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Around Aspen: Anderson Ranch

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Aspen Times Weekly
MEHThe Frying Pan Bluegrass Band played during the Anderson Ranch Arts Center art auction in August.

One of the highlights of late summer is the Art Auction at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village. The Frying Pan Bluegrass Band played all afternoon while people attending the auction enjoyed a picnic lunch and tour of the artwork showing in the galleries and studios. This year the auction brought in just more than $500,000. An exhibit of work by ranch artists is now on display at the Aspen Art Museum in downtown Aspen, showcasing contemporary and cutting-edge art, rather than the ceramics and wood furniture that the ranch previously has been known for.

Kelly Christine Bogaert, a Dartmouth College student in the class of 2010, studied Environmental Studies in Pretoria, South Africa, during the fall term as part of the college’s Foreign Study Program. Kelly is the daughter of Shelley and John Bogaert of Aspen.

Paul Hayes, son of Donna and Clayton Hayes of Honolulu and grandson of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes and Jim Hayes of Aspen, is spending his junior year in Rome, Italy, with the architectural school of Notre Dame University. The whole junior class participates in studying the architectural wonders of Europe.

Another Hayes grandson, Tamas Bates, is a senior at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., majoring in computer science. He is the son of Jess Bates of Aspen and Maui, Hawaii, and Steven Bates of Seattle.

The Buddy Program will hold its annual Celebration Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 6-9 p.m. at the St. Regis Aspen. Big Buddies, Little Buddies and their families will participate in games, dinner and dancing.

Undercurrent … The weather has been so glorious … I took a long walk Sunday through the West End, which was quiet and empty. It reminded me of when I was growing up on Conesus Lake (one of the Finger Lakes of western New York). After Labor Day, all of the summer people took in their boats and their docks, closed up their cottages and went back to the city … we had the lake to ourselves after that.

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