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From New Little Nell Wine Director Chris Dunaway to Hostess Extraordinaire Martha Stewart, Our Fantasy Guest List

Here’s whom we’d invite if we could entertain this season’s most interesting visitors, locals, and newsmakers.

By Cindy Hirschfeld Illustrations by Matty Newton May 22, 2019 Published in the Summer 2019 issue of Aspen Sojourner

Chris Dunaway

With the exit of Carlton McCoy to head up a Napa Valley winery, The Little Nell’s former head somm has stepped into the prestigious position of wine director at the hotel, overseeing its renowned 20,000-plus-bottle collection and continuing—we hope—to host memorable parties in the cellar. 





Nick Cave

Known for his soundsuits—outlandish costumes that act as metaphorical suits of armor against prejudice by providing the wearer anonymity—the Chicago-based sculptor and performance artist will receive this year’s International Artist Award from Anderson Ranch Arts Center in July. 


 Alexandra Hagerty

The Aspen-based merchant mariner, whose office is the high seas, started a scholarship fund for women and minorities to attend one of the seven US maritime academies—including financial support for two local high-schoolers of any gender each year.



David Hamilton

The founder of Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, which has enabled us to recreate over the past 25 years on better-maintained trails, recently stepped down from the helm of the nonprofit to fully enjoy the fruits of all that labor.



Martha Stewart

The bane of sloppy cooks and hosts everywhere has, surprisingly, never appeared at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen before this June, when she’ll give a demo on summer entertaining—now that’s a really good thing. 






Sean van Horn

The local endurance athlete, inspired by his own fight against internal demons, lapped Buttermilk for 24 hours in March, skinning up 60,426 vertical feet (just 800 feet short of the North American record), skiing a cumulative 100 miles down, and, most importantly, raising $10,000 for mental-health advocate Aspen Strong.






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