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Aspen Glen’s gates swing open for weddings, parties

January 9, 2004 Carbondale Colorado

Everyone who drives Highway 82 knows Aspen Glen is the gated community between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, but there are more keys to those gates than most folks realize.

The Aspen Glen Club, with its postcard views of Mount Sopris, can be reserved for weddings and receptions, and for business and social entertaining. The club is available not only to Aspen Glen members, but to people who know a member to sponsor them.

Melissa Miller, Aspen Glen’s private events director, said last summer was the club’s busiest year for private parties and weddings. The summer’s biggest wedding was written up in a Boston Globe newspaper article about destination weddings.

“It was a huge wedding,” Miller said.

The wedding of Colleen Denton and Ryan Morrissey drew 140 guests from across the United States, the article said.

Denton’s parents own a second home in Aspen Glen. Over a period of four days, wedding guests were treated to rafting trips, a golf tournament, a Western theme rehearsal dinner that featured “cowboy performers” according to the article, the wedding ceremony itself, and an after-wedding brunch.

Most of the guests had never visited Colorado.

“With four days here, everybody really got to know each other,” Denton told Boston Globe reporter Diane Daniel.

Not all of Aspen Glen’s private parties are quite so elaborate.

“Basalt High School has held its prom here for the past two years, and we hope Carbondale can have its prom here this year,” said Miller, a Basalt High School graduate herself.

Reservations are already being taken for this year. Miller expects business owners to reserve Aspen Glen Club rooms for parties during national Professional Administrators Week, which runs April 19-23.

“It used to be called Secretaries Week,” Miller said. “This is the politically correct term.”

Aspen Glen dining facilities include the Eagle’s Nest Grille, where the main room seats 30 to 50, a patio seats 40 to 70, and a tented back lawn holds 200. The Sopris dining room seats a maximum of 100 to 110, with a lounge that seats 20 to 30 and private boardroom that seats 10 to 14.

Miller said Aspen Glen banquet staff members pay a lot of attention to the little details that guests sometimes aren’t accustomed to.

“We pull chairs out for the ladies, and drop napkins. That sometimes takes people aback,” Miller said.

Aspen Glen relies on an on-call banquet staff of 20 employees, which it has built over the past few years.

“We pay very well, and provide a good atmosphere to work in,” Miller said. “We have a waiting list for people who want to work here.”

Information: Aspen Glen Club, Melissa Miller, 704-1905.

Contact Lynn Burton: 945-8515, ext. 534

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