man of the cliff
What better way to celebrate fall than by wearing flannel, throwing axes and drinking beer. Avon will be filled with checkered people this weekend for Man of the Cliff, a fundraiser for Can Do MS.
This event brings different types of competitions to the Vail Valley. Instead of mountain biking or trail running, participants show off their skills at barrel tossing, quick chopping, javelin throwing and other lumberjack games. Man of the Cliff isn’t just for boys; Ladies also perform fairly well during competitions. Some tasks are more about finesse than sheer power.
Register as an individual participant or as a team. At the Flannel Panel, everyone finishes individually, but the points are added up to see which team wins.
This event started as an idea that Amanda Williams and her husband Adam had while enjoying time with friends around the campfire at Red Cliff. The concept grew and became a reality and was hosted at Red Cliff for many years before moving to Avon.
This event not only attracts locals who first remember enjoying this event when it started at Red Cliff in 2009, but also attendees who are now returning year after year from the Front Range and across the US flock to Avon’s Nottingham Park on Saturday and Sunday to take part in the Man of the Cliff fundraiser which raised more than $150,000 for local charities.
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Man of the Cliff donates money to a charitable organization each year. This year, Can Do Multiple Sclerosis will receive donations. Can Do MS is a national non-profit organization based in Avon that provides health and wellness education programs on exercise, nutrition, symptom management and motivation to help people with MS and their families thrive.
Food trucks, adult drinks and live music will also be part of the event, so come hungry and thirsty.
To learn more about the event, check out the schedule and to register go to ManOfTheCliff.com. Slots fill up quickly, so register in advance. It costs $88 upfront and $100 on the day of the event to attend, but you can also come and watch. It’s free to watch but they ask for a $10 donation and the proceeds go to Can Do MS. It’s a great fall tradition that supports a good cause.
Teton Gravity Research: “Magic Hour”
Fall also means it’s time for the release of new ski and snowboard movies, and Teton Gravity Research has answered that annual call by bringing its latest film, Magic Hour, to screens across the country. This Sunday it will be shown at the Vail Mountain School. Sit back in awe as you take in some of North America’s most scenic mountain scenery, including Alaska’s Chugach and Coast Mountain Ranges, Montana, Jackson Hole, and British Columbia’s Selkirk, Purcell, Valhalla, and Kootenay Ranges.
The title “Magic Hour” is not a specific time of day, but a feeling in a moment when something extraordinary is being experienced. Teton Gravity Research has been filming these experiences for 27 years, with talented skiers and drivers bringing the stories to life through cinematography and angles that make you feel right there. This year, keep an eye out for athletes Parkin Costain, Amy Jane David, Tim Durtschi, Kai Jones, Jeremy Jones, Nick McNutt, Bode Merrill, Michelle Parker, and others gracing the silver screen with their skiing and snowboarding and preparing for the upcoming new get inspiration for the season.
To get excited about Magic Hour, check out the movie trailer:
Visit Tour.TetonGravity.com for tickets and more information. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 16. Vail Mountain School doors open at 6:30pm and the film starts at 7pm. There will be giveaways from Teton Gravity Research, YETI, Atomic, Völkl, Mammut and more, and all in attendance will have a shot at Tour grand prizes, including a trip to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
sugar skull! A musical adventure for Día de Muertos
Dia de Muertos is just around the corner. The holiday is typically celebrated on November 1st and 2nd in Mexico and areas that observe Mexican heritage and culture. This weekend, you can get a glimpse of the meaning behind this more celebratory event, which brings humor and playfulness to the memory of the family members who passed by by celebrating Sugar Skull! A Día de Muertos Musical Adventure” in the Battle Mountain High School Auditorium.
The show is recommended for ages 5 and up, and the whole family will get involved with the dynamic set and fabulous costumes on stage. The plot follows Vita Flores, a teenager who wonders why her family is so excited to throw a party for the dead. But when she encounters a candy skeleton, Vita is transformed into a magical place where she learns more about her ancestors and the meaning of Día de Muertos.
