Every year a group of Aspen women hold a Ladies Tea where guests bring a children’s book to be given to a school in the Roaring Fork Valley. This year’s tea was held in the Wine Room at The Little Nell, and hostesses were Joy Bancroft, Pamela Levy Crandall, Teran Davis, Gail Gross, Lita Heller and Cheryl McArthur.This column seems to be all about books and magazines and publishing.Bonnie Sherwood of Carbondale has an interior design company called Sherwood Design Company and a line of ranch furniture called “The Great Camp Collection,” which is featured in the June 2003 issue of Architectural Digest magazine in the Designers At Large section. Bonnie drew inspiration for her furniture from the designs of Thomas Molesworth and the camps of the Adirondacks. The furniture is made with Colorado fir and specially woven tapestries. The custom-made pieces range from cabinets to chairs. Bonnie has had design offices in Aspen, Carbondale and Beaver Creek for more than 20 years, and she also has an extensive Web site featuring her ranch furniture, ranch antiques, vintage Navajo rugs and vintage canoes. The Web site is http://www.thegreatcampcollection.com, and her phone number is (970) 963-0786.The June 2003 issue of National Geographic magazine includes an article by Ted Conover titled “Peru’s Long Haul, Highway to Riches or Ruin.” Ted reports that the Transoceanica Highway, a dream of Peru’s leaders since the 1950s, is now being built, consisting of hundreds of miles of roadway. Just as the north-south Pan-American Highway was the infrastructure project of the 20th century for South America, many people see an east-west Carretera Transoceanica joining the Pacific to the Atlantic as the project of the 21st century. Ted lived in Aspen several years, researching and writing “Whiteout: Lost in Aspen.” He also wrote “NewJack” about Sing Sing Prison, and “Coyote,” about illegal aliens.An excellent article by David Milstead appeared during April in the Rocky Mountain News about Wally Obermeyer, son of Klaus Obermeyer, who is ready to take over for his father as head of the international skiwear company. Wally, a money manager at Obermeyer Asset Management in Aspen, has quite a background for taking over the Obermeyer business. After high school, Wally was on the Aspen Ski Patrol for six years. He then attended Harvard University, where he majored in economics and also studied hydroelectric projects. He went directly to the Harvard Business School and his first venture after graduation was retrofitting the Vallecito Reservoir Dam, near Durango, to produce hydroelectric power. The project came online in 1989, and the Obermeyer family still owns the resulting hydroelectric business today. Wally worked a few years at Sport Obermeyer, and then after working for Heritage Trust, a Grand Junction investment company, he bought the business and made it Obermeyer Asset Management. Now, it seems, Wally will return to the family business.Winning three awards in the Colorado Press Women’s 2002 Communication Contest was this column’s writer-photographer, Mary Eshbaugh Hayes. The fifth edition of her cookbook, “Aspen Potpourri,” took first place in the book category. The book includes photographs of Aspenites from the 1950s to the present, along with their recipes; it is considered a family album of Aspen. Mary’s obituaries in The Aspen Times of Gretl Uhl and Miggs Durrance took second place in the special articles: social issues category. Taking third place were historical articles that appeared in Aspen Magazine, including a piece about Tomkins Hardware and one about the Isis Theatre, both for the “Then and Now” column.Aspen Magazine has published its second annual special Food and Wine issue, getting everyone in the mood for the upcoming Food & Wine Magazine Classic to be held in Aspen during June. The magazine tells the 100 things people love about dining in Aspen – the traditional, the eclectic, the discoveries and the classics that make Aspen a world-class dining destination. There’s also an article about successful Aspen businessmen Bruce Berger and Dr. Dennis Cirillo, both of whom create wonderful meals for friends and family in their homes.The July issue of Colorado Homes & Lifestyles is already on the newsstands and includes an article and many photographs of the Snowmass Village home of Barbara and Gary Sorensen. The designer, the Sorensen’s daughter Robyn Scott, created a design so stunning it swept the Colorado ASID Interior Design Awards. Scott won first place in the main residential category, first place in the single space/entertainment category for the home’s living room, and first place in the single space/private category for the master bathroom. The kitchen took second place in its category. Scott’s multiple awards are a first in the history of the Colorado awards. Ceramic pieces created by Barbara Sorensen are featured throughout the design of the house.Alice Ann Steindler of Woody Creek has been named an honors teacher by Appa-lachian State University’s Reich College of Education in Boone, N.C., where she is a student. Alice student-taught social science at Watauga High School during spring semester. The designation is awarded to students who show exceptional initiative, scholarship and excellence in student teaching. Alice is the daughter of Jill and Jesse Steindler of Woody Creek.Undercurrent … The song of the lawn mower is heard throughout the land.
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