Every year in midsummer, the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf holds a benefit dinner at the Pitkin Green home of Gloria Scharlin. Shortly after the party, the city of Aspen required Gloria to take down her hospitality tent, which had been up for several years and in which Gloria held many benefit events.Summertime is such the time for parties all around town!Helga Matuska and Jack Crawford held a picnic last week alongside the Roaring Fork River and boulders at the Grottos.Joann and David Grimes held an evening of cocktails and scintillating small talk at their Riverside Drive home.The Aspenblow’s annual Bluegrass Mountain Stomp was held from noon until 4 p.m. in a big tent at Picnic Point on the back of Aspen Mountain, where the Midnight Mine and Little Annie’s Roads meet. Hosts for the bash included Sandy and George Benkendorf, Kyle Boyd, Denny Burrill, Kathryn Sewell and Neil Hight, Nancy (Snell) and Rodney Knutson, Pat and Ed Peterson, Joan and Kent Shodeen, Dick Stahura, Lorrie and Larry Winnerman, Michele Bodner and Howard Bass, Enola and Bob Bradley, Jim Ellis, Mary Ellen Sheridan and Drew Kitchell, Jack Miller, Steve Serna, Holly Reed and Jon Simpson, Pam and Jack Stanford. The event included lunch, music and dancing.Middle Eastern authors Mazhar and Christine Mallouhi are in Aspen until Aug. 22.It seems that so many people I know are leaving their longtime businesses … and going into real estate.Aspen Magazine’s midsummer issue is dedicated to Aspen’s rich and diverse cultural scene. Daniel Shaw wrote a piece on politics in Aspen and how our town has become a meeting place for some of the world’s most influential people. There is a profile on art-world heavyweights and major collectors Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy, and Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of The Aspen Institute, wrote a story about the Institute’s event of the summer, “Einstein: A Celebration.”On Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 5:30 p.m. in Paepcke Auditorium, Walter Isaacson and Eric Lax will give a discussion on “Biography: Fact vs. Serendipity.” The event is a benefit for the Aspen Writers’ Foundation. Isaacson is the author of “Ben n continued on following page n continued from previous pagejamin Franklin: An American Life,” and “Kissinger: A Biography.” Lax is the author of “The Mold in Dr. Florey’s Coat: The Story of the Penicillin Miracle.”Dr. Patricia Hill of Aspen and her sister, Barbara Hill of New York, recently participated in the four-day, 400-person “Olsen Family Reunion,” which was covered by People magazine. The event was held at the historic 160-acre family ranch in Joe’s Valley, Utah, which has been in the Olsen family since the 1840s. This reunion has taken place every two years since 1940 and the descendants of Hannah Seely Olsen and Abinadi Olsen and their 10 children now number in the thousands. Among the most well-known family members and their spouses are the Marriotts (of hotel fame) and the Holdings, who own the Sun Valley Ski Corporation, Sinclair Oil and Little America Hotels. Dr. Hill has a long-running local television show “The Changing Paradigm” on Channel 12 and is a broker with Weaver and Lester Real Estate.Longtime Aspen visitors Cecilia and Juan Manuel Fernandez celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary atop Aspen Mountain. Their four children with spouses, 14 grandchildren, relatives and friends gathered to mark the occasion. The Fernandezes had a grandson born in Aspen two summers ago.Undercurrent … oh, the daisies, the daisies, the daisies.
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