Ryan Summerlin April 26, 2013
For 75 years, Elsa Bailey has been enjoying the sport of downhill skiing. What better way to celebrate her 100th birthday in May than skiing with friends at her favorite ski resort, Arapahoe Basin?Bailey will turn 100 on May 10. She skis, dances and travels, even though she is challenged by visual impairment, has a pacemaker and requires oxygen, which she totes along herself. She credits her long lifespan to her active lifestyle, fresh air, exercise and optimistic outlook on life. Bailey began skiing the Colorado Rockies more than 20 years ago when she moved from California after the 1989 Oakland Hills fire destroyed her home. She lost almost everything she had acquired during a half-century of living in California, but it didn’t stop her from starting over with optimism. For many years, Bailey was an active member of the Silver Streaks Ski Club, and in 2003, she celebrated her 90th birthday at A-Basin with the Silver Streaks.Currently, Bailey skis with VIBeS, the Visually Impaired and Blind Skiers of the Colorado Springs Community, a nonprofit which boasts a dedicated team of volunteer sighted ski guides for the blind. The Silver Streaks and VIBeS are joining to organize the birthday gala for Bailey at A-Basin on May 11.
The History Colorado Center in Denver is hosting an exhibit titled “Jefferson’s Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth” through May 27. See the original book Thomas Jefferson made that reflects his personal religious and moral philosophy. This rare national treasure, on loan from the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, offers an intimate window into Jefferson’s extraordinary mind. Visitors also explore the story behind the intensive effort undertaken by Smithsonian conservators to preserve this fragile, yet remarkable, piece of American history and make it accessible to the public.The History Colorado Center is located at 1200 Broadway in Denver. General admission to the museum is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students with ID and $6 for children. Children 5 and younger are free. There is no additional cost for the Jefferson exhibit. For more information, visit www.historycoloradocenter.org or call (303)-HISTORY.