Vail Rec hosts New Year’s celebration for teenagers |

Vail Rec hosts New Year’s celebration for teenagers

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VAIL – Y05 is Vail’s drug and alcohol free New Year’s Eve celebration for area youth. The Vail Recreation District will fill Dobson Arena with entertainment including music, a dance floor and light and video show. Guests can dance, play casino games, jump on the bungee trampoline or chill in the “psychedelic black light lounge.” Just about anything you do improves your chances to win your share of $20,000 in prizes, said organizers. The rec district is also looking for volunteers and cash donations to help pay for the entertainment. Eighty “youthful” adults are needed to make this event happen. For more information or to volunteer call the Vail Recreation District at 479-2292.Bravo! gift vouchers available VAIL – Gift certificates are now available throughout the holiday season for tickets to the 18th season of the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. From June 26 through Aug. 4, performances by the Rochester Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, New York Philharmonic and internationally acclaimed chamber musicians will once again fill the Vail Valley. Gift certificates for Bravo! concerts make wonderful holiday gifts or stocking stuffers, said Liana Carlson, director of marketing and public relations.For 2005 program details visit or call 827-5700 to order gift certificates.Watercolors light up Avon LibraryAVON – During December, local Red Cliff artist Sydney Summers will display her watercolors in the community room at the Avon Library. Her work can be seen during normal library hours. Subject matter ranges from winter to summer, snow scenes inspired by local scenery, a solitary polar bear and her new under-water series of sea turtles.Sydney’s studio and gallery is in her home in Red Cliff, where she has lived for almost 25 years. She is a participant in the August Red Cliff Studio Tour each year.For more information, call the library at 949-6797.Vail Library hosts family partyVAIL – The Vail Public Library’s Fireside Family Holiday Party will occur from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec.16, in the main room of the library. Stories and songs, holiday treats and Santa will all be part of the celebration. Children of all ages are welcome when accompanied by an adult. This special event is free of charge. For more information, contact Ann Sinton at 479-2186. Hamilton-Vavra holiday ConcertBEAVER CREEK – Pat Hamilton and Peter Vavra will perform for their 15th annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, at the Beaver Creek Chapel. All proceeds go to benefit the Salvation Army and its Adopt-a-Family and holiday food basket programs. Last year, businesses and members of the community adopted 310 families and gave them food, clothing and gifts for their children. In addition, over 700 holiday food baskets were distributed to people in need. Many volunteers participated in gathering, organizing and preparing these baskets. In 1990, Hamilton, vocalist, and Vavra, pianist, recognized the importance of these efforts and decided to produce the holiday benefit concert. The concert has raised over $70,000 for the Salvation Army. The evening’s program combines good old-fashioned carols such as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” with original compositions Hamilton has written over the years. Vocalist Elizabeth Wilt and flutists Nancy Wright and Cathy Blickenstaff add harmony to the music. New this year will be Jeff Layman on drums and Adam Williams on bass. “The chapel is full of candles, greenery and such a good feeling. This concert makes Christmas,” said Marka Moser who has attended almost every concert. Tickets are available in advance by calling Susie Davis at 926-3788. Price is $15 per person. They will also be available at the door. No reserved seating is available, so arrive early. CDs will also be available at the concert, at local stores throughout the valley or on Hamilton’s web site at People unable to attend the concert can volunteer or make a donation by contacting the Vail Valley Salvation Army at 926-3704. 15th annual Taste of Vail slated for April 6-9VAIL – Wine and food lovers can now mark their calendars for the 15th annual Taste of Vail April 6-9. “The Chef’s Alpine Classic Ski Race will kick off the 2005 Taste of Vail, featuring chefs from the Vail Valley racing down Vail Mountain in their chef coat and chef toques,” said Susan Fritz, president of the Taste of Vail. “The Taste of Vail mountaintop gourmet picnic at 11,000 feet will once again be the signature event – a venue unmatched by any other festival in the U.S. What also sets the Taste of Vail apart is the more than 50 world-class wineries that come on by an invitation-only basis, and we insist that the winery owners or winemakers be here to personally pour their wines.” Thirty-five restaurants, 56 wineries from all over the world and more than 4,000 attendees and volunteers were involved in the Taste of Vail this past year.Taste of Vail also raises funds for valley charities. Since it began in 1990, the Taste of Vail has donated more than $240,000 to charitable programs in the valley.For more information or to purchase tickets, go to, or call 1-888-311-5665 or 970-926-5665.Local author writes vampire novelLocal author David B. Riley’s new vampire novel, “The Brotherhood,” has been released. The brothers of St. Andrew’s Monastery have kept a very dark secret for centuries – they’re vampires. The story spans 2000 years and takes up the premise of what would happen if a bunch of vampires accepted Christianity and gave up killing people. The answer, for these monks, proves very complicated. The author describes the book as a character-driven vampire novel, written for people who like horror fiction that is entertaining, but not exceptionally gruesome. The book is currently available from bookstores,, or directly from the publisher at The list price is $19.95.Riley has written short stories for over 15 years. This is his first published novel. He also has a second novel under contract with another publisher, which is due out early next year.End-of-season party features Wyclef Jean, Mix Master Mike and the World Pond Skimming championshipsVAIL – Spring Back to Vail returns April 4-17, 2005, with two full weeks of headliner concerts, parties, competitions and events for the whole family. The festival expands this year with a total of eight different concerts featuring the tuns of Wyclef Jean and Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys, the addition of the new Warren Miller Experience and the biggest pond skimming contest in the world. “Last year oer 10,000 people attended the Blues Traveler concert at Spring Back to Vail,” said James Deighan of Highline Sports and Entertainment, producers of the event. “With the support of Vail Resorts, we’re building on the success of last year’s event to make Spring Back to Vail the biggest and best party of the ski season.”This year’s concert lineup features an eclectic and energetic mix for all ages with eight concerts planned both on-mountain and in Vail and Lionshead villages. Mix Master Mike, longtime DJ for the Beastie Boys will perform Saturday, April 9. Wyclef Jean, successful solo artist and former member of the superstar hip-hop trio the Fugees plays the following weekend with a show on Friday, April 15. A series of mid-week concerts and other major headline shows will be announced in the month leading up to the event.Pond skimming contests are an annual rite of spring in the mountains, but only Vail can boast the world championships, organizers said. Saturday, April 16, hundreds of athletes will speed down a specially designed course on skis, snowboards and other snow-riding devices, hit the jump and attempt to slide completely across a 100-foot pool of freezing, churning water. A celebrity judging panel will take into account distance, style, creativity and overall impression to determine the world champion pond skimmer. “Though the ski season has just started, athletes from across the country have already begun their rigorous training to dethrone last year’s pond skimming champion, Corey Miller of the Vail Ski Patrol,” Deighan said. A new addition to Spring Back to Vail, the Warren Miller Experience will bring the ski industry’s most famous movie makers to Vail. The Warren Miller crew and their cast of world-class athletes will host a crazy relay race, an on-snow quarter pipe and/or rail jam exhibition, a Jeep driving course and a retro ski fashion show. Spring Back to Vail participants will also have a chance for their five minutes of fame as crews will be on hand filming throughout the entire festival.For more information, log on to or call Highline Sports and Entertainment at 970-476-6797.Vail Colorado

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