Mountain Village’s Market on the Plaza runs Wednesdays June 19 through August 28, 2019

Market on Plaza blog

Words by Zoe Dohnal / Community, Event

Summer is here, and nothing says summertime in Colorado like an open-air market, especially amid the sun-soaked scenery that surrounds Mountain Village.

Mountain Village’s pedestrian-friendly Heritage Plaza comes alive with tents each Wednesday beginning June 19 with vendors selling farm-fresh produce and food, crafts and health products and more for the annual Market on the Plaza.

“Summer calls for outdoor community markets, and we invite locals and guests alike to come to Heritage Plaza in Mountain Village Center on Wednesdays to shop and to visit our brick and mortar merchants,” said Zoe Dohnal, Mountain Village’s business development and community engagement coordinator. “This is an exciting and historic year for Market on the Plaza. The addition of ten new vendors expands the market and brings a never-seen-before level of shopping diversity.”

Now in its ninth year, Market on the Plaza is a vibrant local community market providing an avenue to support regional and local businesses that offer homegrown food and homemade products.

The Market runs every Wednesday, June 19 through August 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New this year, select market vendors will set up during the Sunset Concert Series with the Market at Sunset starting June 26 when the series begins. Music fans can peruse these offerings in Sunset Plaza from 5 to 8 p.m. each Wednesday, June 26-Aug. 14.

“The quality and quantity of offerings at the Market on the Plaza has been increasing and improving every year, and we are looking forward to our most robust Market ever this summer,” said Mountain Village Mayor Laila Benitez. “I’m excited about the increase in local produce, prepared foods and baked goods.”

Shoppers can expect to find a bounty of farm produce, including eggs, fruits and vegetables, goat milk and cheeses, jams and marmalades, garden herbs and oils, and a wide variety of artisan crafts.

Market on the Plaza also features leathers, jewelry, quilts, textiles, handmade soaps, balms and lotions, hand-carved wood items, healing products, custom pet supplies and kitchen goods, among other items.

“I encourage everyone to come out and support the Market and our local farmers and merchants,” Benitez said.

In addition, the town is partnering with the Wilkinson Public Library to bring more entertainment and programming to Mountain Village Center with music and face painting, and local law enforcement teams, the U.S. Forest Service and rotating non-profits will be on hand to answer questions about the community.

Third annual Music on the Green runs June 7-Sept. 6, 2019

Words by Kathrine Warren / Event

The Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association and Beyond the Groove Productions are pleased to announce the 3rd annual Music on the Green concert series in Mountain Village, Colorado. Music on the Green, a free summer concert series taking place most Fridays, starting June 7 through September 6 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Mountain Village Reflection Plaza, adjacent to the Madeline Hotel & Residences.

“Music on the Green is a great way to start to your summer weekends,” said Anton Benitez, president of TMVOA. “Meet with friends, grab a drink, a bite to eat, and enjoy live music in Reflection Plaza.”

The concert series line-up features a wide variety of bands and musicians who will start the weekend with a celebration of music and art amid the backdrop of the San Juan Mountains surrounding Mountain Village.

The 2019 Music on the Green line-up features:

“These free Friday shows at Reflection Plaza offer an intimate experience with top class local and national acts, it is quite an eclectic line-up,” said Denise Mongan of Beyond the Groove Productions. “It is a chance to relax, and socialize while enjoying live music performances in a small intimate outdoor venue.”

The Music on the Green concert series is provided free of charge by presenting sponsor TMVOA, Madeline Hotel and Residences, Telluride Ski & Golf, the Town of Mountain Village. The events are rain or shine.

To learn more about Music on the Green contact the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA) at (970) 728-1904 or visit and

Expanded Common Consumption Area begins in Mountain Village Center June 15

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Event

The Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association will celebrate the kick-off of Mountain Village’s newly expanded Common Consumption Area (CCA) with a party and live music in Heritage Plaza on Saturday, June 15 from 12-4 p.m. The party will feature live music from local band, Alan Booradley and the NIA.

