Live music, material exchanges and dinosaurs at Vail | Tricia’s weekend picks


Shakes Festival

Scott Rednor, owner and musician of Shakedown Bar Vail, has gotten creative in these times of COVID-19 and is now delivering events through Shakedown Presents !, an offshoot of Shakedown Bar Vail. Known for its exceptional live music, Shakedown Bar Vail is hosting a series of outdoor concerts this summer at Lower Bench Field at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail. So far, Rednor and various band members have brought the sounds of the Grateful Dead and Talking Heads to this outdoor stage which has been erected to add another outdoor opportunity to play music in the area. Last Wednesday, Bonfire Dub & Nikki Glaspie Family Jam performed in this brand new venue in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

There are two more shows scheduled by Shakedown Presents! at the lower bench field:

 Shakedown Party! with Turntable Revue, Brothers Keeper with Shawn Eckels and Eddie Roberts SuperJam: Sunday, doors open at 2 p.m.

 John Popper of Blues Traveler with Brothers Keeper and special guests: August 29, doors at 2 p.m.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 175 tickets are available for each outdoor concert, and the hall can accommodate up to eight groups of eight in their socially remote plazas. Face covers are mandatory. Food and drinks are available for purchase on-site and a portion of alcohol sales benefit Realm of Caring, a non-profit organization that provides music education, instruments and artistic opportunities to students of the Vail Valley. For tickets go to and search for Shakedown Presents! Stay tuned for more shows from Shakedown Presents! in September.

Art and artists in Vail

Art on the Rockies presents Vail Fine Art Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This outdoor show will take place through the streets of Lionshead Village and will be spaced enough apart to allow for social distancing. Visit the booths of 60 different artists and meet the featured artists Aileen Frick. Mediums include painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and more. Visit for more information.

The art of skiing comes to life with the works of Annie Decamp at the Colorado Snowsports Museum on Fridays between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Decamp uses a mixed-media approach on black and white ski photographs from the late 19th and mid-20th centuries. She typically paints from these photographs using charcoal, oil and polish, or digitally alters them before painting them with the same materials.

Several of his works will be on sale during the event, including a series of “ski smalls” and the prices of his works of art at the museum will vary from $ 95 to $ 1,100. 10th Mountain beer, wine and whiskey drinks will be available for purchase. Contact the Colorado Snowsports Museum for details at 970-476-1876 or

Fossil Posse Dinosaur Adventures

Many kids are going back to school soon, so why not put their brains back into learning mode by joining Fossil Posse Dinosaur Adventures? Billy Doran is the head of this amazing organization that teaches kids about dinosaurs and the different times these beasts roamed the planet. He does some interesting presentations all over the valley and has a kids’ camp and dinosaur museum in Wolcott, CO.

On Saturdays, you’ll find Doran at the Edwards Riverwalk Theater at 10 a.m. This week’s topic is The Giants, or the big, long-necked sauropods. Parents, drop your kids off under the marquee at the Riverwalk Theater, then grab a coffee, burrito, or Nutella waffle as the Riverwalk Theater serves coffee and breakfast starting at 8 a.m.

On Sundays, you can meet Doran at the Beaver Creek Plaza from 11 am to 12:30 pm The subject of this Sunday is the prehistory of Beaver Creek and the monstrous animals that once lived there.

If your kids can’t get enough of dinosaurs (and parents, we know you’re fascinated, too), visit the Dinosaur Junction Museum in Wolcott, CO. The exhibits cover a 200 million year history of the region and you can see fossils from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The museum is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $ 5 and children under four and adults over 65 are free.

Children’s camps continue and are offered on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit

Exchange and sale of equipment

August is usually the time when you can get great deals on summer gear and last season’s winter gear, but things are looking a little different due to the pandemic. Here’s how a few local retailers are still giving you savings.

Alpine Quest Sports – Kayaks, rafts, paddleboards, ducks and more can be found until Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Alpine Quest Sports location on Hwy 6 in Edwards across from E Town Restaurant . All week long, those who were willing to part with their gear dropped off items and Alpine Quest set the selling price for them. They will also have a sale on store items in addition to trade-in items.

Due to COVID-19 regulations, clothing will be limited to drytops only this year, so coveralls, slippers, gloves, shorts, tops and other clothing will not be traded or sold. For more information call 970-926-3867, visit them on Facebook or go to

Christy sports – instead of its usual tent sale, Christy Sports allows you to shop from the comfort of your sofa. The Powder Daze sale offers significant discounts: up to 70% on all ski and snowboard gear and clothing. Christy Sports has an extensive store network and their online inventory allows you to find the sizes and styles you are looking for.

Some of the online promotions include free support with a purchase of a ski or snowboard and bindings. Get a free boot adjustment with a ski or snowboard boot purchase and you can dial these boots with a DFP footbed for $ 99. Go to for more information and to start shopping.

Ptarmigan sports – instead of its big two-day sale on Labor Day weekend, Ptarmigan Sports decided to spread the sale over several days to reduce store clutter due to COVID-19 regulations. Check out the Ptarmigan Sports Facebook page as they roll out offers by Labor Day. Offers include 50% off children’s flip flops from Reef, Olukai and Teva, and 30% off men’s swimwear.

Ptarmigan Sports got bigger and renovated last spring, so they have more room for your favorite brands and styles. And, if you’re in the mood for some new shoes, according to one of the latest Facebook posts, they’ve just unloaded a bunch of new Sorel women’s boots for fall and winter, which of course won’t be on sale now. , but maybe you need a new pair anyway. Hey, remember, “back to school clothes” don’t have to be just for kids! Visit the Ptarmigan Sports Facebook page or for more details.

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