Around Aspen: Music Festival |

Around Aspen: Music Festival

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Aspen Times Weekly
MEHArriving for the Fantasy Ball, the benefit gala for the Aspen Music Festival and School are, left to right: Alison Teal, Sam Brown, Ron Schiller, Mimi Teschner and AMFS director Alan Fletcher.

The Aspen Music Festival and School, the most long-lived nonprofit in Aspen’s arts world, held a “Fantasy Ball” at the St. Regis in mid-July as its annual benefit.

The gala event drew many Aspenites who have been loyal to the festival for years and years. Marian Davis was the honorary chairwoman; event chairwomen were Jane Battaglia and Jessica Salet. Patrons were Kelliand and Allen Questrom, while sponsors were Lorraine and Alex Dell, Anne and Kurt Duldner, Lillian and Gordon Hardy, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy, Toby Devan Lewis, Kathryn and Richard Rabinow, Martha and David Yocum, Shannon and Richard Fairbanks, the Shirley and Barnett Helzberg Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Steel.

The Music Festival led the way for all the nonprofits. It began the summer of 1949 as part of the Goethe Bicentennial and it has weathered the ups and downs of the Aspen economy.

I can remember when I was editor of The Aspen Times during the 1970s and 1980s, every year Marge Stein and Jeanne Jaffee would come to the office and get me to write an editorial reminding Aspenites that the Music Festival was the foundation upon which summer business and all the other nonprofits were built. For many years, Marge and Jeanne kept the festival going almost single-handedly.

Former Aspenite Fay Peck has been in town this week to celebrate her birthday; Merrill Ford gave a party for Fay and Garland Lasater. During June and July, Fay had a show of her expressionistic landscapes and vivid portraits at the Ecce Fine Art Gallery in Bozeman, Mont.

The Aspen Sports Medicine Foundation held its annual farewell party to bid goodbye to its 2007-08 fellows Dr. Andrew Bullington and Dr. Dave Khoury. Each year doctors join the Sports Medicine staff for a year or two. The party was held at the home of Kelley and Dr. Mark Purnell in Little Texas in Woody Creek.

Sculptor Gene Adcock will be holding his annual Croquet Ball soon at his home and garden in Carbondale. Everyone will be wearing “croquet white.”

The September issue of Vanity Fair magazine features its 69th annual International Best-Dressed List and two part-time Aspenites are named, Evelyn Lauder and Julia Koch. Also making the list was frequent Aspen visitor Ivanka Trump. Only 10 women were named to the list.

Undercurrent … Whenever I do my errands in town, I try to walk past two businesses that have the most gorgeous flower beds … the Aspen Square and the B.J. Adams Real Estate Company. And always have to walk by Jill’s Carpets and smell her sweet peas.

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