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Updates: Event, program cancellations/postponements in Vail Valley due to coronavirus concerns

Roundup River Ranch Superhero Ski Day, Pink Vail, Lindsey Vonn Foundation Gala affected

Amid concerns about COVID-19 and its growing prevalence across the United States and Eagle County, several weekend events have decided to cancel.

Eagle County released its “Event and mass gatherings guidelines for COVID-19,” which state that protecting the most vulnerable to the virus, those aged 60 and over, is a top priority, as well as preventing local spread. Some organizers have taken this statement to heart and followed its recommendation: “If you can feasibly avoid bringing large groups of people together, consider postponing events and gatherings.”

At 7:30 p.m. on March 12, Eagle County Public Health issued a public health order banning gatherings of more than 50 people. The ordinance does not apply to schools and will be in effect until April 8.

Per the public health order, all events must be canceled. This story will be updated as the Vail Daily receives remarks from event organizers.

Lindsey Vonn Foundation Gala

Originally scheduled for May 1

Will be rescheduled

“We believe that it is our social responsibility given the current situation to create fundraising online instead of risking our guests’ safety to attend our event,” organizers wrote in an email sent at 12:23 p.m. on March 11. “We hope you will continue to join us in our fundraising efforts and we look forward to seeing you when we find a new date for the fundraiser.”

Roundup River Ranch Superhero Ski Day

Originally scheduled for Saturday, March 14

“Roundup River Ranch wants to keep health and safety as a top priority for our campers and supporters. Campers at Roundup River Ranch have serious illnesses, which can lead to weakened immune systems, that put them at a higher risk. There are no plans at this time to reschedule the event,” the organization sent to the Vail Daily in a press release at 5:30 p.m. on March 11. The organization said it was following guidelines explained in the “Event and mass gatherings” statement.

Harry Potter Party at the Vail Public Library

Originally scheduled for Friday, March 13

Will be rescheduled sometime in the summer

Director of Library Services Lori Barnes announced the cancellation in an email to the Vail Daily at 9:39 a.m. on March 12.

Vail Valley Art Guild x Community Market Gallery Night

Originally scheduled for Friday, March 13

“The guild board had a discussion this morning and decided that we would have to cancel the reception tomorrow due to public health concerns. It was a really tough decision to make, especially with the food drive,” said guild president Andrew Pranger in an email at 10 a.m. on March 12. “However, even though we will not be hosting the food drive, I will have the collection box in our Eagle gallery foyer so that people can still drop off donations if they have them. I will also post a large sign that explains the situation as well.”

Vail Film Festival

Originally scheduled for March 26-29

Will be rescheduled sometime in the summer

Organizers confirmed to the Vail Daily that the event would be postponed in an email sent at 12:41 p.m. on March 12.

First Descents Ball

Originally scheduled for March 21

Will be rescheduled

The event’s page on the First Descents website was updated with a notice announcing the event would be “postponed until further notice.” The Vail Daily has reported this news at 12:50 p.m. on March 12.

Pink Vail

Originally scheduled for March 28

Pink Vail and all related fundraising events for this year, including the Superstar Party, have been canceled. Fundraising efforts for 2020 will be rolled over into the 2021 event.

“Cancer patients and survivors experience weaker immunity to virus and disease because of treatment. Their wellbeing, as well as that of our participants and amazing volunteers, is paramount,” said Stacy Toyama, vice president of Shaw Cancer Center, in a press release sent at 1 p.m. on March 12. “We are looking forward to hosting Pink Vail next year on March 27, 2021.”

TEDxYouth@Vail

Originally scheduled for March 28

“On behalf of the entire TEDxYouth@Vail team, we would like to thank you for your support and apologize for this unfortunate result. However, we are very excited about our 2021 event and hope to see you in attendance,” organizers said in a news release.”

Taste of Vail

Originally scheduled for April 1-4

Will be rescheduled

“Due to the rapidly evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19), The Taste of Vail 2020 will be postponed to a later date following the orders of government and health officials. The health, safety and well-being of our community, guests, winemakers, chefs, restaurateurs and sponsors is our top priority and our hearts go out to those affected by this virus. We wish good health to all in this difficult time. The new dates will be forthcoming and we look forward to sharing the information with you,” organizers said in a news release.

