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Bring on the Christmas light gawkers

Vail Trail staff
Special to The Vail TrailVail International Dance Festival

The Gypsum holiday lighting contest has become a tradition for the town and this year marks its 12th anniversary. Community members again went all out in an attempt to be crowned supreme among their friends and neighbors. A holiday light display created by John and Doris Kirchner of 871 Sunset Lane in the Red Hill neighborhood is being recognized this season as Gypsum’s best overall entry. Five neighborhood winners and 40 honorees also are being recognized for outstanding residential displays throughout the town.

The Kirchner residence, perched atop one of the highest points in town, serves as the perfect setting for their Fairyland-themed display. A 23-foot tall spruce tree containing dozens of colorful ornaments serves as the display’s focal point.

In selecting winners and honorees from each of the neighborhoods, judges identified three areas of town that are especially noteworthy. Strohm Circle in the Red Hill neighborhood and Riverview Road in Eagle River Estates top the list due to their high level of participation. Judges also recommend a drive through Gypsum’s newest neighborhood, Chatfield Corners, to see how the holiday spirit is catching on.

The winners from each of the six neighborhoods are as follows:


First Place: Brian and Stephanie Thomas, 700 Valley Road, winner of a $50 gift certificate from Columbine Market.


First Place: Michael and Tammi Boeke, 154 Spring Circle, winner of a $50 gift certificate from Castle Peak Automotive Center.


First Place: Chris and Eric Heidemann, 100 Price Place, winner of a $50 gift certificate from Stop ‘N Save.


First Place: John Harris, 550 Chatfield Lane, winner of a $75 energy credit from Holy Cross Energy.


First Place and Overall Winner: John and Doris Kirchner, 871 Sunset Lane, winner of a $100 gift certificate from Beveridge Real Estate.


First Place: Ricky and Darlene Juedemann, 110 Ponderosa, winner of a $50 gift certificate from Alpine Bank.

The iceman cometh to the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa with sculptor Tim Linhart’s return. His ice image of a woman in front of the hotel’s porte cochere entrance rises 15 feet above the rock fountain it rests upon with a cloud of frozen white snow swirling around her head. She is likely to remain intact through February, weather permitting. Linhart is also producing a 20-foot-long lion in ice at the opposite entrance of the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, in the center of Beaver Creek Village.

“He’s about 10 feet tall and is just strutting his stuff,” Linhart said.

He works his craft nightly at the Park Hyatt and some days (if the temperatures dip low enough) with completion scheduled by Christmas. Linhart will lecture on his work on Monday, Dec. 26 and Thursday, Dec. 29 at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek from 5 to 6 p.m. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Linhart has been “sculptor in residence” at the Park Hyatt since 1991. His unique sculptures are constructed of both snow that is formed and wet down, and blocks of clear ice that are shaped.

The Vail International Dance Festival will once again be on the cutting edge of the art form as the festival recently announced its 2006 line-up, highlighted by a unique pairing of opera and dance.

The 2006 edition of the festival, scheduled for July 30 through Aug. 13, will open with a bang as legendary opera star Jessye Norman joins forces with choreographer Trey McIntyre for an unforgettable evening entitled “The Diva, The Duke and The Dance,” featuring the music of Duke Ellington in song and dance, along with the world premier of McIntyre’s “Go Out.”

The opening weekend will be highlighted by the popular International Evenings of Dance, Aug. 4 and 5, featuring principal couples from around the globe, performing classical and contemporary pas de deuxs.

Tickets for the 2006 Vail International Dance Festival went on sale Dec. 19. Patrons purchasing reserved tickets for any performance before Dec. 31 will also receive a pair of complementary general admission lawn tickets to any 2006 festival performance. Tickets are priced from $14 to $85 and may be purchased online at or by calling either (970) 845-TIXS (8497) or 1-888-920-ARTS (2787). For additional information on the festival lineup or the Foundation, call (970) 949-1999 or visit

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