Music Festival Gala
The Aspen Music Festival and School summer gala was held mid-July in the entertainment tent next to the big Music tent. The party was in honor of the birthday of conductor David Zinman and the party was followed by a concert in the Benedict Music Tent. It’s hard to think that the 2006 summer music season is almost over.Art teacher Barbara Smith is back in Aspen after teaching in Cambodia.Also in mid-July, Julia Hansen held a Talkabout with renowned theater director Richard Digby Day, where they discussed great British stage actors. The party was held at the home of Sarah and Gidwon Gartner and was a benefit for Theater Masters.Had a note from M. Mark Mendel, former longtime Aspenite and ski instructor and now Philiadelphia lawyer. He writes that he has survived a kidney transplant and is in Aspen to recuperate with the young lady who was a donor and gave him the breath of life. She is attorney Susan R. Smolens, and it is her first time in Colorado and in Aspen. They are here for the month of August, recuperating, seeing old friends, reading The Aspen Times, and dreaming of the wonderful people that Mark’s uncle, the late Fred Lane introduced him to. The first time Mark came to Aspen was in 1952 and although he has seen all the changes, he still thinks Aspen is the gift of the Gods. Mark is looking forward to going to the Crystal Palace, going out to Maroon Creek and exercising to get his strength back.
Lowell Lebermann, Jr. on Tuesday gave a cocktail buffet at his home on Glen Eagles Drive.The Aspen Art Museum held its annual benefit with a wine auction, cocktails and dinner in a big tent on the museum grounds last Friday evening. If you’d like some Shakespeare, then you can attend the Hudson Reed Ensemble presenting “Woo Is Me,” three wooing scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Richard the Third, and Taming of the Shrew, on the “green” behind Pitkin County Library every Wednesday evening through Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public.Aspen in the national media again…Featured in a double-page spread in the Aug. 2 issue of Newsweek are Lynda and Stewart Resnick of Aspen and California. Lynda is pictured along with photos of their “POM” pomegranate juice and a pomegranate. The story tells how the Resnicks, who also own the Franklin MInt, bought a pomegranate and pistachio grove in 1987 in California and at first didn’t know what to do with all the pomegranates. They learned that ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans had used the pomegranate as medicine and decided to create a health juice with their pomegranates – thus “POM” was born. The Resnicks last year also bought Fiji Water for a reported $150 million.
The fall-winter issue of Colorado Expression magazine’s “Architecture and Design” issue includes a profile about Aspen photographer David O. Marlow. The article explains how David got hired as a staff photographer for Architectural Digest magazine when he submitted a photo of a teepee that was 35 feet in diameter and had a queen-size bed, TV and lounging area inside. The teepee had been decorated by Aspen interior designer Cassandra Lohr. The architecture magazine not only bought the photo from David – they put it on the cover and took David on their staff.The August issue of Colorado Homes and Lifestyles magazine features Denver interior designer Katherine Whitcomb in a several page article describing (with photos and copy) Kathy’s favorite sources for flowers, kitchen utensils, belts, paints, leather upholstery, even lipsticks. Kathy used to live and work in Aspen as an ad salesperson for The Aspen Times. She is married to Michael Whitcomb, son of the late Dr. Harold Whitcomb.Undercurrent … this has been the summer of conflicts. One evening there were three important events scheduled for the same time and throughout the summer there have been many evenings with two events scheduled. It has been a summer of having to make choices of what to attend.
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The town of Basalt is working on an update to its 2007 master plan. The document will be a blueprint for how and where the town will grow. But the family that has owned a 180-acre ranch at the edge of town for nearly 60 years objected Tuesday to the document’s parameters for its property.