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Aspen Laugh Fest 2016 will crack you up 4 FREE. Tonight.

The Aspen Laff Festival kicks off tonight (Tues Feb 16) with FREE Open Mic Night at Justice Snow's at 6 pm.   The Laff Fest then rolls into high gear Feb. 18-20 at the all new WHEELER OPERA HOUSE.

"It's always the wackiest weekend of the year"  A. Party

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LIGHT it up BLUE Rocks Out in Aspen...hard.

Light It Up Blue in Aspen. Hardest rocking party in Aspen.I gave you guys the heads up.  Light It Up Blue, Aspen was the hardest rocking party of the year.  Light it Up Blue (LIUB), Aspen, in it's 5th year benefiting Ascendigo rocked out...hard last night. LIUB is an international event that raises awareness for autism in conjunction with Autism Speaks.  In Aspen, LIUB directly benefits Ascendigo, a program that strives to enhance the health, life abilities personal growth and social engagement of those who suffer from autism.

Click  Ascendigo for more info.

Special thanks to Julie Royer Manning who co-chaired this years LIUB, Aspen with Stephen Olitsky.  Julie and her family deal with autism every single day.  Julie's daughter Olivia is a camper at Ascendigo's Summer Camp in Aspen. Olivia loves Ascendigo and it's program has directly enhanced her life. Through Ascendigo, Olivia comes out of her special world to ride horses, wake board, river raft and more. She has developed meaningful relationships with the staff and other campers.  According to Julie, Olivia's transformation is "simply amazing".  Olivia is one of 500 beneficiaries of Ascendigo's work in the Roaring Fork Valley.


Mingling with the band. #liubaspenThe party was first class all the way.  The presenting sponsor, Sentient Jet  and party planner Aspen Eventworks pulled out all the stops. The Hotel Jerome Ballroom was bedazzled in blue.  Celebrity guests included World Champion ski racer Bode Miller and Dr. Jennifer Berman and Dr. Andrew Ordon from the Emmy winning TV show, The Doctors.  The ladies in the house were resplendant in their finest blue cocktail attire.   The guys....meh.  Just kidding, the men looked good too.

The food. OMG!!   It was a baccanahal.  The seafood tower was again the most popular food station. Enough lobster, shrimp and crab to feed an army of hungry philanthropists.   The silent and live auctions had fantastic items...including a ski day with Bode Miller that fetched $17,000.

After dinner and a short program...the lights went down...and THE MONSTER ALL-STAR BAND took the stage.  Composed of hard-rocking members of Fuel, Puddle of Mudd, The Ted Nugent Band,  Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blind Melon.   Leading the rock n roll charge were Derek St Holmes on vocals and guitar, Peter Keys on the 88's and Travis Warren on vocals.  The Monster All-Star's rendition of Cat Scratch Fever may have actually blown the roof off the Hotel Jerome.  They followed that up with Stranglehold which definately had the whole neighborhood jamming out.   In my opinion, the clear highlight was the final number, With A Little Help From My Friends, which had the entire intimate venue dancing and singing along.  

Everyone loved the ear splitting rock and roll and the all-u-can-eat lobster tower, but no one in the room forgot why we were there.  Light it Up Blue, Aspen, Ascendigo and kids like Olivia need our help.   Thanks to a SRO crowd of generous patrons at LIUB, Aspen...kids and adults with autism in the Roaring Fork Valley are the benficiaries.

It was another great night in Aspen, Colorado.


Bode Miller one of the greatest ski racers of all-time at #LIUBASPENGary DePersia lighting it up Blue in Aspen.Julie Royer Manning, Co-chair of #liubaspen with her PNW crew and her Mom at Light It Up Blue , AspenSallie Bernard and Dr. Jennifer Berman flank (help me out with this guys name) at Light It Up Blue AspenAndy Andersson from Fuel on Lead and Derek St Holmes of the Ted Nugent Band got down in Aspen.It was a jam. Light It Up Blue , Aspen.



Response: Chocolate Thunder in Aspen

Wow...I am on a sugar high unlike any I've been on before.  AspenSpin just completed duties as a "guest judge" at Response Aspen's 20th Annual Chocolate Classic.


Response has been providing non-judgmental support to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault since 1983.   Response is the only non-profit in Pitkin County and Western Eagle County providing services such as a 24 hour help line and crisis intervention and emergency short-term shelter.  

RESPONSE has the mission to SUPPORT, EDUCATE and EMPOWER victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.    For 24 Hour Support call  970-925-SAFE.  Or click their site  www.responsehelps.org   

Now a few observations about The Chocolate Classic...OMG!!!! I am bouncing off the walls.   40 or more restaurants, caterers and bakers from around Aspen and The Roaring Fork Valley brought their best deserts to the Hotel Jerome to be rated and eaten.  As a judge, I was required to try at least 15 offerings.

Good ol' Andy Party OD'd on chocolate.  By the 10th sweet treat I was doing laps around the ballroom trying to walk it off. Once the doors opened to the public...I could not eat another bite.  It was an amazing display of chocolate decadence...a feast of chocolate gratification.  Plus the crowd was a like a stocked pond of valentine-ready Betty's.  I digress.

The First-Prize winner was a 4 layer chocolate torte that I have nicknamed Chocolate Thunder from All Sweet Things a local caterer.  One word: Sick.



Broncos to dominate the Super Bowl.

As a former DETROIT LIONS fan, I was accused of jumping on the DENVER BRONCOS band wagon this morning.  

HELLZ f-ing YEAH, I'm jumping on the band wagon.  I've officially adopted "the Donkeys" as my NFL squad. The transformation occured during the Tebow era.  When you're a Detroiter...you need to grasp at straws when rooting for an NFL team.   For me it's not just any port in the storm.  And its not because I hate Brady and the wiicked smaaaat Paaaats.

I DIG THE BRONCOS and I'm proud to say it. 

I have watched tape on every NFL game since 1937.  So trust me.  

Here's why the DENVER BRONCOS will win Super Bowl L

1)  DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS.   Boom...who said it...I dunno. Lombardi? George Halas?  I dunno? But its very true.

2)  TEAM.  There is no I in Team.   Yada Yada Yada.

3) DESTINY.   Yeah...Peyton is a washed up, feeble, game manager.  But give him this.  His mental game is on point.  He knows what he's doing.   Elway went out on a high note...and I think Peyton can too.

Maybe I'm just going with my heart.  On paper Carolina has a lot going for them.  Cam Newton is a beast. 

Lock it down:   DENVER   24  CAROLINA  17

(Post Game Note:  Final Score  Denver 24 Carolina 10. Von Miller = MVP)



Light It Up Blue 2016: Party of the Year.

Ascendigo is hosting their annual LIGHT IT UP BLUE ASPEN event on February 13 th at The Hotel Jerome.  Light it up Blue is a celebration to raise awareness and support for autism awareness and honors  World Autism Awareness Day.  LIUB is presented in conjunction with Autism Speaks.

Take it from AspenSpin...this event is 2nd to none.  Bode Miller, TV's Dr.Jen...an All Star Rock and Roll Band and the best on-line auction.  DO NOT MISS... LIGHT IT UP IN BLUE, ASPEN

For Tickets and Info Click;  LIUB ASPEN

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