Around Aspen: Raising A Reader
The Roaring Fork Valley Early Learning Fund’s annual “Thank You Get Together” for donors, teachers and volunteers was held recently at River Valley Ranch and attended by many supporters of the early childhood literacy program.Raising A Reader is entering its sixth year and now has 1,500 children ages 2 to 5 years old, from Aspen to Parachute, who take home their red “Read to Me” book bags every week for their parents to read to them. Executive director of the Roaring Fork Valley Early Learning Fund is Jayne Poss. Tyler Doremus, class of 2012 at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., earned highest honors for spring semester. The highest honors are awarded for a point ratio of 3.670 or more from a possible 4.0. Tyler is the son of Jeanne and Andrew Doremus of Aspen.Aspenites appearing in July issues of national magazines include Maria Bell, who was photographed by Town & Country magazine at a gala benefit party in Los Angeles for the Women’s Cancer Research Fund. Playing her guitar and singing was Amy Grant, who sometimes performs in Aspen.Former Aspen chef Charles Dale is pictured in the July issue of Cowboys and Indians magazine attending the Culinary Arts Ball in Santa Fe, N.M. Charles was one of seven top Santa Fe chefs who created the dinner for the event. Charles is now chef at the new Terra Encantado Resort in Santa Fe.Undercurrent … Now blooming fantastically in my front yard and in the alley are my poppies, which are called “Miner’s Poppies” because they are found in all the high-mountain mining towns. About 35 years ago my daughter Elli and I found a single poppy plant on a hillside below where a silver miner’s cottage had been. We took it home and it has spread through the years to take over the yard in front of the house and parts of the alley.
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