Aspen Filmfest is a great local organization that previews fabulous independent films during the autumn and short films in the springtime. This week I will cover both the autumn and the springtime events.
Aspenite Connie Baxter Marlow is producing a series of films called the “American Evolution.” The first in the series is titled “Realizing Freedom,” which was shot on location in Concord and Plymouth, Mass. Connie produced it and Scott W. Snare directed. The film traces the rebellious nature of America’s founders. The Mayflower pilgrims committed treason to separate from the oppressive church and king of England and journeyed to America to establish freedom of choice in religious and community matters.
For the second year, the Roaring Fork Friends of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado presented an art award of $500 during the Valley Kids exhibit at the Aspen Art Museum. This year the award went to Laura Walker of Palisade High School and honorable mention went to Ji-Yeon Park of Colorado Rocky Mountain School.
Judge Bob Nix donated $250 to an art teacher participating in Valley Kids 2003 and the award went to Ami Hayes, the art teacher at the Carbondale Middle School. The award is called the Mary Ellen Nix Art Teacher Award.
Helen Roberts, having spent the winter playing and half-working at Les Chefs d’Aspen and The Aspen Times, left last week to resume her job at the Fetzer Vineyard in Mendocino County, Calif. She invites Aspenites to visit the vineyard. She’ll be back around Christmas for another action-packed winter.
Named to the Boulder Hall of Fame recently was Frank Day, son of Margaret Day, who owned the Holiday House in Aspen circa 1953 (which was run by Steve Shanzer and his son, Charlie Paterson). In Boulder, Frank Day opened Old Chicago restaurant on Pearl Street in 1976, renovated the Hotel Boulderado, and operated many restaurants. His Rock Bottom restaurant is a nationwide chain. Frank also recently developed and built four townhouses at the end of East Durant Street on the river in Aspen.
Linden Mallory, a senior at the Holderness School in Plymouth, N.H., has been named to the school’s second and third quarter high honor rolls, with an academic average of 90 or better. This winter Linden served as vice president of the school, participated in the on-campus student jobs program, did an independent study in avalanche behavior and ski mountaineering, and raced on a boys’ varsity nordic ski team that captured the New England prep school championship. He personally finished seventh at the New England championships, and then was a member of the first-place skate relay team. Linden is the son of Howie Mallory and Nora Berko and grandson of Mirte Berko of Aspen.
Leajanne and Marco Diaz of Redstone announce the birth of a daughter, Madison Alena Diaz, April 8 in Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.
Kristina and Walter Frame announce the birth of a daughter, Stella Maria Frame, April 16 in Aspen Valley Hospital. Maternal grandparents are Lynne and Johannes Von Trapp of Stowe, Vt., while paternal grandparents are Mary Ann and Walter Frame Jr. of Waterville, Maine.
Undercurrent … It’s time to walk under the ski lifts and look for treasures.
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