Janet OGrady, editor of Aspen Magazine, and Jim Horowitz, founder and director of Jazz Aspen Snowmass, co-hosted the first patio cocktail party of the season in late March at the Sky Hotel. They announced a new partnership, in which the magazine sells and prints the JAS program and shares marketing events. Jim has become a contributing editor with the magazine, and has two pieces in the upcoming issue. On Saturday, May 1, a group of Aspenites will celebrate the Kentucky Derby with a cocktail party and lunch (featuring mint juleps). Hosting the party are Patti Pope, Jack Miller, Steve Serna, Donna Rowlands, Dale Ireland, Barbara and Peter Elias, Bill Cook, Gwen Richter, and Leroy Merritt.The Spring Fling being planned by the Aspen Community Church for May 15 sounds like a great evening. The 7 p.m. program will feature the Broadway Players, the Mood Elevators, the Altitones, Rocky Tops Barber Shop Quartet, Jeannie Walla Trio with Tim Fox and Tom Paxton, and Sophisticated Ladies, all singing songs of spring. There will also be pre-concert drinks and hors doeuvres at 6 p.m. and a silent auction. At intermission there will be champagne and dessert. The evening is a benefit for the Aspen Community Church (the program will be in the church), which hosts some 750 community meetings a year. For more information and to make reservations call Jere or Richard at the church at 925-1571.Another Save the Date: The Aspen Camp School for the Deaf will hold a gala summer evening to benefit the children of the camp. Actor, producer, comedian Alan King will perform after the dinner. For more information call 923-2511.Julia Ritchie, daughter of Robert Ritchie, is a 10th-grader at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H., and has earned honors for winter term.Sorry to report the death of Estee Lauder, mother of part-time Aspen resident Leonard Lauder, in New York City. She was 97. She started an international cosmetics empire including Estee Lauder, Clinique, Aramis, Prescriptives and Origins, originally blending face creams in her own kitchen. Said Lauder, If you have a goal, if you want to be successful, if you really want to do it and become another Estee Lauder, youve got to work hard, youve got to stick to it and youve got to believe in what youre doing. Her children and grandchildren have continued her cosmetics empire.Pictured on the cover of the May 2004 issue of Outside magazine is surfer Andy Irons of Kauai, Hawaii, who has been named No. 1 pro surfer in the world for the second year in a row. Andy is the son of Danielle Tache of Hawaii, and grandson of Marie and Yvan Tache, longtime Aspenites who now live in River Valley Ranch in Carbondale. The magazine also includes several articles about Andy, and there has been a movie made about him. The camera followed him around for a year since he was named No. 1 pro surfer last year.Undercurrent … Just about everyone is out of town.
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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has tested positive for the coronavirus. Polis and his partner, Marlon Reis, both have COVID-19 and are asymptomatic, the governor said in a statement Saturday night.