Mountain Munchkins Child Care and Preschool will host the tenth annual Touch-A-Truck June 24

Touch-A-Truck

Words by Bill Kight / Event

Mountain Munchkins Child Care and Preschool will host the tenth annual Touch-A-Truck, a kid-centric fundraising event in which children can touch, climb, explore and sit in the driver’s seat of a variety of vehicles: service vehicles, work equipment, fire trucks, and police cars. Open to the public and organized by Munchkins parents, all proceeds raised will go towards enrichment activities, learning tools and scholarships.

Touch-A-Truck takes place Saturday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Carhenge parking lot at the base of Chair 7 in Telluride. The event is open to the public, and admission is $5 per adult and child. Other activities include a kids area with face painting, tattoos, and live music.

“We are excited for our tenth annual Touch-A-Truck event. Last year we raised $12,000 with all of the proceeds going towards scholarships, curriculum materials and new playground equipment. This year we are raising money for enrichment activities, learning tools, and scholarships for both our infant/toddler program and preschool,” explained Mountain Munchkins Director Dawn Katz. “We feel so fortunate to have the continued support from the Town of Mountain Village. Their awareness of the importance of high quality early childhood education has made this program possible. We could only hope that other community leaders will adopt this supportive vision.”

Mountain Munchkins will hold two raffles during the event. Now until the event, patrons can purchase a $10 raffle ticket through Mountain Munchkins parents to win festival passes for the Ride Festival, Telluride Yoga Festival, Telluride Blues & Brews, and Telluride Jazz Festival. There will be an additional prize drawing for a Skuut and Trike bike.

Mountain Munchkins is the only childcare and preschool that serves children from infancy until kindergarten. Children are exposed to a wide variety of age-appropriate activities that encourage a lifetime of learning. For additional information about Touch-A-Truck, raffle tickets or Mountain Munchkins Child Care and Preschool, contact Dawn Katz at (970) 369-6428 or by email.

Two Musical Acts Take Center Stage for the Free FirstGrass Concert

TBF17 FirstGrass

Words by Bill Kight / Event

Folky Americana duo Freddy & Francine and the hilarious GrassHipPop family Bluegrass band The Cleverlys kick-off the 44th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Mountain Village’s Sunset Plaza for the Eighth Annual FirstGrass Concert Wednesday, June 14. This free show runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and is made possible by the Town of Mountain Village and Planet Bluegrass.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival director Craig Ferguson notes The Cleverlys, who mix traditional bluegrass with humor, are likely to make an impression on the festival crowd. Ferguson also speaks highly of Freddy & Francine, a folky Americana duo that “has a soul sense to them.”

After the show, stick around for the 16th Annual Bluegrass Kickoff Party as Yonder Mountain String Band plays to a sold-out crowd at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show beginning at 9 p.m.; all ages welcomed. For those without a ticket, take advantage of the culinary options in Mountain Village. For more information on the festival, including tickets, visit bluegrass.com.

FESTIVAL TRANSPORTATION & PARKING
The towns of Mountain Village and Telluride are connected by a three-stage gondola system starting at Town Hall Plaza in Mountain Village and ending in Telluride at Oak Street Plaza. It takes about 13 minutes to get from one town to the other. During the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, gondola operating hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Expect long lines during peak times. For those needing a ride to their vehicle parked on town roadways, the Planet Bluegrass Bus will pick up festivarians at Town Hall Plaza and drop off passengers near their vehicle. The bus will run Thursday through Sunday from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. To assist with locating one’s vehicle, signs denoting specific parking zones – A through G – will be erected. Vehicles left on Mountain Village roadways after 12 p.m. Monday, June 19 will be towed at the owner’s expense. In addition, Dial-A-Ride will remain open until 2 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Since the Town of Mountain Village becomes inundated with parked vehicles during the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the town has set aside specific parking spaces for its residents and businesses from Wednesday, June 14 through Sunday, June 18. Mountain Village residents who have procured a parking permit can park in the Town Hall Plaza Parking lot. Twenty-six spaces located along the rock wall are designated for permit holders and are available on a first-come, first-served basis; overnight parking is not allowed. Resident parking permits are also valid in the North Village Center lot; overnight parking is not allowed.

