Mountain Mayhem: Next Chapters
Several news items of late have been cause for celebration. Part-time Aspen locals, most-of-the-time Amsterdam residents and otherwise world travelers Andreas Jungwirth and Corey Reardon were back in town in March. The reason? Friends of the pair hosted an engagement party in their honor. Albert Sanford generously provided the venue, his contemporary art gallery, Galerie Max. Lea Tucker and Megan Shean coordinated the drinks and dishes. Another friend offered to DJ. Several dozen guests gathered in the happy couple’s honor, toasting to their upcoming nuptials in the Netherlands in September.
In anticipation of the Aspen Club’s next phase, which club owner & CEO Michael Fox refers to as Aspen Club 3.0, a final fiesta took place in April as a farewell to the current iteration, which is being scraped and replaced with a brand new complex. Members, staff and friends were invited to the Mexican-themed closing party where they mingled and enjoyed a fun evening. Follow the development plans for the club, slated to open mid-2017, on their website, http://www.aspenclub.com.
When certain eras come to an end, it can be hard not to have bittersweet emotions — the April 2016 closure of Little Annie’s Eating House, established in 1972, being one of them. To mark the final days of the longtime Aspen establishment, they ran throwback specials all week. The bar and dining room was packed on closing night as locals ordered their last “shot and a beer,” a combo Annie’s had been famous for among patrons. Plans for the space call for a renovation by Aspen Core Ventures, a partnership headed by developers Andy and Nikos Hecht.
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Perhaps it’s because we are in the abbreviated days of winter and I instinctively know that the sun is shining down-under. But every January I go through a nostalgic period where Australian wine dominates my mind.