Friday, December 6, 2013

Aspen Holiday Events - Annual Traditions Make the Season Special

Aspen holiday tree lighting event with Dan She...
Aspen holiday tree lighting event with Dan Sheridan (Photo credit: richpalpine)
Last Sunday, I once again took advantage of the opportunity to enjoy one of the most cherished annual Aspen holiday events – the annual Sardy House holiday tree lighting.

Occurring before the big winter holiday tourist rush, this festive event kicks off the holiday season in Aspen for the locals. It features free homemade cookies and hot chocolate, live music, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. It, of course, culminates in the lighting of what is believed to be one of the tallest live Christmas trees in the nation.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Things to do in Aspen (Besides Skiing) – Community Theatre’s a Hit!

The Producers (1968 film)
The Producers (1968 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ok, I know the buzz around Aspen last weekend revolved around all of that great snow arriving just in time for the lifts to open for the season, but this did not overshadow some of the other much-anticipated things to do in Aspen in November.

One of those other things to do in Aspen before the ski season begins in earnest, is to take in the Aspen Community Theatre’s annual fall production. We did this for the first time last year and were so thrilled with the experience that we just had to do it again.

Last year, I was going to do a post about the theatre’s presentation of the romantic love musical,  “Crazy For You, but I got lazy and didn’t write the post, This year, I was determined to hammer one out.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween Activities in Aspen and Beyond

Halloween Activities Near Aspen - Luigi
Halloween Activities Near Aspen - Luigi (Photo credit: Amanda Ciccone)
I just finished downloading photos of a great pre-Halloween weekend with my step-kids and their kids in Palisade and Grand Junction, Colorado. Suddenly, it dawned on me that Halloween itself is coming up fast, and I have been so caught up with other things that I hadn’t even checked out all of the upcoming Halloween activities in Aspen itself.

A quick search on the internet led me to the Aspen Chamber’s website. Here’s what’s going on in Aspen for Halloween this year:

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Cross-Country Running Event in Aspen, Co - Chris Severy Invitational

Aspen Cross Country Running Event 2013 - Boy's...
Aspen Cross Country Running Event 2013 - Boy's Varsity Start (Photo credit: richpalpine)
One doesn’t always have the opportunity to watch a cross-country running event in October in Aspen, Colorado. And, one especially doesn’t always get to see one run in the snow – but a couple of Saturdays ago, we did.

This annual event is named and run in memory of local aspen cross-country phenom, Chris Severy, who sadly died at the young age of 22 in a bicycle accident on Boulder, Colorado’s Flagstaff Road in 1998. Some years it has taken place in the warm Aspen fall sunshine, sometimes there has been rain - but this year we got snow!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Events in Aspen – USA Pro Challenge | Taj Mahal | Science Street Fair

Dr. Kaboom Aspen Science Street Fair 2013
Dr. Kaboom Aspen Science Street Fair 2013 (Photo credit: richpalpine)
As if one’s schedule of summer activities in Aspen wasn’t already filled to the brim with the “usual” outdoor pursuits, and cultural activities such as the Food & Wine Classic, art shows, the Aspen Music Festival and Aspen Institute events, when August arrives there are still more events in Aspen that await!

There was so much to choose from and work was taking up a lot of my time (I hate it when that happens), but I was fortunate to squeeze the annual Aspen Science Street Fair and the USA Pro Challenge into my busy schedule.

One of the lesser-known annual events in Aspen is the Science Street Fair, hosted by the AspenScienceCenter.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Stargazing Event in Aspen – My Telescope, Saturn and Me

Aspen Event - Aspen Science Center Fun
Aspen Event - Aspen Science Center Fun (Photo credit: richpalpine)
Ok, it wasn’t really just Saturn, my telescope and me. I was actually among a few hundred other people, a couple of other planets and gazillions of stars; and it wasn’t really MY telescope, but I did get to operate it at the recent Stargazing event in Aspen near the sundeck on Aspen Mountain,

The event, co-hosted by the  Aspen Ideas Festival  and the Aspen Science Center, provided great science-oriented entertainment on the top of Aspen Mountain. It featured ice cream made using liquid nitrogen, several other interesting science demonstrations, tales of the stars from Spellbinders storytellers and a surprise guest appearance by retired astronaut and gun control advocate, Mark Kelly. The activities were capped off by amazing star gazing of the Colorado night sky.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Aspen Summer Events – Eco Food Wine Music Ideas Science

Aspen Summer Events - Eco-Fest Street View
Aspen Summer Events - Eco-Fest Street View (Photo credit: richpalpine)
The snow has finally completely disappeared from the slopes, the annual burst of spring flowers is already dwindling, the vegetable gardens have emerged, the bikes and hiking boots have been dusted off, and all of a sudden Aspen summer events are in full swing.

I can’t believe it, but the Aspen Eco-Fest has already made its annual appearance, the Food & Wine Classic has blown through town, and before I could complete this post, the Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Jazz Festival once again entertained and energized visitors and locals alike.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Eco-Friendly Annual Aspen Colorado Events

Aspen Colorado Events - Electronic Recycling Day
Aspen Colorado Events - Eco-Friendly Electronics Recycling (Photo credit: richpalpine)
Assorted Aspen is a blog about Aspen Colorado events, activities and other things to see and do in our small but high-profile little town.

