Around Aspen: Ballet Gala |

Around Aspen: Ballet Gala

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
MEHKelley Purnell, in the white dress, was honorary chairman of the Dancing with the Aspen Stars Gala and she danced a tango with professional dancer Seth DelGrasso. Here she is with her five daughters. Left to right are Molly, M.E., Stephanie, Kelley, Kristen and Kate Purnell.

One of the most glamorous Aspen summertime parties is the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Gala, which this year again was titled “Dancing with the Aspen Stars.” Local stars danced with members of the Aspen Santa Fe company, and couples performing were Kelly Purnell and Seth DelGrasso doing the tango; Chris Klug and Samantha Klanac doing the samba; Barbara Gold and Stephen Straub dancing the rumba; Bob Magoon and Katherine Eberle doing the jive; Billy Stolz and Lauren Alzamora doing disco; and Amy Phelan and Nolan DeMarco McGahan doing the cha cha. There was also a special appearance by Veronika Chernyavska and Tony Pututua. After the dance performances, partygoers enjoyed dancing to the music of Boogielicious.

Did you see those bicyclists dressed in zany costumes a Saturday or so ago? It was the 21st annual “Aspen Tour De Rump,” with teams racing and the party ending at a luncheon on the Ron Krajian Bridge. Hosting the popular event were Ed and Lise Abraham, Dick and Julie Bulkeley, Judith Cross, 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, Bill and Linda Meier, Brent Miller, Bernard Phillips, Jim and Judy Rifkin, Todd Shaver, Ron and Gail Soderling, Tom van Straaten and Mert Wallen.

Joann and David Grimes hosted a picnic with Jack Crawford and Helga Matuska at The Grottos and then they hosted a “Hats with an Attitude” luncheon at the Snowmass Club. Hats were a “must” for the ladies and their significant others (because Joann, as a Southern lady, always wears hats).

Giving his annual “Evening with the Opera Stars” was Alex Kaufman at his home on Pitkin Green. There were performances by the opera stars of the Aspen Music Festival, dinner and dancing.

Former Aspenite Fay Peck gave an exhibit of her vintage silkscreen prints titled “Summer of Love” on Friday at the Ecce Gallery in Bozeman, Mont. The prints are circa 1970, created during the height of the counterculture art movement. Fay and her late husband, David Peck, were Aspenites for many years and now Fay lives in Montana.

Physicist Murray Gell-Mann of Santa Fe is here for the summer in his Aspen home and on Sunday evening he hosted a party for WildEarth Guardians, which is working to protect Colorado’s iconic wildlife and wild places and has been working hard to reform fossil fuel policy and ensure a sustainable future. From wolves to lynx and prairie dogs to sage grouse, the group wants to protect Colorado’s natural treasures.

Undercurrent … Don’t relax yet, there are many more parties coming up.

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