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Mountain Mayhem: Summer Days

by May Selby

As the old adage goes (and is repeated so frequently it’s not all that original anymore), people come to Colorado for the winter and stay for the summer. With days like these, there’s no reason to debate this. Summer 2017’s off to a delightful start as evidenced in this round up of just a few of the fun and awe-inspiring events and activities of late.

On June 12, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies hosted its annual membership dinner, Picnic on the Preserve, at Hallam Lake. Members, staff and friends of ACES gathered at the 25-acre nature preserve in the heart of downtown for drinks, a gourmet dinner of local food from ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch, and live music. To join ACES to support environmental education in our valley and take part in special events like this one, visit

On June 14, the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) presented a barbecue for members and special guests with artists Peter Fischli and Wade Guyton, coinciding with the installation of their new exhibit, “Wade Guyton Peter Fischli David Weiss,” open now through Nov. 26. Joining Wade and Peter were their studio assistants, the AAM installation crew and the AAM board of trustees. Set amidst its airy Roof Deck Sculpture Garden, the event served as a revival of the AAM Contemporaries, a membership group for those interested in exploring today’s global art scene with private receptions, art talks, exhibition walk-throughs and more. Learn more and join via the museum’s website:

Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS)’ June Experience spanned four nights of headline concerts at the Benedict Music Tent in Aspen, along with multiple shows at the JAS Cafe Upstairs at the Aspen Art Museum and Downstairs at The Little Nell. A highlight of the festivities was the Lawn Party on the Music Tent Grounds before the main shows. Acts included the JAS Student All-Stars — student musicians from the Roaring Fork Valley — as well as longtime local jam band Jes Grew. For all JAS summer happenings from JAS Café at The Nell and Aspen Art Museum, visit their brand new website,

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