Everyone wore denim, diamonds, cowboy hats and boots to Howl 2004: The Tenth Anniversary, the big summertime benefit for the Aspen Art Museum held under big tents at Suzanne Farver’s Gitalong Ranch. The evening included a wine tasting, an auction of extraordinary wines, dinner and dancing. There was also viewing of Suzanne’s art collection in the main house. The 500 guests had a wonderful time, and the event made $150,000 for the Art Museum.A birthday celebration for Sharon Apple included a cocktail reception at the Ajax Tavern and dinner at the Caribou Club one evening and then another dinner party at the Aspen Cooking School the next evening. Sculptor Gene Adcock celebrated the end of summer and the arrival of his marble sculptures from Italy with his annual Italian garden party at his home in Carbondale. In mid-September he will hold his annual croquet ball and supper.
Labor Day weekend will be a big weekend for longtime residents and historical buffs. On Saturday, Sept. 4, the Aspen Hall of Fame will be showing video profiles of people who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, including Herbert Bayer, Sam and Joy Caudill, Jeanne and Wilton Jaffee, John McBride, and Marge and Henry Stein. The videos will be shown from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Mountain Chalet and there will be a wine and cheese reception. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. The Hall of Fame video show coincides with the annual Old Timers Party for Aspenites who have lived in town for 35 years or more. This event is held by the Aspen Historical Society in the Buttermilk parking lot on Sunday, Sept. 5, and Monday, Sept. 6. Alex Settle, a doctoral candidate in computer architecture at Colorado University in Boulder, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct research at the Technical University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, one of the leading institutions in the computer architecture field. Alex’s research involves designing computer processor chips to help programs run faster. While at the Technical University, he will have access to a research infrastructure that has helped pioneer the field of computer architecture. Alex lived and worked in Aspen for four years, in 1992 and then from 1996-99. He was in the snow-removal business, was a doorman at The Little Nell, and was a ski bum on the side. He is now 31 years old and lives in Boulder with his wife, Mary, and son, Benjamin. His cousin, Robin Ferguson, is a longtime resident of Aspen.
Attending Bates College this fall in Lewiston, Maine, are Alex Bethel of Aspen and Celeste Powers of Carbondale. Alex is a 2004 graduate of Aspen High School and the daughter of Leslie and Mark Bethel. Celeste is a 2004 graduate of Colorado Rocky Mountain School and the daughter of Susan and David Powers.Over in Steamboat Springs, the annual Literary Sojourn will be held on Oct. 2. The event features a brunch, talks by well-known authors and book signings. To register, write Literary Sojourn at 1289 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs, CO 80487.The fall 2004 issue of Colorado Expressions magazine includes a feature story about Michael Fiske, the executive chef at The Roaring Fork Club in Basalt. The article includes several of Michael’s recipes. He lived in Aspen for several years in the late 1980s and early 1990s, working as a chef at the Grill on the Park and at Piñons.
Caroline and Gregory Mohl announce the birth of a daughter, Sofia Lea Mohl, on Aug. 16 in Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. Paternal grandmother is Irene Mohl. Undercurrent … You can find a place to park in town now.
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