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Chapel marks 30th anniversary

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Aspen Chapel will kick off its 30th anniversary with an old-fashioned picnic on Sunday, Aug. 15 at Bumps at the base of Buttermilk in Aspen.

The public is invited to bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy the festivities from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Along with storytelling and live music, there will be games and races with prizes for children, sing-a-longs, and free lemonade as well as anniversary cakes for everyone.

For Aspen Chapel, the picnic serves as the beginning of a yearlong celebration of its 30 years serving Aspen and the entire Roaring Fork Valley. Other events are being planned during the year.

The chapel, built and dedicated in 1969 as an interfaith chapel, is also launching a major funding drive for capital improvements to the building. Some $125,000 is needed to replace its original roof as well as several other physical updates. Aspen Chapel has no membership in the traditional manner and is entirely dependent on contributions to provide its ministry and to maintain its building and grounds.

Attendees at the picnic are urged to bring anniversary cards or gifts. On these cards, the chapel would appreciate the public sharing a word or two on what the chapel has meant to them and to their families during the past 30 years. A collection of these thoughts and sentiments will be printed in a special anniversary booklet.


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