Mountain Mayhem: An epic June in Aspen
June acted a bit like March is meant to, coming in like a lion (with snowy peaks and bonus ski weekends on Aspen Mountain), acting a bit like a lamb (with temperatures averaging in the 70s), then rolling back out like a lion (with a hail and lighting storm in Aspen on the last day of the month).
Among the social highlights over the past few weeks were birthday parties for guests of honor ranging from age 1 to 50.
Rowland+Broughton Architecture / Urban Design / Interior Design hosted an open house June 20 at their new Aspen studio and firm headquarters on Main Street. Their Aspen and Denver-based team welcomed the community to the restored Mesa Store Building building, which just received a Historic Preservation Award from the Aspen Historic Preservation Commission. The lively reception took place throughout the three-story building, spilling outside under the covered entrance and adjacent garden, previously a parking area, which now features new landscaping and seating areas.
Over the weekend of June 20 through 23, Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) presented a reimagined June Experience with a major shift in its format. In lieu of presenting a few select artists at the Benedict Music Tent, JAS opened up the entire town in bringing a wider range of talent and genres to multiple intimate venues. Sweet sounds of live music carried through the air from the rooftop of the Aspen Art Museum to the Grand Salon of The Little Nell to the tented VIP venue across from Rubey Park to Skye Gallery and more.
The Aspen Ideas Festival spanned seven days in late June with 400 speakers from around the globe engaging in deep discussion, most of which can be viewed via http://www.aspenideas.org.
And as of June 27, the Aspen Music Festival and School’s season is off and running, exploring the theme of “Being American,” with a calendar of events available on http://www.aspenmusicfestival.com.
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Many locations on Basalt Mountain were barren as recently as two months ago. However, nutrients unlocked during the Lake Christine Fire and a wet winter have sparked a remarkable recovery. Aspen Center for Environmental Studies is leading fire ecology tours to discuss the changes.