B’nai Vail Congregation services

Originally scheduled Shabbat services on Fridays at 6 p.m.

“We have decided to cancel our services at the Vail Interfaith Chapel for a month (and see how it goes from there),” said Jeanne Whitney, the executive director at the congregation, in an email sent to the Vail Daily at 1:22 p.m. on March 12. She hopes to pick services back up by April 10.

Vail Sponsors Lunch with the Locals

Originally scheduled for March 18

The Town of Vail announced on its website that because the event meets the risk criteria as outlined by public health officials and leaders in government, it would be canceled. The Vail Daily has reported this news at 1:48 p.m. Those risk criteria, they say, are the following:

  1. “The target audience is deemed to be more vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus, such as age 60+ or with underlying health conditions as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
  2. “The meeting being hosted is in an indoor space which makes it more challenging to provide attendees with 3-plus feet of space between individuals as recommended by health officials.”
  3. “The event is informational only and not deemed critical in nature to have an in-person audience.”

Bookworm of Edwards events in March

Originally scheduled events through the month

Events to be rescheduled; check the website and contact the store at 970-926-7323 or by filling out the email contact form at bookwormofedwards.com.

The Bookworm of Edwards announced in an email sent at 3:06 p.m. on March 12 that all events in March are postponed due to “health concerns in the valley.”

In an email to the newsletter subscribers sent at 4:30 p.m. on March 12, owner Nicole Magistro said: “We are a community space that is open for all people and will continue to do so without judgement.” She requests that customers continue to support local booksellers by shopping online at bookwormofedwards.com and announced that they have made updates in the cafe and kitchen to eliminate items that can be used by multiple people, such as the self-serve coffee, tea and water.

Vilar Performing Arts Center, YouthPower 365 sports activities

Originally scheduled events through the winter season

The Vail Valley Foundation’s Director of Public Relations and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Director Tom Boyd confirmed to the Vail Daily in an email at 7:28 p.m. on March 12 that events at the Vilar Performing Arts Center will be canceled through the end of the winter season. YouthPower 365 has not been definitively canceled.

“In following with the determination of Eagle County Schools and Eagle County public health officials, YouthPower365 classroom-based activities, such as the Magic Bus Mobile Preschool, after school PwrHrs, Girl PowHER, The CLUB and PwrOn school day programming, are scheduled to continue as long as our area schools are in session,” the Vail Valley Foundation said in a news release.

“However, all YouthPower365 sports activities are canceled, effective immediately, now through April 8.”

“We are following the guidance of public health institutions, closely monitoring the situation, and are prepared to take further swift action, if necessary, in support of the health and welfare of everyone who is a part of the VVF community.”

Other VVF-sanctioned events taking place later this year including the GoPro Mountain Games, the Vail Dance Festival, and concerts at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater over the summer, have not been canceled as it is too early to determine.

VPAA’s “Animation Stars!”

Originally scheduled for March 14-15

“We must all realize that our whole community is sacrificing, along with VPAA, in a community effort to save lives and return to normal as soon as possible. This is a global emergency beyond anything we have experienced and we so appreciate your understanding and cooperation,” VPAA wrote in an email announcement at 8:46 p.m. on March 12.

SAT Test Administration at Vail Christian High School

Originally scheduled for March 14

SAT will be in contact with registered students via email to reschedule

“Vail Christian High School is closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus and as the situation continues to evolve rapidly, we are focused on the health and safety of the students and testing staff,” Lori Hixon sent in an email at 11:04 p.m. on March 12.

Pen to Paper at Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea

Originally scheduled for this weekend

Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea announced it was canceling the event to comply with the public health order at 11:06 p.m. on March 12.

