Young Professionals Chill

Let it snow! Hermann Park young professionals brew up a winter wonderland

Hermann Park young professionals brew up a winter wonderland

21 Joseph Guajardo and  Courtney Carlson Siegmund at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
Joseph Guajardo and Courtney Carlson Siegmund at the Hermann Park Conservancy Ski the Green party. Photo by Lance Carter/Hermann Park Conservancy
12 Kim Tarleton and Nick Ondrasek at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
Kim Tarleton and Nick Ondrasek roast marshmallows at the Hermann Park Conservancy Ski the Green party. Photo by Lance Carter/Hermann Park Conservancy
71 Duane Stevenson and Rashida Lee at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
Duane Stevenson and Rashida Lee at the Hermann Park Conservancy Ski the Green party. Photo by Lance Carter/Hermann Park Conservancy
4 food spread at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
Food and beverages at the Hermann Park Conservancy Ski the Green party. Photo by Lance Carter/Hermann Park Conservancy
60 Jennifer Graff, from left, Marc Eichenbaum and Michael and Alexis Long at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
Jennifer Graff, from left, Marc Eichenbaum and Michael and Alexis Long at the Hermann Park Conservancy Ski the Green party. Photo by Lance Carter/Hermann Park Conservancy
82 Byron Lundy, from left, Tiffani Wesson and Evan Hawkins at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
Byron Lundy, from left, Tiffani Wesson and Evan Hawkins at the Hermann Park Conservancy Ski the Green party. Photo by Lance Carter/Hermann Park Conservancy
3 Megan Kaldis, from left, Catherine Bradley and Eve French at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
Megan Kaldis, from left, Catherine Bradley and Eve French at the Hermann Park Conservancy Ski the Green party. Photo by Lance Carter/Hermann Park Conservancy
86 Oliver Doolin and Paula Whitten-Doolin, from left, Eve French and Courtney Carleson Siegmund and Brandon Siegmun at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
Chairs Oliver Doolin, from left, Paula Whitten-Doolin, Eve French, Courtney Carleson Siegmund and Brandon Siegmun at the Hermann Park Conservancy Ski the Green party. Photo by Lance Carter/Hermann Park Conservancy
43 Doug Steimle, from left, Lee Mimms and Alex Steimle at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
Doug Steimle, from left, Lee Mimms and Alex Steimle at the Hermann Park Conservancy Ski the Green party. Photo by Lance Carter/Hermann Park Conservancy
59 Holly Smith, left, and Lana Skinner at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
Holly Smith, left, and Lana Skinner at the Hermann Park Conservancy Ski the Green party. Photo by Lance Carter/Hermann Park Conservancy
10 Nick Ondrasek at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
Nick Ondrasek at the Hermann Park Conservancy Ski the Green party. Photo by Lance Carter/Hermann Park Conservancy
19 Mandi Lewis, left, and Shea Doherty at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
Mandi Lewis, left, and Shea Doherty at the Hermann Park Conservancy Ski the Green party. Photo by Lance Carter/Hermann Park Conservancy
18 Kristen McDanald, Ashley Zajicek, Courtney Carlson Siegmund at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
Kristen McDanald, from left, Ashley Zajicek and Courtney Carlson Siegmund at the Hermann Park Conservancy Ski the Green party. Photo by Lance Carter/Hermann Park Conservancy
54 Lindsey Simmons, from left, Charles Brown, Anne Eubank, Anna Williams and Sarah Scott at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
Lindsey Simmons, from left, Charles Brown, Anne Eubank, Anna Williams and Sarah Scott at the Hermann Park Conservancy Ski the Green party. Photo by Lance Carter/Hermann Park Conservancy
33 Robert and Nikki Hanley at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
Robert and Nikki Hanley at the Hermann Park Conservancy Ski the Green party. Photo by Lance Carter/Hermann Park Conservancy
21 Joseph Guajardo and  Courtney Carlson Siegmund at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
12 Kim Tarleton and Nick Ondrasek at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
71 Duane Stevenson and Rashida Lee at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
4 food spread at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
60 Jennifer Graff, from left, Marc Eichenbaum and Michael and Alexis Long at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
82 Byron Lundy, from left, Tiffani Wesson and Evan Hawkins at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
3 Megan Kaldis, from left, Catherine Bradley and Eve French at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
86 Oliver Doolin and Paula Whitten-Doolin, from left, Eve French and Courtney Carleson Siegmund and Brandon Siegmun at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
43 Doug Steimle, from left, Lee Mimms and Alex Steimle at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
59 Holly Smith, left, and Lana Skinner at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
10 Nick Ondrasek at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
19 Mandi Lewis, left, and Shea Doherty at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
18 Kristen McDanald, Ashley Zajicek, Courtney Carlson Siegmund at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
54 Lindsey Simmons, from left, Charles Brown, Anne Eubank, Anna Williams and Sarah Scott at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013
33 Robert and Nikki Hanley at the Herman Park Conservancy Ski the Green party November 2013

H-Town's young professionals morphed into snow bunnies and ski bums for an Aspen-themed fundraiser, "Ski the Green," complete with roasting S'mores, hot chocolate, rum apple cider and outfits geared for the slopes. Too bad, it was about 24 hours before the blue norther stormed through.

The Hermann Park Conservancy's Urban Green group transformed, as best they could on the mild and humid night, the Historic Clubhouse into a cozy ski lodge. Ski hats, neck scarves, boots and even fur attire begged for a snowy landscape.  "Ski the Green" chairs Paula Whitten-Doolin, Oliver Doolin, Eve French, Courtney Carlson Siegmund and Brandon Siegmund saw to it that at least keepsake images of partygoers skiing down Aspen mountains were available via Smilebooth's animated green screen. Adding further alpine ambience, the ski film Aspen Extreme was projected on one wall of the "lodge."

DJ M-Cue kept the dance tunes churning while Saint Arnold Brewing Co. kept the suds flowing. The groaning boards, decorated in ski lodge style by Butter & Company, were laden with goodies compliments of Raising Cane’s, Adair Kitchen, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Pinewood Cafe, Paulie’s and Sprinkles Cupcakes.

One independent soul stood out amid the wintry-wishing crowd —Dan Piette, husband of conservancy executive director Doreen Stoller. In a nod to the balmy weather, he dressed as a water skier rather than a snow skier, his Hawaiian shirt a standout.

Among those dreaming of a white partyscape were Urban Green Steering Committee chair Catherine Bradley, Holly A.N. Smith, Pierce Bush, Kristen and Brett McDanald, Brittany Sakowitz Kushner and Kevin Kushner, Cassie Detering and John Milam, Francis Lim and Allison Greist, Rima Paralkar and Lee Chung.