History: Buffett picnic draws crowd
“Buffet, deaf camp picnic draw 5,000” claimed The Aspen Times headline June 25, 1981. “Approximately 5,000 people turned out for the 13th annual deaf camp picnic in Snowmass Sunday, the fund-raising event that accounts for most of the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf’s yearly operating budget. Jimmy Buffett capped the afternoon of continuous music, food, beer and socializing with an hour-long concert that included his popular songs about wasting away in Margaritaville, pirates who can’t find work in contemporary society, and expatriated Americans eking out lives in the tropics. As Buffett sang to the hearing audience, the deaf listened through sign language delivered by two on-stage interpreters. The interpreters managed to keep up with Buffett’s lyrics and impromptu jokes, and even managed to convey the humor when Buffett forgot the words to one song.”
Snowmass Village retailers combined to generate $2.2 million in revenue in July, which translated to $247,891 in sales tax collections for the town’s general fund, according to the latest tax report available.