During this latest phase of economic crunches, the word “free” is becoming more cherished than a four-dollar tank of gas. Thankfully, Vail and its surrounding communities offer up plenty of free summertime entertainment to help take the public’s mind off of their latest SUV payment.
This past week alone, Beaver Creek presented country music favorites The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band, Lez Zeppelin ” both for free. The Vail Valley Foundation continued its musical contribution to our humble mountain town by bringing the progressive sounds of BoomBox to the Ford Amphitheater, just one of nine free summer shows in the Hot Summer Nights series. The jazzy-blues sound of Lipbone Redding filled the air on Thursday night in Eagle as kids played on the spacious park grounds and adults enjoyed some tasty beers while listening to more free music. Redding’s show wrapped up a string of six free shows in Eagle’s downtown area, and the town hopes to expand on next year’s lineup.
If movies are more your speed, check out American National Bank’s Lakeside Cinema every Friday night at Nottingham Lake in Avon throughout the summer as a different movie is shown with no admission charge. This week, the classic “American Graffiti” was screened, and next week they’ll show “The Bourne Identity.”
So the next time you check your pockets and all you find is loose change, check out a few of the totally free events around the valley and start saving up for that next tank of gas.