The Aspen Skiing Company’s Bluegrass Sundays series continues through early September. The series brings bluegrass and acoustic acts to the top of Aspen Mountain each Sunday from noon-3 p.m. Performances are free, though charges apply to riding the Silver Queen Gondola up the mountain. The Sundeck, at the summit of Aspen Mountain, is open for lunch throughout the summer.The Ackermans, a Colorado-based family trio, is set for July 1. Local quartet the Frying Pan Bluegrass Band plays July 8. Spring Creek Bluegrass Band, a Gunnison County quartet that bills itself as “rural and cosmic bluegrass” appears July 15.Local quartet the Flying Dog Bluegrass Band is scheduled for July 15. The Billy Pilgrims, a Colorado-based country swing band featuring former members of Hit & Run Bluegrass, performs July 22. Victor Barnes, a northern Colorado band that dubs its blend of rock and acoustic music “insurgent bluegrass,” appears July 29.Free Peoples, a northern California trio that plays a cross of swing and bluegrass, returns to the series Aug. 5. The Colorado-based gypsy-jazz trio Taarka, led by guitarist David Tiller and singer-violinist Enion-Pelta Tiller, is set for Aug. 12. Colorado quartet the Blue Canyon Boys perform Aug. 19.The local quartet the Lone Pine Bluegrass Band plays Aug. 26. The series concludes Sept. 2 with the local Celtic-oriented band, the Crowlin Ferlies.
The Aspen Center for Integrative Health will hold the third annual Healthy Gourmet Fest July 27 in Aspen. The daylong event includes cooking classes, a party featuring five chefs specializing in healthful cuisine, and a spa tent.Chefs for the event include James Boyce of Montage Resort and Andy Arndt of the Ojai Valley Inn, both in California; Toni Robertson of the Mandarin Oriental in New York; Paisarn Cheewinsiriwat of Chiva Som in Thailand; and Allan Susser of Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa in Florida. The five will be featured at a dinner, and presented with the Platinum Carrot Award.New to the event this year is the Spa Soirée, a tent featuring hors d’oeuvres, organic wines and cocktails, mini-spa treatments, an oxygen bar and more. The Soirée will also include a silent auction of spa packages.The Healthy Gourmet Festival follows the Aspen Center for Integral Health’s Summer Health Symposium. The event, at Paepcke Auditorium, features speakers addressing women’s health, energy medicine, Chinese medicine, and nutrition.For further information, go to http://www.acih.com.
The Wheeler Opera House announced that the Wheeler Film Society has been chosen to continue providing film programming services at the Wheeler for the 2007-08 year. The Wheeler Film Society, led by Jon Busch, began programming the cinema component at the city of Aspen-owned facility in 1990.For 17 years, the Wheeler Film Society has specialized in bringing foreign-language films, documentaries and independent movies to the Wheeler. Busch, who began programming movies at the Wheeler in 1972 with Wheeler Film Society partner Don Swales, is also the technical director for Aspen Film, the Telluride Film Festival, and the Hawaii International Film Festival, and assists in programming the SummerFilms series, co-presented by Aspen Film and the Aspen Music Festival.The Wheeler film program is on hiatus through mid-October. The Aspen Music Festival controls the venue through mid-August, and restoration work in scheduled for the century-old building through September.
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The Roaring Fork Valley has, by-and-large, avoided the mountain pine beetle and spruce beetle infestations that have decimated parts of the state. However, a 2019 aerial survey showed the Roaring Fork watershed has an outbreak of Douglas-fir and western balsam beetles.