While I often write about entertainment and recreation-oriented activities and events, I recognize that there are activities that also take place here that revolve around eco-friendly themes as well.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Things to do in Aspen – It’s the Off-Season, Now What?

Off-Season Getaway from Aspen
Off-Season Getaway - Dualakoo (Photo credit: richpalpine)
Now that off-season has arrived, some of us are looking for interesting things to do in Aspen, Colorado this time of year.

Many fill the void created by the end of skiing, snowboarding and other winter-oriented activities by leaving town to go on their own vacations. Those who can afford it, time-wise and budget-wise, often go on fanciful vacations to warm-weather locations like various places in Mexico, or even closer to home, like Moab, Utah. Others take the opportunity to go back “home” to visit family.

For me, however, it’s “birthday season” – time to head to Palisade, Colorado to visit my kids and grandkids – Abraham in March, Thomas in April and Sidd in May! It also gives me the opportunity to see my stepson’s band, Dualakoo, play once again in that Grand Junction center of the music universe, Cruisers Bar on Horizon Drive.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Aspen Colorado Activities – Live Musical Entertainment Downtown

Aspen Bud Light Spring Jam concert - Billy Mor...
Aspen Bud Light Spring Jam concert - Billy Morrison from Billy Idol band (Photo credit: richpalpine)
Aspenites and visitors were treated to some great live entertainment a couple of weekends ago. We heard some great hard rocking music in the downtown core – one of the best Aspen Colorado activities one can experience!

As it was nearing the end of this ski season, and having been for the most part cooped up for the winter, my girlfriend and I were eager to take in some late-season musical entertainment and decided to check out the Bud Light Spring Jam concert in downtown Aspen.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Aspen Colorado Activities - Apres Ski at Aspen Hotels and More

Aspen, Colorado Activities - Paragliding (2)
Aspen, Colorado Activities - Paragliding (2) (Photo credit: richpalpine)
What do après ski and paraglidinghave in common? Not much usually, but they do demonstrate the range of winter Aspen Colorado activities that one can engage in (or at least observe).

Apres Ski - A Favorite Aspen Colorado Activity

While après ski in general is one of the most popular Aspen, Colorado activities, some venues are more interesting to me than others. Recently, I was invited to a guest/invite après ski at one of the iconic Aspen hotels the other day, and a Gluhwein Party broke out!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Things to do in Aspen - Cross-Country Ski Extravaganza

Aspen Cross-Country Ski Extravaganza - eager v...
Aspen Cross-Country Ski Extravaganza - eager vendors (Photo credit: richpalpine)
Every year, I look forward to the Cross-Country Extravaganza at the Aspen Municipal Golf Course! It has become one of my favorite things to do in Aspen during the winter.
The Extravaganza is a great opportunity to test out new cross-country gear (skating and classic) and on top of that, one can also take advantage of free lessons in either discipline as well. Of course there’s more – a free ski hot wax, food and an extensive raffle before it all wraps up.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Cross-Country Skiing in Aspen, Colorado in January

Cross-Country Skiing in Aspen, Colorado
Cross-Country Skiing in Aspen, Colorado (Photo credit: richpalpine)
One of the most popular winter events in Aspen, Colorado has once again come and gone, and I missed it.

I usually try to take part in some of the activities related to the annual Winterskol celebration in Aspen, but this year I just missed it. I had too much to do myself to afford the time to be a spectator.

Well, that’s not completely true because I did watch a fair amount of the NFL football playoffs. I usually prefer to be more active in my endeavors, but this year the playoffs had me hooked – for one thing, the Denver Broncos were in it again. Besides, it was really, really cold outside.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Things To Do In Aspen, Colorado - Some of My Favorites

I can’t believe it’s a new year already. It seems like it was just “yesterday” that I started blogging about various activities and things to do in Aspen, Colorado – it was actually March of 2012!

I’ve blogged about a lot of Aspen activities and events, from the annual Fourth of July parade, Aspen Music Festival performances and the 2012 USA Pro Challenge Bicycle Race, to vegetable gardening and ballroom dancing; but it all started with posts about presentations hosted by the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) and the Aspen Center for Physics.

Here are some of last year’s posts about some of these presentations:

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

December 2012 Activities in Aspen, Colorado – Moon Watching and Cross-Country Skiing

Too busy at the end of December with holiday activities, cross-country skiing and the awesome full moon display to post anything this week but these photos.

Have to say that Jupiter sneaking in was amazing as well!

Aspen, Colorado Full Moon in the Clouds
Aspen, Colorado - December Moon in the Clouds (Photo credit: richpalpine)

Aspen, Colorado Moon Above the Clouds
Aspen, Colorado - Moon Above the Clouds (Photo credit: richpalpine)

Aspen, Colorado Moon Above the Clouds
Aspen, Colorado Moon Riding the Clouds (Photo credit: richpalpine)

Aspen, Colorado Moon and Jupiter
Aspen, Colorado - Moon with Jupiter Crashing the Party (Photo credit: richpalpine)

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