USA Pro-Cycling Challenge Teams Finalized

Fans cheer on Timothy Roe as he heads to the finish at the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Summit County
Now that the Olympics are over, are you wondering how to spend the remainder of your summer? Perhaps your next step is to watch the USA Pro Challenge on one of its many days in Colorado. We’re now less than a week away from the start and the teams and riders have been finalized. Once again in Summit County, we will be treated to watching some of the best in the world compete as some of the top riders from this year’s Tour de France have opted to participate in the Pro Cycling Challenge over the Vuelta D’Espana. Some of the favorite days of this year’s race will be a reprisal of last year’s “Queen Stage” on the 22nd of August as the cyclists ride from Gunnison over the monstrous Cottonwood and Independence passes to Aspen and the following day as the cyclists go back over Independence pass and through Leadville on their way to the finish in Beaver Creek. Not to be left out of that mix is the Friday stage as the cyclists begin the day in Breckenridge and ride over the deceivingly difficult Hoosier Pass before heading 118 miles to Colorado Springs for a likely downhill bunch sprint. With Keystone ideally situated in the middle for short drives to and from these 3 stages as well as about and hour from Denver and Golden you can catch 5 of the 7 stages all from the same place!

Come on out to cheer on 2012 3rd Place Tour de France rider Vincenzo Nibali, 2011 Tour Winner Cadel Evans, 2011 Pro-cycling Challenge winner Levi Leipheimer and American youth sensations Tejay Van Garderen and Taylor Phinney.   This is sure to be a fun event in the high country!

Upcoming August Events in Keystone Colorado

Summer isn’t over in Keystone yet!  There are lots of great events still coming up in the last few months of the summer including some fun, FREE kids activities, free gondola rides, comedy shows, concerts, sales, painting classes and more! Don’t forget about all of the other fun things to do while you’re here, like Stand Up PaddleBoarding at Keystone Lake, Downhill Mountain Biking, Hiking, Dirt Biking, Golf, and horseback riding.  Thinking of staying the night while you are visiting Keystone?  You are sure to find a great deal with our summer lodging sales and be able to find that perfect property that suits you and your group best, whether you’re looking for a spectacular view, an outdoor pool for the kids, or even a gourmet kitchen! We have properties throughout Keystone, including Buffalo Lodge, Settler’s Creek, Lakeside Village and Ski Tip Townhomes.  Check out one of our favorite summertime properties, Lakeshore 1561 for amazing views of the lake and mountains!

Tuesdays, 8/7 & 8/14 2012
Kids Discovery Days

A great place for kids to run around, do some exploring, interact with other kids and have a ton of fun at this FREE event in Keystone! Discovery Days include a bounce house and either 2 face painters or 2 balloon artists, kids crafts, and other activities, along with the main act.  August 7 features Music For Kids- an interactive show with children’s singalong songs.  On August 14th catch a show from the animals and keepers from the Denver Zoo!  Stage performances will be from 11am – 11:45am.

Fridays, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31 2012
Friday Afternoon Club

There’s no better way to spend your Friday Afternoon!  Free gondola rides take you to the top of Dercum Mountain for an afternoon of live music, hiking, yard games, and spectacular views!

Here is the entertainment line-up for the rest of August:
August 10- Levi
August 17- Chancer’s Hooley
August 24- Luv Brothers
August 31- Luv Brothers

Friday, 8/10/2012
Kidtopia Kids Theater Presents- The Prince

On Friday mornings at the Quaking Aspen Amphitheater, Keystone’s River Run Village hosts the Prince, put on by The Lake Dillon Theatre Company.  The Kingdom’s royal princes have all mysteriously gone missing. That is, all except Prince Herbert, often dubbed the most ineligible bachelor in the land. But when the awkward Herbert is given the humorously impossible task of serving as royal king-to-be to all the Kingdom’s princesses, he discovers his true self. Join us for this original family musical full of humor and heart as Prince Herbert and the entire kingdom discover that true nobility comes from deep within.
Named “Best Colorado Theatre West of Denver” by the Colorado Theatre Guild and “One of Colorado’s Top Ten Theatres Outside Denver” by the Denver Post, the Lake Dillon Theatre brings you a high-quality, high-energy, high-altitude musical performance you won’t want to miss. Tickets are $5 general admission for parents, children, and all guests and there are two performances at 10:30 & 12pm.

