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Around Aspen: More Bella Sera

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Aspen Times Weekly
MEHEnjoying the Bella Sera event at the Maroon Creek Club are Charles and Sandy Israel.

Aspenites not only financially support their own Aspen Valley Hospital but many also generously support National Jewish Health (formerly National Jewish Hospital) in Denver. Established in 1899, National Jewish is a worldwide leader in the treatment and research of respiratory, cardiac and immune diseases.

And now National Jewish has established an adult clinic at Aspen Valley Hospital and juvenile clinics at AVH, and in Basalt and New Castle. In August each summer, doctors and directors of the Denver hospital come to Aspen to give a party called Bella Sera to honor local supporters. This year the honorees were Betty Davis Gates and Bob Gates and Betty Weiss.

My daughter, Jess Bates, and I share a booth every other Saturday at the Aspen Saturday Market and it is so great each time to not only see and visit with locals and tourists, but to see many former Aspenites who come back in the summertime. Recently had a visit with former Aspenite Susan Mauntel, now of Denver, who has started a new career as a storyteller. She custom designs the stories, poems, letters and passages by and about the famous and infamous. Or she will custom design your stories.

Susan describes her life as being in chapters. She started her career modeling, acting on TV commercials, hosting TV talk shows and anchoring news in California, then painting furniture as fine art in Aspen and co-founding the Hudson Reed Ensemble. Her email is

The staff at The Aspen Times is holding a remembrance of long-time publisher Bil Dunaway Monday afternoon, Sept. 19, from 5-7 p.m. at the Aspen Historical Society.

Undercurrent …There is that nip in the air every morning!

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