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Mountain Mayhem: Back in black

May Selby
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
May SelbyNY's Eve bash hosts Matt Holstein and Kate Olson bedecked in black.

While the mandatory evacuation of Aspen’s central core was in effect on December 31, a group of friends and friends of friends gathered in the east end of town to spend New Year’s Eve together.

With the majority of downtown’s establishments closed for the night, many locals nor­mally slated to work the last night of the year found themselves with an unexpected night off.

Matt Holstein and Kate Olson were the consummate hosts of their “Back in Black” party on the fringe of the evacuation border. Guests dressed to the nines in their finest black attire, ready to ring in 2009 among friends. DJ Jeremy Rubingh worked the decks for the dance party as revelers boogied down in the living room.

It was a bittersweet occasion as guests were grateful to be together, but clearly concerned for the town’s general welfare and the notable loss for the businesses affected by the enforced closure.

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