Early in July the Aspen Historical Society grounds (now called Ruth Whyte Park) were the scene of an old-fashioned picnic sponsored by Karin Reid and Coates Reid & Waldron real estate in honor of Karin’s parents, Kay and Roy Reid, who founded the company in the 1950s. Karen put together a book about the Reids’ lives; the real estate company donated a collection of photographs of houses that the company has sold over the years.I read in the September 2007 issue of Cowboys & Indians magazine that Kevin Costner has mortgaged his Aspen ranch up Independence Pass to finance his newest movie titled “Swing Vote.” Kevin says the film is kind of a Capraesque-comedy set in New Mexico, and he is starring in it and producing it.The fall 2007 issue of Architecture & Design magazine, a supplement of Colorado Expression magazine, includes an interview with Basalt architect Harry Teague that includes many photos of his projects. The article states, “From his earliest days as an Aspen architect over 30 years ago, Harry Teague found himself drawn to the simple, honest forms that embody the western landscape: the silos, stone walls, barns and old mining buildings that sit, often crumbling, in every Colorado valley and mountainside.”
Part-time Aspen resident Lisa See has published a new novel titled “Peony in Love,” and she will have a book-signing on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. at Town Center Booksellers in Basalt and on Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Explore Booksellers in Aspen. The book is touted as a coming-of-age story, a ghost story, a family saga, and a work of musical and social history. Lisa also wrote the novel “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.”Last year Kent Reed starred in a poignant 20-minute film shot in Chicago called “Galileo’s Grave.” It was just announced that this film has been selected to be part of the 11th annual Los Angeles Shorts Fest in September – the largest shorts fest in the world. In August, Kent’s resident acting company, the Hudson Reed Ensemble, will perform selected scenes from Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” in the Galena Performance Plaza on the green, behind the Pitkin County Library. Performances are scheduled for Wednesday nights, Aug. 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 6:30 p.m. and run about 45 minutes. Rain dates are Thursdays. The productions are free to the community.The Aspenblow 2007 Bluegrass Mountain Stomp was held Aug. 28 at Picnic Point on the back of Ajax Mountain. It was a great afternoon of music, dancing and good food. Hosts included Kyle Boyd, Gail Stanger, Kathryn Sewell and Neil Hight, Dick Stahura, Nancy Snell and Rodney Knutson, Genene and Fred Ayarza, Steve Serna and Roxie Petersen, Denny Burrill, Renell Maiersperger, Ed and Pat Peterson, Michele Bodner and Howard Bass, Lorrie and Larry Winnerman, Jack Miller, Holly and Jon Simpson, Pam and Jack Stanford, Enola Maybry and Bob Bradley, Mary Ellen Sheridan and Graham Wilgus.
On Friday evening, Alex Kaufman held his ninth annual “Evening with the Opera Stars” at his home on Pitkin Green, and the event featured a performance by the opera stars, dinner and dancing.Calling their parties “The Demolition Derbies,” Diana and Bronson Rumsey celebrated the end of an era because their longtime home on Meadowood Drive will soon be torn down. The Rumseys will be moving downvalley.It was a busy week of party-giving for Barbara and Gerald Hines at their home on Shady Lane. On July 25 they gave a cocktail party in support of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and then the following day they held a garden cocktail reception in support of the Jewish Community Center of Aspen.The Red Brick Center for the Arts has an exhibit through August titled “Moment of Impact,” which features photography by Stuart Brafman and Doug Rhinehart, paintings by Michael Raaum and ceramics by Anne Goldberg.There have been so many fundraisers for the valley nonprofits this summer that I will be running photographs for many weeks.Undercurrent … “Scrape” is a word that has new meaning in the vocabulary of Aspen this summer. It means that when a house is a “Tear Down” it not only is torn down, but the area is scraped clean.