Every October Snowmass Village and Aspen pause for a week to remember one of their most beloved residents. John Denver came to the Snowmass Village and Aspen area in the early ‘70’s and fell in love with beautiful views, quaint cities and remarkable way of life.
Many of his greatest pieces of music were inspired by and written in Snowmass Village and Aspen Colorado, where Mr. Denver lived for most of the remainder of his life. Particularly representative of his Colorado work is the song, “Rocky Mountain High,” which posthumously became one of Colorado’s two state songs.
This year the John Denver Week will begin on October 7th and continue through the 16th. Traditionally during this week residents of Aspen and Snowmass Village, family, friends and fans of John Denver gather in the Aspen and Snowmass area for picnics, concerts and tributes in memory of John Denver. Proceeds from these events go to the ongoing support of John Denver’s music, ideas and causes.
The Windstar Land Conservancy, an environmental group founded by Mr. Denver, to help focus the world on sustainable living, remembers John Denver through their annual highway clean up a two-mile stretch of Highway 82 on Saturday, October 8th beginning at 10a.m. Immediately following the clean up will be a hot dog roast at the Windstar Land Conservancy. There will be another clean up on Saturday the 15th beginning at 1p.m. and projected to last until around 4. Both of these events are very much in the spirit of John Denver, honoring his deep commitment to environmental causes and particularly the preservation of the beauty of Aspen and Snowmass Village.
On Sunday, October 16th, the Windstar Land Conservancy will honor Mr. Denver and his ongoing supporters and volunteers at the annual Windstar Celebration. Attendees are asked to carpool to the event, bring their own chair and water bottle in order to conserve resources and cut down on wasteful paper products. They are also advised to wear comfortable shoes and a camera for photographs with the wolf.
A visit any time of year to the Windstar Land Conservancy is a treat. The beautifully preserved land and beautiful statue of John Denver with his hand outstretched to reach an eagle, remind the visitor of John Denver’s life-long love for the outdoors and his tremendous efforts to bring balance between man and Nature. The Windstar Foundation, in partnership with the Land Conservancy, offers many educational opportunities for groups, educational organizations and the individual. True to John Denver’s dream, his legacy has been more than remarkable music; he has been instrumental in the call to change the world.
The John Adams Band will be playing a tribute concert called, “Rocky Mountain High,” on Thursday, October 13th in Denver, and again in Aspen at the Wheeler Opera House on Sunday, October 16th. Mr. Adams makes this tribute particularly poignant with his personal stories of his friendship with Mr. Denver and their time spent together. Out of respect for his friend, and his deep love for John Denver’s music, John Adams plays Mr. Denver’s music the way it was intended to be heard. This year joining John Adams will be the rest of the John Adam’s Band, as well as the Aurora Symphony Orchestra.
Of course throughout the week spontaneous events and gatherings at the John Denver Sanctuary located near the Rio Grande Park in Aspen, will take place. Here large granite stones placed throughout the park are carved with lyrics from Mr. Denver’s songs. The John Denver Sanctuary is a must-see experience during the John Denver Week for all fans and admirers.
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