Around Aspen: So many events |

Around Aspen: So many events

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Aspen Times Weekly

Dick JacksonAt the launch party for the Aspen chapter of Room to Read are, left to right, John Wood, who left his career at Microsoft to found Room to Read, Renee Schatz and TV personality Katie Couric.

Summer 2009 was the busiest ever and there were several events that I just couldn’t cover, so Dick Jackson photographed one and Tom Egan another.

A new organization, the Aspen Valley Chapter of Room to Read, was launched at the Owl Creek home of Lois and Tom Sando with founder of the movement, John Wood, on hand to explain his work. John left his corporate career with Microsoft to found his global nonprofit organization, which takes education to millions of children in the developing world. Wood also was a speaker at the Aspen Ideas Festival. He has a goal of reaching 10 million children by 2020 with educational opportunities in nine different countries. John was joined on-stage by TV personality Katie Couric, who endorses the Room to Read’s work. The spirited evening raised $170,000 for Room to Read and it was punctuated by a rainbow smiling over the Owl Creek Ranch. Co-leaders of the organization’s Aspen chapter are Susan Lodge, who can be reached at 970-306-3578, and Kathy Hegberg at 970-379-5477. John Wood has also written a book about the entire endeavor titled “Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An entrepreneur’s odyssey to educate the world’s children.”

Kurt Oppens was a fixture for years at the Aspen Music Festival and his 180 program notes and two dozen essays cover years of performances at the festival. A new book titled “Kurt Oppens on Music” is a collection of his notes and essays and has been edited by Nancy Thomas and Jane Vial Jaffe. The book was debuted at a gathering at the Aspen Historical Society with both editors and Kurt’s daughter, Ursula Oppens, in attendance.

Undercurrent … Parking won’t be a problem again until after Thanksgiving.

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