Around Aspen: More Old Timers
September 30, 2011
Coming from near and far for the annual Old Timers party and dinner are many long-time Aspenites. There is always such a big crowd that it takes two weeks of columns to try to fit them in.
The board of trustees of the Aspen Historical Society last week elected a new slate of officers for 2011-2012. New president is Tony Vagneur, vice-president is Jackie Kasabach, secretary is Tom Sharkey and treasurer is Rich Burkley. Still director of the organization is Georgia Hanson and home for the society is the Wheeler/Stallard House at 620 West Bleeker Street.
The Aspen Institute will hold its 28th annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 3, at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. Dinner chairmen are Mercedes and Sid Bass. The Henry Crown Leadership Award will go to Madeleine K. Albright, the chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group and former U.S. Secretary of State. The award will be presented by Henry A. Kissinger. The Aspen Institute Public Service Award for Leadership in Education will be presented to Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey; Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of the DC Public Schools, and Joel Klein, former Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education.
Undercurrent … For as long as we have lived in our little house on East Bleeker Street, a skunk family has lived under the barn of our neighbor, John Crosby. Every evening just at dusk, the skunks come out of their hole and bounce about our yard, spreading their lovely tails, pretending to spray each other. Their skunk hole must be some kind of apartment because also living in there have been tom cats, racoons, marmots, even a rabbit.