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A Hot Summer Night

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

It has been a hot summer, and so the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf called its summer benefit “A Hot Summer Night.” Held in early July at the Pitkin Green home and gardens of Gloria Scharlin, the dinner was followed by a witty performance from renowned hard-of-hearing comedian Kathy Buckley. Special guest was Christy Smith, who became famous on the television program “Survivor.” Christy has been a camper and also a member of the staff, and being deaf has not cramped her lifestyle. Co-chairmen of the event were board of trustee members Barbara Fleck, Mona Look-Mazza and Ed Glickman.

An Aspen clown for many years, Hinton Harrison spent the past year attending filmmaking school in Sedona, Ariz., and he is now working on films in Los Angeles. He just produced a documentary in Boston and stopped in Aspen on his way back to California this week.

Sculptor Larry Lefner of Woody Creek is participating in the world’s largest outdoor sculpture show and sale this week in a beautiful outdoor setting on the shores of Lake Loveland in Loveland, Colo. Sculpture styles range from realistic to abstract, and sizes in miniatures to monuments.

The Literary Sojourn, an annual gathering of authors and book lovers in Steamboat Springs, will be held this year on Saturday, Sept. 13. Authors to be featured include Tim Cahill, Alexandra Fuller, Maxine Hong Kingston, Gus Lee and Colum McCann. To register, call the Bud Werner Memorial Library at (970) 879-0240.

Local author and photographer Mary Eshbaugh Hayes’ fifth edition of “Aspen Potpourri” won first prize in the cookbook division of the National Press Women’s contest. The judges wrote, “A nice read. There is a lot of history and the recipes are very homey and western.” Awards will be presented at the national convention in the fall in the state of Delaware.

Aspen watercolor painters are holding an exhibition of their work through Oct. 5 at the Aspen Chapel Gallery. Artists displaying their paintings are Elizabeth Boylston, Elizabeth Farson, June His, Julia Jitkoff, Arvid Johnson, Charlotte Jones, Tammie Lane, Laurie McBride, Connie Madsen, Georgeanne Waggaman and Kitty Weese. Coordinating the show was Connie Madsen.

All those people bicycling around town in crazy costumes on Saturday were participating in the “Tour de Rump,” a bicycle race and treasure hunt that ends with lunch on the Ron Krajian bridge, which leads to the Aspen Art Museum. Hosts included Gabriella and Dale Dillingham, Ann Foster and Kurt Duldner, Judy and Bob Francis, Meredith and George Gracis, Richard Hillman, Dick Jennings, Bill Johnson, Ron Krajian, Brent Miller, Patti Pope, Gail and Ron Soderling, Nadine Asin and Tom van Straaten, Mert Wallen, Judy Zevin and Denny Burrill.

Undercurrent … Can you believe it? … Everyone is already holding “Back to School” sales.


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