Institute and More
August 16, 2005
A conversation between Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., highlighted the 12th annual Aspen Institute Summer Dinner held Aug. 6 at the Benedict Music Tent and the Greenwald Pavilion at the Aspen Meadows.The senators agreed that we are in a global war, a war of ideology. Sen. Lieberman said that the war reflects the desperate lives of so many in the world and Sen. McCain pointed out that is also what has caused our immigration crisis. It is the law of supply and demand. He emphasized several times that there already 11 million illegal aliens in the United States, doing the jobs Americans won’t do.”As long as there is a demand for workers … they will come,” he said. “They are the supply of workers.” Both senators wondered about China – whether we will be partners or be in competition. How do we coexist with China and the rest of the world? Sen. Lieberman stated pessimistically, “If people keep saying they hate us and will kill us … they mean it.” More politics. A reception for Sheldon Whitehouse, former attorney general and now a candidate for the United States Senate, was held in the Hotel Jerome Library by Christopher English Walling. On hand were some of the co-hosts, John and Sharon Hoffman, Nancy Walker Koppelman, Sara S. Morgan and Bill and Ann Ziff. History in the making … the ladies of The Woman’s Literary Club gathered for a tea on Aug. 11 at the Aspen Historical Society to celebrate their 85th anniversary. In deference to history, the ladies wore dresses and hats from days gone by. The club was organized in Aspen in 1920 at the home of Sarah Blackburn to bring cultural and educational opportunities to women here. The group has always kept to 15 members and meets once a month. The club has a tradition of purchasing a book for the library in memory of a deceased member. Many of the present-day members have ties to the earliest members. Present-day officers are Joyce Christiansen Kearns, president, Virginia Cerise, vice-president, and Alice Vagneur, secretary treasurer.
An Aspen group of today is Les Dames d’Aspen, which raises funds for arts organizations in Aspen. Since its founding in 1983, Les Dames has raised more than $2.1 million for local arts organizations. This week Christine Aubale Gerschel, president and founder of Les Dames, began working to rejuvenate the Junior Group of Les Dames with two vice presidents, Cari Britton and Heather Heath. To become a part of the Junior Group or Junior Men Special Adviser group, people must be under 45 years old and annual dues for juniors are $250. If attending the upcoming gala (Aug. 23 at the home of Susan Horsey), people will be charged another $100. If interested, call Gerschel at 925-9028 with personal referrals and recommendations.Early in August world surfing champion Andy Irons maintained his standing by winning the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif. Andy’s mother is Danielle Tache Irons, of Kauai, Hawaii, daughter of Aspenites Marie and Yvan Tache.A “Wine and Talkabout” with theater critic Ruth Leon was held Aug. 15 at the home of Meg and Mel Knyper. The event was a benefit for Theater Masters.On Thursday, Aug. 25, the Aspen Skiing Company and the Aspen Chamber Resort Association will hold their annual Community Luncheon at the Sundeck. Winter Update presentations will be given by Mike Kaplan of the Aspen Skiing Company, Debbie Braun of ACRA, and Pat O’Donnell and David Perry of the Aspen Skiing Company. Tickets must be pre-purchased at ACRA or by calling 925-1940.Over in Steamboat Springs, plans are under way for the Literary Sojourn, a gathering of authors and book lovers. This year’s event will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Many Aspenites usually attend this event; for reservations write Literary Sojourn, 1289 Lincoln Ave. Steamboat Springs, CO 80487.Undercurrent … people keep calling to see when their event or party will be published in the Sunday Aspen Times Weekly. Since there are so many events – usually five to six during one week, but only one Sunday to put it in the paper – I suggest that out-of-towners subscribe to the Aspen Times Weekly, 310 East Main, Aspen, CO 81611 so they can watch for the photos. I will be running photos of 2005 summer events all autumn.