Cowboys, wine and cheese |

Cowboys, wine and cheese

The West stirs images of denim and cowboy hats, rollicking dances and country singers. Add wine, cheese and chocolate dipped strawberries to the picture, and you have Bob and Carol Zinn’s version of a good ol’ fashion western hoedown.To celebrate life in the Vail Valley, the Zinns are throwing a party that benefits the Cancer Caring House and the Family Learning Center in Edwards. It is their way of saying thanks to a community that they feel fortunate to live in.”I wake up every morning, and I’m so happy to see the mountains. And my wife and I say, ‘it’s either potatoes or tomatoes – what, do you want to bike, do you want to hike?'” said Bob.The party begins at 6:15 with wine and cheese at the May Gallery in the Vilar Center. The Zinns are trying to increase participation at the May Gallery. It is a place where you can go to meet and greet, drink wine or eat dessert, when the Vilar Center has shows.At 7 p.m. musical artists Michael Martin Murphey, Jim Salestrom, Jeanne and Jim Martin will each take their turn at the microphone belting out Western favorites with keyboardist Jerome Gilmore.”Jim Salestrom used to play with John Denver. His voice sounds like John’s. He’s a real beautiful guy,” Bob said. “Jeanne is a famous yodler.”Murphey is a singing cowboy poet. HIs songs take you on a ride into the great outdoors, where nature is free and impartial, and the rules for its beings are the same.The climax of the evening will begin at 8:15 when the performers come back out on stage to host a singalong.”I have music, like ‘Don’t Let Your Son Grow Up To Be a Cowboy’ and ‘Happy Trails.’ We’ll give out the music, and we’re going to try and get everybody to participate,” Bob said.Afterwards, the musicians will be available until 10 p.m. to sign CDs or chat about their career. The wine will continue to flow, and desserts will be served.Unique about this event is the ZInns are paying for everything. From the Vilar Center to the artists to the credit card processing fees and wine, the soiree is the ZInns gift to their community. All they ask is for people to donate at least $50 to one or both of the charities. Although they encourage guests to dig deeper into their jeans. Every cent goes to charity, nothing is taken off the top.To date, the Zinns have collected over $15,000 for the charities, and Bob expects 175 people to attend the event.”The people of this community want to be here. Everybody is an up-beat. I feel fortunate that I live here,” Bob said.Hootin’ HoedownMichael Martin Murphey and friendsMonday, 6:15-10 p.m.$50 donationVilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek

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