Springtime in the Rockies
April 10, 2003
With April in full swing, spring fever is in the air. As the days grow longer and the weather gets warmer, everyone is eager to spend more time outside.
With that in mind, friends Sarah Manning and Christie Henderson held their annual midmountain keg party on the deck at Bonnie’s restaurant last weekend. They invited their nearest and dearest friends to join them for the ski-in, ski-out affair on Aspen Mountain.
Guests staggered in and out throughout the day, before and after taking ski runs around the mountain. Unfortunately for those in search of a sunbath, the weather was not exactly ideal, with a constant cloud cover and a steady breeze throughout the afternoon.
Despite the brisk temperature on the deck, a sizable crowd amassed at the “kegger” as the day progressed. Several guests shared a birthday and celebrated with a rich chocolate cake, which was devoured within an hour of its arrival.
Corey McLernon, who turned 38 at the party, had a satisfying day both on and off the slopes. “Well, my wife’s cruising in the Caribbean, but I’m just having a great day skiing with my two brothers,” he said.
Guests lined up around the keg – some of the more daring souls even sipped from it upside down. “I think I’ll pass on the keg stand,” said one of the hostesses.
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“I’d say it was a good choice on the keg,” acknowledged Tim Mutrie, expert beer drinker and Aspen Times sports editor. “For an afternoon party, a keg of Budweiser is a safe bet. It sure beats a barrel of Natty Light [Natural Light] or, God forbid, Old Milwaukee.”
As the day drew to a close, the party guests migrated indoors to warm up at the restaurant. Brigitte Birrfelder, the owner of Bonnie’s, expressed her enthusiasm for the event. “We love having parties up here, especially with a crowd as nice as this one,” she stated.