Below are Bill Stirling's favorite local activities for the final days of February.
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.
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.
In Aspen, Colorado, the holidays are simply magical. The snow-kissed mountain beauty is the perfect backdrop for this special time of year with family and friends. And with ample activities and events – everyone will find something they love. See below for some of our favorite holiday activities that will help you enjoy the season fully.
Aspen is widely known for its physical recreation, visual arts and delectable culinary scene. In smaller circles it is also acclaimed as a political and intellectual community that values ideas and innovation, as well as history. Below are just a few venues to stimulate your mind and spirit!
Aspen is a quintessential resort town that offers world-renowned skiing, but that is just the beginning. Read on for just a few of our favorite winter activities in Aspen.
Opening November 27:
- Aspen – Open since 1947
- Snomass - 3,332 acres of terrain, 94 trails, 21 chairlifts
Opening December 13:
Stirling Peak Properties and Stirling Management put on a fiesta to remember on tee five at the 19th Annual Realtor Classic benefiting the ABOR Bill Heldman/Stark King Memorial Scholarship Foundation at the Snowmass Club last week.
Since 1985, they have given out more than $547,000 in college scholarships to hundreds of seniors from Aspen to Carbondale. This year they will award $35,000 to graduating seniors at Aspen High School, Basalt High School, and Roaring Fork High School with donations from the real estate community, affiliate sponsors, local businesses, and numerous volunteers.
One of our talented partners, Bill Stirling, sang in the Aspen Choral Society’s spring concert last weekend. This season’s program featured Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” with special guest soloist, Cantor Rollin Simmons, and Rene Clausen’s “Crying for a Dream”, a contemporary piece based on Native American texts. Backed by a 23 piece orchestra, this was truly a performance to remember!
Since 1979, Bill has been part of this 100 strong choir that combines the Aspen Community Chorus, The Glenwood Community Chorus, The Aspen Woman’s Chorus, and the Glenwood Woman’s Chorus.
Dawnette Smith, broker/partner at Stirling Peak Properties, is a long-time board member and supporter of local non-profit Marshall Direct Fund (MDF) – whose mission is education and women’s economic empowerment through primary and vocational training in Pakistan and beyond.