Great water celebration
August 17, 2010
I want to thank all the individuals and organizations who participated in the public Water Is Life celebration on July 31.
We were happily surprised by the 400-plus turnout at the 30th anniversary of Aspen’s Dancing Fountain, and gratified by the participation of several important water conservation organizations. As one outcome, we hope to see an increase in public understanding and participation in important and vexing water issues facing our region.
Representatives from several water conservation groups were on hand to meet the public. Our thanks to Aspen CORE, Colorado River Water Conservation District, ACES, Trout Unlimited, Roaring Fork Conservancy, city of Aspen Stormwater and Utilities departments and the White River National Forest. Please support them in their efforts to keep the rivers flowing.
We also want to thank all the volunteers, including the 100-plus dancers in the Aspen Splashmob, who rehearsed and executed their fountain dance with pure joy. Their synchronous efforts triggered a huge rain storm that rendered our water woes mute for the rest of the afternoon.
The Sybarite String Quintet performed beautifully from the depths of their hearts, while our esteemed MC Bill Stirling, Poetry Slammer Jonathan Bastian and Mayor Mick Ireland expounded, recited and proclaimed. Fountain programming wizard Rodger Hollingsworth, dancer coordinator Kari Throm and choreographer Heather Starr-Kallas of Dance Progressions brought the crowd and fountain to life with a flashmob dance that would have made Nick DeWolf proud.
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Our amazing event crew included Kendyll Vresilovic of Magnolia Design, Brigitte Birrfelder of Aspen Brick Oven and the pros at Aspen Eventworks, Deb Doyle, Allison Flemming, Beth Slater and Jessica Morgan. Fountain co-designer Travis Fulton wisely danced with his umbrella. Thank you to all of our photographers.
Door prizes were graciously donated by The Aspen Club, Belly Up, Aspen Kayak Academy, Shane Ebrahimi, ACES and the Aspen Skiing Co.
We hope to return with an equal measure of joy and fun next year with the Nick DeWolf Wacky Innovation X Prize competition for fountain-powered kinetic water sculptures. Stay tuned.