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Kudos and Kindness

Thank you, Skico

Dear Editor:

Thank you: easy words to spell, hard words to say.

To the officials who made the decision to open Ajax, thank you.

To the employees who gave up their holiday weekend to make your skiing experience good, thank you.

See, that wasn’t so hard, was it?

Gerry Bohn


Celebrating nonprofits

Dear Editor:

I would like to take a moment to send a big thank-you to the Hotel Jerome for hosting the Aspen Young Professionals Association’s nonprofit fair May 23. It was a wonderful community event with more than 33 nonprofits participating and more than 150 people in attendance.

Each nonprofit had the opportunity to showcase its summer offerings and volunteer opportunities to interested members of the community. The Jerome was a perfect venue for this occasion. The newly remodeled ballroom was bright and welcoming. The food it provided was fantastic and more than generous for our small event budget! Thanks again for helping to make this event come together and giving us a place to celebrate all of the nonprofits in our community.

Lindsy Fortier

Board member, Aspen Young Professionals Association

Ballet dancers shine

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the School of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, I would like to congratulate all of our students for an amazing year-end concert that took place on May 18.

More than 200 students, ages 3 to 17, danced original compositions of classical ballet, ballet variations, contemporary dance and jazz. Our oldest students were wonderful role models to our youngest students, and the youngest were so inspired by the upper-level students.

It was such a joy to see everyone dancing together and in their various individual roles. I am continually overwhelmed by the passion, dedication and talent of these amazing young dancers.

Thank you, again, to all the parents who helped out with chaperone duties, costumes, the photo shoot and as backstage helpers. We could not have done it without you. By the way, if you still would like to order a DVD, I can still add to my order. Please let me know.

I also would like to congratulate all of our students who were accepted into summer ballet intensive programs this year. Students have been accepted into the Bolshoi School, the Burklyn Ballet School, the Joffrey School New York, Harid Conservatory, Saratoga Springs/Vail Dance Intensive and the Colorado Ballet School. I wish all of our students a happy and healthy and intense summer of dance!

For those of our dancers staying here in Aspen or coming home to Aspen, classes begin June 10. I look forward to seeing you all then. Thank you again for such an amazing year!

Melanie Doskocil


And Justice Snow’s for all

Dear Editor:

The Buddy Program would like to thank Justice Snow’s, and co-owner Michele Kiley, for hosting our May Family Night Out.

Each month, the Buddy Program selects one of our families to enjoy an all-expenses-paid dinner at a fantastic local restaurant, as a way of celebrating their involvement in the Buddy Program and giving them a change to relax and enjoy themselves. This is an amazing opportunity for them to come together as a family and enjoy a quality meal out.

The newly renovated Justice Snow’s is in downtown Aspen, alongside the iconic Wheeler Opera House. Justice Snow’s offers delectable Colorado-inspired cuisine at shockingly low prices, which draws back locals time and again.

As for the name? Kiley found the name in newspapers dating back to the 1880s, when the Wheeler Opera House was built. Snow was justice of the peace in Aspen at the time, and Kiley found it ironic that Aspen had a justice of the peace and that his name happened to be Snow. The Buddy Program would like to express our sincere gratitude to Kiley and Justice Snow’s for sponsoring the evening. Kiley was a delight to arrange the details of the evening with.

Liz Mittlefehldt

The Buddy Program

April snow showers bring May skiing

Dear Editor:

Kudos and many thanks to all those at the Aspen Skiing Co. who made last weekend’s skiing on Ajax an extra-special treat. A special thanks to the groomers who made their magic once again, proving perfect corn for us to slide on at the end of May.

Also, thanks to Mike Kaplan, Rich Burkley, Katie Ertl, Andy Docken, Hans Hohl and the numerous other folks responsible for such an amazing event. You lifted us up for three incredible days of sunshine and laughs. I guess it was worth watching it snow all through April and some of May after all!

Catalina Cruz


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