1. Where is your favorite place to grab a drink in town, besides your own establishment?
Give me a Peruvian Margarita and a plate of Wagyu New Style at Matsuhisa, and I'll pretty much do anything you want.
2. What do you like to do when you are not working?
I do a lot of photography, and even more so now that I'll be a vendor at the Aspen Saturday Market. Astrophotography in particular is a specialty, especially given the quality of the night skies above Independence Pass.
3. What is your zodiac sign?
Sagittarius. Incidentally, the Sagittarius constellation is right next to the Galactic Center of the Milky Way, which is a celestial area that I love to photograph.
4. Do you have any insider tips for people visiting your establishment? (i.e. order this, but ask for this addition, etc.)
Reserve rooms with us directly! We like to go out of our way to make vacations special and that's tough when we don't know anything about you.
5. What item do you think is essential for visitors to bring or buy to ensure they have a great vacation in Aspen?
Bring a good pair of walking shows (I prefer trail runners). Aspen is a pedestrian-friendly mountain village, and half the fun of being here is exploring our town and wilderness areas on foot.
6. What is your favorite account to follow on Instagram?
@sixsevendevin - Devin is an Aspen local and when I see his photos taken from hard-to-reach, high elevation locations, I have a serious appreciation for the amount of effort required to make them happen.
7. How long have you lived in Aspen? What brought you here?
I've lived in Aspen for almost exactly one year. I first visited in 2008 with my dad to climb South Maroon Peak, and the urge to return for good never left. 10 years later, I'm home.
8. Are you more of a Beyoncé or a Rihanna? Kanye or Diddy?
I'm more of a Pretty Little Ditty. Extra points if you got that reference without Google. And why couldn't Neil deGrasse Tyson be an option?
9. Where do you travel in the shoulder season or in your time off?
I spent years saving money so that I could vacation in Aspen while I lived and worked on the east coast. Now that I actually live here, I'm not leaving.
10. What is on your Aspen bucket list?
I've wanted to run the Four Pass Loop for a while now. And I suppose I should learn to ski at some point.
11. What is the best performance you’ve seen or special event you’ve attended in Aspen?
I consider fall colors to be a special event- they really last for just a week or two. Have you ever stood in the middle of an aspen grove during the height of fall? Unreal.
12. What was the last song you listened to?
Tash Sultana- Jungle
13. What is the wildest thing you’ve seen at your establishment or in town?
Highlands closing stands out in my memory. I never realized how many people here must own full body animal costumes.
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
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.