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Mariam T handles crossover of Winterskol to Aspen Gay Ski Week with Drag Queen Bingo Brunch

Mariam T leads the Drag Queen Bingo Brunch fun Sunday inside The Little Nell in Aspen. The crossover event helped wrap up this year's Winterskol festivities while also kicking off this year's Gay Ski Week lineup. (Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times)
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times

Aspen Gay Ski Week kicked off with a bang in the Grand Ballroom at The Little Nell with Drag Queen Bingo Brunch, hosted by San Diego’s Queen Mariam, aka she/her/Ms. Mariam T.  

A self-proclaimed insult comic, Mariam T. did not hold back with her signature exaggerated makeup, Texas-sized blonde wig, black and gold striped caftan and sky-high platforms. She began with a toast urging the crowd to imbibe freely “and raise a lot of money” as they erupted in cheers.

A drink is served at the Drag Queen Bingo Brunch on Sunday in The Little Nell. (Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times)
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times

Mariam T. carried on for over 90 minutes with her irreverent, loud and lewd jokes which spared no one, while running through several rounds of bingo numbers and engaging the crowd every step of the way.



The event was a new addition to this year’s festivities and was co-sponsored by the Aspen Chamber Resort Association and The Little Nell to celebrate the end of Winterskol and the beginning of Aspen Gay Ski Week in support of non-profit AspenOUT— as well providing one of several one-off events that anyone without a week pass can attend.

Mariam T. lived up to her reputation as an insult comic while urging the crowd to give generously to AspenOUT. (Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times)
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times

Spirits were high with a mix of locals and incoming visitors there to enjoy the food, drinks and fab entertainment, such as Mark Hammond and his husband, Ziggy Watrous, a couple from Dallas via Costa Rica, who drove from Colorado Springs on Sunday morning just to make the brunch and participate in their third annual Gay Ski Week.




Yes, bingo was as much a part of the brunch event as the toasts, brunch and drag queen presiding over the event. (Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times)
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times

“Aspen Gay Ski Week is our favorite ski trip because we enjoy the amazing events, camaraderie, and meeting people from all over the world while supporting a charity that helps so many LGBTQIA+ in western Colorado to seek better health care and education,” said Watrous.

Indeed, while the event is a great party and a way to bring everyone together, the folks at AspenOUT make a point to remind everyone that ultimately the week long celebration aims raise money to support disenfranchised and marginalized folks in the community.

“All the money that we raised goes back to the LGBTQ+ community. The grants, scholarships and programs,” said Kevin McManamon, the executive director of AspenOUT. “And I’m proud to say that in 2022, we granted over $160,000 to individual organizations to underwriting mental health care, education and anti-bullying initiatives, and provided over 300 hours of direct services to valley locals.”

As bingo started winding down and after all the prizes had been dispersed, Mariam T. treated guests to a couple of X-rated lip-sync numbers, keeping the crowd laughing and singing along until the end.

Mariam T kept the crowd laughing all through the event. (Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times)
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times

She closed the morning by encouraging everyone to have a fun and safe experience and to join her at other events throughout the week.

“I love Aspen. I love being here with you all,” she said. “Thank you for coming.”

If you missed her at The Little Nell, Mariam T. will be hosting Drag Queen Bingo Night on Tuesday from 9 to 11 p.m. (which is free to the public) at the W Hotel, as well as the 2023 Bud Light Downhill Costume Contest on Friday from noon to 3 p.m. at the foot of Aspen Mountain.

For more information on Aspen Gay Ski Week events: https://gayskiweek.com/events/

Mariam T. raises a glass in toast during the Drag Queen Bingo Brunch. (Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times)
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times
Mariam T. has another bingo event Tuesday evening at the W and a costume contest Friday afternoon at the base of Aspen Mountain. (Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times)
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times
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