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Kudos and Kindness

A crowning moment

Dear Editor:

On June 15, 22 fleet-footed kids took to the Crown Mountain paved path to capture the crown in age-specific bracketed races! Our fastest runner completed the one-mile loop in 6 minutes, 47 seconds!

The park would like to recognize the quick kids and their supportive parents who came out to participate in the event. The cool summer-morning weather was perfect for everyone to stretch their legs and lungs.

It was fun to witness the up-and-coming athleticism in our local children! Each child received a medal and the right to claim conquest of the Crown Mountain Park path in all its lengths. Pictures of the event have been posted to Crown Mountain Park’s Facebook page; check out them out, and come see if you can conquer the path — running, walking, strolling, skipping or just enjoying the summer weather!

We’ll see you next year, but in the meantime, check out the Crown Mountain Park website and like us on Facebook to stay up to date on all of our upcoming programs.

Adrianne Pelton

Recreation coordinator Crown Mountain Park & Recreation District

Buddy Program gives more thanks to its sponsors

Dear Editor:

The Buddy Program would like to express its sincere gratitude to Tim Johnson, director of sales and marketing at the Bar at Wildwood Snowmass and Complex, for sponsoring a Family Night Out in June.

Each month, the Buddy Program selects one of its families to enjoy an all-expenses-paid dinner at a fantastic local restaurant as a way of celebrating their involvement in the Buddy Program and giving them a chance to relax and enjoy themselves. This is an amazing opportunity for them to come together as a family and enjoy a quality meal out.

The Bar at Wildwood Snowmass is located at the Wildwood Snowmass Resort, across the street from the Westin Snowmass. Introduced to the public in 2012, the Bar at Wildwood is furnished with an uplifting mixture of brightly colored vintage and contemporary pieces that set the stage for an incredibly hip atmosphere. Pouring 10 taps of New Belgium’s finest brews paired with unique entrees, appetizers and specialty pizzas, the Bar at Wildwood has become a huge hit among guests and locals alike.

Thank you, Tim and Wildwood Snowmass!

Liz Mittlefehldt

The Buddy Program

Great support from Aspen

Dear Editor:

Thank you to everyone who supported my show “Serving Bait to Rich People” over the Food & Wine Classic at Aspen weekend. I feel very fortunate to come from such a loving community.

Special thanks to the amazing gang at Escobar — Ian, Ryan, James, Mike, the other Ian and Adam — for a fantastic venue and to the many other restaurants and hotels that helped me spread the word (most notably L’Hostaria — you guys have the coolest staff in town!) .

The fact that both papers list our shows for free in the “what’s going on” sections is also a huge gift. I love being on the road, but I’m grateful to have such a wonderful place for when I want to come home.

Alexa Fitzpatrick


Stellar performance by Aspen Stage

Dear Editor:

I write to sing the praises of Aspen Stage.

Last weekend in Carmel, Ind., I had the privilege of serving as an adjudicator at the national play festival sponsored by the American Association of Community Theatre. As you may know, the Aspen Stage won recognition in every category in which it was nominated, taking home four top awards for its production of K.D. Carlson’s “Unmarried in America,” which advanced to the national festival after winning the state and regional competitions earlier this year.

Your community is blessed with an avocational theater of the highest caliber, led by director Wendy S. Moore. Three cast members were recognized for their outstanding portrayals, with Ryan Fleming winning the best featured actor award, Kevin Derkash receiving the best supporting actor trophy, and Missy Moore taking best supporting actress honors.

Finally, the best ensemble award was presented to the entire cast of “Unmarried in America.” This highly desirable recognition is a nod to the unselfish, cohesive and unified effort from Aspen Stage with equal contributions from every member of the company, both onstage and behind the scenes. Bravo.

This excellence notwithstanding, the most noteworthy achievement for me was the production of an original play at the national festival. Community theaters are uniquely positioned to reforest the American theater by planting a few new trees rather than harvesting the same old chestnuts. This courageous decision by Aspen Stage was rewarded with a sustained and heartfelt standing ovation, and Carlson is a playwright who shows much promise; we all look forward to seeing more of her work.

Congratulations to Aspen and the entire region in Colorado for supporting a theater about which you should be very proud. In my opinion, you could not have a better cultural ambassador than the Aspen Stage.

Keith Martin

John M. Blackburn

distinguished professor of theatre

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