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Platts: The Final Countdown

Make the most out of every minute, hour and day before autumn arrives. Here’s a brief guide to help you do so…

1 more column in which I will talk about the waning days of summer. I promise. I think…hopefully.

2 days left in the Theatre Aspen summer season.

3 Sundays left for Bluegrass on top of Ajax.

4 more camping opportunities, at least, before the weather turns.

5 weeks left in the season.

6 Sundays left to visit the Basalt Sunday Market.

7 days until my column on the local food culture publishes.

8 more chances to get out and shop at Aspen’s Saturday Market.

9 or so hours (depending on when you picked up this newspaper) until the last Carbondale Rodeo of the summer begins.

10 mornings in which hiking a fourteener is still possible, if you work five days a week.

11 political issues (at a minimum) that will be discussed at Aspen Public Radio’s Ken Rudin event this coming Monday.

12 bands to see at Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ Labor Day Experience, plus the silent disco late night.

13 days until one of the Americana Music Series with Hot Eagle at Justice Snow’s.

14 more barbecues you should host or attend. This may be ambitious, but trust me, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

15 work days in which you will have to sit in the office having summer blues.

16 more hikes to catch the end of wildflower season.

17 more cobs of Olathe corn. I don’t care if it gets stuck in your teeth, just make sure to pack some floss.

18 shows at the Belly Up Aspen that are currently scheduled.

19 years old will be the starting age for the more than 1,000 players that participate in the Mother Lode Volleyball Classic from Aug. 31 to Sept. 5.

20 dollars is the starting price to see a movie at Mountain Summit, which takes place Aug. 24 to 28.

21 more opportunities to wear white pants before it becomes unfashionable to do so.

22 days to buy a “super early” season pass for the winter.

23 Pallisade peaches you’re required to eat before they are gone for the season.

24 shows of the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue’s summer performance.

25 dollars for a History Coach Tour, courtesy of the Aspen Historical Society. Tours such like the Pub Crawl and West End Walking Tour also are worth looking into.

26 days until the National Sheep Dog Finals.

27 days until Fired Up! Paint-Your-Own-Pottery class at the Red Brick Center for the Arts.

28 times that you will be disappointed that summer is almost over. But don’t fret too much. Winter is just around the corner.

29 days until the Snowmass Wine Festival.

30 days until Sustainable Settings annual Harvest Festival.

31 days until The SnowMASS Ascension and Balloon Dance, a part of the Snowmass Balloon Festival.

32 days until a Rock Bottom Ranch Farm Tour (note: this is not the only time for this).

33 more musical events in the Aspen Music Festival and School’s summer season.

34 days left to fulfill your summer bucket list.

Barbara Platts is not particularly good at math, or counting for that matter, so do double check all references made in this article before showing up at an event. She is not wrong about the peaches though…count ‘em: 23! Reach her at

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