Saturday, July 26, 2008

Carbondale's 37th Annual Mountain Fair

This year’s T-Shirt Design Art by Sean Goodman, Basalt High School teacher and artist

The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities is proud to host the 37th Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair (at Sopris Park, just off of 7th and Main Street). This year’s fair focuses on "The New Frontier", visiting the history of the area (the Old Frontier), and showcasing the visionary work that is emerging from the area (the New Frontier). The booths opened at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 25, and will close at 9:00 p.m. tonight. With over 125 art and food vendors, live music, contests and more, this has been as gala a weekend as ever for the Mountain Fair.

The photo ops were too many to pass up, as you’ll see. . . .

Lynn Rodden (my sister) with her prize-winning Okanowa Sweet Potato Coconut Macadamia Nut Cheesecake. (Must be tasted to be believed. You can order them locally at )
Speaking of Cheesecake... Ron Robertson, CCAH Board Member and Architect Extraordinaire, pole dancing.
Solar energy bus

Backstage - and what a backstage it is From the stage (with the Earthbeat Choir)

Rex, the Wonder Dog Mad hats Feathers

Something no home should be without (Actually, there were lovely fragrances wafting from this stand, and beautiful pieces within.)Creatures and 'shrooms. (Hey, look! There's Audrey 2!!!)

More 'shrooms.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Gone Fishin'

Summer Trout by Judy Haas, a local artist
Excerpt from Fabulous Fly Fishing Near Aspen by Al Marlowe:
“The Ute Indians were among the earliest recorded people to inhabit the area around Glenwood Springs. They named the Roaring Fork "Thunder River" with good reason. The Roaring Fork is a boisterous river. Even from a distance, its current is audible.

From the headwaters near Independence Pass to the confluence with the Colorado the Roaring Fork is a free-flowing river, making it unique. Few rivers in the state are completely free of dams, though the Fork does have many irrigation diversions. It's one of the few floatable rivers in the state. From its beginnings to the Colorado River the Fork is only about 70 miles long. It has big fish, too.

If you're not accustomed to fishing large streams, the Fork can intimidate you. Its current is strong. The water is often slightly off-color, hiding deep holes. Footing can be tricky on its rocky bottom. One thing in its favor is that the river fishes well nearly all year.

Rainbows and browns are the predominant species in the Roaring Fork. The upper stretches have small brookies: According to the Colorado Division of Wildlife, they average 12 to 18 inches. From my experience this is no bureaucratic exaggeration. In the river upstream of Glenwood Springs to around Carbondale you'll find many whitefish and suckers. They also readily take a fly and fight well.”

For more information on Al Marlowe (an expert on recreation in the Colorado Rockies) and fly fishing in the Rockies, please visit his Hidden Lakes Press website:

Yes, folks. Whether you’re an experienced angler or a complete beginner, the Roaring Fork Valley is a truly incredible place to, as Aspen Fly Fishing says, "wet a line" in one of our Gold Medal Rivers.

Following are details on several favorite fishin’ guides.

Aspen Anglers
(This is an excellent site, by the way—very well-written and loaded with fascinating information.)
Jay says, “Hello and thanks for visiting my web site. I’m a fly fishing guide and FFF certified Master Fly-casting Instructor ( Aspen Anglers is located in the beautiful Roaring Fork Valley of western Colorado, between Glenwood Springs and Aspen.
I serve as a fly-fishing guide for two well-known local shops - Roaring Fork Anglers and Alpine Angling. We have access to four great rivers including the Colorado, Roaring Fork, Frying Pan and Crystal. We offer float fishing from drift boats and rafts as well as guided wade trips.
My other passion is fly casting with both single-hand and two-hand (spey) fly rods. I teach one-on-one and group lessons to all levels of fly casters and guarantee that I can help you perfect the art of fly casting... and have fun while doing it!
I’m fortunate to be one of only twelve instructors in the world who is certified by the Federation of Fly Fishers to teach spey, or two-handed fly casting. Spey casting is a very effective method to fish for sea-run fish, and many of my students come to me to prepare for a trip to the rivers of the world to fish for steelhead trout, Atlantic salmon, and sea-run trout. I also have private access to Gold Medal waters along the Roaring Fork River and can offer you the opportunity to learn to spey cast on a large western river instead of on a pond or dry land.
I’d be delighted to help you learn to spey cast or to “tune up” for that trip of a lifetime. Contact me to discuss your casting and fishing goals, and come visit us in the Rockies!”
(970) 274-1391

