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Untucked: Don’t fret, summer isn’t over yet

by Barbara Platts
The Jazz Aspen crowd enjoys the concert at last year's Labor Day Experience in Snowmass.
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Don’t get disappointed about the fact that the days of summer are waning. There’s still plenty of fun to be had before the mud season takes hold. Below are five things to make sure are on your calendar, as they should not be missed.

Bluegrass Sundays

July 31 through September 4

A party with a view, Bluegrass Sundays bring some notable musicians to the top of Aspen Mountain to perform with a backdrop of the Elk Mountain Range. The scene always is casual and fun. You can pack a lunch or buy one at the Sundeck. This music event is ideal for people of all ages. If you’re over 21, you can indulge in a cold brew or two. Concerts start at 3 p.m. each Sunday.

Anderson Ranch

Community Picnic for

its 50th anniversary

August 6

I can recall going to this event as far back as age 8. It was fun then, and it’s certainly a blast now. Considered the ranch’s biggest fundraiser, this event beautifully showcases all of the work done at the organization over the summer months. As many as 200 artworks, donated by artists, collectors and galleries, will be auctioned off during the event. Plus there’s music, activities for the kids and lots of good food. This year should be particularly special since the ranch is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Ducky Derby

August 13

This is another event I’ve been going to since I was a wee pup, as I’m sure is the case with many others who are reading this. Although the derby is considered to be more kid-focused, it’s a good time for all ages. I mean, who wouldn’t want to watch roughly 30,000 adorable rubber ducks float down the Roaring Fork River? Plus, if you buy a duck, you have a chance of winning $10,000 in cash. Who wouldn’t want that? Get out there by 11 a.m. to enjoy the festivities. Ducks get dropped at precisely 2:10 p.m.

JAS Labor Day Experience

September 2 to 4

Jazz Aspen Snowmass has crafted a highly impressive lineup for this year’s Labor Day Experience. From The Killers and Stevie Wonder to Thievery Corporation and Train, it would be hard to choose just one night to attend…so go for all three. This is certainly one of the most popular events of the summer and there’s a good reason for it. Enough said.

Harvest Festival Dinner

and Dance

September 17

Yes, this still counts as summer. The first day of fall is not until September 22 so I’m allowed to include this. I’ve never been to this event before, but after going to Sustainable Settings for the first time this past week (read more about my experience in next week’s column), I would go to any event the nonprofit farm threw. The work they are doing is truly incredible and should be seen by anyone who lives or visits the area. This particular festival is considered the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year. An all day experience, it includes a speaker series, endless amounts of food grown and raised at the farm and prepared by notable Roaring Fork Valley chefs, ranch tours, hay wagon rides and lots of spirits and good company. I’ve heard from many that it is an event not to be missed and I fully intend not to this year.

So there you are. Sure, July is almost over but don’t let it get you down. There’s plenty left to happen before we say goodbye to the warmer months in the Roaring Fork Valley. See you out there.

Barbara Platts has all of these upcoming events on her calendar. Do you? Reach her at bplatts.000@gmail.com.