Current Update June 6, 2020

Through this area of the website, we will try to keep you updated on this year's John Denver Celebration week and the status.  Currently, as we are all experiencing due to COVID-19,  Aspen and Colorado are also now in various phases of re-opening.  Much is dependent upon how things go, determinations by both the State of Colorado Department of Health, Pitkin County Department of Health and Committees on re-opening, and the City of Aspen in the days and weeks ahead.   

We will be sharing information we receive from various reliable sources from Aspen and Colorado on the re-opening and what will be the restrictions of that area.   As we receive updates from those in charge of their various concerts and events, we will also keep you informed on the status of the week. 

Currently, Aspen is in their phase 2 Re-Opening Timeline. Many of the hotels and lodging are being allowed to open at 50% occupancy, restaurants are starting to be allowed to be open, and that will be increasing in the days ahead with certain guidelines and restrictions.   Things are changing on a daily and weekly basis. Good resources for updates include the following:

Aspen Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Website (an excellent resource for everything about Aspen, Colorado with updates)

Pitkin County's website  (The county in which Aspen in located) (This gives updated information on the re-opening with a maps and timelines)

Currently, the week is still being planned for 2020,  and many of the events and concerts will depend on the days to come and the decisions made by various Health Departments and the City of Aspen.   There are folks in contact with the venues and lodging to keep updated.  

The most important thing is everyone to be safe and stay well, so that we will have more years ahead to gather and honor John Denver's legacy and music!

We will continue to keep you updated!

 

 

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  • JP
    JP Littleton CO
    It’s a Possibility: There is still MUCH to do in Aspen during our gathering in October. It’s a Possibility for small gatherings (35 people) at the Chalet. It’s a Possibility some musicians bring their instruments and play at evening sing-alongs. However things unfold, this year can offer time for sight-seeing, fellowship, and relaxation in beautiful Aspen. Here are “Possibilities”: These are mainly, but not all, outdoor events where folks can keep social distancing...."6 feet wide", just like Grandma's Feather Bed! Possibilities: Thursday, Oct. 8: Welcome to My Morning, Welcome to My Day: Meet & Greet - Thursday noon at JD Sanctuary. This is My Autograph: Thursday – after the Meet & Greet - Stroll through the beautiful JD Sanctuary, read the inspirational inscriptions on the rocks. The Eagle and the Hawk: 2 pm – 3 p.m. The 5th floor of the Mountain Chalet. Don Larson will share his love and knowledge of eagles. (Free event but limited to 35 people). Music Paints Pictures and Often Tells Stories: 3 - 4 p.m. The 5th floor of the Mountain Chalet. Some people were fortunate to meet or work with John Denver. Come share and listen to stories of personal encounters with John. (Free event but limited to 35 people). Walking Thunder: 7:30 p.m. The 5th floor of the Mountain Chalet. This is the 25th anniversary year for the movie Walking Thunder. Come watch the movie starring John Denver. (Free event but limited to 35 people). Friday, Oct. 9: Rocky Mountain High: Rio Grande Trail off Cemetery Lane (directly west of Aspen off Highway 82), Friday 10 a.m. Visit the infamous rock where John stood for the album photograph. Chicken Pie & Country Ham: Noon - Lunch at Woody Creek Tavern, for those who want to gather for lunch. About 8 miles west of Aspen off Highway 82. His Spirit Joined and So Was Formed: Aspen’s Dark Side Tour: Meet at the Wheeler at 6:00 pm for a professionally guided “ghost” tour of Aspen. An easy walking tour of downtown Aspen by professional tour guide Dean. https://www.aspenwalkingtours.com/or call 970-948-4349. Saturday, Oct 10: To the Mountains: Visit Maroon Bells in early afternoon. Reservations are required, or you can ride the shuttle bus. Contact Maroon Bells at 970-945-3319. Also see “Miscellaneous” below for more “Possibilities”. Sunday, Oct 11: Talk to God and Listen to the Casual Reply: Church service at Aspen Chapel, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. In person or Zoom. St. Benedict’s Monastery, Snowmass. Sunday Mass at 8:15, Bookstore open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily. Good-By Again: Wagner Park, 10 a.m.. Gather to say farewell and safe travels to our John Denver family…. Until next year! Thurs - Sunday: Almost Heaven: The songs of John Denver. Presented by Littleton Town Halls Arts Theatre, at Hudson Gardens, Littleton, CO. 2 pm showing on Sunday, Oct. 11. (Also showing on Thursday – Saturday. For reservations: (303) 794-2787 or townhallartscenter.org. Monday, Oct. 12 Spirit: Were We Brothers on a Journey: Red Rocks Park, Denver, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. A memorial tribute and gathering to honor John Denver at the Spirit statue at the Red Rocks Trading Post, Denver. (Off I-70 and C-470, Morrison exit.) Miscellaneous: Whale Bones and Crosses: An easy walking tour of the historic Ute Cemetery, in the southeastern side of Aspen off Ute Avenue. The Eagle and the Hawk: ACES (Aspen Center for Environmental Studies), located about a block west of the John Denver Sanctuary, is a non-profit environmental science organization and center. Empty chairs, the wooden floor that feels the touch of shoes no more: Ashcroft Ghost Town. Located 11 miles up Castle Creek Road, the silver mining ghost town features the restored remains of several historic buildings. Country Roads: Independence Pass, located about 5 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82, is the highest paved mountain pass in Colorado and an abandoned mining town that offers self-guided walking tours. The Wind is the Whisper of Our Mother the Earth: Windstar Land Conservancy, located about 8 miles west of Aspen off Highway 82, is on the approximately 1,000 acres of land once owned by John Denver for the Windstar Foundation.

