Around Aspen: Anderson Ranch |

Around Aspen: Anderson Ranch

Enjoying the picnic lunch at Anderson Ranch are, from left, Charley Moss, Ann Cook and Rebecca Donelson. (MEH)

One of the most enjoyable days of every summer is the Anderson Ranch Arts Center picnic lunch and silent and live auctions of artwork. Hundreds of people turn out for the picnic on the lawn and take a stroll through the galleries filled with art for sale by students at the Ranch and also by many local artists. The event, which is a major fund-raiser for the Ranch, raised more than $650,000.The Last Ridge, a new 10th Mountain Division PBS film by Abbie Kealy, will be shown Nov. 27, at 7 p.m., in the Wheeler Opera House. The free screening will be a benefit for the Roaring Fork Veterans History Project and is being sponsored by The Aspen Historical Society, The Aspen Times and Vintage Ski World. For further information, call Kip Hubbard at 925-3721 or Corby Anderson at 925-8000.Aspen Sojourner Magazine will hold its 14th annual Holiday Party on Nov. 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Hotel Jerome Ballroom. Aspenites being honored this year are Katie and Carl Bergman, Chris Klug and Lita and Mort Heller. Katie and Carl are being honored because they provide two of the most needed and important have-everything stores in Aspen Carls Pharmacy and The Miners Building. Carl is also noted for his perseverance in helping create and operate the Holden-Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum. Chris Klug is not only an Olympic snowboarder, he is spokesperson for the Chris Klug Foundation, which champions organ donations. Chris received a liver transplant and then went on to win a medal in the Winter Olympics. Lita and Mort Heller are being recognized for their philanthropy. They focus on the arts Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and the Aspen Music Festival and School, but also such organizations such as The Deaf Camp and Mountain Rescue.Once again the national media has had its eye on Aspen. The December 2007 issue of Vanity Fair magazine includes a photo by Annie Leibovitz of a Whos Who of artists and art patrons who support the Tate Museum, Great Britains illustrious museum. The occasion was to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the American Patrons of Tate and included in the photo are Aspenites Melva Bucksbaum and her husband, Raymond Learsy. Melva is also a trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art.The December 2007 issue of Town & Country magazine has a long feature article with many photos of a dinner party given by Susan Crown and her husband, William Kunkler, in their new apartment overlooking Lake Michigan in Chicago. The article noted that not only is Susan a member of the Crown family, which owns the Aspen Skiing Co., she is president of the multimillion dollar Arie and Ida Crown Memorial Foundation (which focuses on urban education in the greater-Chicago community), an executive committee member of the Rush University Medical Center, a former Yale trustee, and former chair of Steven Spielbergs Shoah Foundation. The same issue of the magazine features Aspenites Charlotte Moss and Karyn Gerschel Lamb in the People Pages. Charlotte was co-chair of the U.S. Fund for UNICEFs Snowflake Ball held in New York City, which raised $2.8 million for UNICEF. Karyn was pictured attending the Friends of the Public Garden Gala in Boston that raised $500,000 for the landmark park. And in an article about Deer Valley Resort in Utah, there is a photograph of Stein Eriksen, who is director of skiing for the resort and was formerly director of the ski schools at Snowmass and Aspen Highlands.Undercurrent … All the Aspen magazines have their holiday issues on the newsstands so its time to sit down and catch up on the glitz and glamour.

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