The best band to never be a band, Storm Mountain Moonshiners, had a big weekend. On Friday night, five bands played in as many hours, raising $10,000 for the Airborn/Dearborn racing team to enter the Jimmie Huega Vertical Express for M.S.
More than 200 people attended, including Jimmie Huega and Billy Kidd, organizer Wes Dearborn said. "It turned out to be a nice party, and there was almost too much music."
Incognito wasn't able to take the stage until midnight, following the Yampa Valley Boys, 3 Wire, the Brew Glass Boys, Storm Mountain Moonshiners and a surprise appearance from Jessie Burns, a former Steamboat resident and member of the band Shenanigans.
The open jam that always concludes Dearborn's annual fund-raiser didn't happen this year because the last band didn't step off the stage until the early hours of the morning.
The next night, the Storm Mountain Moonshiners rallied for a private party at Mocha Molly's coffee shop to welcome the new owner, Jerri Nappa.
Columnist makes amends
Aspen columnist Alison Berkley was in town Wednesday to pick up a pink bag and laptop computer that were stolen Thanksgiving weekend. Her stuff was found last week in a melting snow bank near the downtown post office.
When Berkley lost the bag and the computer containing a manuscript for a new book, she spun across town like a hurricane, writing letters to the paper, calling anyone who would listen and generally making a nuisance of herself. The resulting firestorm and personal attack written by yours truly, Berkley says, were part of her design to gain attention for her cause. Now that the dust has settled and her belongings are back, Berkley wants to make amends with the Steamboat people who "want to nail her Prada-clad bottom to the wall."
As for the manuscript ... "The book is going to be called 'Snowjob: Adventures of an Aspen Princess' though it has nothing to do with my column," she wrote in an e-mail. "It's a novel about a woman from Los Angeles who leaves her life and career behind to spend a season in Aspen to work as a snowboard instructor. Though I can't deny it is Chick Lit, ... this is a portrait of the mountain girl ... who always gets in over her head trying to keep up with the guys ...
"Readers of my column will recognize some material, of course, and, like so many other crappy books in this genre, it is somewhat autobiographical."
When her book comes out, you'll read about it in 4 Points and probably get your chance to meet her Prada bottom at a book signing.
-- Autumn Phillips