Saturday, 8/11/2012
Kidtopia Kidsfest

Bring your family and enjoy some FREE family fun!  Come experience a petting zoo, train rides, caricatures, face painters, balloon artists, crafts, mascots Olivia and Oliver, spin art, a kid’s show, bounce houses, DJ and a street entertainer for a day you won’t want to miss! On Saturday, don’t miss Paul Borrillo, performing his trivia game show that is fun and informative, showing at 12 pm, 1;30pm, and 2:30 pm on the main stage in the River Run Events Plaza.

Saturday, 8/11/2012
Comedy Night with Steve ‘Mudflap’ McGrew and Opener Matt Baca

Warren Station at Keystone hosts a comedy night that will leave you laughing out loud!  Join us in August as Warren Station at Keystone presents award-winning comedian Steve Mudflap McGrew. Enjoy drink specials and more. Stand up may not be suitable for kids.  Tickets can be purchased online or at the door- just $12 in advance!  Doors and drinks start at 7pm, with Matt Baca starting the laughs at 8pm.

About the Acts:
Steve Mudflap McGrew:
comedian Steve McGrew’s takes on the lighter side of life. Born in Tulsa, OK, but raised near the Houston area, McGrew began his career at the beginning of the 80’s, working as an editorial cartoonist for the Houston Chronicle during the day and performing standup at night, early on, he shared stages with comedians like Bill Hicks and Sam Kinison at Houston’s Comedy Workshop Club. After about five years, McGrew decided to concentrate on comedy full – time and quickly became a popular attraction around the South. From there he went on to appear on virtually every cable show devoted to standup comedy, including An Evening at the Improv, Caroline’s Comedy Hour, Showtime’s Full Frontal Comedy, and Comedy on the Road, among others. He also showed up on MTV, VH1, and TNN, as a finalist on Star Search, and on the Bob and Tom morning radio show.
Additionally, McGrew opened concerts for several rock and country artists, including Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, Wynonna Judd, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Doobie Brothers, and The Beach Boys. As he grew more ambitious, McGrew put together a series of one-man shows – including a stage piece based on his experiences as a divorced father – that allowed him to explore different comic territory. McGrew made a string of recordings available on the Laughing Hyena label, and then switched to Uproar for his most widely distributed album to date, 1999’s Too Much Man for Just One Woman and Other Lies. http://www.myspace.com/stevemcgrew.

Matt Baca:
Matt Baca has established himself as a premiere stand-up comedian in the Denver comedy scene, performing in comedy clubs, corporations, and universities all over the United States. Matt draws from his experiences in education, the business world and travel to provide high-energy and character-driven observations. His comedy ranges from the intellectual to the slapstick, guaranteeing that there will be a topic for everyone to enjoy. www.mattbaca.com.
Matt draws from his experiences in education, the business world and travel to provide high-energy and character-driven observations.

Saturday, 8/11/2012
House of Walker Scotch Dinner at Alpenglow Stube

Hosted by Robert Sickler, Master of Whiskey for Johnnie Walker and the Classic Malts.  This special event had to be canceled this winter due to bad weather, so the Alpenglow Stube team are bringing it back on August 11, 2012. This is a fantastic deal, considering the very rare Johnnie Walker King George V whiskey samplings and the superb menu. Dinner starts at 7pm and costs just $125 per person. The dinner includes multiple whiskey tastings with every course, 6 in all, with a wood-fired Filet of Beef for the main course, and starters like oysters and an arugula goat cheese salad. Some of the dishes even incorporate the whiskeys into the sauces!

