It’s Pioneers party time |

It’s Pioneers party time

Daily Staff Report

The long anticipated Vail Pioneers Weekend begins today and runs until someone hollers “Last Call,” which hasn’t happened since when the place opened in 1962.We could go into a long, protracted explanation of how this came about (Packy Walker, Rod Slifer, Jim Slevin and a cast of several thought it up), and how much it means to the people involved, but we won’t. For the next couple days, we’re going to publish photos of people you know.There’s the 76-page Vail Daily’s “Vail Pioneer Days” commemorative edition, and it should be just about everywhere. Pick one up and take it with you, as well as these community pages in the next couple days’ newspapers.And remember to have too much fun.Vail Pioneer Days schedule:Today:- 4-9 p.m. – Registration, the Tent at the Crossroads Parking LotHere you will receive your official credentials for admittance to the various functions. Plan to park at the Vail Village Structure (it’s free), because parking will be restricted at Crossroads, or you can take the Vail Village/LionsHead Free Shuttle Bus- 5-7 p.m. – Block Party, top of Bridge Street, featuring The Harry Baxter Band. Most bars will extend happy hour prices to all Pioneers. (Be sure to get your credentials first.)Saturday:- 10 a.m.-noon – Discounted golf at the Vail golf course. A limited number of starting times are still available. First come, first served. No exceptions.- 4-6 p.m. – Lionshead Block Party. Happy-hour prices to all Pioneers with credentials at most bars.- 5-7 p.m. – Late registration, Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa, Lionshead. Park in the Lionshead Structure, because parking is also restricted at the Marriott.(Was it something we said 40 years ago?)- 6 p.m.-midnight – Pioneer Party, Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa, Lionshead. An invocation by Reverend Don Simonton, followed by a bratwurst buffet. Cash bar. Undisclosed entertainment, some you’ll remember, some not. Memorable slide show may jog memories of amusing stories.Sunday:- 10 a.m. – Gondola ride to Adventure Ridge- 11 a.m. Mountaintop Service with Rev. Don Simonton- Noon, picnic and farewell(Note: Pioneers are asked to return your credentials at the bottom of the gondola for recycling.

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