Aspen Fly Fishing
LAMPTON LAKES TRIP: Lampton Lakes hold some of the largest trout in Colorado. These privately maintained lakes are at the base of ragged mountain, about a 90-minute drive from Aspen. This trip is ideal for the angler searching for “the big one.”
MOON RUN RANCH POND/½ DAY FAMILY TRIP: Moon Run is a working horse ranch located in pristine Old Snowmass, just a 25-minute drive from Aspen. All family members will enjoy fishing for eager, 12 - 20 inch rainbow trout in a safe, shallow farm pond. A picnic blanket in a shady Cottonwood grove, or a short nature walk will provide peaceful entertainment for our non-fishing guests.
Located in the Gondola Plaza
601 E. Dean St.
Aspen, CO 81611
Office: 970.920.6886

Aspen Outfitting
Aspen Outfitting Company offers the area's only Certified Guide Program, ensuring that the most knowledgeable and attentive guides in the area will share their intimate understanding of the beautiful local streams to provide a fly fishing experience long to be remembered.
Aspen Outfitting Company also holds exclusive leases on the area's largest selection of private water. We invite you to join us at any time of the year, for a truly exceptional Colorado outdoor experience.
FAMILY POND FISHING: Private pond fishing is a wonderful outing for kids and family alike. This type of venue provides a fishing experience that is both exciting and private, perfect for gatherings and small parties. These beautifully secluded ponds are privately owned and stocked with rainbow trout up to 20 inches. Natural bait of fly-fishing is permitted and no license is required.
FLOAT TRIPS/ROARING FORK RIVER: Guided float trips (Spring, Summer and Fall only) can provide a truly spectacular day of fishing! Advanced anglers enjoy the experience because it puts them on sections of the river that can only be accessed by boat.
FLOAT TRIPS/GUNNISON RIVER: The Gunnison River is recognized as one of the best rivers in North America, and fishing the Gunnison is certainly one of the most productive float trips in all of Colorado.
In addition to sensational fishing, anglers will find that the awe-inspiring views, abundant wildlife and adventurous white water make for a truly unparalleled fishing experience!
315 East Dean Street
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 925-3406
(800) 784-2140

Aspen Trout Guides
Since 1981, Aspen Trout Guides has taught thousands of visitors the art of fly and spin fishing in the high streams, rivers and lakes of the Aspen area. Our guides will take you off the beaten path to waters unavailable to other guide services. Our philosophy is to teach you skills in angling that you will use the rest of your life!
GO FISHING IN ASPEN: Let our fun and knowledgeable guides take you to some of the best trout fishing spots in the world. Fish for beautiful native Cutthroat, Rainbow, German Brown, and Brook Trout in exclusive locations available only to select guide services.
LEARN FLY FISHING FROM THE PROS: Go one-on-one with an experienced guide to the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan rivers for specialized fly casting instruction. Learn from the best at some of the finest fishing spots in the country.
FAMILY FISHING TRIPS & TROPHY FISHING: Bring the kids for a fun afternoon of spin fishing at one of our local mountain lakes. Or take a full-day trip to a private lake or spring creek to fish for trophy Rainbow and Brown Trout.
Located in the Hamilton Sports Shop
520 E Durant Ave. Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 379-7963

