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Around Aspen: Anderson Ranch

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Aspen Times Weekly
MEHCeramist Paul Soldner, right, came to the Anderson Ranch picnic and art auction. He's with David Beck and Pam Donnelly.

One of my favorite summer events is the annual picnic and art auction held by the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass. People come from everywhere to view the pieces of art and then eat the wonderful picnic (the greatest hot dogs in the world) on the lawn or at picnic tables. This year I donated my photograph titled “Children and Sheep on Bleeker Street 1965” and I was thrilled that it sold for $600 to a couple from San Francisco and helped the ranch raise $450,000, which will support workshops, residencies, community outreach and visiting artists at the Ranch.

Former Aspen Underground Ski Instructor Don Lemos is featured in an article by Morten Lund in the September issue of Skiing Heritage Magazine, the journal of the International Skiing History Association (ISHA). From 1968 to 1980, Don managed to get more public notice than any other instructor in town and he was a fervent partisan for “independent ski instruction” as well as being one of Aspen’s busiest private instructors – thus a thorn in the side of the Aspen Skiing Company. He often appeared in photographs on the front page of The Aspen Times, being carried off the ski lift or confronted by Skiing Company security officer Paul Cornish in the lift line.

So sorry to report the recent death of Austrian ski racing legend Toni Sailer at the age of 73 after a battle with cancer. His funeral was held Aug. 29 at the Hahnenkamm finish in Austria. According to Ski Racing magazine, Toni was a three-time Olympic gold medalist. “As an athlete Toni Sailer brought global recognition to alpine ski racing … As a leader Toni devoted a lifetime to his sport and his impact is still being felt,” said U.S. Ski Team President and CEO Bill Marolt. Toni raced many times in Aspen.

Undercurrent … The tomatoes in the garden are getting ripe and are so good!

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