Midsummer | AspenTimes.com


Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
MEH photo.A midsummer dinner party in the back yard. Seen in the group are Tom McCloskey in the foreground, host Drew Harman with Ann Nitze beside him, and host Christopher Walling against the back fence.

There are a few balmy evenings midsummer in Aspen and people take advantage and hold dinners in the garden. Oceanographer Sylvia A. Earle came to give a talk about the oceans at The Aspen Institute and while she was here, Christopher Walling held a dinner party in her honor in the home and back yard of the recently remodeled Victorian home on Smuggler of Liyang and Drew Harman. Christopher gave copies to all the guests of Sylvia’s newest book titled “Atlas of the Ocean: The Deep Frontier.” The text of the book covers each great body of water: the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Indian Ocean and the Polar Oceans … and addresses what the future may hold.Lowell Lebermann Jr. is in Aspen for the summer, staying at the Ritz-Carlton at Highlands.The Aspen Institute held its annual summer dinner party on the lawn of the Aspen Meadows with many dignitaries attending.

On Friday, Aug. 20, The Aspen Institute will present photographer Steven Richter’s exhibit titled ‘Streets’ from East Hampton to Angkor Wat. An opening reception for the artist will be held Aug. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Adelson Art Gallery of the Paepcke Memorial Building.It’s the end of an era. Jyoti and Andre Ulrych have sold their Star Mesa ranch (which they have had for 30 years) and are moving year-round to the North Shore of the Big Island of Hawaii where they will have a yoga center. At Star Mesa they practiced yoga and were pioneers in sustainable agriculture. They sold the ranch to Colleen and Greg Slater … Greg is with Anchutz. For years Andre also had Andre’s restaurant and had a nightclub in his Andre’s Building (now Prada) on Galena Street.Phyllis J. Bronson, Ph.D., will be speaking about hormones at the 39th annual meeting of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine in late October at the Marriott Beach and Golf Resort at Hilton Head Island, S.C. The meeting will focus on “the insidious destabilizing health effects of heavy metals and toxic chemicals: diagnosis and treatment.” Have you noticed how many of the deciduous trees in town have leaves that look like they have been shellacked. I’m told it is because of an aphid infestation.Writer Paul Andersen has a new book titled “Power in the Mountains: The history of the Aspen Municipal Electric Utility,” which has been published by the city of Aspen. The book covers the Aspen Electric Department from its beginning in the 1880s, when a group of entrepreneurs including D.R.C. Brown Sr. and H.P. Cowenhoven built the first municipal water system, to the present day. The city had its own hydroelectric plant on Castle Creek until 1958 when the plant was closed and the city began buying electricity from Holy Cross Electric Association.The Aspen Center for Integrative Health will hold its summer health symposium, called “Power Health” on Monday, Aug. 23, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Harris Hall. For registration and information call (970) 920-2957, ext. 1. Some of the topics to be covered include optimizing brain function, staying physically dynamic, nutrition, inflammation, stem cells, and integrative solutions for increased energy, mental clarity and mood.Undercurrent … That gulch on Smuggler Mountain is already filled with aspen trees with yellow leaves!

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