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From Dynamo Performer Grace Potter to Singer/Actress/Educator Nina Gabianelli, 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 Sonny Ross February 27, 2020 Published in the Midwinter/Spring 2020 issue of Aspen Sojourner

Grace Potter

The dynamite performer from Vermont ski country—touring in support of her most recent album, Daylight—brings her powerful R&B-tinged rock and roll repertoire to Belly Up Aspen for two shows, on March 26 and 27.

Dennis Lehane

Hear the author of gritty thrillers such as Shutter Island, Mystic River, and Gone, Baby, Gone—all of which were adapted into movies—speak about the craft of penning best sellers as well as writing for television and film at Winter Words, on March 10.




David Fleischer

Having recently celebrated 50 years in business—a huge feat for any store, let alone one in high-rent Aspen—the proprietor of Pitkin County Dry Goods continues to keep locals and visitors well dressed while drawing savvy shoppers to the clothing shop’s much-anticipated twice-yearly sales. 




Kevin Warner

With 750,000 acres of National Forest land to oversee, including the well-visited Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness and five ski areas, the new Aspen-Sopris District Ranger and 15-year US Forest Service vet is a key player in how we recreate. 




Krista Klees

Four years ago, this philanthropic-minded Slifer Smith & Frampton broker launched a women’s event to raise funds for five local nonprofits; this year’s Lucky Chances Luncheon netted more than $75,000—including matching donations from the real estate firm—and drew over 100 attendees.



Nina Gabianelli

Well before this Aspen Historical Society vice president of education and programming, Crystal Palace Review performer, initiator of Thunder River Theatre Company’s Diva Cabaret series, actress, and local arts supporter was named a 2020 Wintersköl Royal Honoree, we knew she reigned supreme.

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