The mixed bag of the community table was once an Aspen hallmark. Here’s our fantasy guest list of local newsmakers and visitors we’d like to meet.

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Warren Klug

The face of the Aspen Square Hotel and Condominiums, this consummate hospitality pro retired in May after 25 years as general manager of the 100-room downtown property, leaving behind a hard-to-top legacy of advocating for guests and employees alike.

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Kathy Klug

As Aspen High’s college counselor until her retirement in May, she advised thousands of juniors and seniors, resulting in some 90 percent of grads continuing on with higher education, and helped them find scholarships to make their dreams reality.

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Jenny Winton

The newest member of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s accomplished company of 11 dancers, the San Francisco native previously performed with the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, then toured the country for two years as a cast member of Dirty Dancing.

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Michael Pollan

The prolific food journalist explores a different kind of plant—the psilocybin in magic mushrooms—in his latest book, How to Change Your Mind, and will share his exploration of using psychedelics for mental wellness at the Aspen Institute July 30.

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Mauricio Sosa

After being bullied as a child, the Basalt High student, who graduated in June, raised  more than $63,000 to create a community haven—the Peace Garden—at the school, then created a how-to manual and video to inspire other kids to achieve their own goals.

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Kamasi Washington

On tour for his just-released double album, Heaven and Earth—which has been called a new classic of spiritual jazz—the virtuoso, genre-spanning tenor saxophonist and bandleader arrives to mesmerize listeners at Belly Up Aspen on October 25.

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