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‘He had me at bon jour’

Carolyn Pope
Carolyn Pope/Vail DailyHeather Cole of the Junior League of Phoenix, Belinda Brehmer, the cookbook organizer, and Jill Howard.

BEAVER CREEK – Girls love weekends away away from their husbands, their children, their chores.If you throw in a massage and a pedicure, even better. Toss in a margarita, and it’s a party.That’s exactly what the Junior League of Denver did for the second time recently. They took advantage of the shoulder season and headed to Beaver Creek.

Sixty-six women descended upon the Park Hyatt for three days of pampering, girl talk, and a few classes on fun things. Their “Spa for a Cause” also raised money for the projects they support.”It’s women getting together to focus on themselves,” said Elizabeth Seawalt, A member of the Junior League’s Board of Directors.Susan McCann, another board member, agreed.”The Hyatt pampers you, makes you feel like a queen,” she said. “It’s fun to get away without doing business.”Founded in 1918, the Junior League is a nonprofit organization committed to improving the community through the health and education of women and children. Current community projects include many children’s activity programs at the SafeHouse of Denver, Decatur Place, Hope Center, Sheridan Library and the Fire Safety for Kids at the Denver Firefighters Museum.While at the Park Hyatt, their fun classes included a “hip-hop” class, a mixology class with Patrón tequila and a cooking demonstration by Executive Sous Chef Alain Nicolas and Sous Chef Jered Kelley. The group could have been a challenge for the men – the Junior League of Denver produces some of the best-known nonprofit cookbooks in the country, including “Colorado Cache”, “Crème de Colorado”, “Colorado Collage” and their most recent, “Colorado Colore.”The chefs provided some suggestions for simple recipes for entertaining at the holidays.”The entertaining lesson was fun and the French accent didn’t hurt either,” said one participant, referring to Chef Alain Nicolas. “He had me at bon jour!”For more information on the Junior League of Denver, visit their Web site at http://www.jld.org.The Junior League of Denver is a large group of women, with 425 members and 1,500 former members and other woman who are involved in the organization’s activities.

The Battle Mountain Dance Team hosted their annual dinner, where they put down their pom poms and pick up a serving tray. The high school cuties hit the Mustang Grill in Edwards to raise money for their trip to a national competition in Orlando in March.I sauntered in at 6 p.m. with husband and kids in tow expecting a juicy steak, and was promptly turned away. Not for what I was wearing mind you, but the restaurant was completely booked, with a two-hour wait!My son Andrew and his friend, Chase, (both age 8) were mighty disappointed since they both appreciate “older women.” By the way, the dancers raised over $3,000 that night. If you want to give the girls a hand, you can call Jane Comerford at 390-4337 to make a donation.

In conjunction with their big fundraiser the end of this month, the Vail Mountain School is hosting an online auction. Visit http://www.vms.edu and click on the yellow submarine.

I’m jealous! Two local ladies (and their gents) had a last-minute invite to rock on with Sting in New York at an oh-so-private event. One of them, I know, is using a photo from the night as her screen saver. She’s in the fitness biz, and gave him a thumbs up on a buff bod from lots of yoga. Just a hint – G.S. from Allegria and P.P., local marketing guru.Vail, Colorado

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