Head for the Hills to headline Wildfest
Wilderness Workshop’s Wildfest 2015, a celebration of our surrounding public lands designed to bring outdoor enthusiasts of all interests and backgrounds together for a day of family-friendly fun, will include live music and headliner Head for the Hills.
The day-long party also will host panel discussions and kids activities. Wildfest will run from 1 to 11 p.m. Aug. 1 at The Other Side Ranch in Old Snowmass.
Along with the neo-bluegrass band Head for the Hills — a critic’s pick at last year’s SxSW — the music lineup includes local favorites Acoustic Mayhem, Jes Grew and Saddle the Unicorn.
This year, Wildfest is featuring multiple workshops with wild and natural themes, including a panel discussion featuring recently retired wildlife officer Kevin Wright. Other workshops include wild food harvesting, nature consciousness through yoga and communal art creation with muralist Fred “Lightning Heart” Haberlein. You’ll also have a chance to catch up with Wilderness Workshop’s public land protection efforts.
Local beers will be on tap with Crystal River Meats and Sustainable Settings supplying food prepared by local chef Hayden Dudley. This former Cloud 9 Alpine Bistro chef will be teaming up with the Humble Plum mobile kitchen to offer an elixir booth, raw chocolate, sparkling mate’ and a menu of snacks and meals. A coffee and tea bar also will be open all day.
Additional activities include hula hooping and decorating with Guinness World Record holder Betty Hoops, fire-dancing with the Dance of the Sacred Fire & Friends and a drum circle.
Wilderness Workshop celebrated its first Wildfest in 2012. Despite the all-day rain, more than 300 guests came to eat, drink, dance and celebrate public lands at the Flying Dog Ranch in Woody Creek. The tradition continued in 2014, when the nonprofit collaborated with other organizations to host a similar event at the base of Aspen Highlands, dubbed the “Maroon Bells Birthday Bash,” celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the 50th birthday of the Maroon Bells Wilderness with 2,000 attendees.
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the venue. They’re available online at http://www.wildernessworkshop.org/wildfest or at Ragged Mountain Sports (Carbondale), Ute Mountaineer (Aspen) and Bristlecone Mountain Sports (El Jebel).
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