Vail Recreation District facilities

Tentative reopening scheduled for April 8

“Vail Recreation District (VRD) is canceling all programs and events, and closing all VRD facilities, effective March 13 until at least April 8, 2020,” VRD announced around 9 p.m. on March 12 on Facebook. “This includes all open gyms, youth sports programs, adult leagues, lessons and clinics, walk-in sports and activities, and private rentals and events.”

4-H Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry

Originally scheduled for March 21

“This decision was determined out of an abundance of caution and recognition that the health of our patrons and audience members is of utmost importance to Eagle County 4-H and the RMOF Committee.  In addition, we are following the recommendations of Eagle County Public Health to cancel non-essential public social gatherings, as released in the event gatherings guidelines issued on March 11,” said event organizer Jenny Leonetti in an email sent to the Vail Daily at 7:57 a.m. on March 13.

PrimaVail events

Originally scheduled in March

Will be rescheduled in April, TBD

The cancelations were announced in an email to those associated with PrimaVail at 9:11 a.m. on March 13.

Power of the Purse

Originally scheduled for April 4

Will be rescheduled for late April or early May

The cancelation was announced in an email to the Vail Daily at 10:08 a.m. on March 13.

Avon Recreation Center

Tentative reopening scheduled for April 8

The facility will be closed until at least April, 8, per an email sent at 10:26 a.m. on March 13.

“All recreation center passes will be extended through the duration of the facility closure. All recreation programs through the closure are cancelled, and the program fees will be refunded as a household credit to the members’ accounts. Please contact John Curutchet, jcurutchet@avon.org, (970) 748-4059 if you have any questions.” the email said.

Carpenter’s Ball for Habitat for Humanity

Originally scheduled for March 14

Rescheduled as a virtual event

“As a virtual guest, you can participate in the event’s paddle raise (every donation is doubled, thanks to a $100K match), purchase gift certificates and bid on toolbelt packages and live auction items,” organizer Julie Kapala said in an email at 11:37 a.m. on March 13.

Visit https://habitatvailvalley.org/get-involved/carpenters-ball/ to participate.

The Vail Church

Originally scheduled services

The Vail Church confirmed in an email at 12:02 p.m. on March 13 that Sunday worship services scheduled for March 15, 22, 29 and April 5 have been canceled. Services will possibly resume for Holy Week after April 8, when Eagle County will reasses the public health order banning gatherings of 50-plus persons.

“We are thankful for the technology we have in place and are excited to share that we will still post our services online. Grab your bibles and be ready to worship with us through music and in-depth teaching each Sunday beginning at 8:00am. You will be able to watch our services anytime by visiting http://subspla.sh/ggw2vdg. We will also post our services on our Facebook page each week,” wrote Wendy Greshko with the Vail Church in the email.

Redeemer Eagle Valley

Originally scheduled services

Services will not be held as a congregation. Services will be conducted virtually at http://redeemer.family/.

“Praise God for the internet,” wrote Lead Pastor Judd Rumley in the announcement email, sent at 12:31 p.m. on March 13.

Vail Comedy Show

Originally scheduled for March 21

Performers will be rebooked at a later date

We are scheduled to be back on April 11 and May 16 at Vail Brewing Company in EagleVail,” organizer and emcee Mark Masters said in an email sent to the Vail Daily at 12:43 p.m. on March 13. “Hoping we can bring some laughs to the community.”

Fly Fishing Film Tour

Edwards date originally scheduled for March 25

Will be rescheduled

“If you have purchased tickets already, those will be honored at the newly scheduled showing,” said Ray Kyle in an email sent to the Vail Daily at 4:26 p.m. on March 13.

Vail Yeti

“It is with a heavy heart that we have to unfortunately cancel the rest of the Yeti season due to the coronavirus and a county mandate of no gatherings over 50 people until April 8. We hope that everyone stays healthy and strong,” the local hockey team’s Facebook post reads.

Eagle County Civil Air Patrol squadron meetings

“Effective immediately, all Eagle County Civil Air Patrol Tuesday evening squadron meetings, cadet activities and Orientation Flights are canceled through at least March 31st. The Colorado Wing Civil Air Patrol will update this directive as needed.”  


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