Vail society column: Episcopal church gives seniors a sendoff |

Vail society column: Episcopal church gives seniors a sendoff

Betty Ann Woodland
High Altitude Society
Father Brooks was bombarded with eager children wielding cups of water who partake in an annual water challenge usually soaking all the participants.
Betty Ann Woodland | Special to the Daily |

On Sunday afternoon at the Singletree Pavilion in Edwards, the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration honored and celebrated Vail Valley high school students who are graduating. It was a special gathering of family and friends who have witnessed these young adults on their path of education and growth.

The pavilion was full of good food, as it was a potluck luncheon that included Helen Beckwith’s delectable peach cobbler. Most importantly, it was full of great people who care about their community.

Father Brooks Keith presented the graduating seniors with Starbucks gift cards that they can redeem for treats. Keith also told the young adults, “When you come back to the Vail Valley during Christmas break, I will be happy to put more revenue on your Starbucks cards.”

The mood was definitely upbeat and fun at the Singletree Pavilion as children ran around in the park and played games. Soon after lunch, the traditional water skirmishes ensued and the kids outnumbered Father Keith. Suffice it to say, the reverend was drenched.

This is the stuff of which our incredible, small and blessed community is made of, and dare I say that we are a lucky bunch. Good luck and well done to the Vail Valley graduating seniors, an accomplishment among accomplishments. Your community supports your endeavors and lifts you up.

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To all those in the Vail Valley who have graduating seniors, we wish you well and hope for great and meaningful things for you and yours. Here’s hoping for many wonderful things for all of our accomplished graduates.

Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events including fundaraisers for nonprofits, galas and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at

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