An evening of wit, wisdom, wine in Vail
VAIL A Lollapalooza (n) is slang for an extraordinary or unusual event, something outstanding of its kind. On Feb. 16, the Vail Symposium will host its first LearningPalooza at the Vail Marriott Hotel & Spa.
Founded in 1971, the Vail Symposium is a nonprofit organization dedicated to year-round lifelong learning through cultural and educational programs. The Symposium presents more than 60 programs annually with only 14 percent of its budget covered by ticket sales. Proceeds from the palooza will support the Symposiums commitment to offer 25 percent of its programs free to the Vail Valley community. Vail Symposium Chairman Emeritus Karen Morter and her husband, Jim, along with former Symposium President Beth Slifer and her husband, Rod, will serve as the evenings honorary co-hosts.
Unique to this event, the extended cocktail hour from 6 to 7:30 p.m. will feature eight learning booths, which will convey the essence of what the Vail Symposium presents on an annual basis. Guests will have the opportunity to expand their minds while enjoying mini-Hot Topics discussions moderated by University of Denver professor and Active Minds founder John Henderson, cooking demonstrations by Slow Food Vail Valley, brain twisters hosted by former Symposium President Ebby Pinson, a feng shui primer presented by architect Jim Morter, tea tastings with Vail Mountain Coffee and Tea, origami instruction by local publisher Chris Amoroso, a jewelry making demonstration by J. Cotter Gallery and a geography challenge hosted by world traveler Dick Dangler.The Symposiums annual efforts have continued to flourish as an integral part of our community in thanks to the dedicated support of our individual supporters and local businesses, said Vail Symposium Executive Director Fraidy Aber. In addition to the learning booths, the cocktail hour, presented by East West Partners, will feature an open bar and a silent auction with items such as a 2009 Vail Resorts Ski Pass, a papermaking class for four taught by local artist Susan Mackin Dolan, a summer hike and lunch with llamas, tickets to the Central City Opera complete with hotel stay and dinner in addition to wines, golf, jewelry, spa treatments and more.The Kathy Morrow Band will perform beginning with cocktails, during dinner and after. And the best part: Dress as you like.
Following dinner, a live auction will take place featuring trips and dinners, as well as insider tours with the people and minds behind the scenes of the packages. Items include a private evening for eight at the recently refurbished Trappers Cabin on Beaver Creek Mountain, a Symposium Signature evening for six catered by Foods of Vail and featuring an Active Minds instructor to discuss the winning bidders choice of a Hot Topic, a gourmet dinner in your home presented by Vail restaurateur Kelly Liken, an Austin City Limits Music Festival weekend, a food and wine lovers trip to Santa Barbara, a southern hospitality golf trip including a four-night stay at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island and four rounds of golf at Kiawah, and an insiders trip to the 2008 Indianapolis 500 as guests of Team Penske, the winningest team at the famed Brickyard, which will include hospitality and suite passes, pre-race grid and garage credentials, as well as a meet and greet with team owner Roger Penske and two-time 500 winner and 2007 Dancing With the Stars Champion, Helio Castroneves.Tickets for the event are $175 per person, with all proceeds benefiting the Vail Symposium. For reservations or more information about purchasing a table, call Dani Janklow at 476-0954 or e-mail her at email@example.com.