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The Scott Alter Memorial Benefit was held on Saturday, May 12th at Smoke Modern BBQ at Willits.  The turnout was amazing and really showed the Alter Family how much Scott was loved and will be sorely missed by so many in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.

Donations are still being accepted at Vectra Bank Colorado locations thoughout the Roaring Fork Valley (Aspen, Snowmass Village, El Jebel and Glenwood Springs).  Donations may be mailed in to:

Vectra Bank Colorado

Scott Alter Memorial

534 E Hyman Ave.

Aspen, CO  81611

Jennifer Alter’s sister Joelle Howe Fotion and her team of friends pulled off a fun day for the kids with Bounce Houses, clowns and Jammin’ Jim the performer.



Buttons and Dizzy the Clowns


Jammin Jim and his ever present throng of kids in tow


Baby Girl Sgroi (parents Jeff and Tracy) on her way to the Bounce House


The volunteer team putting up the silent auction results


Carrie Duryea with her twin boys and Joelle’s son Austin in tow….


Jennifer and Jack Alter


Sammi Alter (middle) and her girlfriends


Dr. Barbro Pilch (on left) is in the process of purchasing Dr. Alter’s dental practice.  Jessica Bramson is Dr. Alter’s hygienist and her husband Bennett is a realtor extraordinaire with the Fleisher Company in Basalt.


Sisterly love with Jennifer and Joelle


The Fotion Family


The whole family (almost) – Jennifer and Joelle’s mom is the third from the right



Emotional support and love from Art Daily



Sheryl Barto of o Communications, Linda & Michael Fiske, and Beth Mobilian turn out to support their good friend Jennifer.


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Larry Turns 60!
Saturday night was the big party to celebrate Larry’s 60th (his real bday is May 29th).  The weather was sketchy but the bday gods were looking out for us as there was about 15 seconds of light rain and nothing else.  Could have been a snow storm for the amount of high gusty winds we had earlier in the day.  A big thanks to our friend Joanna who drove the furthest and helped an incredible amount in the kitchen…We love you Joanna!

Alex and Sarah Arrasmith


Chuck and Patty Simpson


Connie Overton and James Gilliam – A great big thanks to James for being our official grill master chef


Sarah Robertson and Steve Romanello and their new “kids”

Tony Welgos is the manager of Clarks Market in Aspen and Terie Hooper – our friend who finished the Leadville 100 mountain biking race back in the day.  Don’t know why they are making fish faces!???


Gaye and Chris LaCroix with our bday boy Larry


Kisses for the bday boy…


Darcy girl finally finds a place to settle down

Graciela and mom Sarah enjoying the bbq treats


Stephi, Linnea and Lily


Host and Hostess

A birds eye view of the festivities…




Thanks to everyone for sharing in this fun occasion xoxo Larry and Jackie

Woody Creek Distillers (WCD) is finally open!  The much anticipated Grand Opening of the hyperlocal (meaning their potatoes are grown within a twenty mile radius) vodka, whiskey and eau de vie distillery debuted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 to a large crowd of locals and visitors alike.


Pat and Mary Scanlan along with Mark Kleckner and his significant other Tracey Snow have been hard at work pulling together the resources and locally grown produce to distill their own vodka and whiskey.  The much anticipated Grand Opening did not disappoint as numerous locals and visitors dropped in to sample the vodka and whiskey at Basalt’s newest business venture.


David Roberts and Carol Ann Mawdsley of Jersey, Wales came all the over way from the UK (and Aspen) to enjoy a shot of vodka with WCD bartender Kevin.


The Romaneks came all the way from Illinois (and Aspen) to partake of the smooth libations at the WCD Grand Opening.

At the peak of the party, there were approximately 100 guests in attendance and owners Mark and Pat were constantly giving tours of the amazing facility and describing the process and time it takes to produce just one batch of potato based vodka.  The potatoes are grown on the Scanlan ranch in Woody Creek and 550,000 pounds of potatoes are grown on just one 30 acre garden plot.  The potato harvesting season only lasts for three months and requires quite a few extra hands to clean and process all of the potatoes.



One of the owners, Pat Scanlan, giving a tour of the distillery.  It’s amazing how much science and engineering is involved in producing consistently high quality vodka and spirits.  Both Pat and COO Mark Kleckner have extensive backgrounds in engineering and management.


Sue and Ken Krehbiel, owners of Signature Framing, a neighbor to WCD, listen to Pat’s expertise on the finer points of distilling vodka.


The stills themselves are a thing of beauty and show what a high class operation WCD truly is…


And the bottles too!  The logo was designed by an Aspen graphic design firm.  We all appreciate the value and good karma that “buying local” brings to Basalt and our valley and the world at large.


Mike Scanlon, Town Manager of Basalt and Basalt Mayor Jacque Whitsitt, present Pat Scanlan with the Town of Basalt Proclamation Plaque.  My apologies to Mark Kleckner who was out giving a facility tour during this presentation.


Mayor Jacque with the General Contractor Caldera Construction Inc. owner Ray Paschal and friend Marc Tergeoglou who is the owner of Athens Builders in Basalt


Mayor Jacque, Mike Scanlan, and Stubbies owner Trent Castleberry.  Trent will be carrying the WCD vodka at Stubbies….another venerable Basalt business supporting WCD.


Mark Kleckner with Construction Superintendent Scott White of Geoframe and Mike Scott of Thurston Kitchen and Bath located at the Aspen Airport Business Center.


Locals Sandy and Charles Israel of Aspen made the trek to the Grand Opening


Ruth, Mark and Bonnie Starr of Jack Wilkie Builders Inc. are located just down the street from the new Distillery.