Triangle Reunion: A party for the ages |

Triangle Reunion: A party for the ages

John Colson
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE ” They’re calling it “the party of the century,” but the focus is actually more on just under a half-century of Aspen’s recent history.

However it is characterized, the bash known as the Triangle Reunion will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, at Ernie Gianinetti’s farm just outside of Carbondale, nestled into the bottom land between the Roaring Fork River and the bluff below Cowen Drive.

“This is going to be a gathering of eagles seldom seen before,” predicted organizer Skip Bell, adding that the gate opens at 1 p.m. “The names that are coming are a part of Aspen’s history.”

Bell, former owner [now manager] of The Pour House restaurant and bar in Carbondale, was a habitue of what once was known as “the Devil’s Triangle.” That tag loosely described the wavy line between three bars in Aspen where Bell happened to work in the mid-1970s ” The Motherlode, The Pub, and Galena Street East.

“We’re talkin’ the late ’60s to mid ’70s,” Bell said, describing the era the Triangle Reunion is meant to celebrate.

Bell said he already has roughly 250 paid-up party goers, who all have come up with the $100 admission, and is anticipating many more.

“We’ve planned the food for 400,” he said, adding that he has already put up a considerable amount of the expected price tag for the event.

“I just had to pay $10,000, just for tents alone,” he said.

In return for the $100 admission, whether in advance or at the gate, a reunion attendee gets a commemorative T-shirt, food, beverages (alcoholic and otherwise), live music and a chance to mingle with old friends.

Bell said he came up with the idea after talking with a friend one day at a local market.

“She said, ‘You know, it’s a shame we just run into each other when we got to funerals these days,'” Bell recalled, which got him thinking. When another friend made a similar remark later the same day, Bell started contacting people and got the party ball rolling.

“We just started to e-mail all the people that we knew back in the day,” he said. “And then it all just fell into place so nicely.”

The band, Bell said, will be a rather informal affair fronted by Bobby Mason, longtime local and former member of Starwood, a band that gained some regional fame in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

“Basically, it’s going to be pretty much a jam band all day long,” Bell said, saying the joiners are likely to include other well-known locals such as harmonica and percussion player Richie Marks, drummer Lee Dudley, and guitarist and songwriter

T. Ray Becker, to name just a few.

Bell said the music probably will get going around 2 or 3 p.m.

The food is being supplied by another long-time local, Paul Johnson, better known as PJ of Backdoor Catering, and is expected to be served around 4 p.m.

As for the commemorative T-shirts, Bell said he has some left over from the printing run for those who signed up in advance, and promised that “anyone who shows up at the gate will only have to wait a while for theirs to be mailed to them.”

To get to Gianinetti’s farm, take the Cowen Driver turn off Colorado Highway 133 and go two-tenths of a mile toward the center of town, turn left onto Gianinetti’s road.

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