Break out your social calendar, Vail Valley |

Break out your social calendar, Vail Valley

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Mark Ridenour/Special to the Vail DailyBonfire Dub, pictured here, joined by Kaylyn Cover and dj Psychonaut will peform on Avondale's deck Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. The show is free.

VAIL – The annual Vail Arts Festival kicks off Friday in Arrabelle Square in Lionshead. The event takes place Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The juried show features watercolors, oil and acrylic paintings, woodworking, glass, sculptures, furniture, mosaics, ceramics, metal works, photography and jewelry. More than 180 artists from the U.S. competed for a chance to participate in the event and 70 were chosen to display their works throughout the weekend.

Along with plenty of artists, the event will also feature an interactive kid’s art tent, street entertainers, live music and more. Visit for more information.

Music and more at Outdoor Market Avondale

AVON –Local band Bonfire Dub will perform at Avondale Restaurant in Avon Friday night. The band will be joined by Kaylyn Cover performing an acoustic set and dj Psychonaut. The music will go from 5 to 9 p.m.

New to Avon this summer, Outdoor Market Avondale will take place around the same time on the Westin Riverfront hotel in Avon from 4:45 to 8:45 p.m.

The market will feature fresh produce, grilled bratwurst and wares from local vendors, including jewelry from Mana Metalworks, clothing from Rack and Roll Clothing Company, fresh flowers from Eden Flowers and paintings from local artist Sara Melzer.

Visit for more information.

BBQ Bonanza in Vail

VAIL – The annual BBQ Bonanza takes place in Lionshead Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Barbecue experts will be smoking up their best dishes, competing for the titles of Vail’s Best BBQ. Four categories of barbecue will be judged, including beef, chicken, pork and an open class. Judging fbegins at 11 a.m. and winners will be announced throughout the day. Visitors can walk around Vail Village and sample different types of barbecue from area chefs.

Live country music will be provided by The Roadhouse Band and Kelly Aspen near Check Point Charlie. A children’s area on Gore Creek Promenade will offer arts and crafts, face painting and a train ride.

Call 970-477-0075 for more information.

Nathan Maxwell at Agave

AVON – A piece of Flogging Molly will stir up Agave in Avon Saturday night. Nathen Maxwell, the bassist for Flogging Molly, will headline at the bar/restaurant with his band, the Original Bunny Gang.

The band Eleanor will warm up the show starting at 10 p.m., Denver-band Tatanka will follow, and Nathan Maxwell and the Original Bunny Gang will come on last between 11:30 p.m. and midnight, said Richard Wheelock, owner of Agave.

Tickets are $10 and are available in advance only at Agave. For more information, call 970-748-8666.

Minturn Market kicks off

MINTURN – The annual Minturn Farmer’s Market kicks off Saturday in downtown Minturn. The market offers fresh produce, live entertainment, arts and crafts from around the world and more. Fox Fire Farms from Ignacio, specializing in high-quality, grass-fed meat like lamb and goat, will have a tent at this market for the first time.

Expect to see the smiling youngsters Hunter Honnessey and his younger brother, Holden, at the market. These two longtime market entrepreneurs specialize in lemonade and ice cream and this year will add smoothies to the mix.

Mickey’s Quickies Greek Gyros, a popular vendor at the Vail Market, will also have a booth at the Minturn Market for the first time this summer. Pastures of Plenty, a vendor from Boulder who sells produce and flowers, will also be at the market, as will a new fresh cut flower vendor from the Front Range, said market organizer Randy Milhoan.

Visit for more information.

Music in Avon

AVON – Musician Ester Nicholson will present her music and a message at Unity of the Mountains service on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at the Avon Public Library. Nicholson has a diverse background. As the daughter of a Baptist minister, her roots are in gospel music.

“My mission, my desire, is to inspire and encourage you to never give up, no matter how dark it seems at times,” Nicholson writes on her Web site. “I want you to know through my music and writing, that in that seeming darkness is your gift. So don’t give up before it’s uncovered.”

Nicholson’s music has taken her around the globe and she’s performed with Rod Stewart, Bette Midler, Al Green, Beyonce, Barbara Streisand to name a few. But the real story of Nicholson is not her performances on Good Morning America or tours around the world. The untold story is her recovery from drug addiction through her spiritual path, which she’ll talk about Sunday in Avon. Call 970-476-0713 or visit for more information.

Justin Allison Trio opens Jazz at the Market series

VAIL – The Vail Farmers Market would not be complete without the sounds of jazz wafting through the corridors and booths on Meadow Drive. The first of 10 free Jazz at the Market concerts takes place Sunday on the Vail Jazz Festival stage outside Annie’s, featuring the sights and sounds of the Justin Allison Trio.

Justin Allison leads the trio, which also includes drummer Allan Finney and Tom Kirk on saxophone. Allison’s vocal and guitar styling appeals to everyone, from the most passionate jazz fan to the casual listener.

“It’s good to be outside on Meadow Drive,” said Allison. “The market creates such a festive atmosphere and Jazz at the Market is a great way for us to share our love for the music.”

Next week’s show features local favorite the Tony Gulizia Trio.

The Vail Jazz Foundation presents the blues, standards, vocals and straight-ahead jazz at the Vail Farmers’ Market from noon to 3:30 p.m. every Sunday through Aug. 30, rain or shine.

For more information, visit

Helping people in poverty

VAIL – Two groups that aim to lift people out of poverty in the Third World will be at the Vail library Sunday afternoon to share stories of their efforts.

The AllPeopleBeHappy foundation will bring representatives of the Equilibrium Fund and Room to Read to the library from 2 to 4 p.m. The talks, hosted by Liz and Timm Paxson, are free and open to the public.

The Equilibrium Fund is teaching women in Central America and Mexico to harvest the Maya nut for food and income. Growing the nut also encourages communities to conserve rainforest and reforest degraded land.

Fund director and agroecologist Erika Vohman, who lives in Crested Butte, will share her experiences and photos in Vail. She discovered Maya nut on a visit to Guatemala, and in 2001 started The Equilibrium Fund, which, Vohman says, has helped over 80,000 people from 650 rural villages in Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico.

More than 500,000 Maya nut trees have been planted. For more information visit

Room to Read’s mission is building libraries and schools while also focusing on girls’ education. The group also helps create children’s book in local languages.

John Wood founded Room to Read after trekking in Nepal and visiting schools in which he found a terrible lack of resources. He quit is executive position with Microsoft and started the organization in Nepal in 2000 and has since expanded to Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka, Laos and Africa.

Diana Mathias, the founder of the Vail chapter, will share her experiences, focusing particularly on Vietnam. For more info go to:

RSVPs to Sunday’s talks are appreciated but not necessary. Call 970-476-6764.

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