Around Aspen: Alex entertains |

Around Aspen: Alex entertains

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Aspen Times Weekly
MEHAlex Kaufman welcomes Linda Abernathy to his annual opera-dinner-dance party.

Alex Kaufman had a very busy summer. At his home, he gave his annual opera-dinner-dance party for the Aspen Music Festival’s opera program ” with opera stars performing. And then he gave a party for the board and friends of Theatre Aspen. Alex has become a major supporter of Theatre Aspen, including giving funds for the performance tent. And then, later in the week, Alex was honored by the National Jewish Hospital at a gala dinner given at the Doerr-Hosier Center at The Meadows. Attending all the festivities were Alex’s former wife Luna Kaufman, their daughter Irene Kaufman, son-in-law Daniel Neiden, and Evan Neiden, his grandson.

Rita Blitt and her daughter, Chela Blitt, entertained a group of Aspen women last week at Rita’s home and showed a documentary on the Urgent Action Fund. Featured in the film are Terry Greenblatt and Maha Abu-Dayyeh Shammas, who were awarded Ms. Magazine’s “Woman of the Year” in 2002 for their presentation to the U.N. Security Council on a feminist approach to a just and sustainable peace in Israel and Palestine. Greenblatt, who is a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, was for many years the executive director of Bat Shalom in Israel. Bat Shalom worked with Maha Abu-Dayyet Shammas’ Palestinian women’s group to form Jerusalem Link, which brings together women working for peace. Chela Blitt is now working with the group.

Former Aspenites Connie Baxter Marlow and Andrew Cameron Bailey who have a bed and breakfast and spiritual retreat in Sedona, Ariz., will be presenting “Ten Assumptions for a new Paradigm” on Sept. 5-7 and again Nov. 7-9 at their institute. They will examine core beliefs about the nature of reality ” a unique synthesis of ancient wisdom and cutting-edge scientific knowledge. For registration, call Ingrid at 928-634-8220 and for further information visit

This was the 20th anniversary for the Tour De Rump with everyone riding their bicycles on a scavenger hunt and then lunch on the Ron Krajian Bridge over the Roaring Fork River near the Aspen Art Museum. Hosts included Ed and Lise Abraham, Judy Alexander, Liz Atkins, Dick and Julie Bulkeley, Susan and Bob Donatelli, Anne Foster and Kurt Duldner, Bob and Judi Francis, George and Meredith Gracis, Terry Hale and Joanne Stern, Bill and Deborah Johnson, George Johnson and Trixie Elting, Ron Krajian, Brent Miller, Bernard Phillips, Bill and Marie Pizzuti, Jim and Judy Rifkin, Todd Shaver, Ron and Gail Soderling, Tom van Straaten, and Mert Wallen.

Undercurrent … Can’t believe the Music Festival and the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet seasons are over … and everyone in town is saying, “The summer just went too fast.”

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