Individuals and festivarians without parking permits must park their vehicles where directed by parking staff once the Gondola Parking Garage is full. The North Village Center pay-to-park surface lot is another parking option though overnight parking is not allowed. Short-term parking will be available for those doing business in Mountain Village; times will be enforced. Alternatively, for those parking, shopping, dining or recreating in Mountain Village, we encourage the utilization of Heritage Parking Garage, located off Mountain Village Boulevard across from Hotel Madeline. Parking is $2 for each hour and $35 maximum in a 24-hour period.

COMMON CONSUMPTION AREA
For the FirstGrass Concert, the Common Consumption Area is in effect. The Common Consumption Area will allow people to purchase alcoholic beverages from participating licensed establishments attached to the Common Consumption Area and move freely with beverages within the defined boundary of the concert area. Only alcohol from the participating establishments is permitted in the Common Consumption area.

Gondola turns 20; community celebrates December 20

20th Gondola Anniversary Celebration

Words by Nichole Zangara / Event, Transportation

The most unique public transportation system of its kind in North America has gone platinum. The beloved Telluride-Mountain Village Gondola system will celebrate its 20th anniversary December 20, 2016, at Club Red in Mountain Village. This free event will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is open to residents and visitors alike.

“We are looking forward to celebrating this amazing machine and all that it’s done for our community,” said Marketing and Business Development Director Nichole Zangara Riley. “In the last 20 years it has carried over 40 million passengers, brought two communities together – Telluride and Mountain Village – with the views to boot, and reduced the region’s carbon footprint. People have been married on the gondola. Musicians have recorded songs and films have been produced on the gondola. The list goes on and on. Simply put, this mode of transportation is unforgettable and it’s part of the lifestyle, so it only makes sense to celebrate the gondola turning 20.”

All told, the anniversary celebration will include appetizers and dessert, a champagne toast, and live music by local band Chrome Velvet. In addition, a GoPro camera, Stalk-It snowboard and Osprey backpack will be raffled off, gondola anniversary schwag items will be given away, and the coveted red cabin will turn into a photo booth.

“And of course we couldn’t stop there, so we are premiering two short gondola films and launching Vizzit, a Mountain Village tour guide and storytelling app that features the gondola,” explained Zangara Riley. “We are also excited to announce that the Telluride Ski Resort will run a #GondolaSelfie sweepstakes on Instagram between December 20 and December 31 along with surprising several gondola riders with gifts and prizes in celebration of the gondola’s 20th anniversary. And to add a personal touch to the evening event, Mountain Village visionary Ron Allred will share his story of how the gondola came to be. This really is a not-to-be-missed event.”

Gondola Background

Owned and operated by the Town of Mountain Village, the gondola opened on December 20, 1996, one year after the Town of Mountain Village was incorporated, to provide free transportation between Mountain Village and Telluride while reducing the area’s carbon footprint. The electricity used to operate the gondola comes from on-site solar energy and wind power purchased from San Miguel Power Association; LED lighting throughout the terminals ensures it is used efficiently. With roughly 2.61 million passenger rides each year, the gondola offers an effective mode of transportation that reduces carbon emissions resulting in cleaner air for the region. It also adds to the guest experience, giving visitors ease of access to both towns without needing a vehicle, making the destination one of the most pedestrian-friendly mountain resorts in the country.

Green transportation is not the only perk the gondola provides. It also gives riders access to hiking and biking trails in the summer and ski terrain in the winter. Guests have a front-row seat to view the striking scenery from 10,500 feet on the gondola. The ride from Mountain Village to Station St. Sophia has an elevation gain of 960 feet, which then takes an exhilarating 1,750 foot vertical foot plunge down in to the Town of Telluride. The entire two-mile journey takes about 13 minutes. The gondola runs daily from 7 a.m. to midnight during summer and winter, and it is ranked as the number one thing to do in Telluride and Mountain Village on TripAdvisor.

Since 1996, the gondola has remained a free mode of transportation. The Town of Mountain Village owns and operates the gondola, and the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association funds operations, maintenance and capital improvements.

“The gondola has played a vital role in our community over the years,” said President and CEO of the Telluride Tourism Board Michael Martelon. “It has become an icon for the destination, and we look forward to honoring its importance and celebrating 20 years of operation.”

