Mountain Mayhem: Sweet September
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
The most radiant season of the year is upon us as orange, ochre and marigold-hued leaves decorate the trees and the trails around Aspen. With the scenic colors of September setting the tone, love is in the air as engagements, weddings, and subsequently, anniversaries, fill the days of the romantic month.
Take advantage of fall’s harvest for the next few weeks at the Aspen Saturday Market, which continues through Oct. 18. The open-air market in the downtown core features a range of food vendors including Jack Rabbit Hill Winery, Sinful Sugar and Mountain Life Baking Company, as well as artists selling their wares from hand-knit bags to ceramic treasures. Fall hours change a bit from the summertime, as some booths start at 8 a.m. while others open at 9 a.m. All close for the day at 3 p.m.
In anticipation of the coming season, ski pass offers fill our e-mail inboxes; the NEPSA Awards and annual Warren Miller ski flick are advertised through poster, print and word-of-mouth campaigns; and outdoor stores restock their racks with winter equipment and apparel. On Sept. 12, über athlete Chris Davenport of Snowmass and elite mountaineer Ed Viesturs of Seattle got the audience psyched in Steamboat with tandem slideshows from their high-country exploits. Expedition companion Neal Beidleman was featured in both slideshows, as well as in the audience that night.
As an early offseason soiree, Blue Tent Marketing of Basalt held a Meet n’ Geek reception at The Roaring Fork Mountain Club in Snowmass on Thurs., Sept. 18. Inviting clients and colleagues, the Blue Tent crew gathered as many geeks as they could muster for complimentary cocktails and appetizers. Blue Tent techies shared news of recent developments in Internet marketing and introduced themselves to clients they might only have known over the phone or via e-mail. As guests arrived and departed, they were encouraged to enter their name in a drawing for an iPod Touch, which was given to one lucky geek at the end of the reception.
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