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Thanks from the Wilderness Workshop

Dear Editor: We at the Wilderness Workshop would like to thank the 300-plus folks who made our inaugural Wildfest a joyous celebration of our common love of public lands. We’re pleased and proud to be part of a community of people who take Mother Nature any way she comes and who dance in the rain with smiles on their faces!So many people helped make Wildfest a success, starting with George and Patti Stranahan, who graciously allowed us to use their Flying Dog Ranch as the venue, and caretaker Cliff Little, who handled so many of the preparations.Our volunteers were the best and made Wildfest what it was! Thank you, Danny Aronson, Ashley Basta, Deb Bamesberger, Patsy Batchelder, Katrina Byars, Judy Byrns, Jason Carter, Trish Chew, Eric Donovan, Elyssa Edgerly, Chris Ford, James Gorman, Allyn Harvey, Asha Ironwood, Sandy Kline, John Korrie, Peter Looram, Johno McBride, Donna McFlynn, Tim McFlynn, Maureen Mooney, Maciej Mrotek, Brock Newitt, Josh Pagan, Sarah Park, Missy Prudden, Mary Russell, Greg Rydell, Heather Rydell, Karen Ryman, Noreen Steiner, Chris Ullrich, Ellen Vaughn, Jim Ward, Trevor Washko, Morgan Williams, Margaret Woodward, Eden Wynd and Brad Yule. I apologize if I’ve left anyone out.I also want to credit our vendors for giving Wildfest just the right vibe: Lauren Edgerton and her hula hoops made it magical for the kids young and old, Julia Pratt of the Basalt Select Thrift Store lent costumes that brought out the kid in everyone, and Rochelle Norwood of Sweet Ruby’s sold fabulous ice cream and chocolates.Huge thanks to our business sponsors, who of course made the whole event possible: Alchemy Audiovisual, Aspen Daily News, Aspen Earthmoving, Aspen Skiing Co., Crystal River Meats, Garfield & Hecht, Obermeyer Asset Management, Paradise Bakery, Ken Ransford Law Office, Reese Henry & Co., St. Moritz Lodge & Condominiums, and Craig Ward/Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty.And last but not least, thank you to our fabulous entertainers: Acoustic Mayhem, Pastor Mustard, Slidewhistle, and Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams. I especially want to give a shout-out to Dance of the Sacred Fire, whose performance had to be canceled due to the fire ban.We’re truly blessed to live in such a wonderful community.Sloan ShoemakerExecutive director, Wilderness WorkshopCarbondale