Around Aspen: Book signing |

Around Aspen: Book signing

Mary Eshbaugh HayesAspen Times Weekly
MEHLaura Lauder, left, hosted the book signing party and she welcomes her mother-in-law, Evelyn Lauder.

Laura and Gary Lauder hosted a book-signing party in July at their home on Roaring Fork Road for Rachel Greenwald, the author of a new book titled “Why He Didn’t Call You Back.” The party was held in a tent in the backyard and the flowers were absolutely fantastic (because of all the rain this summer). Finally it was warm enough for all the women to wear their pretty summer dresses.The August-September issue of one of my favorite magazines, Cottages & Bungalows, includes an article with wonderful photographs of an early development in South Carolina by Jim Chaffin and Jim Light, who also developed the Roaring Fork Club in Basalt and a number of projects in Snowmass. They also have the Chaffin & Light Real Estate Company. The article is titled “A Wonderful World,” and points out that Chaffin and Light offered ecologically sensitive cottages, natural spaces and high-quality amenities in the planned neighborhoods of Spring Island, Balsam Mountain Preserve and Chechessee Creek in South and North Carolina. The low-density communities are surrounded by golf courses. There are about 400 homes in each community and photographs show charming cottages in lush wooded areas. Chaffin and Light developed these communities in the 1980s and 1990s. Jim Chaffin explains their philosophy as “Spring Island is a park with a community in it, as opposed to a community with a park in it.”Undercurrent … There are so many cute little cars in Aspen this summer, but I don’t think we will see many on the highways because of the big, big trucks.

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