HAPPY LABOR DAY

Owners Gather for Weekend of Meetings and Fun

This past labor day weekend, the Antlers welcomed home 60 of our owners and their guests for 3 days of Vail Valley enchantment and a little business.

A little business involved the Board of Directors, with a cast that includes Janinna Green, Rich Buckley, Catherine Michela, Tom Riedel, and Carol Binns. They met on Friday evening to discuss budgets, building improvement projects, capital reserves and a host of things that make the Antlers run as smooth as it does. The meeting was adjourned to the new Vail Chop House in Arabelle for dinner and cocktails. While the Board was hard at work on Friday night, the rest of the group was relaxing at the pool, exploring what was new in Lionshead and Vail (and a lot is new), or just getting settled in for the weekend and preparing for the activities planned.

The first ever owners golf tournament was scheduled for an 8:20 am start at the Vail Golf Club on Saturday morning. A record number of owners were in attendance for this prestigious event (John and Stella Reynolds, Jerome Darnell, and Jim Taylor just to mention the 4. Rob LeVine, Matt Zeremba, and yours truly also joined in just because there was plenty of room for three more.) We declared all of us that participated winners, and awarded each of us a medal for first ever attendees. We hope to have a few more join us next year (Kay, Andrew, Nancy, Suzie. You know who you are.) The weather was perfect and the course outstanding and in the best condition I have seen it in years.

Saturday evening put the whole group at 4 Eagle Ranch for an old fashion, ranch style, ho down, type BBQ. The setting was perfect and included horses and cattle grazing in the distance, camp fires, wagons, and a cowboy serenading all the lassies. The sunset was spectacular and our cowboy hats off to Tom Buchus and his staff for a great evening back up in the hills of Colorado. (Note: Best cowboy wanna-be goes to Jerome Darnell and Rob LeVine. These guys looked like a combination Clint Eastwood in “Outlaw Josie Wales” and Heath Ledger in “Brokeback Mountain”. I even noticed both of them walking bow-legged after a few giggle waters.)

On Sunday there were some unit tours of a few of the remodels that have been completed this spring. Many thanks to Jeff and Laurie Radcliffe (303), Col. Don (305), and Bob and Catherine Michela (518) for allowing everyone to leave footprints on their new carpet while unveiling the transformation of these units to gold and platinum ratings. They are beautiful and you are to be congratulated.

Sunday evening culminated with the cocktail hour and meeting of all owners in the conference room. Board meeting business was related back to all those in attendance, questions were asked and answers were given, staff members were introduced, Rob was given a 30 year service appreciation gift and dinner was served for 80. Mary Parker and her staff, along with Magda and Cameron, pulled it off flawlessly again. (Note: the bartender is sworn to silence with regard to 9:00 pm and after conversations.)

Monday was a “free to do as you please” day and the weather did not disappoint.

In retrospect; as an employee and casual observer of the Antlers, I must admit that when all of us get together for just a short period of time, it brings to pass the wonderful relationships that have been created over the years. It makes me proud to be just a little part of this family. Thanks to everyone that came home and all those that make you feel you are “welcome home”.

Posted by Greg Z.

Antlers Anniversaries

At the Antlers, we are always excited to host social groups because it allows us to share their special time. This year, we’ve provided lodging for a record number of weddings, anniversaries and family reunions, and have enjoyed meeting and learning about each of the people who come to stay with us.While hosting guests from Vail, Colorado and across the country (or world!) for social events is wonderful for us, we are even more excited when it is our condominium owners who think of the Antlers for their intimate events. It’s just one more way of showing the Antlers truly is a ‘home away from home’.This August Lowell and Carol Geithman will be hosting their family and closest friends at the Antlers for their 50th Wedding Anniversary. With the help of Pan for Hire, our in-house catering, and the Geithman’s own special drink, Cataba, we’re expecting a festive evening, celebrating their best memories of the last 50 years. However, the Geithman’s aren’t the only Antler’s owners coming up on 50 years together! The Antlers will also be host to Charlie and Helen Wachendorfer’s family when they celebrate their 50th in 2009.Congratulations to everyone who has celebrated a special event at the Antlers this year – we’re glad you’ve chosen to include us in your lifelong memories.

Conference Room – Summer Upgrades

With the sun shining and the beautiful summer weather now in Vail, the Antlers conference center has made some small summer upgrades to try and bring the outdoors in! We’ve added a fresh coat of paint to the walls and a splash of teal with new napkins. We’re also switching out our regular black skirted buffets for an all white color scheme, making the inside of the rooms even more light than with the wall of windows alone!Also look for new buffet risers and a summer beer offering to come to the conference center soon! As always, contact myself or Magda King to get your group in to see the Antlers summer upgrades!And when you’re not stuck in meetings – enjoy the true outdoors!(clowe@antlersvail.com; mking@antlersvail.com)

Colorado Children’s Chorale goes for "the record"

The Colorado Children’s Chorale is in Vail this week and once again the Antlers at Vail is playing host! The kids have a busy and pretty structured week (thank goodness). Even their pool time is scheduled. The kids decided to try for the record for the most people in the pool. Check out the movie. The sad thing is, they JUST missed the record.

The Antlers Welcomes 3 Teva Groups

The first weekend in June is a busy one for the Vail Valley as we are host to the Teva Mountain Games. There are many components that make up this weekend of events, from street concerts to kayaking at International Bridge to DockDogs competitions. And there is even more behind the scenes work that goes on.The Antlers is proud to be hosting some of the Teva Mountain Games staff over the long weekend, as well as two other groups directly related to the Games.One of these groups is Cocona Fabrics, Inc., a Colorado based company that uses recycled coconut shells to make athletic fabrics. What a perfect fit with the Teva Games and the Antlers green lodging goals!The second group the Antlers is hosting is SERAC Adventure Films. SERAC is holding an Adventure Film School during the Teva Games. The students will be out and about filming the games, and then returning to the Antlers to review and edits their takes. We’re excited to see what this wonderful and ambitious group of students presents at the end of the week!The Antlers is excited and proud to be a part of the Teva Games – we hope to see everyone out there this weekend!

Rocky Mountain Vacations Travel Agent

Each year Julie from Rocky Mountain Vacations spends Thanksgiving out in the Utah desert with her relatives. Apparently they have some sort of golf tournament. Hmmmm…. were they drinking?…………

Hi Chris,

As promised…the third annual Vail Antlers Ladies Wilderness Golf Tournament held Thanksgiving day on the San Rafael swell. I had everyone show off the logo this year! Thanks for the good times with the Antlers. And remember…don’t feed the wildlife.

Julie StepniewskiROCKY MOUNTAIN VACATIONSDivision of Travel Organizers/American Express