Roses and Thorns |

Roses and Thorns

Roses go to the organizers of the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience for landing some fantastic performers — from the legendary Stevie Wonder all the way down. But we also need to throw a few thorns their way. Sunday’s show, headlined by Wonder with Duran Duran and Corinne Bailey Rae as formidable opening acts, had sold out more than a week earlier. Even so, the beer lines were ridiculously long. In other words, one had to wait through the first four songs of Duran Duran’s set just to get a beer. Make that multiple beers, since the lines were so long. We hoped there would have been better planning for the onslaught of beer-drinking festivalgoers. Roses to the bartenders, however. They kept their composure and managed service with a smile to the thirsty crowds.

Roses to the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails program for completing the separate singletrack trails in the Glassier Open Space for equestrians and mountain bikers. Both trails are open to hikers. The new routes are great ways to ascend to and, more practically, descend from the Crown, federal property managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The Mid Valley Trails Committee, Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association and BLM are working together on a critical trail link between the Buckhorn Traverse and Glassier singletracks. We wish them godspeed. One note: The open space program has been under some fire for building lots of new trails. We think it has approached the mission responsibly and has followed the advice of state wildlife officials when setting seasonal closures for wildlife.

Roses to Haley Thompson and other organizers of the Basalt Summer Cinema series. The screening of movies in Lions Park has been a success throughout the summer months. The final screening will occur Saturday with a doubleheader honoring David Bowie and Prince. The featured flicks are “Labyrinth” and “Purple Rain.” Gates open at 7 p.m.; movies start at dark. Robin Waters of the Basalt Chamber and uber-volunteer Bennett Bramson also worked tirelessly to make the event a hit.

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