Bernstein on Broadway |

Bernstein on Broadway

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

The Aspen Music Festival and School’s summer gala benefit was “Bernstein on Broadway,” with a party in the hospitality tent and a performance in the Benedict Music Tent of Bernstein’s much-loved music. Co-chairmen for the event were Elaine LeBuhn and Gerald Greenwald.Tina Chen told me about the play, “The Shining Queen,” which she is producing with her TCJ Productions at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14, in Paepcke Auditorium. The play purportedly solves Aspen’s enduring mystery: the disappearance of the legendary “Silver Queen” statue that was created by the citizens of Aspen to send to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair to plead the cause of the silver standard for money. The statue never returned from the fair. The play was written and will be performed by Jay Frank. The play details the Silver Queen’s fate and presents a new vision of Aspen’s founding. Those happy-go-lucky bicyclists were at it again last Saturday with the 16th annual Aspen “Tour de Rump,” a bicycle ride in costume and with lunch on the Ron Krajian Bridge. Hosts included Judy Alexander, Anne Foster and Kurt Duldner, Judy and Bob Francis, Meredith and George Gracis, Joanne and David Grimes, Terry Hale and Joanne Stern, Richard Hillman, Dick Jennings, Bill Johnson, Trixie Elting and George Johnson, Junee Kirt, Ron Krajian, Lynda and Bill Meier, Brent Miller, Bill Pizzuti, Gail and Ron Soderling, Mert Wallen, David Wilson and Judy Zevin.Holding a family reunion last weekend were Norma and Don Dahl, with Norma’s sons and their families: Gordon and Mitzi Ledingham and children Cameron and Sophie of Honolulu; Dave and Adrianna Ledingham and son, Aiden, of Aspen, where Dave assists his mother, Norma, in running the Snow Queen Lodge; and Larry Ledingham and his friend Joanne. Also coming for the reunion were Norma’s former husband, Gordon Ledingham, and his wife, Colleen, of Tucson. After a reunion at the lodge, they all went camping at Maroon Bells.Visiting in town has been former Aspenite Rosemary Thompson, who now lives in Santa Fe. When in Aspen, Rosemary was married to skier and rugby player Jim Mokres and was an editor of Aspen Magazine. In Santa Fe, Rosemary has been writing for Los Alamos Laboratories. She recently retired.Sorry to report the recent death of lifelong Aspenite Wayne Inman in Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. Wayne was a carpenter, and he is survived by his sister, Beverly, and a niece in California. Wayne’s parents were longtime Aspenites; his mother was secretary for the Aspen Public School District, and his father was caretaker of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.Erin Dinsmoor, daughter of Jane and Bill Dinsmoor of Aspen, was named to the Dean’s List for academic excellence during the spring 2004 semester at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. A 2001 graduate of Aspen High School, Erin is studying art. She is spending the summer in Providence, doing oil painting at the Rhode Island School of Design.Jill Sheeley’s newest book has been published and is in shops around town. Titled “Adventures of Fraser, the Yellow Dog: Rescue in Cougar Canyon,” the book describes the adventures of Jill’s daughter, Courtney and her friends, and Fraser and Maggie … Maggie is the newly adopted dog of Jill and her husband, Don Sheeley. Jill and Fraser are going around town autographing copies of the new book. Illustrator is Tammie Lane.Undercurrent … What a green and lush summer.

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