Thursday, 8/16/2012
Keystone Enduro Race Series #3
WHAT IS ENDURO? Enduro is a relatively new format which appears to have taken some inspiration from both car rally and motorbike enduro racing. Mountain bike enduro is essentially the competitive side of the mountain biking format often referred to today as “All-Mountain”. Due to this eclectic combination of attributes, enduro racing is increasingly recognized as the truest test of the all-round mountain biker. The Mass Start will take place on at the top of the Peru Chair (pleaser reference a Keystone Trail Map for directions). From there, participants will be required to climb (via bike) up the P-3 Trail. Once they have achieved the climb, a judge will mark the climb completed as the participant moves on to descend the mountain on a course of their choosing. All participants must stay to a maintained Keystone Resort Trail as they descend. The Race finish line is indicated with signage and a chalk line at the base of River Run Face, adjacent to the Summit Express Lift and at the South end of the Pedestrian Bridge. Races start at 6pm and are categorized between Men & Women, with the top 3 from each group be awarded with cash prizes.

Friday, 8/17/2012
Keystone Ascent Race Series #3
The Mass Start will take place on River Run Road, directly North of the Keystone Sports Sprung Tent. From there, a Neutral Start will ride to East Keystone Road continuing on to Jack Straw Road to the Summit of Dercum mountain, continuing to the North East side of the Summit House and wrapping around the North West side of the Summit house. The Race finish line is indicated with signage and a chalk line. WHAT IS ASCENT? An Ascent Race is an uphill race against the clock (also referred to as “the race of truth”). Winning depends only on each rider’s strength and endurance, and not on help provided by team-mates and others riding ahead and creating a slipstream. Starting times are at equal intervals, usually one or two minutes apart. The rider with the fastest time is declared the winner. Race starts at 6pm.

Saturday, 8/18/2012
River Run Rocks! Free Concert

River Run Rocks Concert Series featuring Shannon McNally & Hot Sauce. These fun events will get your feet moving while you soak up the gorgeous views of Keystone and enjoy perfect mountain weather. Set right in the River Run Village Plaza, the series features food and drink specials, plus prime seating on the decks of Wolf Rock, 9280’ TapHouse and Luigi’s.

About the band: McNally has toured and done shows with Willie Nelson, Stevie Nicks, John Mellencamp, Charlie Sexton, Son Volt, Ryan Adams, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Derek Trucks, Rail Road Earth, Rufus Wainwright, Levon Helm and Lou Reed. She has appeared on NPR, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Mountain Stage and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Her voice has appeared on recordings by Jim Dickinson, Mac Rebennack, John Hiatt, Rufus Wainwright, Hal Wilner, Wardell Quezergue and Son Volt among others.

Saturday, 8/18/2012
Extasis Tango Quartet

A riveting journey into the vast and powerful music of Argentine Tango, featuring a classic “orquesta tipica” in the intimate setting at Warren Station in River Run Village.  This Argentine tango ensemble Extasis was founded in Colorado by bandoneonist Evan Orman and violinist Erin Furbee. In 1999, the ensemble received a grant from Tango Colorado, which allowed them to study tango music in Buenos Aires. Their shared interests in popular Argentine music, and especially that of the innovative compositions of Astor Piazzolla, hold considerable influence on their highly energetic, fiery poetic style. The event will have a cash bar and tickets can be purchased at the door; $15 adults, kids under 5 are free. Doors open at 7:30pm.

Saturday, 8/25/2012
Canvas and Cocktails
Looking for a way to explore your artistic side but don’t know where to start? Want a fun night out that is new and exciting? Canvas and Cocktails is an upbeat creative class for both the artistic and not so artistic. Come learn the basics of acrylic painting while enjoying the company of friends. Not artistic? A little nervous? Don’t worry- an instructor will guide you through step by step recreating the featured nights painting. It’s easy, fun, and totally stress free. By the
end of the night you will be amazed at the artwork you have created- there’s no experience required! Drinks are not included in ticket price but drink specials will be available! Items included with the ticket purchase for the night are the instruction, canvas, brushes and paint.  Tickets are $41.99 in advance and $45 at the door, doors open at 6pm.

Friday, 8/31 – 9/2 2012
Merchant Tent Sale
It’s time to go shopping!  The River Run Tent Sale is here.  Don’t miss out on great bargains and prices from Gorsuch, Kidz Cabin, Christy Sports, Keystone Sports, Rock’n R Ranch and Shirt Off my Back.  It’s the perfect time to buy your gifts for the entire family…. get your Christmas shopping done early!