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Mountain Mayhem: Summertime livin’

May Selby
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
May SelbyKirsten Schmit threw a rockin' 40th birthday party at the Hickory House for her husband, Chad.
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So far, this summer has been chock-full of outdoor activi­ties, social get-togethers and a wide range of festivals. Follow­ing are a few highlights from the past month and a half.

The season unofficially kicked off with the May 30 release of the chick flick “Sex and the City.” Each screening of the Fri­day night premiere at the Isis was packed full with a theater of fans ” primarily female.

Also that weekend was the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival at the Wheeler Opera House. Locals came out in droves to hear stand-up rou­tines from both resident talents and comedians from L.A., New York City and elsewhere.



On June 7, Troy Miller and Chris Ahmadian celebrated their wedding with friends and family members at ZG Grill at Aspen Highlands. The happy couple had already tied the knot in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on Dec. 2, 2007, exactly one year after their first date. Troy is a radiology technician at Aspen Valley Hospital, and Chris is an ER doctor there.

Later that evening, Chad Schmit, of Aspen, and Chris Tsoli­nas, of Chicago, were the guests of honor at a birthday party at the Hickory House. Chad’s wife, Kirsten, hosted the 40th­birthday celebration, which featured traditional Hickory House fare such as barbecue chicken, coleslaw, ribs and Cae­sar salad, with cake for dessert. Guests danced the night away to the tunes of Take the Wheel.



In its fourth year, the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Ideas Festival, June 30 to July 6, gathered scientists, artists, politicians, histo­rians, educators, activists and other great thinkers to present and discuss some of the most important and fascinating ideas of our time. With a variety of programs, panel discussions and seminars, the weeklong event truly was a summer university for the mind, as inspiring and provocative speakers interact­ed with an audience of thoughtful people, who were able to step back from day-to-day routines to delve into a world of ideas and discussion.


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