In its May monthly meeting, Mountain Village Town Council approved the Mountain Village Promotional Association’s request to expand its Common Consumption Area (CCA) throughout the majority of the Village Center. The Village Center currently has a smaller CCA in the Sunset Plaza area during concerts, but last month’s approval significantly expands the footprint and operating hours throughout the summer season.

Similar to concerts in Sunset Plaza, the newly expanded CCA will allow for the purchase of alcoholic beverages in approved cups from participating licensed establishments and enables for consumption throughout much of the plazas in the Village Center. No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed into the area and only beverages purchased from participating licensed establishments in approved cups may be allowed throughout the plazas.

Drinks purchased from one licensed liquor establishment will only be permitted in the Common Consumption Area and cannot be brought into another liquor establishment. (For example, a drink purchased from Telluride Distillery will not be allowed in Reflection Plaza, where the Hotel Madeline holds the liquor license, but drinks from both establishments may be enjoyed in the common area of Heritage Plaza.)

The Common Consumption Area will be in effect beginning June 15 and will run through the close of the gondola on Oct. 20, 2019 with occasional blackout dates due to special events. It will then operate concurrently with the 2019/2020 gondola schedule. The hours will be noon to 9 p.m. daily.

“We wanted to build on the vitality that the Sunset Plaza businesses have experienced with the Common Consumption Area and summer concerts,” said TMVOA President and CEO Anton Benitez.

Seven of the Village Center’s 10 liquor licensed establishments will be participating, and 22 non-liquor licensed businesses are participating, allowing guests to take their beverage into the retail establishments while shopping. All retailers in the Center will be clearly marked to indicate their participation in the CCA.

Telluride Distillery is one of the participating businesses.

“The dynamic of Mountain Village will change considerably with the newly expanded Common Consumption Area,” said Abbott Smith, owner of the Distillery, which opened a tasting room in the Village Center this past winter. “It will create a more inviting experience for shopping, dining, nightlife, walking around and even watching the sunset.”

The CCA map encompasses Sunset Plaza and Heritage Plaza and people with a drink from an approved establishment will not be permitted to cross any roadways. Security and signage will be put in place to enforce the boundaries and rules of this new Common Consumption Area.

“We are looking forward to an exciting and successful summer,” Benitez said. “We are happy to partner with our local merchants and the Town of Mountain Village to make this happen.”

For more information on the Common Consumption Area, and to view a map of its boundaries, please visit

Celebrate the end of ski season April 7

Closing Day

Words by Kathrine Warren / Event

It’s been a record-breaking ski season here in Mountain Village. And Telluride Ski Resort is going out with a bang with a number of fun events on Sunday to mark the closing day of the ski area on April 7.

The festivities kick off with the pond skim at Gorrono Ranch. If you’re not familiar with pond skims, check out this great article from the Colorado Sun on this unique spring skiing tradition.

Registration for the skim begins at 10 a.m. The first 100 people to register will be accepted.

The pond skim competition will run from 12 p.m.-2 p.m. with DJ Soul Atomic spinning tunes.

Gorrono will have drink specials from Titos Vodka, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Telluride Brewing and Sweetwater Brewing.

Last call for alcohol at Gorrono will be at 2:45 p.m. and Gorrono will close for the season at 3 p.m.

Down in Heritage Plaza, Cousin Curtiss will kick off the free end-of-season concert at 1:30 p.m. Funk/rock band the Main Squeeze will take the stage at 3:15 p.m. They’ll play until 4:45 p.m.

Down in Telluride, local rockers Joint Point will play their 10th annual end-of-season party at the base of Lift 8. Music starts at 4:30 p.m.

Telluride Adaptive Sports Program presents the Blue Party


Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Event

On Friday, March 8, 2019 the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program will host its 23rd annual spring fundraiser — The Blue Party. This event takes place at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village from 6-10 p.m.


