Summer symposiums |

Summer symposiums

Aspen Valley Marathon all-star crew - Finish line manager Sheldon Hoelske, volunteer director Kylee Schuler, superstar Steph Thurston, founder Kat Fitzgerald and events director Sean Solon. Courtesy photo.

Mountain Mayhem: Summer Symposiums

In just taking a cursory glance at Aspen’s summer events calendar, one could put a together a curriculum toward earning a master’s in music theory, health care, cultural studies, social networking and more. Clearly this is an exaggeration, but the density of thought offerings, analytical discussions, and career inspiration are truly mesmerizing.

Among this summer’s symposiums was AccessCircles’ Aspen Wellness Forum from July 13-16 with special guest speaker Dr. Mark Hyman, the medical director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, the Founder of The UltraWellness Center, and a New York Times bestselling author. AccessCircles is a by-invitation global network for women providing connectivity, knowledge and access to thought leaders, resources and unique experiences, which transform lives. In August 2007, AccessCircles launched with 25 founding members and a preview experience here in Aspen with 45 influential women from around the country. Leading physicians, philanthropists and wellness chefs led discussions in private homes and unique locations in Aspen. Over the past decade, AccessCircles has hosted more than 300 experiences including annual Health and Wellness Forums in Aspen (July), Miami (January) and an annual forum focused on “Social Entrepreneurship, Impact Investing and Strategic Philanthropy.” Learn more at

Earlier this summer, the Aspen Wedding Guide presented the Annual Wedding and Event Industry Mixer and Showcase. Wedding and event vendors, planners and industry professionals gathered on the grounds of the newly renovated Wheeler/Stallard Museum to network and learn about one another’s specialties. Hi Love Events of Chicago, Aspen and Harbor Island, Bahamas, assisted with the event logistics, Premier Party Rentals provided the beautiful tent made of sailcloth, Malle Gambuti Make up & Styling got guests dolled up, Chef Elissa of D’Elissious Cake Studio served her to-die-for cupcakes, Meat & Cheese brought the meat and cheese, Aspen Event Imprints printed custom trucker hats for souvenirs, Marble Distillery and Wine Bar poured elixirs, and more. For wedding planning ideas, visit

In 1997 Albert Sanford and Dorothy Wildman opened Galerie Maximillian, with the concept to present important historic masterworks on paper alongside contemporary European work with an emphasis on Young British Artists. This summer, the Galerie hit a milestone 20-year anniversary, which was cause for celebration at a midsummer reception with staff, friends and patrons.

On July 15, the seventh annual Aspen Valley Marathon took to the trails with a full 26.2-mile, Boston Marathon-sanctioned race from downtown Aspen to downtown Basalt, a half-marathon from Woody Creek to Basalt and a 5K around Basalt. For race results, visit

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