Camp Aspen Summer 2013 has officially come to a close but not without exceeding all of my expectations! With the hint of Fall in the Air as the tips of golden aspen tree leaves are exposed, we are reminded of the cycle of life. Tis the season of shedding the old and looking forward to new beginnings. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
It was truly an Epic Aspen Summer filled with quality time spent doing the things I love with the people I love even more. A true celebration of life in everything we do starting with the 4th of July kick off at Chez Pariser this year supporting the local talented pole DANCERS in place of cancelled fireworks. Then came the Birthdays! Whether it’s a birthday hike, bike, lunch or drinking and DANCING on the tables at Compo…we get the party going! There’s no shortage of music in the valley and the variety is astounding from old timers like Kenny Loggins, Three Dog Night, America and Chris Isaacks to new favorites like Michael Franti, Theivary Corporation, or Grace Potter. DANCING at Belly UP was the place to be after dark.
Between all the hoopla with ArtCrush and Wine Crush and entertaining visiting artists like Lorna Simpson while listening to artist lectures at Anderson Ranch like Marina Abramovic every week to participating in the Ideas festival at the Institute…it’s exhausting but exhilarating to be able to immerse yourself in this magical cultural little mountain town of Aspen….expecially since I can remember coming here as a teenager when it was a mere mining town.
But the single most memorable event of the summer 2013 was my dancing debut (in front of 350 people at the St Regis) with my very own Aspen (Santa Fe) ballet star Joseph Watson! It was an honor to be chosen to help this troupe of talented dancers raise money in order for them to continue to do what they love to do…DANCE. I’m so grateful to all of my supporters who bid me up to win.
The reality is that everyone is a winner in Aspen. You can travel around the world and back but you will never find a place more scenically beautiful than Aspen (winter,spring,summer,or fall) with these incredible bonds of friendships. Here’s to keeping the good times ahead rolling. From my favorite “Tabor” hike with my local ladies to our last “midway” hike of the season where there were as many dogs as people, I will keep this memory of Camp Aspen forever closer! Happy Fall.