To learn more about the gondola, visit townofmountainvillage.com/getting-around/gondola-chondola. For event details, visit townofmountainvillage.com/event/20th-gondola-anniversary-celebration.

Mountain Village hosts Holiday Prelude December 17

Holiday Prelude

Words by Special Contributor / Event

Mountain Village is being transformed once again into the North Pole for this year’s Holiday Prelude celebration Saturday, December 17, 2016. This year promises a whole day of holiday movies, train rides, Santa, 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.

Children of all ages will delight in the decorations and lights galore as Santa’s elves send you up the Gondola to visit Santa’s Workshop at the Telluride Conference Center from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Children can share their Christmas list with Santa, make holiday ornaments with the elves, and enjoy holiday movies with free hot chocolate and popcorn. This year’s holiday films include Mickey’s Magical Christmas, Polar Express, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The Parents’ Lounge and cash bar will be available for parents who want to put their feet up. In addition, free ice skating is available from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Children and adults can expect many surprises on the free 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 and local shops will be giving gifts and treats to all children.

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. Mountain Village is very excited 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 p.m. 5 p.m.

Lodging and ski packages are available for those who want to extend the holiday fun. For more information, visit http://www.visittelluride.com/holiday-prelude. Events and times subject to change so please check back often.

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival kicks off with a free concert Con Brio & Israel Nash

Sunset Blues Concert

Words by Special Contributor / Event

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival kicks off in Mountain Village’s Sunset Plaza for the Sunset Blues Concert featuring Con Brio and Israel Nash on Thursday, September 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event — a short and scenic Gondola ride away from the Town of Telluride — is free and open to the public.

Con Brio is a musical term meaning “with vigor” and this Bay area outfit doubles down on that. Known for its live shows – lively, booty-shaking, throw your hands in the air pure joy, Con Brio’s sound is infused with funk-rock psychedelic soul that is reminiscent of Sly and The Family Stone.

The country’s hippest radio stations caught on to Israel Nash’s mesmerizing sound – you can hear the Neil Young and 1970’s electric folk influences – and his latest record received solid play from Seattle’s KEXP, The Current in Minneapolis and WXPN in Philadelphia, not to mention NPR and a stint on World Café.

Both band’s sets are scheduled to highlight the scenic sunset backdrop from the lawn in the Mountain Village Sunset Plaza. The Town of Mountain Village’s Entertainment District allows a fluid social atmosphere where alcoholic beverages purchased from associated restaurants can be taken into the Common Consumption Area and enjoyed during the concert. The free event will take place rain or shine.

Supporting sponsors are the Town of Mountain Village, Telluride Ski Resort, Sierra Nevada Brewing, SBG Productions, and the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association.

For a full schedule of events or to purchase tickets to the Blues & Brews Festival, visit TellurideBlues.com. Three-day, single-day, and Juke Joint (late-night) passes are currently on sale and quantities are extremely limited. To purchase tickets by phone, call toll-free at (866) 515-6166.

About Festival Transportation & Parking

The towns of Mountain Village and Telluride are connected by a three-stage gondola system starting at Town Hall Plaza in Mountain Village and ending in Telluride at Oak Street Plaza. It takes about 13 minutes to get from one town to the other. During the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, gondola operating hours are from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and until 1 a.m. Sunday. Expect long lines during peak times. In addition, Dial-A-Ride will remain open 30 minutes longer than the gondola all three nights.

Since the Town of Mountain Village becomes inundated with parked vehicles during the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, the town has set aside specific parking spaces for its businesses and residents. Mountain Village residents who have procured a parking permit can park in the Town Hall Plaza Parking lot. Twenty-six spaces located along the rock wall are designated for permit holders and are available on a first-come, first-served basis; overnight parking is not allowed. Additionally, six resident-only parking spaces are located on the top level of the Gondola Parking Garage though residents may park anywhere in the garage. Resident parking permits are also valid in the North Village Center lot; overnight parking is not allowed.