Frying Pan Anglers
(This is another exceptional website. It includes an up-to-date fishing report, as well as lots of information, photos, etc.)
WADE TRIPS: Given that most wades are in the warmer months, we will outline aspects of a full-day outing. Generally we like to meet the client at the shop first thing in the morning to make sure that all the relevant paperwork is completed. That will include a license and relevant releases. If you have your own equipment, then you don't need much more. On the other hand, we have an extensive range of equipment depending on the weather and the fishing conditions. On a full day wade you will enjoy at least 8 hours on the water. In summer the evening fishing can be fantastic so if you want to fish a little later, you can make the relevant arrangements with your guide.
FLOAT TRIPS: One gets to take a nature ride down the river far from the madding crowd. In fact, if your partner is not so keen on fishing, take along a book and a camera, a sun hat and sun-block and enjoy the view. There is room in the boat for two, so couples can enjoy the day even though only one likes to fish.
132 Basalt Center Circle
Basalt, CO 81621
(970) 927-3441

Taylor Creek Fly Shop (on the Cooper Avenue Mall/Aspen & the Frying Pan River/Basalt)
(Another great site. Features river reports and access to fishing licenses online.)
Colorado Fly Fishing at its best. Join us for guided fly fishing trips on Colorado's finest fly fishing rivers. From the Frying Pan River, Roaring Fork, Colorado and Crystal Rivers you can enjoy the best Fly Fishing Colorado offers all within the Roaring Fork Valley. Join us for information or guided fly fishing trips. The Taylor Creek Fly Shop, located less than 30 minutes from Aspen on the banks of the Frying Pan River in Basalt, is western Colorado's oldest guide service and specialty fly fishing shop.
We are very fortunate to have many different and varied fishing options within a short drive from our store in Basalt, Colorado. One can experience everything from small and intimate high-country streams filled with brookies or cutthroats to the huge brawling runs of the lower Colorado and all choices in between.
Our experienced guides make their selection of water based on angler preference, level of experience, water conditions, and current hatches. Guide wade trips are taken on all local waters and guided float trips utilizing McKenzie River dories are done on the lower Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers.
We welcome beginners and experts alike to join the Taylor Creek staff, which has the well earned reputation as being the most experienced guide service in the Roaring Fork Valley. Love for and commitment to fly fishing has motivated our guides for over three decades!

Incidentally, Taylor Creek in Basalt offers a series of Saturday Free Clinics beginning around April 15 and continuing through the last Saturday in June. The clinics cover intro/equipment set-up, casting, entymology and reading the water. Dave and I attended a few last year, and very much enjoyed them.

Taylor Creek Fly Shop on the Frying Pan River
183 Basalt Center Circle
Basalt, CO 81621
(970) 927-4374
Taylor Creek Fly Shop on the Cooper Avenue Mall
(970) 920-1128

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Fondest Farewell to Pete Platek

Pete, pictured here (far right) with the Lone Pine Bluegrass Band

Quoted from the Aspen Times, July 12 edition: "Longtime local musician and chef Pete Platek of Aspen reportedly died Friday as a result of complications from an injury to his arm.

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office confirmed Friday evening that Platek died at 2:05 p.m., although a spokesman said he did not have the cause of death available. Hospital administrator Scott Coleman said he, also, was not aware of the cause of death.

Platek played banjo and guitar and sang for the Lone Pine Bluegrass Band, as well as working as a chef in the area. He reportedly had been in the valley for approximately 15 to 20 years.

He injured his arm Thursday, had it treated at Aspen Valley Hospital and was released, according to friends.

But on Friday, Platek was back in the hospital for treatment of an unexplained problem. He was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction for emergency care, where he died, friends said.

Platek is survived by his wife, Diane, and a child."

I can't believe it. Pete's gone? I am one of many, many, many people who are heartbroken by this news. Peter was one of the 'good guys,' kind, gentle and a great talent. He contributed so much. What the hell happened?

I'll write more as I learn more. Like lots of others, I'm pretty sad right now....

