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Rites of passage

May Eynon

Over the hill: Nancy Scheinkmans 40th birthday cake.

Several memorable birthday parties and bachelor and bachelorette bashes took place this past month.Emma Casson of Basalt marked her birthday belatedly with friends a few weeks ago. Since she was out of town on the actual day she turned 28, she got together with the gang in mid-June. The first time they tried to celebrate with a kickball party in a park, they were snowed out. The second time it rained so they relocated to a nearby restaurant.Nancy Scheinkman of Aspen threw herself a party for her 40th birthday, citing a “Sex and the City” episode as incentive. “I liked when Sarah Jessica Parker decided to register for her birthday because she’d been to so many wedding showers, weddings and baby showers over the years and never gotten married herself,” Scheinkman joked. “I may never get everyone I know together for that type of celebration, though, so I figured a 40th birthday was a good excuse. It has always been important to me that all the interesting people I’ve befriended over the years would have the opportunity to meet each other.”

Friends from school, fellow employees from the Aspen Club back in the early ’80s, colleagues from work, and others came together for a party in her honor at the Ritz-Carlton at Aspen Highlands.Scheinkman produces a series of events including AWOL Aspen, Spring Jam and the Budweiser Hi-Fi concert series. She is perhaps most recognizable from her days as the director of the now-defunct 24 Hours of Aspen.David K. Gibson’s final hours as a bachelor were spent with friends who tried to “for Gib and forget” at Eric’s Bar. Gibson is a part-owner of the Cooking School of Aspen. A couple of days after his night out on the town, he and Heather St. George of the Aspen Music Festival & School tied the knot.Aspen native Sara Stewart returned to the area for her wedding this month. The Swiss resident spent her bachelorette party parading around town with a band of friends dressed in nuns’ habits. As they closed down the bars, they united in the name of the bride, all partaking in a group drink with the shot-ski.To contact May to send info, insights or invites, e-mail allthewaymaymay@hotmail.com