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Carbondales seventh annual Music & Lobster Fest was a blast with over 100 local musicians in town at seven different venues. About 2,000 people came out to listen and eat fresh lobster in historic downtown. The town of Carbondale served 900 lobster dinners with drinks and desserts under the plaza tent, and put on a great community event. Special thanks to our amazing recreation department, led by Jeff Jackel, who helped start the fest with Steves Guitars. Rec Coordinator, Becky Beckles McCarthy made this fest the best one yet. Her team of energetic workers, led by the multi-talented Jessi Rochel, made the event run smoothly. Lobster helpers this year were Steve Tovrea, Jack Bowman, Rabbit, Danielle Boyle, Becca Watkins, Brendon Langenhuizen, Brian Murphy, Allie Rochel, Jeremy Everding, Ben Mackin, Erin Stout, J. Sanford, Bryant Maggert, Andy Baldassar, Mike Gruerefeldt, Kerstin Wilson, Matt Kraemer, Lu, Paul Blumer, Taylor Wilson, Anna Gaines, Carol Farris, Barbara Grant, Bill Grant, Dave Ritchie, Lee Maggert, Mike Emerson, Jon Holton and Sarah Johnson.The CRMS preschool got a big turnout for its first 5K/10K runs and the Kids Sprint Lobster Crawl was full of little sprinters. A great fundraiser for the school thanks to all the parent volunteers and sponsors. Special thanks to Jennifer Tuggle, Courtney Kleager, Debbie Condelo and Elisabeth Murphy for organizing it. All of the musicians sounded excellent, thanks to all of the great sound equipment and skilled people to run it at seven venues. We couldnt have done it without Nelson Oldham, Louie Girardot, Jeff Maus, Bob, Steve Skinner, Pam Rosenthal, Glenn Griggs, Dave Notor and our other talented friends. Many thanks to our sponsors; CRMS preschool, KDNK, KSPN, Sopris Chiropractic, Main Street Spirits, Alpine Bank, Lynn Kirchner Amore Realty, Dos Gringos, The Lift, Village Smithy, Jennifer Perez, Flying Dog Brewery, Aspen Brew Company, Peggy Devilbiss, Blue Tent Marketing, Matt Harrington, Carbondale Vineyard, Glenwood Brew Pub, Peppinos Pizza, Cloud Nine Bakery, Ella, Granna Cafe, Phat Thai, Black Nugget, Peak Party Rental, Carbondale Chamber and the Paradise Bakery. Steve Standiford, Steves GuitarsRebecca Beckles McCarthy, town of Carbondale recreation coordinator

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies enjoyed a wonderful community gathering June 23 at Hallam Lake, celebrating ACES 40th anniversary. Rather than the usual potluck, which normally draws 50 or 60 members, ACES provided dinner this year. Nearly 400 people RSVPd, and even more showed up. The event certainly surpassed our expectations, and everyone reveled in the perfect summer evening, the air full of Aspens generous community spirit.Our only disappointment is that a few were caught off guard by our uncharacteristic shift to requesting an RSVP, and we had to turn away a few who wished to attend. To our members and friends who we werent able to serve, our deepest apologies. We truly appreciate all of our members and supporters, and feel bad about the miscommunication. We welcome anyone who wasnt able to attend to join us for an ACES naturalist program any time this summer.Once again, we offer our deepest thanks to our 40th anniversary sponsors: Holland & Hart; Holy Cross Energy; Obermeyer Asset Management Company; Alpine Bank Aspen; and Mason Morse Real Estate Company. Also, many thanks to our in-kind donors: Aspen Brewery; Aspen Sojourner Magazine; City Market; Clarks Market; Greenspot; Mountain Flowers; Paradise Bakery; and Susan Fesus, whose contributions helped make the evening one of the highlights of the summer. Last but not least, thanks to our family of members, both new and old, who help make ACES the unique place that it is.Tom and Jody Cardamone, the ACES Board ofTrustees, and the ACES Staff


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