July 14 update: I understand from a friend of Pete's that he went to Aspen Valley Hospital because he thought he had somehow injured his arm. The arm was treated and he was released. He returned the following day, still in pain. It was ascertained that he had a staph infection. He was air-lifted to St. Mary’s in Grand Junction, where he passed away.

His spirit and legacy will be carried on by his wife Diane; son Bryce; his mother Caroline; sister and brother-in-law Karen and Tom and their children Mike and Katie; and his brother and sister-in-law, Garrett and Laura. His friends in Aspen will hold his memory in their hearts.

A memorial service will be held for Pete on Wednesday, July 16, at the concert meadow on Aspen Mountain. Free gondola rides to the service will be available from 10 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

July 17 update: A member of the Mesa County coroner’s office confirmed on July 16 that necrotizing fasciitis, more commonly called the “flesh-eating bacteria,” is the cause of death listed on Pete’s death certificate.

According to his widow Diane and accounts from friends, Pete was injured, but apparently not cut, while he was moving on July 10 from one apartment to another. He reportedly was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital when he began to experience considerable pain.

After being examined and released with medications to treat inflammation and pain, Pete reportedly went home for a while but then was taken back to the hospital later in the day, complaining of ever-worsening pain.

He was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital, where he died at 2:05 p.m. on July 11 while being treated in the intensive care unit.

His Wednesday memorial service was attended by some 200 friends and mourners. A memorial fund in his name has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank in Aspen.

Pete, we’ll all miss you.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Free Snowmass Concerts - Then Nardi's!!!

Snowmass Village and JAS have joined together since 1994 to give everyone here a summer full of free concerts. Throughout the summer, a wide variety of musical genres is presented - everything from reggae to classical jazz. The concerts are held every Thursday on Snowmass Mountain. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. And be prepared for any kind of weather. It's been known to go from swelteringly hot to rain and thunder to snow in a heartbeat here. Music starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m.

This season's line-up of performers:
Thursday, June 26th - Drew Emmitt Band
Thursday, July 3rd - Freddy Jones Band
Thursday, July 10th - Gaelic Storm
Thursday, July 17th - Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
Thursday, July 24th - Ruthie Foster
Thursday, July 31st - Bonerama
Thursday, August 7th - Great American Taxi
Thursday, August 14th - Robben Ford
Thursday, August 21st - Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys

After the concerts, mosey on down the Mall, stopping to admire...everything...
Then hustle on up to Nardi's Restaurant for more live music, great food and fabulous cocktails.
Located upstairs at the opening of the Mall, this spacious restaurant offers window views throughout, as well as two patios with some of the most spectacular views in Snowmass. Peter Nardi, a long-time local and congenial host, features old Mexican favorites as well as Italian dishes straight from his family's cookbook.
Dave and I, who have eaten there several times, are blown away by the food. The Calamari are crispy and succulent. The Coconut Shrimp are 'to-die-for;' the're gigantic.

A few of my many other favorites are:
The Salsa - full of freshly chopped vegetables
The Guacamole - chunky with fresh avocado, rich, fabulous
The Shrimp Tacos - grilled shrimp on sweet, fresh tortillas
and (are you listening, Kyle?)
The Chiles Rellenos. (I am a connoisseur of chiles rellenos; I order 'em when and wherever I can.) Peter's are made from scratch with roasted Poblano peppers. Try the Chicken and Cheese version. Yowsers.

Then there are the Margaritas. Peter serves (to my knowledge) ten variations, all outrageous and delicious. My personal favorite: the Blue Agave - made with Sauza Extra Gold, Blue Curacao, Lime Juice and a splash of Sweet & Sour. (I wonder if they turn your tongue blue? After drinking a few, I always forget to check.)

