA event in Avon.

Who are the Shuck brothers? Well, they aren’t actually brothers, but Riley Campbell and Jesse Migchelbrink do share a kinship in their desire to bring you the best oysters possible. The two met at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar in Denver. Migchelbrink taught Campbell how to shuck oysters and after years in the industry, they decided to take the show on the road and bring oysters to various events in the high country.

Be it a wedding, a birthday or other special occasion, the Shuck Brothers delight in bringing the oysters and all the fixings to the party. The mobile operation sets up easily and adds that extra panache to any gathering.

The first thing you notice, besides oysters being served fresh at altitude with mountains in the background, is their set up. Though it’s mobile, the Shuck Brothers take great care in making sure their presentation is top notch.

“It’s important that the first impression be a strong one,” said Campbell, who credits Migchelbrink with the aesthetics of the display table with the wooden table toppers, fresh flowers and logo prominently displayed. “It definitely catches the eye and makes people think, ‘hey, these guys have taken the care to make this look nice, so they must be taking the care of the product as well,’ so presentation is key.”

The day we interviewed, they were serving up Chunu and Pencove oysters and lobster rolls. In addition to raw oysters, they sometimes serve cooked oysters.

“We do a Rockefeller, we do a charred oyster, it just kind of depends on what we are trying to offer and where,” Campbell said. “For example, we did a BBQ-style oyster at the Frisco BBQ Challenge and they were really well-received.”

One thing Campbell and Migchelbrink love to do is to serve oysters to someone for the first time or guiding an oyster lover to a new type of oyster.

“With all of our experience serving oysters, we love helping people navigate which oyster they want to choose next,” Campbell said. “Sometimes people will say, ‘I like oysters, but I don’t really know what type”, so we will ask them where they were when they had them and if they say, ‘I was in Washington, I really liked them’ then we recommend something from that region or taste profile,” Campbell said.

“We just sell them as single oysters, so I will suggest they try one of each, or two of each an then they get to explore the difference on their own,” Campbell said.

Campbell and Migchelbrink have long-standing relationships with suppliers in Denver and always order the freshest oysters available at the time. “Northeast Seafood is our purveyor where we set up a house account and that’s where we source from and we kind of get our pick of the litter. We’re their new favorite account for sure, we sold 10,000 oysters in May.”

The Shuck Brothers Events Raw Oyster Bar will be at the Salute to the USA event in Avon on Wednesday, so stop by and say hello and try your favorite oyster or seek out something new with their guidance. Learn more by going to www.shuckbrothers.com and follow them on Facebook and Instagram to see where they are popping up next.

Grilled peppers stuffed with goat cheese

This simple, elegant and tasty appetizer is by far one of my best sellers and a menu item I include on all charcuterie and vegetable platters. The mini sweet peppers you buy in the small bags are small bell peppers and they burst with flavor after you grill them a little. We are going to stuff them with goat cheese to make a delicious bite-sized treat full of nutrients and easy to pack for a picnic.

Peppers have tremendous health benefits and are a great source of vitamins C and A. In year’s past, bell peppers have been on the Dirty Dozen list, the 12 foods that contain the highest pesticides. This year, they have fallen off the list (probably to number 13) as kale pushed its way onto the list of one of the foods you should buy organic if possible. Every year, strawberries are the number one fruit with high pesticide content. Below is the 2019 Dirty Dozen list from “Prevention” magazine.

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes

Buying organic reduces your exposure to pesticides; however, most health professionals stress that it is better to eat a vegetable of any kind versus not eating one because you can’t get organic.

Goat cheese stuffed sweet peppers

16-ounce bag mini sweet peppers

8-ounce goat cheese

1 jalapeno, minced (optional)

Rinse the mini peppers and heat the grill to high.

Place mini peppers on grill and cook, over high for about 6 minutes, turning as necessary. You want them to soften and be juicy but not charred.

Remove from grill and allow to cool.

If using a jalapeno, mince the pepper and stir into goat cheese.

Spoon goat cheese into a piping bag (disposable forms can be found at the grocery store in the baking aisle)

Cut off the top of the pepper with the stem and remove any seeds.

