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This Week in Aspen: June 11-17, 2018

Start planning your weekly itinerary in Aspen with the many options below:

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Monday, June 11

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) Picnic on the Preserve Membership Dinner (5:30-8:30 p.m., Hallam Lake). ACES members are invited to the annual membership dinner, Picnic on the Preserve, on Monday, June 11th at 5:30 p.m. Kick off the summer season with a community celebration at Hallam Lake with drinks, a gourmet dinner prepared by Rock Bottom Ranch, and live music. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Kids under 10 are free. This event is all about celebrating the wonderful community of ACES members. Become a member today! Please walk, bike, bus, or carpool to Hallam Lake whenever possible as parking is extremely limited.


Tuesday, June 12

Aspen Historical Society Holden/Marolt Hoedown (4:30- 7 p.m., Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum) The community is invited to kick-off summer at this beloved annual event. This year, AHS will expand the event to honor Carl Bergman, a longtime AHS board member who was instrumental in the creation and management of the Holden/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum. To commemorate his role and invaluable support of AHS and the entire Aspen community, we will celebrate Carl during the event with a special naming ceremony, commemorative steam engine conductor hat giveaways (modeled after Carl’s omnipresent hat), remarks from one or two of Carl’s friends, family and/or Holden/Marolt volunteers, and more! In addition to these special elements, attendees will enjoy the usual festivities, including Hickory House barbecue, a beer garden sponsored by Aspen Brewing Company, farm animals, mining and ranching games, museum tours, and exhibit machine demonstrations. New this year, kick up your heels with live music and square dancing with Buffalo Joe Bluegrass Band as well as a photo booth, chicken poop bingo, and previews of the ongoing Zupancis building restoration. $20/adult in advance, $25/adult day of, $10/kid (ticket includes dinner and a beer for adults, additional beer $5, $15 adult admission with a beer, no dinner). Purchase tickets online in advance (by June 11th) and save.


Wednesday, June 13

Aspen Historical Society New downtown historic tour. (10:30 a.m. originates at the Wheeler Opera House). Enjoy a guided walking tour of historic buildings and sites in downtown Aspen. $15/adult, $12/senior, children 18 and under free. For more information on this tour and all of the summer tours offered by Aspen Historical Society click here.




Thursday, June 14

North Star Nature Preserve: River Float (5 p.m., Northstar Preserve). Take a gentle float through important wildlife habitat in North Star Open Space with Roaring Fork Conservancy and Pitkin County Open Space & Trails. The organizations will provide history of North Star, discuss wildlife highlights, and discuss recent restoration activities along this mild two-hour float. Floats are dependent on river flows and may be canceled due to extremely high or low flows. An inflatable kayak (ducky), paddle, and PFD are provided for each participant. Please dress appropriately as the float will happen rain or shine. Registration is required online.

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Friday, June 15

Food & Wine Classic in Aspen (June 15-17). Each year, the world's most accomplished winemakers, celebrity chefs, and culinary experts come together in one breathtaking setting, the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, the nation’s premier culinary event.   Don't miss the opportunity to experience the pinnacle of good taste, mingle with stars, and enjoy a pleasure-packed weekend at the base of spectacular Aspen Mountain. Foodies will delight in the range of food and wine offerings both in the grand tasting pavilion as well as the carefully curated seminars. This is a highlight of the summer calendar year after year. For more information click here.

JAS Café: Dirty Dozen Brass Band (June 15-16, Cooking School of Aspen). The JAS Cafe features intimate jazz performances in multiple venues around Aspen. Enjoy candlelit performances from some of the greatest jazz artists from around the world alongside a special dinner event by guest chef Michael Sichel from the famous Galatoire's restaurant in New Orleans. Tickets for dinner and the show are $125. Dinner starts at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, click here.


Saturday, June 16

Aspen Saturday Market (8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m., downtown Aspen). The Aspen Saturday Market returns for summer! The market makes a U-shape from the corner of Galena & Hopkins, to Hunter & then again back to the intersection of Hyman & Galena. The market offers Colorado grown produce, crafts, live music and a food court for lunch or a snack while you peruse. Learn more about this trip highlight here.



Sunday, June 17

Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival (June 17-22). Recognized as one of the nation’s top literary gatherings, Summer Words is a six-day celebration of words, stories and ideas held annually in Aspen. Summer Words features writing workshops in fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction, poetry and book editing, along with a readers retreat. This year’s faculty: Tina Chang, Peter Ho Davies, Bruce Handy, Heather Harpham, Beth Nguyen, Tom Perrotta, Helen Schulman, J. Courtney Sullivan, Aran Shetterly, Margot Lee Shetterly. The festival includes public panel discussions for writers and readers alike. Evening events include readings, and the Aspen Words Annual Benefit Dinner


For a full calendar listing of events for the upcoming week and beyond click here.