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Meisser Reunion, 2005
Aspen, Colorado

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     Hosted by Jo-Ann Hall, Aspen, Colorado was the scene of the 41st Annual National Meisser Reunion, June 24-26, 2005. The Annabelle Inn on Main Street, newly rebuilt and decorated in Bavarian style, was the stage for our event. This unique Reunion turned out to be a joint Meisser Reunion and Aspen Sister Cities event, as Davos, Switzerland is a Sister City to Aspen. Dr. Andrea Meisser ,Vice Mayor and Official Sister City Representative from Davos, was able to join our event.

     Friday evening, we enjoyed a lovely dinner with live entertainment featuring John Denverís songs by John Adams of Colorado and Chris Collins of Houston, Texas. Our newly found cousin, Dr. Andrea Meisser, joined us along with several other dignitaries from Switzerland. Phyllis and Rodney Sweigert celebrated their 44th anniversary with John and Chris singing a special Denver song for them.

     Saturday, while the children enjoyed a visit to the Aspen Recreation Center and its two pools, historical walking tours were led by several long-time Aspenites to the street market in the downtown area. Everyone met at the base of the gondola for the group picture, followed by a trip to the top of Aspen Mountain on the gondola. After lunch and a few rounds with hula hoops, everyone came down to board buses to the Maroon Bells, the most photographed mountains in the world. Once you have seen them, you will recognize many TV ads and motion pictures with their majestic glory in the background.

     That evening, dinner at the Mountain Chalet was served family style featuring Cuisine by Rebecca. We enjoyed entrees of Chicken Sanbocca and Flank Steak and organic vegetables from the gardens at Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale. Andrea Meisserís presentation that evening featured highlights of Davos, Switzerland and the settlement of the Meissers in the area in the 1270ís. Farming was their existence and there are still 92 Meissers living in the area. Andrea is Vice Mayor and a member of the Executive Commmittee in Davos, and we are looking forward to future contact with him. He has a strong interest in genealogy and we enjoyed meeting his family and country in pictures.

     Sunday, though the weather was intermittently wet, some folks did make it to the Jazz Festival tent to enjoy the gospel music. Our musicians were unable to play at the John Denver Sanctuary because of the weather, but they entertained us at our indoor picnic. Roasted chicken and salads were served, and the auction was a big success, as were the lovely gifts everyone received. Sean Pitzer was surprised with a huge birthday cake for his 4th birthday, our dessert. We had close to 90 adults and children in attendance, including many new cousins from Colorado. Since I am working on an album of the 41st Reunion, Iíd appreciate receiving any picture (labeled with names) youíd be willing to share.

     This was not an easy event to present alone, but without all of you, it would not have been a success. Thank you for making the effort to be with us and being so helpful. It was a very special reunion, affording us the opportunity to meet our cousin Andrea from Switzerland. His slideshow was quite informative and shed more light on our European roots.

Jo-Ann Hall

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