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May Madness

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

Every May the Aspen Education Foundation (AEF) holds a costume party called May Madness that raises money for special programs at the Aspen Public Schools. This year the theme was “Aspen Rocks” and people came as punk-rock musicians.

Co-chairpersons for the event were Noelle Hernandez and Donnie Ryan. Donating to the Scholars’ Circle as major sponsor was Lenny Weinglass, while other big sponsors were Prince Bandar, the Joy Family Foundation, Kelley and Mark Purnell and the Dorothy and Van Holman Foundation. The dinner-dance was a sellout and everyone had a great time dancing to rock ‘n’ roll.

Graduation for the senior class of Aspen High School will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, in the Aspen Music Tent.

Designer Bob Blaich was at Syracuse University in New York during April. He attended the Board of Advisors of the College of Visual and Performing Arts as the newest member and then taught classes in the Department of Design, where he is a guest professor. Bob says he picked a good time to be there because Syracuse won the NCAA basketball title while he was on campus. Bob and his wife, Janet Blaich, are both Syracuse graduates.

Aspen artist Nancy Lovendahl had an exhibit last spring of her “Egg Series” sculptures at the Adelson Gallery at the Aspen Institute, and now the exhibit is touring. From May 26 to June 1, it will hang at SOFA at Loveed Fine Arts in New York City; from July 26 until Sept. 28, it will be on display at the International Sculpture Center at Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J.; and from April 11 to July 20, pieces from the exhibit will be displayed in Concourse A at the Denver International Airport. Since 1996 Nancy has explored the form of an egg as a visual language. The symbol of an egg has long been associated with fertility and resurrection. Deeply disturbed by the World Trade Center tragedy, Nancy sees the egg as a symbol of hope and healing.

Sorry to report the death on April 11 of former Aspenite Max Freeman. He and his wife, Jane Freeman, have lived the past several years in Westminster, Colo.

Artist Mary Russel is having an exhibit of her watercolors at the Maravilla contemporary gallery in Taos during the month of May. Mary spends summer and winter in Aspen and fall and spring in Taos, showing her watercolor paintings in both places. She also still has her line of note cards, featuring mostly flowers.

Environmentalist Bob Lewis is back in his Independence Pass studio for the summer after spending the winter in Santa Rosa, Calif. He also visited his daughter, Katie, in Valley Ford, Calif. where they did a heron count.

Former Aspenites Martha and Jeff Neumann, who now live in Crested Butte, are spending the month of May on Man of War Key in the Caribbean. They have rented a sailboat and will sail to many islands.

Amy and Tom Dodd announce the birth of a daughter, Riley Jane Dodd, on April 18 in Aspen Valley Hospital.

Undercurrent … Throughout the Roaring Fork Valley the gentle greening of the trees makes them look like they are in a green froth.


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