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Around Aspen: Community parties

Mary Eshbaugh HayesAspen Times Weekly
MEHOver the years I have photographed The Three Bettys many times and here they are at the 2008 Old Timers party. From left: Betty Buckley, Betty Oakes and Betty Pfister.

So many longtime Aspenites show up for the Old Timers party that I will run more photos this week. And hundreds more Aspenites showed up for the Aspen Community Picnic held at the Aspen Golf Course, so I will include some of those photos. What a good time everyone had at both parties catching up on the news and what a good time the children had running all over the golf course, playing in the sand in the sand traps, and wading in the ponds! The Old Timers party, held at Bumps at Buttermilk, was started years ago by Margaret Albouy and Betty and Art Pfister and is now put on by the Aspen Historical Society. The Aspen Community Picnic used to be held at Paepcke Park, but it outgrew the space and the city of Aspen this year held it at the Aspen Golf Course. And yet another event that draws crowds every week is the Aspen Saturday Market in downtown Aspen. People shop for fresh produce and crafts, eat popcorn and socialize. Each Saturday morning edibleAspen magazine arranges for a local chef to give a cooking demonstration in Conner Park. And there is live music at the bandstand at the corner of Hunter and Hyman.A new book has been published by the Aspen Valley Land Trust titled Our Place: People and Conservation in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys, with photographs by Aspen photographer Lois Abel Harlamert and stories by Martha Cochran (who is executive director of the Aspen Valley Land Trust). All the people who have so far put their lands into the trust are photographed and their stories are told. Lois was also the photographer for the book I Remember One Horse, which is about longtime ranchers in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The October 2008 issue of Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazine includes a cover story (with many photos) of the magazines 2008 Home of the Year, which is in Aspen. The house, which sits on a mountainside with views of Aspen Mountain, Sopris Mountain and Independence Pass, is owned by Alain Degreave, who is also the designer and builder. The architect is Bill Pollock of Poss Architecture and Planning and the landscape architect is Sheri Sanzone of Bluegreen Landscaping. Rita Blitt, who is a part-time Aspenite with her husband, Irwin Blitt, had a sculpture titled Dancing dedicated Sept. 28 in the James C. Olson Performing Arts Center courtyard at the University of Missouri in Kansas City (where the Blitts live part of the year).Undercurrent … I love wearing sandals in Aspen during the summertime … but I dont like the tiny stones and gravel (left from the winters street sanding) that keep getting into the sandals and hurting my feet.

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