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Susan Brady, right, event manager of the Top Dog party and display, tells Drucilla Fellingham and Brian Speck all about the event. (MEH)
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Aspen will really be going to the dogs this summer as Lucite dogs, hand-decorated by celebrities, will be on display in 23 different shops and boutiques around town. The “Top Dog” Best In Show event is a benefit for the Education Programs of Aspen Filmfest and is the idea of Frankie Welfeld, a Filmfest board member. The education programs are for children from Aspen to Rifle. An adoption party for the dogs was held last week at the American National Bank, and the sponsoring businesses got to draw the name of their dog from a basket. Just some of the celebrities who painted and decorated the dogs include Jack Nicholson, Goldie Hawn, Joaquin Phoenix, Morgan Freeman, Mariah Carey, Anjelica Huston and Bob Rafelson. There are 23 dogs and they will be auctioned off at a gala on Aug. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Little Nell. The 102nd birthday of Freddie Fisher was celebrated last week at The Red Onion. The birthday party was put together by Tom Egan of the Aspen Historical Society and Greg Poschman. Freddie was a fabulous clarinet player who had a successful career in the movies before moving to Aspen, where he not only continued his music career with a band but also had a fix-it shop. He was a familiar sight at the Aspen City Dump, where he would look for treasures that he could fix and sell. He was locally famous for his irreverent letters to the editor, which were later collected into a book by Su Lum.

Jessica Ashley Harris of Snowmass Village earned a B.A. degree with a major in English at graduation ceremonies on May 20 at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Michael Kyle Merrill of Aspen has been promoted to the 11th grade at Camden Military Academy in Camden, S.C. This last year he earned a varsity letter in soccer, the Coach’s Award in cross country and the Gold Star Award for earning a 90 and above average. Next year he has been selected for Junior Leadership-the Kershaw County Group. Alice Greenwood, daughter of Stirling Greenwood of Aspen, graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., from the School of Journalism with a major in strategic communications.

Anne and Bo Helmich of Glenwood Springs recently announced the birth of their third child, a son named Andrew Spenser Burnell Helmich. Andrew was born May 23 at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood. He has a 7-year-old sister, Emma, and a brother, Paul, who is 5. Paternal grandparents are Linda and Don Helmich who lived in Aspen for many years and have now moved to Glenwood.Sopris restaurant in Glenwood may have sold and closed, but chef Kurt Wigger has opened a Sopris Room in the Buffalo Valley restaurant, which he owns. Many of the fixtures from the original Sopris are now in the room including the stained-glass window of Mount Sopris, the red chandeliers, and booths and chairs. Kurt is also incorporating his original Sopris menu into the new room.Undercurrent … My red poppies in the front yard are blooming fantastically (the ones in the alley have already come and gone). They all come from one poppy plant that my daughter, Elli, and I found in a vacant lot years ago. You see these poppies mostly in other mining towns like Leadville, Central City, Cripple Creek and Breckenridge.


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