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Kudos and Kindness

An eye-opening trip

Our group of students recently returned from our Ex Ed trip to Crestone. If it weren’t for the support from the amazing community that we live in, this trip definitely wouldn’t have been the same. Thank you to the Aspen Club, Thrift Shop and all the members of the community who contributed their yoga skills to students.

Experiential Education is a program that Aspen High School participates in, and it’s such an incredible way to experience new things. Our trip to Crestone taught us all so much about the different faiths, people and skills Crestone has to offer. Crestone is a small town with many strange yet awesome things to see. Not only did it teach us about the town and people of Crestone, but it also taught us a lot about ourselves as people and about one another.

If it weren’t for our school system and our town of Aspen supporting us in such a great program, then this high school wouldn’t be the great place that it is. We know that everybody who participates in this program learns so much.

Aspen High School — Crestone Yoga Retreat students

Poetry in motion

If you weren’t at Victoria’s Cafe on April 27 to witness 12 of the valley’s finest student poets reading their original poems, you missed one of the most remarkable poetry events in Aspen this year.

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Aspen Poets’ Society hosted a special Live Poetry Night, Young Voices of the Roaring Fork Valley. Performing at open mic were: Ashby Baker, Sophie Schlosser, Samantha Hollins, all seventh-graders from Aspen County Day School; third-graders Gabby Yturri, Stella Sherlock, Claire Anderson, Riley MacArthur and Alex Schlosser and second-grader Jeremy Sachs, all from Aspen Elementary School; Gabe Hale, a sixth-grader from Glenwood Middle School; Katie Hankinson and Nikole Simerek, 12th and 11th grades respectively, from Basalt High School.

The students all performed with poise and confidence as they recited their poems for a very attentive standing-room-only crowd. The poems reflected the innocent and inquisitive thoughts of childhood and the challenges of adolescence — somber thoughts, humorous thoughts, questioning thoughts, joyful thoughts.

It was truly a treat to listen to these budding poets. We thank them all. And special thanks to Annie Garrett, teacher at Aspen Country Day, Dee Searing, of Aspen Elementary, and Renee Prince, of the Aspen Writers’ Foundation, who assisted in reaching out to some of the young voices.

Live Poetry Night is open to all poets of all ages all the time. The Aspen Poets’ Society provides a monthly venue for all voices to be heard — for the spoken word to be heard. Everyone is welcome.

For more information about the group as well as information about “A Democracy of Poets of the Roaring Fork Valley and Beyond,” an anthology recently published by the Aspen Poets’ Society, contact 970-379-2136.

Lisa Max Zimet

On behalf of the Aspen Poets’ Society board

Thanks to our diners

On behalf of Ricard, Bia Hoi and our partner Related Colorado, I want to thank our staff, the Snowmass Village community and every visitor to Base Village who stopped into one of our two restaurants this winter for breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks. It was an extremely successful winter, and we are thrilled to be a part of the Aspen/Snowmass community.

After we listened to all your feedback from this winter, you’ll notice some positive changes to the menus and pricing as we go into summer that we know you will want to experience. We’ll be reopening mid-June, so we’re looking forward to seeing everyone soon, and don’t forget we are a great place to have dinner before or after the Thursday-night concerts!

Jeff Armstrong

Executive chef, Bia Hoi


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