Cheers to the New Year |

Cheers to the New Year

May Selby
Nete Joseph, Mary Kent and Mark Joseph ring in the New Year.

The hectic holiday season may be behind us, but tales remain to be told from parties over the past few weeks. The local social calendar was chock full of festivities throughout December, culminating in an abundance of events marking New Year’s Eve. I’ve always found one of the best reasons to spend the last day of the year in Aspen can be explained by the infinite number of options for celebrating. Though many tend to consider the holiday to be a bit debaucherous, it doesn’t have to be.Several groups spent the transition into 2006 touring through the backcountry and staying at one of the Alfred E. Braun or Tenth Mountain Division huts. Reports from at least one trip revealed that everyone was asleep well before midnight so they acknowledged the New Year by making fresh turns on the first.

Another wholesome event took place at the Aspen Recreation Center, where kids age 5 and older were invited to spend the evening of the 31st with their families for swimming, skating and rock climbing. Others dressed to impress and attended invite-only events such as private parties staged at the Sky Hotel and the Sundeck. Several local clubs featured live music from the likes of G. Love and Special Sauce at the Belly Up, DJ Naka G at Lava Room and Jes Grew at The Blue Door. One private party featured Denver-based DJ Sante, who was imported to Aspen for the night.The Silvertree Hotel in Snowmass hosted its 17th Annual New Year’s Eve event with a gourmet dinner, dancing, a balloon drop and a special simultaneous children’s party.The Wheeler Opera House presented some of New Orleans’ liveliest and finest homegrown musicians for a special reunion. The evening’s lineup included Marva Wright, Eddie Bo, Wanda Rouzan, A Taste of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues All Star Band, The Pinstrip Brass Band, James “Satchmo of the Ghetto” Andrews, and Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. The Red Onion invited one and all in for no charge and even offered a round of champagne on the house at midnight.One group of friends shunned the social options offered around the valley and instead spent the evening staying home in Basalt. Dressed in a tuxedo, the host tended to the grill while his wife served champagne. All six guests watched “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” before retiring for the evening shortly after midnight.To contact May to send info, insights or invites, e-mail

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