Individuals without parking permits must park their vehicles where directed by parking staff. Free parking in the Gondola Parking Garage will begin Thursday, September 15 at noon and end Monday, September 19 at noon. Other parking options include the North Village Center pay-to-park surface lot; overnight parking is not allowed. Short-term parking will be available for those doing business in Mountain Village; times will be enforced. Alternatively, for those shopping, dining or recreating in Mountain Village, we encourage the utilization of Heritage Parking Garage, located off Mountain Village Boulevard across from Hotel Madeline. The first hour is free and then $2 for each hour until exit, $35 maximum in a 24-hour period.

Mountain Village celebrates safe communities August 2

National Night Out

Words by Nichole Zangara / Event

Bringing together community members and emergency responders, the Mountain Village Police Department is hosting their fifth annual National Night Out Tuesday, August 2. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the community is invited to join their neighbors, police and fire department teams at Sunset Plaza for a free ice cream social and tours of police cars, fire trucks and ambulance. Free gun safety locks will be available and the Telluride Fire District will offer free blood pressure readings. In addition to this year’s festivities, all children 17 and under may enter a drawing to win great prizes.

National Night Out, a part of the National Association of Town Watch, involves over 38 million people in 16,000-plus communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. This well-known and celebrated annual event was designed to heighten community awareness of safety and fire prevention issues, as well as to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnership.

“National Night Out’s 33 year is continued proof of our ongoing efforts focusing on promoting police and community partnerships,” said Lieutenant Rachelle Redmond.

For more event information, contact the Mountain Village Police Department at (970) 728-9281.

The Ride Festival kicks off with a free concert in Mountain Village; gondola hours extended

The Ride Festival

Words by Nichole Zangara / Event

Two bands, Joint Point and The Sheepdogs, will take center stage for an evening of music in Mountain Village July 8. As part of The Ride Festival, this free show runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Sunset Plaza, and is made possible by the Town of Mountain Village and The Ride Festival.

About the Artists (Excerpts provided by The Ride Festival)

While style and fashion are constantly changing in the pop world, The Sheepdogs remain steadfast in their commitment to rock ‘n’ roll excellence. Since their inception, the band has always sought to play the kind of music they themselves love: “Pure, simple, good-time music,” as singer and guitarist Ewan Currie puts it. It’s no surprise then that the bands fifth LP, Future Nostalgia, is firmly rooted in the rock tradition that listeners have come to expect from the boys.

In 1995, The String Cheese Incident busted out of Telluride and onto the national scene. Just over 20 years later, there is another band percolating in the box canyon that feels like it’s about to pop. And this weekend, the rest of the world will get a glimpse of Joint Point as they open up the festival with a performance in Mountain Village’s Sunset Plaza. Joint Point counts String Cheese as a major influence, but the band’s sound leans less toward bluegrass and more to rock ‘n’ roll. Think psychedelic jam rock.

Transportation & Common Consumption Area

The towns of Mountain Village and Telluride are connected by a three-stage gondola system starting at Town Hall Plaza in Mountain Village and ending in Telluride at Oak Street Plaza. It takes about 13 minutes to get from one town to the other. During The Ride Festival, gondola operating hours are from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday. Expect long lines during peak times. Dial-A-Ride and the Meadows bus will operate until 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday, too, and the Common Consumption Area will be in effect for the Friday concert.

Mountain Village hosts ninth annual Touch-A-Truck Fundraiser June 25

Touch-A-Truck

Words by Nichole Zangara / Event

Mountain Munchkins Child Care and Preschool will host the ninth annual Touch-A-Truck, a kid-centric fundraising event in which children can touch, climb, explore and sit in the driver’s seat of a variety of vehicles: service vehicles, work equipment, fire trucks, and police cars. Open to the public and organized by Munchkins parents, all proceeds raised will go towards enrichment activities, learning tools and scholarships.

“With more room at the new Carhenge location this year we are excited to bring in even more and even bigger trucks, buses and all-terrain vehicles for kids and adults alike to climb, drive, and take photos in.” said Parent Volunteer Elaine Giuliani. “Besides the opportunity to sit in the driver’s seat of a fire truck and front end loader to name a few, kids can ride Comanche the horse. And, for those that are still kids at heart, we are doubling the size of the silent auction this year with fabulous prizes. Even if you cannot attend the event, you can participate by buying a raffle ticket for $10. You could win a two-day Ride Festival ticket or a three-day Blues and Brews pass.”

