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Geezers, your time has come

Jill Beathard
Snowmass Sun
Current and former Snowmass Village residents who were friends in the 1970s gather for a group shot at the Great Geezer Gathering in 2009. The reunion that grew out of an informal get-together five years ago is back in Snowmass this weekend.
John Holod/Courtesy photo |

Geezers, unite.

The Great Geezer Gathering, a reunion for Snowmass Village residents and employees of the 1970s, is returning Aug. 8 to 11. About 70 people, many of whom now live in other parts of the country, are planning to come and participate in the festivities.

The gathering started in 2009 when “Magic John” Holod, now of Venice, Florida, was in Colorado on business and arranged to get a few people together in Snowmass Village. About 25 people were expected to show up; instead, the party grew to include almost 150.

“It was a huge success,” said Joe Farrell, of Snowmass Village, who helped organize the original event, as well. “(Holod) decided, ‘Let’s do this again five years later.’”

“Of all the places I’ve been … it seems like the closest friends I have are from that time in Snowmass.”
John Holod
Venice, Fla.

Holod’s not expecting as many this time around, but more could still show up. People who want to come are asked to pay $20 to help cover the costs of the party and can donate more in addition to that. Proceeds left over will be given to the Snowmass Village Community Outreach Fund. In 2009, the Geezers raised $1,250 for the charity.

Working in Snowmass while they were all at a young age was a bonding experience for the group, said Holod, who left the valley after six years and moved first to Maui and then to other places around the country.

“Of all the places I’ve been … it seems like the closest friends I have are from that time in Snowmass,” he said. “We all kind of grew up together.”

Farrell said guests of the Geezer Gathering don’t “relive” those days, but they do “recall” them.

“It was Shangri-La for all of us,” Farrell said. “It was the place to be in the world for people in their 20s. … We all worked together and played together.”

Ray Greiser, of Snowmass Village, is also helping organize the event. He says it’s open to anyone who lived in the valley around that time.

“We’re actually looking for some youth — people from the early ’80s,” he said.

Greiser added that it’s important for old friends to get together.

“It beats going to a funeral,” he said.

The festivities kick off with a party at the Stonebridge Inn. Holod has asked guests to bring any old photos they have for a screening at the party. On Aug. 9, there will be a picnic around the gazebo in Town Park and a party to follow at Base Camp Bar & Grill.

To join the party, contact Holod at 313-510-2350 or holodjohn@aol.com.

jbeathard@snowmass sun.com


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