Deaf Camp hoedown |

Deaf Camp hoedown

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
The Wyly families hosted the Western hoedown benefit for the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf. Left to right in the back row are Lisa Wyly, Cheryl Wyly, Sam Wyly and Charles Wyly; Dee Wyly and Rosemary Acton are in the front. (MEH)

A fun and festive Western hoedown was held in the new barn at Dee and Charles Wyly’s ranch in Little Woody Creek in August as a benefit for the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf. Barbara Fleck was chairwoman for the party, and she had the barn decorated with lights and gingham tablecloths. Music was down-home cowboy. After serving many years as camp director, B.J. Blocker retired this summer, and the interim director is Judith Cross. A self-guided tour of more than 45 Roaring Fork Valley working artists’ studios will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15, sponsored by the Aspen and Carbondale community schools (which are projects of Compass). There will be a preview of works in the tour at Roaring Fork Valley Alpine Banks from Oct. 3 to 12. On Oct. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m., there will be an artists’ reception and silent auction at the River Valley Ranch sales barn in Basalt. For further information, call 923-4646. To purchase a map of the studios, drop by the David Floria Gallery in Aspen, the Woody Creek Store, Cafe Bernard in Basalt, Sounds Easy in Carbondale or Main Street Gallery and Framer in Glenwood Springs.

On Sept. 30, former Aspenite Suzi Sanderson held her 60th birthday party at the Aspen Elks Club for some 50 people. Suzi is now living in Lenexa, Kan., in order to be close to her parents. In Aspen she sang at the Crystal Palace and had a business called “Singing Telegrams.” In Lenexa, she is a broker associate and sales manager for the Boveri Realty Group, a boutique Kansas City agency that specializes in the downtown condo-loft market, which is just starting to go through what Denver experienced 10 or 15 years ago. Suzi’s most fabulous birthday gift was the Richard Petty driving experience, which means she gets to race a real NASCAR on a real NASCAR track.Industrial designer Robert Blaich of Aspen was recently awarded the Personal Recognition Award by the Industrial Design Society of America. Past award winners include Charles Eames, George Nelson and Raymond Loewy. Bob, who now has a consulting design management business in Aspen, was vice president of design for Herman Miller, where he worked with Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and other designers; and director of design for Royal Philips Electronics in the Netherlands (where he was knighted). Bob is now chairman of the board of Walter Dorwin Teague Associates of New York, Seattle and Los Angeles.

An art exhibit titled “Small Wonders” will be held Oct. 11 through Nov. 5 in the Aspen Chapel Gallery. The show opens Oct. 11 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Some 26 local artists will have work in the exhibit, including photographs, watercolors, oils and prints.Undercurrent … It seems that people aren’t just walking their dog … I see more people walking teams of dogs.

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