Betty Ann WoodlandHigh Altitude SocietyVail, CO Colorado

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February 19, 2013
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High Altitude Society: 'As Vail Turns' wins hearts to support symposium, museum

The Vail Marriott Mountain Resort hosted a fundraiser with a new twist to support the Vail Symposium and Vail's Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum. It was an evening of theater that highlighted the lives of early pioneer couples Janet and Paul Testwuide, Rose and George Gillett and Pepi and Sheika Gramshammer. Denver's Curious Theater did a fabulous job of acting out hilarious skits and triggering memories for the crowd of local residents. Spotted at the event were Rod Slifer, Bob Dorf, Dave Gorsuch and Marty Head, among many other notable folks. Vail Symposium Board member Kristin Kenney Williams greeted guests who had gathered to support "two iconic Vail nonprofits" and thank Alby Segall, Liana Moore and Susie Tjossem for their leadership. Kenney Williams also thanked the generous sponsors for the event and commented on the "amazing, nonembellished stories of Vail's history"."As a journalist for the Vail Valley for 20 years, I have lived here for two-fifths of Vail's history," David Williams said. "But, more importantly, I have had the honor of chronicling the lives of some of the many pioneers that are here in the room this evening." The room filled with laughter when he added, "I would like to say thank you to our honorees for letting us do this to them. Some of the stories have gotten a little fuzzy over the last five decades, but I think that you will agree that Curious Theater from Denver has done an amazing job of bringing it all together."Williams invited everyone to stay for a champagne toast afterwards and add to the stories of the evening. One story to chronicle is that when I found out that script writer Josh Hartwell did exhaustive research to write the play and had limited access to the honorees, I went straight to the source, asking Sheika Gramshammer about the lack of access to her stories. Gramshammer, who was in rare form, half jokingly replied, "Photos are okay, but I don't do interviews." Classic!For more information, visit and Ann Woodland covers social events and fundraisers and can be reached at

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