The ticket price of $65 ($70 at the door) includes a glass of award-winning Emeritus Pinot Noir, a selection of hearty hors d’oeuvres from Telluride’s top restaurants including: The Village Table, Rustico & La Piazza, Wine Geek Food Freak, Siam’s Talay Grille, Telluride Truffle, The Butcher & The Baker, There Bar, Black Iron Kitchen + Bar, Wood Ear Whiskey Lounge & Noodle Bar and more, along with a night filled with dancing to the fabulous Anders Brothers Band. There will also be a silent auction featuring many one-of-a-kind items and fabulous getaway vacations.

In honor of the amazing volunteers, instructors, veterans, and athletes, TASP is throwing a “Blue Tie” event; dress up in your best blues, just as TASP instructors wear their best blues on the slopes. The funds we raise at this annual event provide quality adaptive winter & summer programs for low-income participants, many of whom live in the Telluride region. Last year, with the funds raised, we provided more than 3,000 lessons to over 500 students with disabilities.

To purchase tickets in advance, visit TASP’s website.

Live music in March

Music on the Mountain

Words by Kathrine Warren / Event

With warmer day time temperatures, more sunshine in the day, and spring just around the corner, there is a bevy of fun, live music happening both on the mountain and in Mountain Village through the month of March!

  • Feb. 26-March 10, be sure to catch B Forrest, a Chicago-bred singer/songwriter blending folk, blues and soul at both Gorrono Ranch and Tomboy Tavern. B Forrest will play the following dates at Gorronno Ranch: Feb. 26, 28, March 1, 5 & 7 and Tomboy Tavern on March 2, 3 9 & 10.
  • Cousin Curtiss plays live at Gorrono March 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27, 30 and March 31 from noon to 4 p.m.


At Altezza at the Peaks local musicians Donavan Daily, Miles Adams and Sean Deland play throughout the month of March. Below is their schedule:

  • Donavan Dailey: March 1
  • Miles Adams: March 3, 5, 7, 10, 11, 12
  • Sean DeLand: March 4, 6, 8 & 9.

Full schedule at Altezza.


Telluride AIDS Benefit hosts 26th annual fashion show and more

TAB Fashion Show

Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Event

The Telluride AIDS Benefit (TAB) presents its annual fashion shows, the TAB XXVI ‘Sneak Peek’ Fashion Show on Thursday, February 28 and The TAB XXVI Gala Fashion Show on March 2, 2019, both at 8:00 p.m. at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village.

Featuring local models and international designer fashions, TAB fashion show productions are best described as New York Fashion Week meets Cirque de Soleil. Funds raised through ticket sales and auction packages support HIV and AIDS education, advocacy and clinical care in Colorado and Africa.

TAB events kicked off early with a Student Fashion Show on 2.21.19 followed by TAB Fashion Week events including: Sneak Peek & Gala Fashion Shows with auction packages (featuring Burning Man, Rolling Stones, Villas in Provence and Hawaii, and Exclusive Wine Buys among others), free HIV rapid testing in Telluride, A designer sample sale, after party featuring New York-based DJ Salinger and a poetry reading by Madelyn Garner. Special guests include Mark Harrington, featured in the acclaimed film “How To Survive A Plague.”

The Telluride AIDS Benefit fights HIV and AIDS by raising awareness and generating financial support for prevention programs and client care through its six beneficiaries in Colorado and Africa. TAB aims to keep AIDS relevant in every generation and to cultivate a healthy and stigma­‐free society.

The Telluride AIDS Benefit is a non­‐profit organization dedicated to fighting HIV and AIDS until the goal of zero new infections in the state of Colorado, across the country and then the world is achieved. Visit their website for more information about this wonderful cause.

Telluride Gay Ski Week returns for 17th year

2019 Gay Ski Week

Words by Kathrine Warren / Event

For the last 18 years, Telluride Gay Ski Week (TGSW) has been a winter highlight for both visitors and locals. This year plans to be no different. The week of excitement will run from February 23 – March 2, 2019.

