ASPEN – Saturday marks the 16th anniversary of the death of John Denver when his experimental plane crashed in Monterey Bay, California.
Since his death, his life has been celebrated every year in his longtime home, Aspen, where friends, musicians and fans come together to remember his life, music and message.
It all started with a handful of musicians who simply wanted to honor the singer-songwriter and play some of his music.
In the meantime it has become a week-long festival with daily changing events, including musical performances and group activities as well as singing along at night in the Mountain Chalet, the unofficial seat of the event.
A handful of volunteers keep the memories alive through social media and word of mouth.
Hollie Carter, a central figure on the Aspen in October Facebook page, is helping with several events for the celebration, including the horse-drawn carriage where she makes sure that at least one musician drives each car. Listen to their music, you don’t have to explain the message. You just get it, ”she said.