The whole staging is pulled off by three musicians, two dancers and three actors. The audience is called upon to invoke the ancestors. It is an insightful story that helps to better understand the holiday and to look at the gloom of death in a different way, celebrating life with “ofrendas” or offerings such as the deceased’s favorite foods, photos and flowers.
General admission tickets to this production are $10 for adults and children 12 and under are free, but reservations are required by going to VilarPAC.org. Please note that although the Vilar Performing Arts Center is presenting this as part of its STARS (Support The Arts Reaching Students) program, the event will be held in the Battle Mountain High School Auditorium and on-site parking is available, but no concessions are available . So grab a bite to eat before or after you arrive. Admission is at 6:00 p.m., the show starts at 6:30 p.m
Vail Valley Art Guild Jazz Kickoff Party
The Vail Valley Fine Arts Show and Jazz Reception opens the 9th annual event at Colorado Mountain College this Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The mission of the Vail Valley Art Guild is to enrich life by encouraging and encouraging artistic growth and raising awareness of the fine arts in Eagle County. Celebrate the arts and meet the artists behind the works of the paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramists and photographs on display.
The Kathy Morrow Trio will play the jazz tunes accompanying works throughout the reception that showcase local scenes such as Piney Lake and the Gore Range, cityscapes, sunsets and more. Joining Morrow in the trio are Sean Flanigan and CMC’s Larry Dutmer, who has been a college counselor at CMC’s Vail Valley campus since 1996.
The show features over 160 artworks by nearly 40 local artists. View the artworks while sipping complimentary wine and beer and sampling delicious appetizers.
Presented by Colorado Mountain College, the Vail Valley Art Guild and the El Pomar Foundation, the event will be on view now through early December. Mingle with the artists and even buy new artwork for your home. For more information and information about other Vail Valley Art Guild events, visit VVAGCO.org.
Clay pot, ceramic, by Willow Murphy
The bRUNch Trail Run at Beaver Creek
Anyone can organize a test run, but if the focus is on brunch afterwards, the kilometers driven become even sweeter. Brunch Running of Denver, a social running club, and World Playground are hosting a 15K and 5K trail run and a kids’ run followed by brunch this Saturday in Beaver Creek.
The trail run takes runners and hikers through the beautiful aspens that color the trails golden at this time of year. At the finish line, everyone will be presented with a strawberry-scented finisher’s medal and other great gifts like YETI commemorative drinks and Goodr sunglasses. Bites are delivered by Mush, ready-to-eat oatmeal made with clean ingredients that give you natural energy.
All attendees will receive a beverage voucher to redeem at Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Company for a coffee, alcoholic coffee, Bloody Mary, or Montucky Cold Snack. Plus unlimited sips of Gruvi, Polar Selzers, NOCO, Liquid Death Water and more.
The folks at bRUNch Run are teaming up with World Playground, an adventure travel community led by retired NHL athlete Brooks Laich, who previously took his dog Koda to the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail. World Playground offers you the opportunity to experience adventures all over the world, from excursions on the ultimate safari in Tanzania to shark diving on the island of Guadalupe.
The bRUNch Trail Run is a fundraiser for Operation Underground Railroai.e. The organization provides freedom and healing to survivors of human trafficking and exploitation through direct intervention and aftercare.
This is the first event to be hosted at Beaver Creek. The bRUNch Run is held in Denver every year and has made an appearance in Snowmass in the past. The community running club site hosts running clubs in Silverthorne, Denver and Phoenix. If you are unable to attend on Saturday but would like to attend the next, visit the Bluebird Market in Silverthorne on October 23rd.
Tickets for this fundraiser are $100 for the 5,000 and 15,000 km and $29 for the children’s fun ride. Visit RunSignUp.com/Race/CO/Avon/bRUNchTrailRun for more information.