Aspen Square Daily News
This coming Saturday, August 2, is a big day in the history of Colorado's most-photographed natural wonder - the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area. The Maroon Bells Birthday Bash, celebrating 50 years as a protected wilderness area, will take place at the base of Aspen Highlands from 3-9pm. ACES, the Wilderness Workshop and the US Forest Service will host the party, which includes plenty of live music, food and family activities. For details on everything happening that day, visit www.maroonbells50.org.
One of the Roaring Fork Valley's great annual events, Carbondale Mountain Fair is this weekend. Events kick off today for the 43rd Fair, "Wild at Heart: Celebrating Our People, Town, and Wilderness." Recently awarded a designation as a Creative District by the state, the Carbondale-based Fair will celebrate all forms of artistic expression, with a wide offering of arts and crafts, live music and delicious food. Admission is free for all three days of the Fair, June 25-27. For more information, visit www.carbondalearts.com/mountain-fair.
The Aspen Institute's annual Aspen Security Forum kicks of today through Saturday, July 26 on the Aspen Meadows Campus. Each summer, the Institute hosts a gathering of high-level present and past government officials from all areas concerned with national security. The fascinating array of speakers this year includes Admiral Eric T. Olsen, Ambassador John Negroponte, Assistant Secretary of Defense Andrew C. Weber, Gen. Martin Dempsey, and former Gen. Wesley Clark. For complete details on the Security Forum, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.