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See you in September

The three-day celebration Sept. 20 through 22 is being put together by self-described local gadfly and social critic Packy Walker, along with a long list of people from the Vail Chamber and Business Association. It’s for people who’ve been around since 1976 – or at least thought about being in Vail since 1976 – or were born in the area.

“Vail turns 40 years old this year, which is how some people define middle age. The resort and the community might be middle-aged, but we won’t be,” said the ageless Walker.

The party gets started on Friday, Sept. 20, with registration from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Crossroads Center in Vail Village. A Vail Village Block party runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with discounts of all sorts for what we’ll call all those “experienced partiers.”

In keeping with the spirit of the occasion, golf will be played Saturday morning – and it should be pointed out that the beverage cart will most likely get a set of new tires in preparation for the mileage the players will require of it.

“We’re people who understand that the difference between a good golf course and a great golf course is that on a great golf course the cute kid in the beverage cart never gets more than two or three holes away from you,” said Walker.

Right now, there’s room for 48 golfers. The greens fees are $50, which includes a golf cart and a couple get-out-of-jail-free cards for driving the cart under the influence of something besides the spirit of goodness, Walker said.

Saturday afternoon, another block party is being thrown in Lionshead from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., with live music by a band. They’re probably not the Rolling Stones, but they’re pretty good, Walker said.

A veritable plethora of discounted refreshments will also be available.

A massive party follows at the Kaltenburg Castle, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., where drinks and food will flow, and tales will be spun.

Sunday morning, Vail Pioneers can renew their promise to God and themselves that they’ll never do anything like that again at a service atop Vail Mountain. Vail Resorts is providing complimentary gondola rides.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Vail Resorts is co-sponsoring a mountain picnic. It’s $5, which is a small price to pay for that much fun.

Registration for the whole deal runs $25, and you need to be signed up by August 15. Mail your information – including name, address, phone and number of people attending – to Vail Pioneers Weekend, c/o Vail Chamber and Business Association, 241 South Frontage Road, Suite 2, Vail, CO 81657

For more information, visit http://www.vailchamber.org and click on “Vail Pioneers,” or call the Vail Chamber and Business Association at 477-0075.


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