Movies, farmer’s market are back at Highlands
Tuesdays are now the biggest day of the week at Aspen Highlands, where merchants today will kick off the first “Big Time Tuesday” with a farmer’s market, live music and outdoor movies.Highlands might be the most popular mountain for locals in the winter, but when the snow melts the merchants at the bottom of the hill get a little lonely.To combat that feeling of a lone tumbleweed rolling through Highlands Village, this year merchants have planned a summer full of activities to lure people up Maroon Creek Road every Tuesday.After free movies on the lawn bowling court became popular during the summer of 2002, the outside movie nights at Highlands became the merchants’ signature event said Betsy Furth of the Darnauer Group, which does public relations for merchants at the ski area.Tonight “Raiders of the Lost Ark” will be shown at dusk.But the movie night is really just the end of what Highlands merchants are hoping is a Tuesday full of events, starting with a farmer’s market and crafts fair from 2 to 7 p.m.The farmer’s market at Highlands has been expanded to include more produce, baked goods and plenty of non-food vendors. Purveyors of soaps, jewelry, cigars from the Dominican Republic, hand-painted lamps and wind chimes will be on hand, according to a release from the Darnauer Group.The market’s final hour includes live music at Iguana’s (Jes Grew takes the stage today) until it’s time for the movie to begin. Highlands Village’s newer tenants, the Wine Spot and the Endeavor, will partner at the other end of the plaza for weekly wine tastings from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Endeavor’s lounge space.”Every Tuesday Highlands is the place to be,” said Ron Chauner, Highlands mountain manager. “We want everyone to come up to visit, shop the farmer’s market and other businesses on the plaza, have lunch or dinner at one of our restaurants and stay for the movies.”This summer’s list of flicks includes “The Wizard of Oz,” “Shane,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “Jaws” and “The Princess Bride.” Live music acts will include the Lone Pine Bluegrass Band, Tom Ressell, DJ Dillon and the Bottom Feeders.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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