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High Altitude Society column: A Feast for the Arts supports VPAC Guild

On Wednesday evening at the Beaver Creek Club Mountain Clubhouse, the Vilar Performing Arts Center Guild held its annual event, A Feast for the Arts, to support ongoing programming. It was an evening of warmth, community, hospitality and delicious tastings from local chefs and restaurants. A heartfelt thank-you went out to the nearly 20 chefs who donated tastings for the event.

Alexia Jurschak, who works on the VPAC Guild executive committee, welcomed guests to the event.

"We are very happy that you are all here with us tonight," she said. "I wanted to say a little bit about what our role is for the Vilar Center. Our mission is to raise awareness of the center throughout our valley community. We raise funds to help underwrite performances and series at the center.

"We have an outreach program where we raise funds to send valley children to local arts programs, and we also have the STARS program at the Vilar Center, which is instrumental in bringing many of the students from Eagle County to the Vilar Center."

An event to remember

Jurschak then introduced Pam Elsner, the new president of the VPAC Guild. Elsner greeted guests and thanked the organizing committee.

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"There are so many people to thank this evening — Alexia Jurschak, Maureen Riordan (who has chaired the committee for the event), Joel Cox and Patti Thompson," she said.

Elsner thanked the Guild members for helping to organize the food for the event and Pat Hammon and Doris Dewton for their tireless contributions to the Guild. She then invited interested parties to sign up to join the VPAC Guild.

"We have a lot that we do to help the community and the Vilar Center, and we need your help," Elsner said.

Diane and Dave Piccoli, of Rhode Island, were staying at St. James Place and decided to attend A Feast for the Arts.

"I said to my husband, 'let's go,'" Diane Piccoli said. "We like attending events like this, and this is for the arts, which is something that we like to support."

Piccoli commented on how delicious the tastings were and especially liked chef Brian Ackerman's applewood-smoked bacon-wrapped date with blue cheese filling from Splendido at the Chateau at Beaver Creek.

For more information on joining the Guild or volunteering at VPAC, visit http://www.vvf.org.

Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events including fundraisers for nonprofits, local happenings and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at bettyannw6@gmail.com.