Well, the column is now caught up to midsummer!Because so many Miami residents have second homes in Aspen, a reception was held at the Aspen home of Gloria Scharlin for Terry Riley, who was named the new director of the Miami Art Museum (MAM). Terry was formerly with the Museum Of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City.So many ladies’ luncheons were held at the Maroon Creek Club.There is the “Ride for the Cure,” the “Bike for the Cure” and this summer there was the “Cook for the Cure” – healthy eating at the Maroon Creek Club. Ann Foster Duldner invited many of her friends for a nutritious lunch.The Aspen Chapel held its annual benefit brunch Sunday, Aug. 20, at the home of Patsy and John Shields called The Pines at Owl Creek Road.A Wine and Jazz Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15-16, by the Snowmass Village Rotary Club on the Snowmass Village Mall. Proceeds from the event fund the Rotary’s Grant Program, which awards funds to valley nonprofits that provide youth programming.
A Save the Land dance and party will be held Saturday, Sept. 9, at 5:30 p.m., at the Strang Ranch on Missouri Heights, to benefit the Aspen Valley Land Trust. Music will be provided by the Flying Dog Bluegrass Band and an auction will feature cruises, homes in Maine and Costa Rica, a cattle drive, and guided fly-fishing and hunting outings. A raffle will offer a nine-day trip for two on the GrandLuxe Mexico train. For tickets, call the Land Trust at (970) 963-8440.Former Aspenite Phil C. Weir has been in town on his annual visit. He is now owner of Roatan Life Real Estate on Roatan Island off the coast of Honduras. Another former Aspenite, artist Marcia Levins Cowee, used to live on Roatan during the winters and in Aspen during the summers … she now lives in a retirement community in California.
A Shaving at Shaver’s party was held Sunday, Aug. 20, by Todd Shaver and Brad Carner at Todd’s home in Mountain Valley. Several male guests shaved their heads … that seems to be the new “in” style for men.A weekend with author Dr. Steven Pratt is being presented Aug. 26-28 with a cocktail party at the home of Esther Pearlstone, a hike and lunch with Dr. Pratt at the Aspen Mountain Club hosted by Carrie and John Morgridge, and a reception and book-signing at the Given Institute. Dr. Pratt is the author of “Superfoods RX: Fourteen Foods that will change your life” and “Superfoods Healthstyle.” For tickets, call Pamela Herr at (970) 925-3730.An exhibit of hand-pulled prints by Roaring Fork artists is hanging through Oct. 6 at the Aspen Chapel Gallery. Artists who are featuring their works include Jennifer Dolecki-Smith, Bill Gruenberg, Kathy Honea, Sandy Johnson, Nicole Kinsler, Jason Lasser, Michael Raaum, Marina Romanov, Betty Weiss and Ellen Woods. Undercurrent … Where did the summer go?
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