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Expats party ‘could get pretty hectic’

Chad Abraham
Mike Silver, right, and his South African mates, from right, Greg Whitfield, Josh Hayman and Gareth Rees are hoping for a high turnout of locals and foreigners for their party Friday at Bar Aspen. (Mark Fox/The Aspen Times)

“People all over the world (everybody)Join hands (join)”-“Love Train” by The O’Jays

Argentinians, Aussies, Kiwis and South Africans, unite!Aiming at camaraderie and mingling, a group of foreign-born local workers are planning a party Friday night at Bar Aspen (formerly Shooter’s).And you plain Americans are invited also.Mike Silver, who hails from Cape Town, said that the divergent people often throw parties of their own, making it hard to meet other expatriates.But at Bar Aspen, everyone will represent his or her own nation. A competition for best-dressed country, face-painting, prizes and other merriment is planned.

“We’re probably going to get 400 people, and the place only fits 200,” Silver said, “so it could get pretty hectic in the club.”Silver and his friends, who call themselves the Cooper Boys because they live on Cooper Avenue, have been passing out fliers advertising the bash.”It’s pretty cool. Everybody’s getting involved,” he said.Admission will be $10 to cover the cost of the DJ and the fliers. A South African concoction of lemonade and blue Curaçao comes with admission at the door. Doormen will ask about attendees’ native lands and give them the proper flag, which can also be redeemed for a drink.”It’s not a moneymaking venture,” he said. “It should be good. It could turn into a wild party.”

Silver said Aspen, by far, is the most welcoming place of any town he’s worked in.”There’re so many expats here. It’s so cosmopolitan,” he said, referring, we think, to Aspen’s diversity and not the drink.The expat party begins at 9 p.m. and will last until closing time.”And then we’re going to have an after-party at our house,” he said.Cheers and salud.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is chad@aspentimes.com