Writing this made me so hungry that I almost neglected to include my 'shameless plug.' H3 (Harding, Hills & Hawes) (Yup - Dave and me again, joined by Tom Hills, an extraordinary drummer who also works with Broadband) performs at Nardi's every Thursday from 8:00 to 10:30 P.M. Many of H3's gigs require that we play 'easy listening' music. But at Nardi's we get to crank the volume and the energy. Woohoo. Power Trio!!! Move over Rover, and let Davey take over.

Join us. Be ready to eat a lot, dance a lot and drink responsibly (as if). And be sure to bring in one of Nardi's green, white and red flyers for a Free Margarita! (with purchase of an appetizer, lunch or dinner entree.)

If you like, we'll take photos of your tongue after a Blue Agave and e-mail them to you.

Nardi's is open daily from 11:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M.

Nardi's Address:
315 Gateway Building
Snowmass Village, CO
Nardi's Phone Number:
(970) 923-0127

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Lynn Goldsmith Gallery Rock 'n' Roll Dreams

Lynn Goldsmith, a photographer of legendary rock 'n' rollers, is a legend in her own right.

She is hosting a reception and book signing at her Basalt Gallery this evening. Her exhibit, "Rock 'n' Roll Dreams," will run through September 15. Signed books will be available until July 14 at 50% off.

As she is one of my 'sheroes' from way back, we hope to attend....

Okay. We attended. Lynn Goldsmith's Gallery, located in the Mid-Valley Design Center, is filled with astounding pieces of artwork. Most are candid shots of famous people that Lynn has shot throughout the years. Also displayed are several of her 'mosaics' and a brilliantly unique series of self portraits, such as the one below:

Tea Cup Dreams." © Lynn Goldsmith. “Tea Cup Dreams” is a self-portrait from the series In The Looking Glass. Lynn says, “The work is concerned with how identity is constructed and what is the truth of our persona.”
Lynn, in person, is a petite and gregarious brunette with a Mercurian wit, who proudly proclaims her age. (60! She looks a sprightly 40.) She spoke to her audience with complete forthrightness, weaving stories that were as fascinating as her photos. At one point, she mentioned that, contrary to popular speculation, she hasn't slept with everyone she's shot. An audience member piped up with, "Who did you sleep with?" Everyone laughed. Lynn explained that when you have to take photos all day, then run back to the lab to print 'em so you can have them to your client the next morning, "Who has time to sleep?"

Lynn is a multi-awarded portrait photographer whose work has appeared on and between the covers of Life, Newsweek, Time, Rollingstone, Sports Illustrated, People, Elle, Interview, US, Bunte, Paris Match, etc. Her subjects have varied from entertainment personalities to sports stars, from film directors to authors, from the extra-ordinary to the ordinary man on the street. Her forty years of photography have not only been an investigation into the nature of the human spirit, but also into the natural wonders of our planet. By the early 80’s Lynn departed from the worlds of both photography and film, to become a recording artist. Under the name Will Powers, she signed with Island Records as the first optic-music artist. Lynn has written songs with recording artists such as Sting, Steve Winwood, Todd Rundgren and Nile Rogers.The wide range of Lynn’s talents, skills and achievements are products of a belief she holds constant: creativity is based on breaking limiting thought patterns. For more information on this fascinating woman, please visit her website:

Here is her Gallery address:
Lynn Goldsmith Gallery
Mid-Valley Design Center Basalt
40 Sunset Drive, Suite 10A
Here is the phone number:

Here are a few photos from the evening:

Let's photograph the photographers! Stewart Oksenhorn (Aspen Times) and Louisa Davidson, posing before two of Lynn's 'Through the Looking Glass' self portraits.

My son, Andrew, draped by two fawning blondes

John Oates (of Hall & Oates) draped by a fawning blonde

Lo Druckman and E.J. Maret (of Reggae Rodeo)

Two more of Lynn's 'Through the Looking Glass' series. The snapshots below completely do not do them justice. They're enormous, and perfect to the last stunning detail. Do yourself a favor - visit the Gallery and experience them in person.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Ritz Carlton at Aspen Highlands Hosts a Weekly Barbeque

The Willow Creek Bistro at the Ritz Carlton/Aspen Highlands is hosting weekly Barbeques Sundays from 6:00-9:00 P.M. on a gorgeous deck overlooking a greener-than-green mountain.

