Around Aspen: More catching up |

Around Aspen: More catching up

This week I am still playing catch-up with photos that didn’t get in before. There are some from summer parties including The Great Gatsby gala, which is held on the lawn of the Aspen Historical Society’s Wheeler/Stallard House with everyone wearing 1920s garb. It is one of the prettiest parties of the summer. Then there are a few from wintertime as well, including a November show at the Red Brick Art Center and Klaus Obermeyer’s 91st birthday party held in December at the Wienerstube.We are getting news of students. Caitlin Doyle of Carbondale has been named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement for the winter term at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. And Taylor Foreman Niko of Basalt has been named to the Dean’s List at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The Roaring Fork Valley is well represented in the June-July 2011 issue of Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazine. A whimsical and endearing treehouse in Carbondale is pictured. It’s a backyard retreat for both the kids and the adults in the family. Architect was Steve Novy while designer and craftsman was David Rasmussen of Green Line Architects.Then featured in the magazine is a home and property called Red Butte Ranch, from where one can see both Red Butte and Mount Sopris. Many pieces of sculpture are incorporated into the landscape, for which the chief designer was Kurt Culbertson of Design Workshop.Undercurrent…This time of year I worry about mudslides from Aspen Mountain. I remember one day in the 1960s when our daughter, Pauli Hayes, and her friend Margot Dick were swimming in the pool at the Aspen Alps. It had been raining for several days and suddenly the mountaianside above the Alps slid and filled the pool with mud and debris. Luckily the girls had just gotten out and were safe. This year the mountain is saturated with all that snow and it’s raining too.

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