Summer lovin’ and a red hot chili and brew festival |

Summer lovin’ and a red hot chili and brew festival

Bring on the summer. I’m feeling especially psyched about the new season now that I have another Yagatta Regatta under my toga’s belt. The annual event was a blast – SoulFeel won the battle of the bands and our “Animal House”-themed crew took best costume honors.Most importantly, around $9,000 was raised for the Cooper Corner Center adult daycare.Rafters rule.I have to admit, it was slow-going for me getting into the summer spirit. All work and no play makes for a pretty dull April.I’ve decided I’m going to make this my best summer ever (can it really beat ’94? We’ll see). I have so much to look forward to – rafting trips, Strawberry Days, Summer of Jazz, Mountain Fair, etc.I may even try and sneak in a trip home to Indy to see the U.S. Grand Prix. It’s no Indy 500, but it’ll do.I’d age myself here and use that line from that ’80s song, “the future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades …”But I so won’t go there.

It’s happening in Snowmass to boot: Third annual Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest, music, chili and microbrews. Tickets: single-day festival ticket (all ages) $15, access to all concerts – chili tastings, food and beer available for purchase; single-day party pass $25, includes chili tasting and beer sampling (21 and older); weekend party pass $30, provides access to all concerts – chili tastings, food and beer available for purchase, or $50 pass for chili tasting and beer sampling (21 and up). Information: (800) 766-9627 and is why I’d kick it up here: Skiing isn’t the only good time on Fanny Hill at Snowmass Village. This weekend the Hill gets hot, hot, hot and cool, cool, cool. The third annual Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest is back with live music from Jonny Lang, Sean Costello and others, a smokin’ chili cook-off and frothy microbrew tastings. Wake me if I’m dreaming.

Its happening in Woody Creek to boot: Tracys Day memorial benefit concert, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Aspen Community School. Information: 925-4300 and http://www.tracymclain.comThis is why Id kick it up here: Tracy McClain loved music. She started a band when she was 17. She recorded with local musicians Haden Gregg and Jimmy Ibbotson. She taught guitar lessons to the kids of Aspen, Basalt and Carbondale schools. Unfortunately, her talented life was cut short by an automobile accident last winter. In support of her two daughters, Kelley and Chelsea, the local music community she loved so much is hosting Tracys Day, a memorial benefit concert. The spirited event features food, libations, music, a live auction and childrens activities all day long a celebration of life through music. Just what Tracy would want.

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