Hmmm. Okay. Barbeque. Does that word conjure up images of burgers, dogs, ketchup, relish, five variations each of macaroni and potato salad, chips, dips, and a "kegger?"

Not here, folks.

The fare, created and served by Executive Chef Jami Flatt, is not only artistically presented, but thoroughly gourmet, from the grilled artichokes, corn and snappy fresh vegetables to, for crying out loud, the bread. (How do people make bread like that, anyway? Crusty on the outside, soft and sweet on the inside.) The wine selection is brilliant, from all over the globe. As for the meats: Last week, Jami grilled steaks, chicken breasts and lamb. He served me a lamb chop that was truly, honestly the best I've ever had.

Jami plans to offer alternative choices throughout the summer. Determined to serve only the best, he thoroughly researches his food purchases. He's presently looking into some spectacular salmon. Maybe it'll be there tonight!

You can order the Barbeque, which includes two glasses of wine (and I suppose other libations) for $29.00. If you prefer, you can select something from the All Day Dining menu. (Price range: $8 to $19) Or you can sit back with a cocktail and enjoy the incredible view—and the entertainment.

(Here comes my shameless plug:) The event features the musical stylings of none other than me 'n' Dave (aka, in this particular incarnation, H2 - Harding & Hawes).

Here is the address: 0075 Prospector Road Aspen, Colorado 81611
Here are phone numbers:
Willow Creek Bistro: (970) 429-2327
Ritz Carlton Aspen Highlands: (970) 925-0000

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Independence day

I'll write something later. No time. ANDREW got in yesterday at 4:30. Came to show with us. I'm so happy to see him.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Little Shop of Horrors Opens Tonite!!!

Theatre Aspen's Little Shop of Horrors opens tonite. Previews of Tuesday and Wednesday were nothing less than spectacular. Following are particulars on the show:

The Musical, written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, is an adaption of a cult film originally produced by Roger Corman in 1960. (I understand the film was shot in only two days.) One of Ashman’s comments on the play: “It satirizes many things: science fiction, B movies, musical comedy itself, and even the Faust legend.”

Everyone on the Show: (Before I continue, let me say that I’m tempted to throw in raving superlatives about each and every one of these people. They are a talented, hard-working, intelligent, dedicated, marvelous assemblage of people. Okay. Enough already with the superlatives. Read on:)

Paige Price—Artistic Director
Mark Martino—Director and Choreographer
Seymour—Production and Stage Manager
Kevin Brainerd—Costume Designer
Markas Henry— Set Designer
David Thomas—Sound Designer
Loren Wilder—Lighting Designer

The Actors/Singers:
Jamie LaVerdiere
as Seymour, the ‘nerd’ who happens upon a ‘strange and unusual’ plant.
Kate Fahrner as Audrey, a sweet, somewhat ditzy blonde.
Gordon Stanley as Mushnik, the owner of . . . well . . . the Little Shop of Horrors.
Tom Erickson as Orin, the Dentist from Hell. (Tom has several other roles in the show. Watch for him, cleverly disguised.)
Bobby Mason (the Music Mayor of Aspen) as the Voice of Audrey 2, the Plant from Outer Space that plans to start out eating Cleveland, and ultimately devour the entire world.
Lee Sullivan as the man who brings Audrey 2 to life with his proficiency as a puppeteer. (He makes a brief appearance onstage at the top of the show as a stumbling Wino.)
Anastacia McCleskey, Felicia Boswell & Adrienne Warren as The Urchins. These girls, who carry the plot from one scene to the next, will rock your world with their voices.
And, of course…starring Audrey 2 as (his? her?) its Bad Self.

