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May Madness

At the May Madness party are, left to right, Linda Clark and Lisa DiMento, who are members of the board of directors of AEF; Bev Tarpley, assistant superintendent; and Dr. Diana Sirko, superintendent of the Aspen public schools. (MEH)
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What a crowd there was at this year’s May Madness, the springtime benefit put on by the Aspen Education Foundation that raises funds for all kinds of programs at the Aspen public schools. Held in the very large St. Regis ballroom, everyone was having such a good time talking that it was difficult to get them to sit down to dinner. The crowd included parents of schoolchildren, AEF members, Aspen business people, many teachers, and some Aspenites just looking for a good springtime dinner and dance. There were so many people at this party that next week’s Around Aspen column will again feature May Madness.Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes many, more big benefits that will raise funds for Aspen nonprofits.Another “Save the Date” is Friday, Aug. 3, when ArtCrush will be held to benefit the Aspen Art Museum. This party will feature a cocktail party, dinner and wine auction. For reservations, call (970) 925-8050.

Happy to report that the children’s book “Me the Tree,” by Ann Ramsey, recently won second place in the Colorado Independent Publishers Competition. The awards were given out at the Red Lion hotel in Denver. Ann photographed all the pictures for the book, which tells the story of a pine cone that grows into a magnificent evergreen tree. She then put the book together with Photoshop and self-published it with her Crown Peak Publishing Co. Ann is in New York City, where she is giving a presentation about her publishing career to members of the MS Foundation (for whom her sister works). The book is for sale in Aspen shops. David Bentley continued his East Coast travels with a visit to ground zero in New York City along with his brother, Jon. He reports that the New York Fire Department has a display of 20 small photos and four large ones, with one of the four by Aspen photographer Andrea Booher of three firefighters hosing flames. Then on to Philadelphia for David to attend a woodwind ensemble student recital conducted by Richard Woodhams at the Curtis Institute of Music. Richard is only the third oboe instructor in the 89-year history of Curtis. Ending his springtime travels, David went to Minnesota where he and his mother visited their tribal allotment on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation.

Wow – Aspen photographer David Marlow has so many photographs in the June 2007 issue of Architectural Digest magazine. An article titled “Colorado Cowhands” tells how entertainment executive Tony Modetta and his wife, Latin superstar Thalia, are fixing up the 700-acre ranch formerly owned by Michael Douglas in Wildcat outside Snowmass Village. Modetta is the chairman of Casablanca Records and The Modetta Co. and is the former CEO and chairman of Sony Music Entertainment. He and Thalia are filling the house with Western memorabilia and many Ralph Lauren Home pieces. They had Linda Bedell design the cowhide rugs throughout the house. An article titled “Viking Spirit in Colorado” tells about a whimsical boathouse in Creede that was commissioned by Aspenite Julie Augur to house a drift boat handcrafted by her son. The boathouse is reminiscent of Norwegian stave churches and is magical with fairy-tale-like architectural touches. It is like no other boathouse as it includes sitting areas and bedrooms with baths. The boathouse is part of a seven-building compound that Julie bought in Creede as a retreat for her family. Other pieces that David photographed for that issue of the magazine are of a rustic retreat in the Wyoming mountains and a seaside house in Nantucket. The same issue of the magazine includes an article titled “Out of the Blue” about a house on the Eastern Shore of Lake Michigan that was designed by architect Margaret McCurry, who was also the architect for the Aspen house owned by Judy Neisser. Undercurrent … Green green is the grass. Green green are the trees. The robins sing for rain … or snow!


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