Around Aspen: May Madness |

Around Aspen: May Madness

MEHThe school band played outside the Hotel Jerome, adding to the May Madness festivities.

May Madness is the name of the big benefit for the Aspen Education Foundation, a fund-raising arm for the Aspen Public Schools. AEF provides money for school programs that are not included in the budget, such as extra art and music programs and honors courses.This year the event was held at the Hotel Jerome with all the doors open and people milling through the entire first floor (except the bar). It was attended by hundreds of parents, teachers and friends of the schools. There were so many people that the organizers didnt even try to have a sit-down dinner as in the past. There were food stations throughout the hotel and waiters kept passing goodies. A band of school kids welcomed the partygoers and then there was another band playing for dancing in the ballroom.May Madness is always the most fun and biggest party of the spring off-season.The June issue of Town & Country magazine is the philanthropic issue and Julia Koch is pictured both on the cover and inside with her husband, David H. Koch. With the photo is an astounding caption: David and Julia Koch pictured on-stage at Alice Tully Hall. By next fall theyll be testing the acoustics at the David H. Koch Theater (formerly the New York State Theatre) now being renovated thanks to Kochs remarkable 2008 gift to Lincoln Center of $100 million.The article celebrates Lincoln Centers 50th Anniversary. David and Julia live on Park Avenue in New York City but have a second home in Aspen, out by the Music Festival tent. David also gave the funds for the David H. Koch Building on the Aspen Institute and Music Festival campus.News of other Aspen second-home owners: Joann and David Grimes and Dr. Kim Lyerly, executive director of the Duke University Comprehensive Cancer Center are riding their bicycles 50 miles between Greensboro, N.C., and Duke in the 15th year of the Joann Gaddy Grimes Big Event to Fight Cancer. Joann made the bike ride alone the first year. The day after the bike ride, there will be a reception with cocktails and a sit-down dinner in downtown Greensboro, where the Grimes have their primary home.Elissa LeMieux Rodman of Snowmass Village was one of two students who have been awarded the Nathalie Walker Llewellyn Poetry Prize at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Elissa this past semester participated in the Study Away Program at Syracuse University-Florence Italy. At college she is an English and visual arts major and is a member of the womens nordic skiing and crew teams. The prize is awarded to students who submitted the best work of original poetry.Maria Piessi of Aspen, a senior in American Universitys School of Communication majoring in foreign language and communication media, has been named to the Deans List for academic achievement at the university located in Washington, D.C.I have a lot of photos from May Madness, so well have more next week.Undercurrent Dont always believe the GPS (Global Positioning System) in your car or in a rental car. We had visitors in March whose GPS in their rental car sent them off I-70 to Leadville to go over Independence Pass, which was closed in March and doesnt open until late May.

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