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GET IN ON ASPEN’S “SECRET SEASON” WITH LODGING & DINING DEALS, OUTDOOR RECREATION, CULTURE & MORE

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GET IN ON ASPEN’S “SECRET SEASON” WITH LODGING & DINING DEALS, OUTDOOR RECREATION, CULTURE & MORE

ASPEN, Colo. (March 5, 2019) – While Aspen’s summer season has started to rival its winters, many visitors have yet to discover Aspen’s “Secret Season” – from mid-May through mid-June. The Secret Season is a quieter time in town when the snow melts and the tulips, daffodils, and crabapple trees bloom. Visitors can enjoy discounted lodging and dining deals along with all of the recreational activities that town has to offer with fewer people.

Depending on the week, many properties offer rates around 40 percent lower than peak-season prices, with rates start as low as $110/night. In addition, many restaurants – with numerous al fresco dining options - offer discounted spring menus and deals.

In mid-May spring bursts into summer, Aspen trees leaf into brilliant green, and cyclists, mountain bikers, and hikers hit the trails and roads. When the roads are clear, cyclists can enjoy a car-free road bike ride to the Maroon Bells or top of Independence Pass prior to the highways opening to car traffic for the summer season. Late May & early June are also ideal for whitewater rafting enthusiasts, kayakers and stand-up-paddleboard (SUP) aficionados, as rivers and streams peak with runoff. 

 

Events during the Secret Season include:

  • The 25th annual Ride for the Pass, a fundraiser for the Independence Pass Foundation, returns to Aspen May 18. Cyclists race up to the top of Independence Pass at 12,095 feet and enjoy the beautiful scenic Highway 82 prior to opening to automobiles for the season.
  • The Roaring Fork Valley joins an international celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus with an eight-month long celebration, Bauhaus 100: Aspen. Various events will take place through August 2019. The Wheeler Opera House will host the Bauhaus 100: Aspen Ball on June 6. The free event will include live music and family friendly fun as well as a costume contest. Aspen Historical Society’s exhibit “bayer & bauhaus: how design shaped aspen” is open from Tuesdays through Saturdays.
  • The Red Brick Center for the Arts is a vibrant community center that creates venues and offerings for artistic engagement. Classes and workshops offered during the Secret Season include a Bauhaus costume workshop (May 8, 15, 22, 29), adult watercolor class (May 14), and Bauhaus celebration exhibition open June 5- July 18.
  • Aspen Art Museum’s 30,000 square foot building designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Shigeru Ban, is open year-round Tuesday-Sunday with free admission. The Aspen Art Museum is a non-collecting institution presenting the newest, most important evolutions in programs, as well as immersive activities, and community events to actively engage audiences in thought provoking experiences of art, culture and society. Exhibits at the Aspen Art Museum during the Secret Season include works from Gabriel Rico, Oscar Tuazon, Etel Adnan and Erika Verzutti.
  • Belly Up Aspen features concerts several nights a week during the Secret Season, including Eminence Ensemble, The Teskey Brothers, The Record Company, and more acts to be announced soon.

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For media information and images, visit www.aspenchamber.org/media and contact Promo Communications at 970.925.8480 or

Maureen Poschman • [email protected]

Melissa Wisenbaker • [email protected]

For visitor information, visit www.aspenchamber.org, or call 1.888.290.1324 or 970.925.1940.

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4th of July Parade Waiver

IMPORTANT PARADE INFORMATION

PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  

PARADE REMINDERS:  

  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.

 

The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT

                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.

WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT.

 

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