Fun & Free: Week of August 1

Award-winning mystery writers, dancing in the park, an amazing art show and one of the most unusual musical performances in the world highlight our choices of the best fun & free events in the Vail Valley.

Edited by Tom Winter August 1, 2016

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Devon Allman next week, with mystery writers and bizarre yet compelling percussion performances this week. They're all fun and they're all free.

You don’t get to many chances to meet a nurse who is also a mystery writer, but that’s exactly what is happening on Thursday, August 4th at the Bookworm of Edwards, award-winning author and RN Pamela Triolo hosts a book signing and discussion about writing, nursing and opportunities in the medical profession. You can learn more here. 

Also on Thursday, Avon hosts Dancing In the Park. Presented in conjunction with the Vail International Dance Festival, this family-friendly, high-energy performance is directed by Vail International Dance Festival Artistic Director Damian Woetzel and performed at the Pavilion in Nottingham Park., from 4:30 to 8:00pm.

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For those more enamored with the visual rather than the performing arts, Beaver Creek’s Arts Festival returns this Saturday and Sunday, August 6-7. This 29th Annual event is free, and features local and national artists from 30 different states showcasing works from glass to mixed media to paintings, jewelry and pottery.

Another weekend highlight is the Bravo! Vail performance of Inuksuit at Minturn’s Maloit Park on Saturday at 2:00 pm. Scored for 9 to 99 percussionists across a vast outdoor space Inuksuit was composed by Grammy Award-winner John Luther Adams, and has been described by The New York Times as “the ultimate environmental piece.”

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This performance features with 66 percussionists, providing a unique and individualized listening experience. As the soundscape builds attendees walk through the piece visiting small collections of players or lone instrumentalists who, as they move to various performing stations, weave apparent randomness into a stunning cohesion.  Info.

Finally, looking ahead to next week, The Devon Allman Band sets up shop at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vailon Tuesday, August 9. The next generation of the famous (or infamous) Allman clan of musicians, Devon, the son of son of musician Gregg Allman and Shelley Kay Jefts, is influenced by Santana, The Doors and The Rolling Stones, and is known for his smoky guitar work, with calling him, “the real deal.” But don’t take their word for it, give him a listen here.

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