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Chamber announces winners of Mr. and Mrs. Smith contest

April E. ClarkPost Independent Staff

Retired English teacher Jack Jabbour followed the advice he often gave his writing students this month and came out a winner.The KMTS sports broadcaster and former Glenwood Post contributor teamed with teacher Kaaren Peck to pen their version of how Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would spend a weekend in Glenwood. The entry placed first in the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Associations Come Stay Where Mr. & Mrs. Smith Play contest, which focused on the filming of a scene in Glenwood Canyon. Ive always encouraged my students to enter contests because it makes them edit their stuff more closely, said Jabbour, of New Castle. I teach my students to write for surprise and that we dont always know whats going to happen in a story.Peck and Jabbour wrote their entry as diary excerpts from titular characters John and Jane Smiths diaries, each detailing different Glenwood attractions they would visit. The Hotel Colorado, Sunlight Mountain Resort, Fairy Caves, Hot Springs Pool, Rosis Little Bavarian Restaurant and Pastry, Doc Hollidays Grave, Glenwood Canyon and the Italian Underground were among the Glenwood spots the imaginary diary mentioned. I saw the contest in the paper, sketched the outline of the thing, then called Jack and (his wife) Linda because they have lived in the area so long, Peck said via her cell phone as she returned from a family reunion in Michigan. I was at my sisters house when I got the call that we won, so that was kind of fun because I could tell my whole family, Im going to Hollywood.Jabbour said Peck was confident their teamwork would help them win.He gave it the color, the slant and the jokes. The flair of it was all him, Peck said.They won a two-night stay at the Hotel Colorado; a four-day, three-night trip to Hollywood; a $500 airline voucher from Springs Travel; and round-trip Colorado Mountain Express shuttle transfers to and from Denver International Airport. Jabbour said the Hotel Colorado package intrigued him and his wife because they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary there six years ago.Marianne Virgili, president and CEO of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, said entries were judged on originality and creativity.We had over 100 entries and the chamber staff got it down to 25, Virgili said. What caught our eye was the detail that contestants knew about Glenwood Springs and the different attractions in town. It seemed like a lot of these people were previous vacationers. The 25 runners-up receive a Mr. & Mrs. Smith movie poster. The second-place winner, Dian Connor of New Palestine, Ind., will receive a poster and Glenwood Springs logo-emblazoned merchandise. She wrote from Jolies perspective about fishing, hiking and rafting around Glenwood, swimming at the Hot Springs Pool and contemplating nuptials at Sunlight Mountain Resort with a Hotel Colorado honeymoon.The Hotel Colorado has a Roosevelt room, but does it have a honeymoon suite? she asked.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext.

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