One of the things that makes Aspen unique, is its fascinating history. Today the Aspen Historical Society continues the 2nd annual Chautauqua Aspen event. A lunchtime conversation celebrates some of the big personalities who've shaped Aspen. Later presentations during the day include character performances of noted Aspenites Hunter S. Thompson, Bil Dunaway and Fred Iselin. For details, visit www.aspenhistory.org or call (970) 925-3721.
If you need a break from speakers, concerts, hiking and biking, hop on the bus up to Snowmass for the annual Snowmass Culinary Festival, Saturday July 12. The scenic surroundings of the Snowmass resort provide the setting for participants who'll enjoy a day of great food, wine and spirits, culminating in the "Palate of Pairings" at 4pm. At the pairing, small plates with wine and sprits, prepared by local chefs, will be offered. A silent auction will be conducted to benefit the Little Red Schoolhouse. For details visit www.gosnowmass.com.
If you love the violin, you're in luck this weekend as two of the world's most famous concert violinists perform in the Benedict Music Tent at the Aspen Music Festival. Tonight at 6pm Gil Shaham performs Bartok's 2nd violin concerto with the Aspen Chamber Symphony. The program also includes Beethoven's iconic 5th symphony. Tomorrow afternoon, Joshua Bell performs the Bruch Concerto with the Aspen Festival Orchestra. Saint-Saens' gorgeous 3rd symphony ends the program. For details, visit www.aspenmusicfestival.com.