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At the Ranch

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

MEH photoIn the spirit of summer at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center picnic and auction are Jim Baker, director of the ranch, and Ginni Galicinao.

The Anderson Ranch Arts Center annual picnic and auction was the usual summertime fun during August. Crowds sat all around the yard, enjoying the picnic lunch and bidding on pieces of art created by Ranch artists and many valley residents. Sculptor Gene Adcock held his annual Croquet Ball and supper on Aug. 20 at his home in Carbondale. Everyone wore croquet white to the festive event.The Thunder River Theatre Company will now have a new theater, located on the pedestrian walkway of the new Town Center in downtown Carbondale. The building includes a Black Box Theatre; a lobby, gallery and concession area; a professional scene shop for set and prop construction; an office for TRTC; light and sound booth; and a combined green room, dressing rooms and library. There will also be classrooms, meeting space and rehearsal space. TRTC will make the space affordable for other nonprofits and organizations for their special events and performances.

For writers who need a retreat, the Aspen Writers’ Foundation is offering “Words Away” with Hugo Hamilton, a weeklong creative writing workshop at Kinnitty Castle in Ireland from Nov 3-10. Hugo, who was a featured speaker at the 2005 “Summer Words” program, held at the Hotel Jerome in June, is the author of five novels, two memoirs and a collection of short stories. His memoir, “The Speckled People,” was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. For more information or to sign up, call the Writers’ Foundation at (970) 925-3122.News of Susan Hass. After having a real estate brokers license for more than 20 years, two years with a mortgage broker and two years working with a developer, Susan decided the next logical step was to get into the title business. So she has joined the Title Company of the Rockies as an escrow officer. And on Jan. 27 she was married to Rick Kelly. Susan was twice the president of Les Dames d’Aspen.Dorismarie Welcher is celebrating her 78th birthday on Sept. 11 with a group of friends at Frank’s Restaurant in New York City. Dorismarie visits Aspen every year for several weeks, and she used to live here and work at Bonnie’s Restaurant.A photo showing a group of Aspenites taken during the Community Picnic last week was featured with a story about Aspen and its people in the Sunday, Sept. 4, issue of The Denver Post. Georgia Hanson, executive director of the Aspen Historical Society was quoted as saying, “The thing that’s important to me … and I think it’s important to the population base here … is we have this solid, wonderful community that goes on, in spite of influences from the outside.”Undercurrent … All over Aspen, businesses and citizens are holding benefits for the people of the Gulf Coast.

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