Events highlight summer at Highlands |

Events highlight summer at Highlands

Aspen Times Staff

Aspen Highlands is kicking off its summer, which includes 74 events, with the opening of two new businesses.The latest restaurant addition is Crust, which opens Tuesday. It will feature many varieties of pizza, from traditional Chicago-style and New York thin-crust to more modern creations. Crust will also feature wines from California and Italy, along with fresh salads. Owner Graham Frandson, who also owns the Little Dill in Snowmass, has teamed up with Matthew Zubrod, the executive chef at the Dish in Aspen, to create the restaurant’s menu.The other new business is Olivia Daane’s Livaspenart gallery, which is currently open from 9 a.m. to noon every day except Sundays. The gallery will have a grand opening from 3-9 p.m. July 9, with an exhibit titled New Works, New Faces.In addition to displaying and selling art, Livaspenart is also a working studio – meaning visitors can watch artists as they work on their latest pieces.Among the Highlands events is the return of the Movies Under the Stars every Tuesday night starting June 27. However, “Pirates of the Caribbean” will show on Wednesday, July 5, because of the July 4 holiday.The exotic car expo will also return from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 1, and organizers are expecting about 50 cars dating from the 1930s up to the present day. Freestyle Fridays kick off at 5 p.m. June 5, featuring live local music groups at Iguana’s Bar and Grill.Finally, Highlands Village will sponsor its third annual Maroon Bells Festival of Color on Sept. 23 and 24. Local artists, including students from local schools, will display and sell artwork on the lawn. Food and wine sampling will also be available. For a full schedule of events or for more information, visit or call 925-9010.

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