Around Aspen: Spring get-together
Three years ago Jack Harris retired as mailman for Aspen’s West End neighborhood, and to celebrate he gave a party at the Aspen Physics Center, one of the places where he delivered mail. Everyone had such a good time that they decided it should be an annual event held at the Physics Center and each year someone different is host. Last year it was Maggie DeWolf and this year Betty and Lloyd Schermer did the honors. It’s a great gathering, as the neighbors don’t really see each other that much and every year there are new residents.Artist and professor Gerry Eskin is having a show titled “Ceramic Forms and Photographic Landscapes” from June 5 through Aug. 29 at the Figge Gallery in Davenport, Iowa. Gerry is known for producing technically complex functional and decorative ceramics in a monumental scale inspired by the geological forms and cultures of the American Southwest. The ceramic pieces are paired with recent panoramic photographs of the desert. Gerry is adjunct professor of art and art history at the University of Iowa. He and his wife, Zoe Eskin, have a home in the Castle Creek Valley near Aspen.Author-musician John Wesley Harding will present his “Cabinet of Wonders” at a dinner on Wednesday, June 23, benefiting the Aspen Writers’ Foundation. The event will be held at an extraordinary private home and will feature cocktails, a gourmet dinner, stories, song and satire. To reserve a place contact Carol Peachey at 970-925-3122, ext. 5. The tickets are $300 and include admission to an afternoon with Kathryn Stockett, author of “The Help,” that will begin at 4 p.m. at the Doerr-Hosier Center.Several students from the Roaring Fork Valley graduated recently from Fort Lewis College in Durango. From Aspen the graduates are Trevor Clapper with a degree in geology and environmental geology and Wesley Graham with a degree in political science. From Basalt the graduate is Taylor Dewind with a degree in art-business art. From Carbondale the graduates are Hayley Engstrom with a degree in humanities-English, Christine Mazeika with a degree in elementary education, Brittany Meyer with a student-constructed major in ecology and education, and Robert Reynolds with a degree in anthropology. Undercurrent … The summer season begins soon with the Food & Wine Classic in big tents in Wagner Park. Mill Street is ready. The fountain is dancing and the flowers have been planted in the little gardens under the trees.
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