Pipe goat cheese into pepper. Enjoy!

Makes about 20.

Tracy Miller is a personal chef and caterer. She specializes in healthy cuisine and the goat cheese peppers can be found in her picnic basket at the Minturn Market this summer. Contact Tracy at ColorfulCooking.com or tracy@colorfulcooking.com.

Vail Daily helps build Habitat homes

Earlier this month the staff at the Vail Daily stepped away from the computers and put the story writing on hold to lend a hand to the local Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley (HFHVV) chapter.  This volunteer opportunity was a fun way for the staff to do a little bonding and team building while making a difference in the lives of the family that will soon move into their new home.

Since 1995, HFHVV has built over 74 homes, with 40 of those homes currently being built in the Stratton Flats development in Gypsum. The goal is to build decent homes with an affordable mortgage so families can achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. 

Volunteer hours are a big part of the HFHVV model. “We estimate that we save over $350,000 a year through volunteer labor. That’s about 17,000 hours that volunteers contribute at the job site,” said Julie Kapala, marketing and communications manager for HFHVV.

In addition to the volunteers, the families have to put in what’s called sweat equity. Future homeowners need to give their time and provide consistent and active participation at the construction site. Each adult family member is required to put in 250 hours of sweat equity.

The day our team from the Vail Daily was there, we worked alongside Nancy Chavez, who will be the proud owner of a Habitat home in the new IK Bar development in Gypsum. It was Chavez’s first day of volunteering.

Although Chavez was nervous about what tasks she’d be doing and if she would know how to help out, the HFHVV team made her feel comfortable right away. “The team is very patient, they explain everything and let us get very comfortable with the tools,” Chavez said. “I feel like I will be able to work more proficiently when we start building our house at IK Bar with all this practice.”

Mike Colores, who is with AmeriCorps and is doing an 11-month stint with HFHVV, said that it’s great working with volunteers because no matter what skill level they have, he always sees them progress throughout the day.

“I see them understand the importance and significance of the work we do out here, It’s a really rewarding feeling to be able to see the other volunteers understand and appreciate what goes on here at Habitat. Every day amazes me,” Colores said.

The Vail Daily team faired pretty well and made great progress on the home we were building. We had our publisher, Mark Wurzer, editor, Nate Peterson and even reporter Randy Wyrick up on the scaffolding working the nail gun and the electric buzz saw down below as we measured, cut and placed siding on the home. It was a fun way to get out of the office but still do something as a team and make a difference in the lives of local families.

If you are interested in volunteering for Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley projects, contact them at www.habitatvailvalley.org.

Craft beers, chamber orchestras, diving dogs and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 6/21/19

Vail Craft Beer Festival

Elevate your craft beer experience by pairing it with a little education and adventure. That’s the idea behind the third annual Vail Craft Beer Classic, happening now through Sunday.

Colorado is known for its legacy of microbreweries throughout the state. The Vail Craft Beer Classic will showcase some of those pioneer breweries like New Belgium Brewing and Odell Brewing Company, which have been around for decades, as well as local establishments like Bonfire Brewing and 7 Hermits Brewing Company. There will be over 300 beer, wine and spirits samples to try throughout the festival.

For those looking to learn, there are various opportunities to geek out with the experts in the industry. Hear about current trends and practices as well as cooking techniques with beer. If being active is more your style, hike, bike or go fly fishing with beer experts while enjoying the Colorado scenery and, of course, beer. This event really blends the best of Colorado, letting you enjoy the outdoors while being inspired by some of the craft brewers’ stories and insights and rewarding yourself with a brew afterward.

The biggest events of the weekend will be the Sip at the Summit on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and the Toast of Vail on Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. The Sip at the Summit takes beer enthusiasts on a trip up the gondola, which sits at 10,350 feet above sea level, for gorgeous views and a barbecue dinner. Craft beers from members of the Colorado Brewers Guild will be served. The Toast of Vail brings everyone to the heart of Vail Village to sample over 50 breweries and live bluegrass music.

This is a ticketed event and many of the seminars and other offerings sell out quickly, so take a look at the website and plan your weekend around the Vail Craft Beer Classic. For details visit www.vailcraftbeerclassic.com.

Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge

If you missed all the high-flying canine action during the Dock Dogs events at the GoPro Mountain Games, don’t worry, you have another chance to see some talented pooches this weekend. The Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge (PPPIDC) returns to Nottingham Park in Avon with competitions held on Friday and Saturday.

The PPPIDC may sound familiar to you because it is a nationally televised series that showcases some of the strongest, fastest and most agile dogs who complete some amazing feats. Nottingham Park and Nottingham Lake provide the perfect backdrop for the obstacle course utilizing the lawn, sand and lake. There will also be diving competitions utilizing Nottingham Lake. The Freestyle Flying Disc competition will showcase the skills of both the dog and the handler with a bit of choreography added to the tossing of the discs.

Although the PPPIDC is open to all breeds of dogs, there is one event that is specific to the Jack Russell terrier breed: Hurdle Racing. Watch as those small terriers chase a lure while jumping over obstacles and going through tunnels in this timed competition.

This event is free and spectator friendly with bleacher seating set up to provide more areas to view the events. For a full list of competitions and practice schedules, visit www.proplan.com/dogs/incredible-dog-challenge.   

Bravo! Vail Music Festival

The Bravo! Vail Music Festival brings a world of music to the Vail Valley this summer. Renown musicians will delight the ears of the seasoned classical music lover to the novice.

Bravo! Vail kicks off its 32nd season this week and will bring in long-standing favorites like the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra, but before they do, Bravo! Vail has a special treat. Making its North American debut will be Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin. The leading players from the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics come together to perform Mozart and Haydn on Saturday and Sunday nights.

Joining the Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin throughout the weekend’s performances will be award-winning violinists Paul Huang and Anne-Sophie Mutter. Even though the Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin has been collaborating for over a decade, they both are still known for the distinctive sounds they bring to the stage. The smooth Viennese elegance and the passion of the Berliners will be evident on stage.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and the shows regularly start at 6 p.m. Take advantage of the free pre-concert talks that happen throughout the festival. On Saturday, the pre-concert talk, which starts at 5 p.m., will give you insights about the selections of Mozart’s music that will be played that evening and more details about the performers. That added detail is sure to move you to have more affinity for this type of music.

Tickets to Bravo! Vail start at $29 for lawn seats (kids 12 and under get lawn seats for $12) and go up in price from there depending on where you want to sit. For more information, go to www.bravovail.org.

Vail Arts Festival

The 35th annual Vail Arts Festival returns to Lionshead Village this weekend. This three-day event draws over 60 artists covering diverse mediums such as glass, metal works, wood, mixed media, paintings, drawing, fiber, digital art, graphics, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry and more.

Although some artists will be local, many artists will be coming from 22 other states. There will also be emerging artists present who have earned their opportunity to show their creations at the Vail Arts Festival. Have an emerging artist of your own? The Kids Creative Kingdom returns once again to help foster creativity in the youngsters at the kids’ activity area.

This free event happens rain or shine and opens each day at 9:30 a.m. Friday through Sunday and ends at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and goes until 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, go to www.vailartsfestival.com.

Solstice Trail Run

The longest day of the year is June 21st and to celebrate, the Vail Recreation District is once again hosting its Dynafit Summer Solstice 10k, 5k, and Kids Fun Run at Beaver Creek on Saturday.

John Muir once said, “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” Follow this environmental philosopher’s advice and hit the trails on Saturday morning, rain or shine. The course will take runners (you can walk it if you need to) up through aspen groves and across the front side of Beaver Creek Mountain before the descent.

Reward yourself with an after-party complete with food, entertainment and prizes for the top finishers at Creekside Park, which also serves at the start and finish area for the race.

Saturday’s run is part of the Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series put on by the Vail Rec District each summer. The series showcases some of Colorado’s most iconic trail runs. The Kids Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m. followed by the 10k at 9 a.m. and the 5k at 9:15 a.m. Register online or in person. Entry prices vary, but proceeds from this event go to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, which supports Eagle Valley residents in medical crisis. For more information, go to www.vailrec.com.