Yesterday when we woke up
from our nap Mummy & Daddy told us they had a surprise planned...
they had tickets for us to
see our very first movie in a movie theater!
Not just any movie theater...
the Wheeler Opera House!
Not just any movie... the
annual Warren Miller ski film!
Every autumn for the past 56
years Warren Miller has made a new ski film. It is a sign that winter is
on its way when the posters go up around town announcing that the new
Warren Miller film is coming to town for the weekend.
When Daddy was a little boy
he used to drag Nana along to see the new Warren Miller film every
autumn. Back in those days Mr. Miller himself traveled with the film. He
would sit on the stage and do the narration live. Now the films are very
high tech and Mr. Miller no longer travels with the films -- but we did
get to meet him two years ago when he was passing through town in the
middle of winter...
He is a Very Nice man! We
have some of his ski pictures from the 1940's in our playroom,
and one of his ski film
posters from the 1970's in our bedroom!
When we got to the Wheeler
Opera House we showed our tickets at the door...
and then we took the elevator
up to the theater. That alone was worth the price of admission!
(There are lit-up stars on
the ceiling of the Wheeler's elevator!)
Inside the big theater there
was already a movie on the screen. But Daddy explained that it was
the pre-show and that when
the lights went down the real movie would start. We found our seats
and got comfy. Then one of
the stars of the movie came out to introduce the show. He explained
that part of the movie we
were going to see was filmed in Aspen. Everyone in the packed theater
shouted and cheered! Then the
lights went out and the movie started. We were SO excited. Alex
sat on Mummy's lap,
mesmerized. Jeremy sat perched on the edge of his own seat, equally
The first segment of the film
was about helicopter skiing in Alaska. Nobody told us there would be
HELICOPTERS in the movie! Jeremy whispered to Daddy that one day he
would like to fly in a helicopter.
The second segment took place
in Aspen. When the Aspen gondola came on the screen Alex shouted
"Gondola, Gondola!" and
Jeremy beamed with happiness! We know all about the gondola!
At intermission we even got
our picture taken... so now we can tell people that we've been in a
Warren Miller ski film!
Lamb and Yankee Bear came
with us to the movie. They enjoyed it too, but they think that
they may stay home this
winter when we go skiing this winter, because their legs are Nearly
New. (Alex had his pacifier
with him because just before nap time he had a BIG BOOM.
He fell in the front hall and
hit his mouth on the step -- leading to a busted lip and a bloody
nose. But he was Very Brave
(he told us so). Mummy and Daddy asked if he wanted to go to
the movie or stay home. He
insisted on going to see the movie.)
Part of the movie had
pounding rhythmic rap-song music. Jeremy loved it! He danced in his
then got down to dance in the
aisle. He liked the music all most as much as he liked the skiing and
The next morning when we woke
up it had snowed and the entire town was covered in a white blanket.
We made Giant Footprints in
Warren Miller followed by a
blizzard... now we're REALLY ready for winter!