The Musicians : We’re backstage, so you won’t see us. But where would this show be without us? In Cleveland, that’s where.
Bob Finniekeyboards/musical director. He’s the guy who auditioned and hired several of the singers, and who coached all musical talent to their present state for the show.
Paul Valentinedrums and percussion. Brilliant player.
Me and Dave - bass and guitar. (Dave also has a slide whistle solo in the first act. Listen for it. Its haunting beauty will break your heart.)

The Crew: Again, you won't see these guys. But where would the show be without them? There wouldn't be a show, that's where.
Stub Allison—Pre Production TD
Kevin Carson—ASM
Colleen Finnegan—
House Manager
Kyle Gavell—Master Electrician
Marco Markiewicz—Assistant TD
Brad Moore—
Production Manager
Chris Moore—Follow spot
Stephanie Riddle—Sound board
Meghan Stiles—Prop and wardrobe supervisor
Tiffany Wilson

The Story: Shop Owner meets boy. Boy meets girl. Girl also meets boy. They are very attracted to each other, but girl is already involved with a ‘semi-sadistic’ dentist. Boy meets plant. Plant grows large and hungry, makes boy famous. Plant then . . . I don’t want to give away the ending, other than, “BURRRP.”

Show Dates: at the Theatre Aspen Tent are:
June 28, 30
July 1, 2 5, 7, 12, 14, 17, 18, 26, 28
August 2, 4, 5, 15, 16

Tickets: can be purchased at:
Wheeler Box Office (970) 920-5770 (*subject to $4.00 telephone order fee per order)
Or at the Theatre Tent on evening/day of performance

Call Theatre Aspen for directions or any further information 970.925.9313

A Few Backstage Shots

Beautiful Kate (Audrey) with my husband, Dave (Should I be worried?)

Jamie (Seymour) getting into character

Bobby (the Voice of Audrey 2) holding up the fort

Lee Sullivan, Audrey 2's Puppeteer and Stumbling Wino (in the show, that is)

Anastacia, Felicia and Adrienne (the exquisite Urchins)

David Thomas (Sound Designer), me and Mark Martino (Director)

Seymour, our Fearless Leader. (And, yes, we're all aware of the irony that she's Stage Manager on a show with a 'Seymour' as one of the lead characters.)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Bears…Oh, My!!!

With the winter thaw come reports of bear sightings throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. The sightings continue clear through the fall.

After sleeping for several months, black bears awaken with the spring and typically spend two weeks drinking water and warming up their bodies before they start eating normal amounts of food. Then a few of them invariably lumber into town in search of toothsome treats.

On a warm summer evening several years ago, a friend of ours left the patio door of her second-story condo open while she slept. She came into the kitchen the following morning to make coffee, and discovered a bear rooting through her fridge. (As you can imagine, she went to Starbucks for her coffee.)

2007 was a record year for bear/human conflict in the Roaring Fork Valley. A June frost, followed by a hot and dry early summer, killed off the bears’ natural food supply, leading them to raid residential trash cans and refrigerators, and fruit trees in downtown Aspen. Twenty-five of the critters were tranquilized and relocated.

As a rule, the animals are not aggressive—they’re certainly not man eaters. But they’re hungry. And big. Expert estimates of the weights of the bears seem to vary widely. Conservative measurements put the average weight of the animals at around 300 pounds. However, the degree of sexual dimorphism exhibited by the species makes accurate accounts difficult. The largest black bear recorded was a male shot in Wisconsin in 1885. The bear was 802 pounds, far heavier than would be expected.

Following are a few safety tips:

It’s best not to hike alone. Bring a partner with you. If you do chance upon a bear, don’t run. If you can’t help yourself and feel you must bolt, be sure you’ve chosen a hiking partner who runs slower than you. (Get it? Runs slower than you?)

But seriously, folks…

When hiking, it’s a good idea to wear little bells on your wrist. The sound of the bells will alert a bear that you’re coming.

It’s also prudent to bring pepper spray, in the event you come face to face with one.