Touch-A-Truck takes place Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Carhenge parking lot (new location) at the base of Chair 7. It is open to the public, and admission is $5 per adult and child. Patrons can also join Munchkins parents and kids for a bake sale for a small additional fee.

“Last year we raised $12,000 with all of the proceeds going towards scholarships, curriculum materials and new playground equipment. This year we are raising money for enrichment activities, learning tools, and scholarships for both our infant/toddler program and preschool,” explained Mountain Munchkins Director Dawn Katz. “We feel so fortunate to have the continued support from the Town of Mountain Village. Their awareness of the importance of high quality early childhood education has made this program possible. We could only hope that other community leaders will adopt this supportive vision.”

Mountain Munchkins is the only childcare and preschool that serves children from infancy until kindergarten. Children are exposed to a wide variety of age-appropriate activities that encourage a lifetime of learning. For additional information about Touch-A-Truck or Mountain Munchkins Child Care and Preschool, contact Katz at (970) 369-6428.

Silent Auction Sneak Peek Items
1. Box Canyon Booties, Two-Day Per Week Session
2. Alyssa Group Yoga Session for Eight
3. Jagged Edge, Two SUP Rentals
4. Telluride Ski & Golf Company, One Round of Golf for Four
5. Telluride Town Park, Family Pool Pass
6. Telluride Yoga Center, Two, Four-Punch Cards
7. Telluride Yoga Festival, Three-Day Namaste Pass
8. WOW Festival, Weekend Pass and T-Shirt
9. Bear Creek Lodge, Two-Night Stay
10. Camels Garden, One-Night Stay
11. Gunnison River Farms, One0Night Stay and Dinner for Four
12. Mountain Lodge at Telluride, Two-Night Stay
13. Town of Mountain Village, Annual North Village Center Parking Pass
14. Telluride Tourism Board, Visitor Guide Ad
15. Telluride Daily Planet, Two Ads
16. Felt, $50 VISA Credit Card
17. Matt Kroll Photography, One Framed Photograph
18. Apotheca, Water Bottle, Lollipops, Juicer
19. Heritage Apparel, Two Sweatshirts
20. Hook on the Wall, Stanley Lunch Box
21. Overland, Pelt/Brush
22. Scarpe, Kids Item
23. Two Skirts
24. Telluride Dental, Complimentary Exam and X-rays, Custom Sport Mouth Guard
25. Aroma Spa, Haircut and Style or Blowout, Skin Care or Body Products
26. Breathe, Mini Facial
27. Franz Klammer Lodge/Himmel Spa, Two 60-minute Massage
28. 221 South Oak, $100 Gift Card
29. Altezza at The Peaks, Lunch for Two and Dinner for Two
30. Bijour Lumiere, Two $100 Gift Cards
31. Brown Bag, $30 Gift Card
32. Brown Dog, $50 Gift Card
33. Last Dollar Saloon, $25 Gift Card
34. The Hotel Telluride’s The Nook, $50 Gift Card
35. Poacher’s Pub, $50 Gift Card
36. Tracks Café & Bar, $75 Gift Card
37. Ah Haa, $50 Gift Card
38. Telluride AIDS Benefit, Two Gold Thursday Tickets
39. Telluride Jazz Festival, Two, Three-Day Pass
40. The Palm Theater, Four Tickets to Cashore Marionettes

Two musical acts take center stage for the free FirstGrass Concert; gondola hours extended

firstgrass concert

Words by Nichole Zangara / Event

Acoustic duo Mandolin Orange and International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2014 Entertainers of the Year, Balsam Range, will grace the stage in Mountain Village’s Sunset Plaza for the Seventh Annual FirstGrass Concert June 15. As part of the 43rd Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, this free show runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and is made possible by the Town of Mountain Village and Planet Bluegrass.

After the show, stick around for the 14th Annual Bluegrass Kickoff Party as Yonder Mountain String Band plays to a sold-out crowd at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show beginning at 9 p.m.; all ages welcomed. For those without a ticket, take advantage of the culinary options in Mountain Village.

