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‘Wit, wisdom and wine’

Carolyn Pope
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It’s all about challenging your brain.

You’re probably aware that stimulating your grey matter is good for your health, whether you’re young or old.

That’s what the Vail Symposium is all about. It offers programs that make you think and put you into the environment where you can discuss and learn. The non-profit has been accomplishing that for more than 30 years.

Although the accepted definition of “symposium” is a meeting or get together for the informal interchange of ideas, the true etymology, “to drink together,” was practiced last weekend when intellectual exchanges were more casual and fun. The Symposium’s first “Learning Palooza” was held Saturday at the Marriott in Lionshead. The evening promised “wit, wisdom and wine,” and supporters weren’t disappointed.

In the anteroom of the ballroom, guests enjoyed a tempting, tantalizing tasting of many of the Symposium’s brain fares, including Feng Shui with architect Jim Morter, jewelry making with Justin Klocke, a “Slow Food” tasting with chef Todd Rymer and tea tasting with Loni Verzuh. Many people clustered around two large boards plastered with photos from around the world, as each compared notes to identify the various locations.

Jim and Karen Morter, along with Rod and Beth Slifer, hosted the event for the organization that brings more than 60 programs to the valley annually, including “Active Minds” for seniors, “Hot Topics,” which takes the pulse of international, national and local concerns emerging in fields as diverse as politics, religion, education, economics, sociology, science and technology. They also offer culture programs, the Beaver Creek Documentary Film Festival, a “Know your Valley” series and more. In other words, there is certainly something for everyone. They are dedicated to year-round, lifelong learning through cultural and educational programs that are thought-provoking, diverse and affordable.

Dinner was served after the program, and a live auction sold trips to Savannah, Ga., Kiawah Island and a food and wine lovers’ trip to Santa Barbara.

It’s exciting to have an organization like the Vail Symposium in town. It keeps us up to our eyeballs in learning, not just in great powder.

As Beth Slifer said, “It’s for those who need to stretch their minds beyond the slopes of Vail.”

For more information on the Vail Symposium, visit its Web site at http://www.vailsymposium.org or call them at (970) 476-0954. There’s lots on the calendar!

>> To help us publicize your event, e-mail VailCarolyn@comcast.net or call (970) 748-2989.

Click on photo galleries at http://www.vailtrail.com to see more photos from this event.


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