Most importantly, learn to recognize the difference between baby bear scat (poop) and adult bear scat. Baby bear scat generally has berries and small tufts of fur in it. Adult bear scat has little bells and pepper spray in it.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Earthbeat Choir’s First of Summer Concert Series

Earthbeat, performing at the United Nations
The Earthbeat Choir opens its Summer Concert Series this morning on the Main Stage at the (111th annual!) Strawberry Days Festival in Glenwood Springs. The tunes performed will include several written by the Choir, and a medley of Eagles hits.

Earthbeat, a non-profit organization, has been presided over by its maestro of ten years, KC Johnson. His mission statement: “The Choir embraces a diverse group of children, in which the magic of music flourishes. Where kids feel safe to start where they are and rise to their full potential as singers, songwriters & creative artists, because there is a creative artistic spirit in every child waiting to be released.” He further states: “Whenever an event in our world touches our lives and hearts, you can rest assured that the Earthbeat Choir will be moved to write a song....The inspiration that compelled us to write the song, ‘"Don't Look the Other Way"’ was the Columbine tragedy. It was written with the children, staff and musicians of the Carbondale and Basalt Summer Music Camps.”

The Earthbeat staff this year includes graduates from past Music Camps. Dave and I, having had the privilege of performing with K.C. and the Choir over the last ten years, have watched many of these kids blossom into brilliant young adults. Two kids (Kids? HA! – let me rephrase…) Two young men, both monster musicians, will accompany the choir this year. Van Wampler (who just turned 19!) (and received bagpipes as a birthday gift from his grandparents - how cool is that?) will be on keyboards. Dominic Franklin will provide a strong backbone as the drummer. Oh, and, yeah. Dave and I will be there on guitar and bass. Speaking of which – we’d better get a hustle on. We have a 9:45 soundcheck; the show has a 10:45 downbeat.
Other scheduled Earthbeat concerts are:
July 19 - Burning Mountain Days – New Castle – time to be determined - noonish
July 27 – Carbondale Mountain Fair – Carbondale – time to be determined - noonish
August 16 – Basalt River Days - time to be determined - noonish
If you’d like to reach KC for further information, please call him at (970) 618-8103.

By the way - While at the Festival, take time to browse the many booths. You’ll find all sorts of treasures created by local artisans, as well as major ‘good eats.’ BBQ ribs, corn dogs, funnel cakes, ice cream, tacos, tamales, spanakopita, etc, etc, etc. Cotton candy! Oh, man. I am so all over it.

Other acts appearing today on the Main Stage are:
Big Daddy Lee & the King Bees at 2:30
Atomic Brass Project at 3:30 - With two of Denver's best vocalists and a five piece horn section, they are sure to keep you movin' all night long!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

For Those of You Who Tuned in on Monday…

…apologies. Other than the fact that Nevin didn’t win the Tony (what’s up with that?) (but he was one of only three nominees – that’s definitely worth a great deal), the party was spectacular. The food (everyone brought something) was delectable. Seymour, as promised, cooked up a giant batch of her famous Sloppy Joes, which may now have the official title of, “Seymour’s Famous Sloppy Tonys.” The guests, mostly Theatre Aspen cast and crew, were relaxed and jovial. I think this was a ‘first day off since who knows when’ for most of us.

I had several cocktails. My camera, taking this personally, decided to render most of my photos… less than noteworthy. Here are a few that (kinda sorta) turned out:

Seymour, the Chef du Jour

Jamie La Verdiere (Seymour in 'Little Shop of Horrors') and his wife, Christiane Noll
Kate Fahrner (Audrey in 'Little Shop')

Gordon Stanley (Mushnik in 'Little Shop')

Tom Erickson (Orin in 'Little Shop')
Chowhounds Kate, Kyle Gavell (Master Electrician) and Stephanie Riddle (Sound)
Me and Stub '007' Allison (Pre-Production TD) threatening each other with handguns