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Dead Actors Ball

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

Every spring the Aspen Theatre in the Park gives a dinner dance, with everyone coming in costume. This year it was the Dead Actors Ball and was held at the Hotel Jerome.Springtime is also when many of the Sister City exchanges are held. A group came from Aspens Sister City in Chamonix, France. Aspenite and Parisian Christine Aubale Gerschel entertained the Chamonix people in several places in town while they were here and the French group presented Christine with a new pair of 4800 Dynastar skis made in the Chamonix Valley. Christine and Chamonix Sister City President Jacques Tomei met in Aspen through Roby Albouy in 1987 through Sister Cities, and they have remained friends. She has hosted several Chamonix children in her home, and those ex-youngsters still communicate by mail.Aspen students are beginning to be accepted by colleges. Kerstin Bendl has been accepted at the Rhode Island School of Design. She can also take classes at nearby Brown University. Kerstin is a graduate of Aspen Country Day and Holderness School in Plymouth, N.H. A year ago in a New Hampshire high school art competition, Kerstins work was selected Best in Show. This past summer she spent a month in a pre-college art program at Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, Fla., and was named to the director list (equivalent to deans list). Kerstin is the daughter of Debby Bendl, who works at Imeldas, and stepdaughter of sports announcer Greg Lewis.Will mention all the Save the Dates that are coming in.The first is Valley Kids 2004: Portrait of a Valley, the annual art show given by students of the Roaring Fork Valley at the Aspen Art Museum. The opening reception will be Thursday, April 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the museum. The exhibition will be on view from April 23 until May 16.On Saturday, May 1, at the Snowmass Conference Center, the Aspen Education Foundation will hold its May Madness dinner dance, which this year is billed as Animal House. Partygoers are asked to wear togas, ROTC or collegiate attire. For reservations, call the EDC at 925-3760, ext. 1118.The eighth annual Recognition Dinner, in which the Anderson Ranch Arts Center honors creativity and service to the arts, will be held Saturday, July 10, at the home of Dee and Charles Wyly in Woody Creek. This year the title is Outside the Box: new venue, new view. To be honored as National Artist will be performance artist Laurie Anderson. Betty and Lloyd Schermer will receive the Service to the Arts award. They are nonprofit board members and philanthropists. The Anderson Ranch will give its Annual Art Auction on Saturday, Aug. 14, at the campus in Snowmass Village.The Jazz Aspen Snowmass National Council will present JASummerNights Swing at the Ritz-Carlton Club at Aspen Highlands on July 24, starting at 7 p.m. Included in the evening will be several live bands, gourmet food, open bar, silent auction and after-party. For reservations call JAS at 920-4996.Celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer will be Howl 2004, the gala evening put on by the Aspen Art Museum, which includes a wine tasting and dinner and dancing under the full moon. For reservations, call the Art Museum at 925-8050. The Aspen Institute will hold its 11th Annual Celebration on Saturday, Aug. 7, with an evening with the Honorable Sandra Day OConnor, followed by a convocation honoring the work, genius and impact of Albert Einstein on Aug. 8-11. For more information, call 1-800-410-3463.Undercurrent … Enjoy the offseason. It will be over before you know it!