1. Celebrate Mom with some local love. Time seems a blur right now, with moments running together, so you may have lost track of Mother’s Day. It’s this Sunday, May 10. Longtime local favorite jeweler Harmony Scott offers a gorgeous Mother’s Day collection of earrings and necklaces (Treasure Cluster earrings, we're looking at you!), which can be ordered online. Nonprofit Action in Africa, founded by Aspenite Sarah Nininger to help provide education and other vital resources Uganda, has teamed with local jeweler Taylor and Tessier to create a special necklace. Each handmade piece includes a brass coin and a 14K gold hammered bar, both of which can be stamped with a word. The sale of one necklace provides one household with a week’s worth of supplies during quarantine. Or order Mom a cute hoody or dress from Colorado-based company Krimson Klover.
2. Tune in to Thunder River Theatre Company’s ExtravaGala, Thursday, May 7, 7 p.m. In place of its annual in-person fundraiser, TRTC has programmed a virtual variety show that promises to be a blockbuster; view it for free on ThunderStream, the theater’s new online channel. Performances will include songs and music from Broadway star Beth Malone, Nina Gabianelli, Sonya Meyer, Jackson Emmer, and pianist David Dyer; comedy acts from Glenwood Vaudeville Revue’s John Goss, Gary Daniel, Mike Monroney, Eliphalet Ford, and TRTC’s Consensual Improv troupe; and aerial dance. To support TRTC’s upcoming 25th year, which includes regular programming on ThunderStream, donate here.
3. Increase your smarts with the Aspen Brain Institute’s new Expert Series. Designed to increase your brain health literacy, these weekly Zoom webinars (Mondays, 4–5 p.m., with the exception of Tuesday, May 26, 1–2 p.m.) feature noted speakers on topics related to optimizing our path to healthy living. Upcoming presenters include breathwork expert Ed Harrold (May 11); Dr. Sandi Chapman, director of the Center for BrainHealth and co-leader of the BrainHealth Project at the University of Texas at Dallas (May 18); Harvard Medical School Professor Dr. David Sinclair (May 26); and cooking expert Dr. Annie Fenn (June 1). Register here for the Zoom invites.
4. Become a part of Aspen history by sharing your own quarantine story. Aspen Public Radio and the Aspen Historical Society have teamed up for a community storytelling project to capture this unprecedented time in recent history. Taking its inspirational cue from NPR’s StoryCorps, this oral history endeavor is collecting and archiving audio recordings from anyone who wants to talk about the challenges and the silver linings of life during the coronavirus pandemic. Some of the stories will be broadcast on Aspen Public Radio. For more information and to submit a recording, visit here or here.
5. Get cheesy with Laura Werlin and Janet Fletcher. If you’ve paid any attention to the Food & Wine Classic over the years, you’re no doubt familiar with cheese maven, and part-time local, Werlin. For May, which is American Cheese Month (who knew?), she’s pairing with co-expert Fletcher for a series of four wine and cheese tastings (Thursdays at 5 p.m. MST). Order the wines and cheeses and register to receive log-in info here, then join the virtual seminars. The series kicks off tomorrow, but to have your supplies arrive in time, plan on joining next Thursday.