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More Peace Ranch

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

Wedding guests congratulate Tom and Molly Bedell after their nuptial ceremony at Peace Ranch. (MEH)

Because it was such a local event, here is more coverage of the Molly Beattie and Tom Bedell wedding. The event was held Aug. 12 at the Peace Ranch, the former Schweppe Ranch high in the Fryingpan Valley. The ceremony was in a flower-filled tent, a reception followed immediately on the lawn with music by the Flying Dog and Crowlin’ Ferlies bands, then a dinner in the newly built horse barn, songs by Joe Cocker and dancing to Flash Cadillac.Another mid-August event was held at the Frette Linen Boutique when Alicia Sirkin gave a talk on “Discovering Emotional Harmony and Balance with Bach Flower Remedies.” Health-conscious refreshments were served and all participants received a folder of educational handouts. Door prizes were given to Marla Degraeve, Dawn Miller and Joanie Lebach.

You know ski season can’t be far away when the annual Ski Swap is announced. At 52 years old, this is the oldest ski swap on the Western Slope. The event was organized all those years ago to help make skiing affordable for everyone, especially families. All proceeds benefit the Aspen School District, with an emphasis on equipment for the Outdoor Education Program. Dates for this year will be Friday, Nov. 3, and Saturday, Nov. 4, at Aspen High School (this is a new venue for 2006 due to the construction at the Middle School). Drop-off is Friday evening from 4 to 6 p.m., and the swap will be held Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants are asked not to use any tickets from prior years as this year the Swap is using a one-color ticket system. Tickets can be picked up at the Aspen Public Schools, the Aspen Community School and Alpine Banks in Aspen, Basalt, Snowmass and at the Aspen Business Center.

Parking is extremely limited so organizers are asking people to carpool or take the bus. If you have any questions, call Mary Ryerson at 429-2105. So clean out your closets and take your outgrown equipment and clothing to the Swap … and buy new treasures for yourself and your family. Jill and Don Sheeley have returned from three weeks in the Caribbean, sailing their boat. Jill is gearing up for her annual Fraser Writing Contest at the Aspen Middle School.Back in their Snowmass Village home are John and Pam Fisher; John is back teaching industrial arts at Aspen High. They were in Hawaii the past year or so while John was contractor for a large house. Clayton Hayes, his former student at Aspen High School (and a graduate of Colorado University in Boulder), was the structural engineer.Undercurrent … I love the smell of the autumn leaves when you scuff through them in the street.