Festival Transportation & Parking

The towns of Mountain Village and Telluride are connected by a three-stage gondola system starting at Town Hall Plaza in Mountain Village and ending in Telluride at Oak Street Plaza. It takes about 13 minutes to get from one town to the other. During the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, gondola operating hours are from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Expect long lines during peak times. For those needing a ride to their vehicle parked on town roadways, the Planet Bluegrass Bus will pick up festivarians at Town Hall Plaza and drop off passengers near their vehicle. The bus will run Thursday through Sunday from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. To assist with locating one’s vehicle, signs denoting specific parking zones – A through G – will be erected. Vehicles left on Mountain Village roadways after 12 p.m. Monday, June 20 will be towed at the owner’s expense. In addition, Dial-A-Ride will remain open until 2 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Since the Town of Mountain Village becomes inundated with parked vehicles during the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the town has set aside specific parking spaces for its residents and businesses from Wednesday, June 17 through Sunday, June 21. Mountain Village residents who have procured a parking permit can park in the Town Hall Plaza Parking lot. Twenty-six spaces located along the rock wall are designated for permit holders and are available on a first-come, first-served basis; overnight parking is not allowed. Additionally, six resident-only parking spaces are located on the top level of the Gondola Parking Garage though residents may park anywhere in the garage. Resident parking permits are also valid in the North Village Center lot; overnight parking is not allowed.

Individuals and festivarians without parking permits must park their vehicles where directed by parking staff once the Gondola Parking Garage is full. The North Village Center pay-to-park surface lot is another parking option though overnight parking is not allowed. Short-term parking will be available for those doing business in Mountain Village; times will be enforced. Alternatively, for those parking, shopping, dining or recreating in Mountain Village, we encourage the utilization of Heritage Parking Garage, located off Mountain Village Boulevard across from Hotel Madeline. The first hour is free and then $2 for each hour until exit, $35 maximum in a 24-hour period.

Common Consumption Area

For the FirstGrass Concert, the Common Consumption Area is in effect. According to state law, consumption of alcoholic beverages in public areas, including Sunset Plaza, is not permitted. Alcoholic beverages may be purchased from licensed establishments and must be consumed on the premises. Please do not bring alcohol into the concert area.

Market on the Plaza is a summer mainstay in Mountain Village

Market On The Plaza

Words by Nichole Zangara / Event

Cue the overture to the “Sound of Music.” In the Telluride region, the hills are alive with the sound of chirping birds, babbling mountain streams, and the constant chatter of festivarians gathering weekly to enjoy the rich cultural bounty – and also the bounty offered up weekly in the Town of Mountain Village. Beginning June 15, the pedestrian-friendly Heritage Plaza once again comes alive with white tents and Colorado-proud vendors as the Market on the Plaza returns.

“We are happy to announce that not only are many of last year’s vendors returning, but also a number of new vendors, all conspiring to create an open air market offering a wide variety of products in an inspiring, fun atmosphere,” said Nichole Zangara Riley, director of marketing and business development for Mountain Village.

In its sixth year, the Market runs every Wednesday through August 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Patrons can, of course, expect the basics: farm produce, including eggs, fruits and vegetables, goat milk and cheeses, jams and marmalades, and garden herbs and oils.

“Farmers come a long way to provide fresh, home-grown food to the community at our markets, and they rarely sell out. We invite all locals to come shop on Wednesdays so that our growers go home empty-handed,” explained Deanna Drew, director of environmental services and market coordinator for the town.

Heritage Plaza will also be dotted with less conventional purveyors selling leathers, jewelry, quilts, textiles, handmade soaps, balms and lotions, hand-carved wood items, healing products, custom pet supplies, and kitchen goods, among other items.

In addition, the Wilkinson Public Library plans to bring more entertainment and programming to Mountain Village Center; and Telluride EcoAdventures team will host a booth featuring free crafts and games for children.

“The library’s programming, beginning June 29, helps round out the market and gives patrons a fun dose of the unconventional,” explained Zangara Riley. “The market’s day-time entertainment includes youth activities like face-painting, a balloon artist, and summer games. In addition to the entertainment, the library will sell a wide variety of used books.”

To become a Market vendor, contact Drew. For Market highlights, visit facebook.com/townofmountainvillage. Market patrons can also share their #marketfavorites with Mountain Village.

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