Visitors and locals have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of activities around town including daily skiing and snowboarding meet and greets, après ski and nightly dance parties at the Liberty Bar and Lounge.

In addition to the daily activities, TGSW is packed with featured events. Participants can dance the night away at the Opening Night Cocktail Party, sing their hearts out at Karaoke, pamper themselves during the pool and spa day, get their glam on at the drag shows (and drag bingo), and much more.

Telluride Gay Ski Week gives visitors the opportunity to explore the quaint streets of Telluride and plazas of Mountain Village, and sample the great food both towns have to offer. TGSW continues to partner with local businesses and hotels to bring visitors exclusive rates on lodging, gear rentals and lift tickets.

For more information and to purchase tickets or book special offers go to

Telluride Gay Ski Week was founded in 2002, and has been under the leadership of Rosie Cusack since 2016.

Mountain Village celebrates Holiday Prelude Dec. 15-16


Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Event

Mountain Village will once again be transformed into the North Pole for this year’s Holiday Prelude celebration on Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018.

This year promises a whole day of holiday movies, train rides, Santa and his workshop, live reindeer, ice skating and children’s holiday surprises around every corner. Holiday Prelude is a collaborative effort between Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association, Town of Mountain Village, Telluride Ski & Golf Company and local merchants to transform Mountain Village into the regional destination for holiday fun and activities.

Throughout the weekend, children of all ages will delight in the decorations and lights galore as Santa’s elves send them up the Gondola to visit Santa’s Village at the Telluride Conference Center from 1-5 p.m.

Children can share their Christmas List with Santa, make holiday crafts with the elves, and enjoy holiday movies with free hot chocolate and popcorn. This year’s holiday films include “The Year Without Santa Clause,” “Polar Express” and “Elf.”

A parents’ lounge and cash bar will be available for parents who want to put their feet up. In addition, a curling demo will be held to demonstrate how the sport is played and help folks learn to curl from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Saturday only), ice skating will be available from noon to 4 p.m., and sledding (Saturday only) will be held from 4:30 – 6 p.m. And kids can meet a live reindeer in Sunset Plaza on Saturday fro 1-5 p.m. as well.

Children and adults can expect many surprises on the train ride throughout the twinkling Mountain Village. This year the train will be making some very special stops through town to visit the live reindeer petting area (Saturday only) and participating shops will be giving gifts and treats to all children.

To celebrate the grand re-opening of Telluride Sports at the Franz Klammer Lodge, please join us for après ski treats with our custom gourmet hot cocoa bar, coffee and cookies from Telluride Sports & Bogner USA on Saturday, December 15th from 3- 5 p.m. Learn more about the event.

As you head into Mountain Village, stop by Telluride Outfitters (in the Market Plaza by the free Gondola parking garage) for a photo with a yeti and some holiday cheer. Learn more about the event.

Be sure to check out Mountain Village’s newest art gallery, Rinkevich Gallery with its grand opening celebration on Saturday from 5-8 p.m.

On Saturday, the culmination of this year’s event will be a Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa and carolers in Heritage Plaza at 6 p.m. Following the lighting, head back to the ice skating rink because the Telluride Figure Skating Club will be presenting “North Pole on Ice.” DJ Soul Atomic will DJ in Reflection Plaza afterwards!

Mountain Village is proud to feature local ice skaters who are excited to show off their skills on the ice. The show is set to begin at 6:15 p.m. After our local pros leave the ice, stick around for the “coolest” ice skating party ever – all set to your favorite tunes.

For those who need to get some last-minute Christmas shopping done, Mountain Village merchants are extending discounts and specials to customers until 9 p.m. Shoppers will receive some of the best discounts of the year, along with raffles, giveaways, food and drink specials and more.

And, in the true spirit of giving, Franz Klammer Lodge will host an Angel Baskets Charity Drive for donations and will be offering complimentary treats and beverages in their lodge on Saturday from 1-5 p.m.

Lodging and ski packages are available for those who want to extend the holiday fun. For more information, visit Activities are all free of charge; events and times are subject to change so please check back often!