    It’s a Possibility:
    There is still MUCH to do in Aspen during our gathering in October. It’s a Possibility for small gatherings (35 people) at the Chalet. It’s a Possibility some musicians bring their instruments and play at evening sing-alongs. However things unfold, this year can offer time for sight-seeing, fellowship, and relaxation in beautiful Aspen. Here are “Possibilities”:
    These are mainly, but not all, outdoor events where folks can keep social distancing...."6 feet wide", just like Grandma's Feather Bed!
    Possibilities:
    Thursday, Oct. 8:

    Welcome to My Morning, Welcome to My Day: Meet & Greet - Thursday noon at JD Sanctuary.

    This is My Autograph: Thursday – after the Meet & Greet - Stroll through the beautiful JD Sanctuary, read the inspirational inscriptions on the rocks.

    The Eagle and the Hawk: 2 pm – 3 p.m. The 5th floor of the Mountain Chalet. Don Larson will share his love and knowledge of eagles. (Free event but limited to 35 people).

    Music Paints Pictures and Often Tells Stories: 3 - 4 p.m. The 5th floor of the Mountain Chalet. Some people were fortunate to meet or work with John Denver. Come share and listen to stories of personal encounters with John. (Free event but limited to 35 people).

    Walking Thunder: 7:30 p.m. The 5th floor of the Mountain Chalet. This is the 25th anniversary year for the movie Walking Thunder. Come watch the movie starring John Denver. (Free event but limited to 35 people).

    Friday, Oct. 9:

    Rocky Mountain High: Rio Grande Trail off Cemetery Lane (directly west of Aspen off Highway 82), Friday 10 a.m. Visit the infamous rock where John stood for the album photograph.

    Chicken Pie & Country Ham: Noon - Lunch at Woody Creek Tavern, for those who want to gather for lunch. About 8 miles west of Aspen off Highway 82.

    His Spirit Joined and So Was Formed: Aspen’s Dark Side Tour: Meet at the Wheeler at 6:00 pm for a professionally guided “ghost” tour of Aspen. An easy walking tour of downtown Aspen by professional tour guide Dean. https://www.aspenwalkingtours.com/or call 970-948-4349.

    Saturday, Oct 10:

    To the Mountains: Visit Maroon Bells in early afternoon. Reservations are required, or you can ride the shuttle bus. Contact Maroon Bells at 970-945-3319.

    Also see “Miscellaneous” below for more “Possibilities”.

    Sunday, Oct 11:

    Talk to God and Listen to the Casual Reply: Church service at Aspen Chapel, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. In person or Zoom.

    St. Benedict’s Monastery, Snowmass. Sunday Mass at 8:15, Bookstore open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily.

    Good-By Again: Wagner Park, 10 a.m.. Gather to say farewell and safe travels to our John Denver family…. Until next year!

    Thurs - Sunday:
    Almost Heaven: The songs of John Denver. Presented by Littleton Town Halls Arts Theatre, at Hudson Gardens, Littleton, CO. 2 pm showing on Sunday, Oct. 11. (Also showing on Thursday – Saturday. For reservations: (303) 794-2787 or townhallartscenter.org.

    Monday, Oct. 12

    Spirit: Were We Brothers on a Journey: Red Rocks Park, Denver, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. A memorial tribute and gathering to honor John Denver at the Spirit statue at the Red Rocks Trading Post, Denver. (Off I-70 and C-470, Morrison exit.)

    Miscellaneous:
    Whale Bones and Crosses: An easy walking tour of the historic Ute Cemetery, in the southeastern side of Aspen off Ute Avenue.

    The Eagle and the Hawk: ACES (Aspen Center for Environmental Studies), located about a block west of the John Denver Sanctuary, is a non-profit environmental science organization and center.

    Empty chairs, the wooden floor that feels the touch of shoes no more: Ashcroft Ghost Town. Located 11 miles up Castle Creek Road, the silver mining ghost town features the restored remains of several historic buildings.

    Country Roads: Independence Pass, located about 5 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82, is the highest paved mountain pass in Colorado and an abandoned mining town that offers self-guided walking tours.

    The Wind is the Whisper of Our Mother the Earth: Windstar Land Conservancy, located about 8 miles west of Aspen off Highway 82, is on the approximately 1,000 acres of land once owned by John Denver for the Windstar Foundation.

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