Vail Symposiums summer programs – 2007 |

Vail Symposiums summer programs – 2007

Caramie SchnellVail, CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyThe film "Trial and Error" will be showing at the Vail Symposium's Mountain Games Flix and Pix night, featuring Telluride Mountain Film on May 31.

If Vail Symposium has a claim to fame its this: They find and bring experts in their respective fields to teach valley residents about everything from the Islamic faith to the art of mixing drinks. Their goal, in short, is to make you smarter. Think of it as an exercise program for your brain.

We sat down with Symposium director Fraidy Aber to talk about the non-profits summer lineup. While each program (there are nearly 30 of them) is compelling in its own right, there are some highlights. And now is the time to plan ahead, before your day planner fills up fast with summer must-do events, . We literally backed Aber into a corner over lunch at Ti Amo and made her choose her five favorite events from the first half of the symposiums summer calendar. Thats tough, I love all of them. But were starting out the summer with three really fun events, she said the Mountain Games Flix and Pix night, featuring Telluride Mountain Film on May 31, a discussion and film about author Ian McEwan at the Bookworm on June 13 and the Healthy Homes Tour and Expo in Eagle on June 16.Telluride Mountainfilm will join forces with the Teva Mountain Games for the first time this year, courtesy of the Vail Symposium and the Vail Library. On top of the films, Flix and Pix Night on May 31 will include live music and the award for the Zest for Adventure photo competition.On June 13 acclaimed author Ian McEwan is the focus of a short film in a series called Out of the Book. The first film in the series, produced in part by Powells Books, features British author McEwan and his newest novel, On Chesil Beach. Were passing the preview copy of the book around the office right now, Aber said. Its fantastic.The film will be shown at the Bookworm in Edwards and followed by a discussion of McEwans work. The cost ($20 in advance, $25 at the door) includes appetizers and a glass of wine. On June 16 the annual Healthy Homes Tour and Expo will take place in Eagle (9:30 a.m. – tour, 11 a.m. – expo). The event, which is a collaboration between the Symposium and the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability, will showcase seven homes built with green building principles in mind. Aber suggests biking the tour route. I biked it the other day and its a gorgeous ride. The tour starts at Brush Creek Elementary in Eagle and goes into Eagle Ranch, then into downtown Eagle and then up into The Bluffs.The ride totals about 12 miles and the water stations at every home should make it a little easier. Venture Sports will be offering bike rentals for $5, down from about $30, Aber said.Aber semi-cheated with her fourth pick the free Active Minds offerings which really equates to two evenings. I have to though, thats how you learn, she said by way of explanation I have found the monthly active minds series to be an incredibly effective and engaging way to educate myself on the varied angles of so many timely topics. The first Active Minds program on June 20 will focus on the Islamic faith. As the second largest religion in the world, Islam has over a billion followers. This discussion will examine the religions origins, teachings and practices. The second Active Minds (taking place July 19) will focus on the CIA its origins, functions and current role.The opportunity to spend time with and learn from globally recognized leader, Bill George, surely cannot be missed, Aber said about her fifth pick. On July 5, Bill George, a professor at Harvard Business School and the co-author of True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership, will talk about what it takes to be a leader in the 21st century. The program, titled Solving Our Leadership Crisis, will take place at the Sonnenalp Resort in Vail at 5:30 p.m.Caramie Schnell can be reached at 748-2984 or

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