View the full schedule here.

Mountain Village welcomes fourth annual Telluride Fire Festival


Words by Kathrine Warren / Community, Event

The fourth annual Telluride Fire Festival returns to Mountain Village on a new weekend this ski season! The three-day fire art event takes place December 7-9, 2018.

Each year in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, a city of more than 70,000 people rises out of the dust for one week. During that time, enormous fire art installations are erected and many are ritually burned to the ground — never to be seen again. This temporary city is known as Burning Man. The Telluride Fire Festival honors this influential phenomenon in contemporary American art and the many artists whose works of fire art can often only be witnessed at Burning Man. The Fire Festival showcases stunning works of art unique to this desert happening.

The Telluride Fire Festival ignites this December 6 during Telluride’s Artwalk with an exhibit and reception at Slate Gray Gallery, in downtown Telluride. Fire performances and fire art installations are slated in both Mountain Village and Telluride Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, and during the day, free flow arts workshops will be available for people of all ages at the Wilkinson Public Library.

Festival Hospitality will be at the base of Lift 4 in the Mountain Village Center each day of the festival 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

The signature events of this year’s festival are as follows:

  • Hot Time in the Old Town, Friday Dec. 7 & Sunday, Dec. 9, 5-8 p.m., Transfer Warehouse.  Be amazed. Experience, interact, and even operate fire sculptures and be entranced by fire dancers at the roofless historic Transfer Warehouse. Enjoy music by Beatrixx Kiddo & DJ Kentendo with MC by Telluride Theatre’s Colin Sullivan. Hot drinks at the cash bar at this one-of-a-kind event. Food and snacks for sale as well.
  • Fireside Soiree, Friday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), The Bob Theater (in the Palm Arts Complex.  an up-close and personal cabaret style performance of mind-bending stunts and comedy produced by Homestead Circus Productions…sans fire.
  • Fire Ball, Saturday, Dec. 8, 9 p.m., Great Room at San Sophia Gondola Station. This wildly outrageous event will feature music, fire performers, aerial silk spinners, jugglers, open bar and more. Plus, Fire Ball attendees will have access to the Fire Sculpture Garden atop the ski area.
  • Free Fire Dancing Performances in Reflection Plaza on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m.

New This Year:

Arizona fire artists Chris Turner and Michael “Oaks” Wright are creating a unique piece entitled “Pinwheel Snowflake”, which will be lit from within. Skiers will marvel at its complexity of design during the day and then — in true Burning Man form — it will burn to the ground Saturday night during the Fire Ball.

Country and Chaos Collaborations, also out of Arizona, will be showcasing their beautiful Fire Flowers and the interactive Easty Beasty, which shoots flames high into the air. Country and Chaos Collaborations is the joint effort of Arizona Burners Nick Rice, Kristin Wesley, and Lance Greathouse.

Denver artists Mark Switzer, Craig Sanchez and Jed Winters are contributing their Camp Wardrobe MalFUNKtion fiery arch. Built as a sign for Camp Wardrobe MalFUNKtion at Colorado’s regional Burning Man event, Apogaea in 2016, the arch incorporates Apogaea’s logo, a simplified image of the sun crested on the horizon of the earth, illuminating an arch of the planet. Guests at the Transfer Warehouse will walk under the arch while flames shoot into the air above them on arrival.

Returning artists:

Returning artist Keith D’Angelo will have a new fire sculpture at the Fire Sculpture Garden along with an exhibit at Slate Gray Gallery: Out of Focus – A Visual Commentary On Gun Violence. Keith’s LOVE is set to burn along with three other wood sculptures at 9:30 p.m. December 8. Each letter is eight feet tall and five feet wide.


The Telluride Fire Festival, a 501(c)3 organization, is an interactive fire art experience offering fire related workshops and outdoor displays of fire artistry to support artists and enable all to immerse themselves in the many forms of fire art.

For more about the Festival or to volunteer for the festival, visit

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