Around Aspen: Local’s choice |

Around Aspen: Local’s choice

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Aspen Times Weekly

Every year The Aspen Times prints a questionnaire asking locals what their favorite things in town are – things like restaurants, hikes, shrines, places to people-watch, favorite bartender, even favorite whiner.

This year, the staff at the newspaper decided to announce the winners in each category at a big party on the beautiful grounds of the Aspen Historical Society. There were lots of refreshments from favorite restaurants and bars, and lots of babies at the gathering.

The June-July issue of Colorado Expression magazine includes an article about Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, relating how Jess Graber, a custom home-builder and volunteer fireman, answered a fire alarm at a neighbor’s barn in Woody Creek. Unfortunately they didn’t save the barn, which belonged to George Stranahan, owner of the Flying Dog Brewery. But Graber, who had a fascination with distilling, became friends with Stranahan and they shared their mutual interest in alcoholic beverages. After much experimenting, even using some of the mash from Flying Dog Beer, Graber came up with Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. Graber is the principal owner and the distillery is located in Denver’s LoDo district.

With all the summer events filling your calendar, there is still one later in the year that should be entered. The 27th Annual Awards Dinner given by The Aspen Institute this year will honor Leonard Lauder, chairman emeritus of The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., who has a second home in Aspen, and Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The dinner will be chaired by Mercedes and Sid Bass and is planned for Thursday, Nov. 4, in The Plaza Hotel in New York City.

However, the Aspen Institute has another event planned that is open and free to all residents of the Roaring Fork Valley and visitors. On Sunday, June 27, there will be a celebration to reopen the Walter Paepcke Memorial Building after 10 months of renovation. There will be tours of the building from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and refreshments will be served. There will also be talks and film presentations throughout the day.

After being involved in the lodging industry in Snowmass Village – notably with the Silver Tree and Snowmass Inn since the beginning of Snowmass Village in 1962 – longtime innkeepers Dick and Barbara Moebius have moved back to their beach house in San Diego, which they kept throughout their Snowmass years as a place for family vacations and renewal. In addition to their lodge keeping, the Moebiuses were longtime volunteers in Snowmass. They will be missed.

Undercurrent … The song of the lawnmower is heard throughout the land.

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