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Aspen Meadow Band: “It Still Amazes Me”
October 14, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm UTC-6
Aspen Meadow Band invites you to a special evening of music that celebrates the wonder and fascination that John Denver had for other musicians and musical avenues to benefit Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Aspen Camp is the premier outdoor camp for the Deaf Community* in the nation and is celebrating 50 years of programs that inspire, empower, and educate all those who participate. This January they were awarded Non-Profit of the Year by Aspen Chamber Resort Association.
In the 1960s, with the help of Jimmy Buffet and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John established the Deaf Camp Picnic to support Aspen Camp. He was amazed by the things they were doing with the Deaf Community. John always saw the value in each person he met and the positive contribution they could make to the world.
“What we need are more ways to experience our interconnectedness—it is a precursor to deep love . . . Let us no longer struggle. Let us ever become who we most want to be. As we begin to be who we truly are, the world will be a better place,” John once said. Also, “I would so much like young people to have a sense of the gift that they are. Not many of them feel like that.”
As reflected in this statement from their website, that is what Aspen Camp seeks to achieve: “The purpose of the AC is to develop and motivate a sense of self-confidence, independence, and pride in personal accomplishments; to develop self-reliance; to encourage a network of sharing with others, and to recognize each individual’s abilities as a participating member of society.”
For this show, we have selected a mix of John Denver classics and songs by other artists that John was amazed by, performed with, and covered that express his wonderment with life, love of nature, helping others, and fun! These songs reflect not only John’s values but some of the core values of Aspen Camp that resonated with John.
“We are a family that believes in innovation, responsibility, and adventure as ways to better our community and ourselves . . . We are proud to be the only camp that provides year-round programs to Deaf* youth, adults, and families as well as hearing allies. Our goal is to help you explore the great outdoors and the great within. Our programs are enriching, community-based, and contribute to your sense of adventure.” —Aspen Camp website
Aspen Camp relies on the support of the local community. 72% of campers need scholarships, which are made available through donations. We are excited to have representatives from Aspen Camp at the show for you to make a donation to if you feel so led.
“Like we said, we believe in the power of community. So we love seeing our locals and hearing fans involved through the services we provide such as ASL classes, leadership and cultural training, and more.” —Aspen Camp website
Our desire for this show is that you would be uplifted and brought back to the good times you experienced listening to the songs we’ve included, that you might be able to join in with us as we share in John’s joy and fascination for some pretty incredible musicians, and to celebrate 50 years of Aspen Camp.
“Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same.” —John Denver
About Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Founded in 1967, Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides programs and services to recognize and capitalize on what the Deaf Community* can offer to the world. This includes the opportunity for Deaf* youth to grow in confidence and identity through programs like summer camp, winter camp, family camp, vocational training, and more. Sign language classes, volunteer opportunities, and retreats enable the local community to learn more about Deaf Culture. Aspen Camp is a 501(c)(3) non–profit organization who is celebrating its 50th year in 2017. More information about Aspen Camp and services can be found at http://www.aspencamp.org./
*Deaf Community, to Aspen Camp, means members of the community regardless if they are Deaf* or not: Deaf, Hard of Hearing, KODAs, CODAs, parents, and relatives of Deaf* children, interpreters, ASL students, and more.