It has been over 50 years since our partner, Bill Stirling, took a Peace Corps assignment in rural Kenya. Just outside the village of Sotik, he spent two years working with the million acre scheme, funded by the World Bank, and his job was to resettle landless Kenyan farmers on the old European large scale farms. He was part of the Kenya Peace Corps effort, and lived and worked with the Kipsigis tribe and herdspeople, in Western Kenya, just north of the Masai Mara plains. The volunteers learned Kiswahil, a lengue franc spoken from the eastern Congo to Zanzibar, which he spoke daily for the two year period, and amazingly, his ability to converse in Swahili returned, which was like an entrée or passport into a myriad of situations, that otherwise, would have been out of bounds. Five decades later, he returned.
Most people think about third-world countries and poverty when Habitat for Humanity is mentioned. Or they recall an incredible piece of used furniture they bought at the ReStore in Glenwood Springs. The reality is Habitat for Humanity is changing the lives of families that live right here in the Roaring Fork Valley.
In 2014 we added two team members to the Stirling Management family – Laura Edgar as Operations Manager and Konstantin Nesvat as Field Manager. They have been instrumental in sustaining, and even improving, our impeccable quality of service. This is essential as our client base and their unique needs grow and evolve.
Each month in 2015, we will be showcasing a team member's favorite things to do in our prized resort town. Below are Dale Potvin's top picks for the beautiful month of January in Aspen, Colorado!
- Skiing, skiing and more skiing – including hiking Highland’s Bowl and lunch laps on AJAX
- Après ski with friends and family at my go-to spot – Mezzaluna
- Enjoying the festivities of Winterskol – fireworks, Soupskol and more
- Playing pond hockey with family and friends after a day on the hill
Aspen is bustling with activity all winter long. Each month plays host to numerous events that will entertain and inspire you. Below are just a few of our personal favorites.
Winterskol dates back to January 1951 when local Aspenites decided to celebrate Aspen's unique Nordic lifestyle with an eclectic weekend of festivities. Today the four-day event showcases Soupsköl, a dog fashion show, fat bike races, Hike for Hope Uphill, ice sculptures, a torch light decent and fireworks. More information.