Food & Wine
The kickoff for the summer season is the annual Food & Wine Magazine Classic at Aspen, and it is always such a festive time with days and nights of eating and drinking! There were blue skies and lots of sunshine. Chefs giving cooking classes and sommeliers giving lessons about wine; people wandering in the big tent, tasting everything they could; people wandering about town, peeking in the shops and admiring the gardens in the West End. Publisher of Food & Wine Magazine Julie McCowan gave a party at the Sundeck at the top of Aspen Mountain and all the guests were astounded at the views of mountaintop after mountaintop! Recently retired Aspen dentist Dr. Bill Comcowich just returned from the National American Truck Historical Society convention and antique truck show in Syracuse, N.Y. He and his brother, Jerry Comcowich, a professor at the University of Hawaii, joined a convoy of a dozen old 1950s and 1960s vintage trucks and drove the huge restored semitrailer trucks to the show in New York where they were displayed with more than 1,000 other old trucks from all over the United States. At the banquet, attended by 1,300 antique truck buffs and historians, Dr. Bill Comcowich was honored with the prestigious Harris Sanders, Sr. Award in recognition of his contributions toward preserving the history of the trucking industry. While practicing dentistry in Aspen for 42 years, Dr. C. was often recognized for his many contributions to his profession, having been elected to the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and the International College of Dentists. It’s nice to see him continuing with his many interests now that he is retired.A celebration of the life of Gen. Robert Taylor will be held in the garden of the Aspen Art Museum from 10 a.m. to noon on the Fourth of July. A reception will be held after the celebration for the late general, who was a longtime Aspen resident.Katherine Cora Hoffmaster graduated from Suffield Academy in Suffield, Conn., on May 24. Katie is the daughter of Casey and Thomas Hoffmaster of Aspen.Cody H. Obuhanick of Aspen graduated May 30 from The Gunnery School, in Washington, Conn.Ella Marie Melberg, daughter of the Thomas Melbergs of Woody Creek, graduated from the Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn., and she plans to attend Gustavus Adolphus College in the fall.Devon Hutton, daughter of Michael Hutton and P.J. Wallace of Carbondale, graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, with majors in chemistry and biochemistry. Devon is a graduate of Basalt High School.Also graduating this spring from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, was Hillary Klug, daughter of Kathleen and Warren Klug of Aspen. She majored in international studies and French studies and minored in environmental studies. Hillary is a graduate of the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale.The Aspen Camp School for the Deaf has planned a busy social summer. On Tuesday, July 1, at the camp in Old Snowmass, there will be a picnic dinner and a chance to meet the staff and campers and tour the campus. The event is a benefit for the school. On Wednesday, July 9, a summer night dinner party and benefit will be held at the home of Gloria Scharlin on Pitkin Green. The dinner will be followed by a performance by the renowned hearing-impaired comedian Kathy Buckley. For tickets to either event call the Deaf Camp at (970) 923-2511.Former Aspenite Nancy Batchelor is now selling real estate in Florida.Melinda McConnell “Mhendi” and Marshall Workman announce the birth of a daughter, Jozie Blue McConnell, on May 3 in Aspen Valley Hospital.Kim and Padraig Allen announce the birth of a son, Connor Creighton, on May 3 in Aspen Valley Hospital.Cole Austin Robins, son of Kendra and Bill Robins, was born in San Francisco, Calif., on May 19. Cole’s maternal grandparents are Austine and Hal Stitt of Aspen, and his paternal grandparents are Murphy and Wayne Robins who live in San Francisco and are regular Aspen visitors. Kendra has been practicing law in San Francisco since graduating from Georgetown Law School in 2000.Undercurrent … Are you busy enough yet?
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