Ninth on the ninth |

Ninth on the ninth

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
MEH photoAt the 2005 Aspen Music Festival gala are Joan Harris and Richard Edwards. The festivals Harris Hall was named for Joan and her husband, Irving; Richard inherited The Brand Building and Collins Block from Harley Baldwin.

July 9, the Aspen Music Festival and School held its summer gala celebrating Beethoven’s Ninth and the 69th birthday of the festival’s music director, David Zinman. Partygoers enjoyed a reception and silent auction in the festival’s hospitality tent, a concert in the Benedict Music Tent, and champagne and dessert, again in the hospitality tent. It is one of the most elegant and anticipated events of the summer.All is not serious and cultural in the summer season, however. You probably noticed all those bicyclists wearing zany costumes, riding all over town Aug. 6. It was the 17th annual Aspen Tour de Rump, with an easy bicycle ride and ending with lunch on the Ron Krajian Bridge, next to the Aspen Art Museum on the Rio Grande Trail. Hosts for this fun event include Ed and Lise Abraham, Judy Alexander, Anne Foster and Kurt Duldner, Bob and Judy Francis, George and Meredith Gracis, Joann Grimes, Terry Hale and Joanne Stern, Richard Hillman, Richard Jennings, Bill Johnson, George Johnson and Trixie Elting, Junee Kirk, Ron Krajian, Bill and Lynda Meier, Brent Miller, Bill Pizzuti, Judy and Jim Rifkin, Ron and Gail Soderling, Tom Van Straaten, Mert Wallen and Sandye Whitaker. Another big group of people were walking from house to house with the 55th annual Homes & Gardens Tour. This is an Aspen favorite.Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Black Saddle Bar & Grille at the Snowmass Club Golf Course, there will be a benefit for the Snowmass Village Art Walk with live music by “Heart of the Rockies.” A live auction, with Twirp Anderson as auctioneer, will feature 14 Campground chairlift chairs, “articized” by local artists.

More dates to circle on your calendar. Sept. 10 the second annual “Land Dance” will be held at the Strang Ranch on Missouri Heights for the Aspen Valley Land Trust. Sunday, Sept. 25, the Wells Fargo Stirling Cup Classic Benefit Golf Tournament will be held at the Aspen Golf Course. To register call 925-2720, ext. 101. Christopher John Lundgren of Basalt, graduated this spring with a B.S. in business from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.Undercurrent … Walk through Aspen’s neighborhoods in the mornings … gardeners are everywhere, weeding and watering, pruning and planting the beautiful flower gardens. The second homes have spawned whole new businesses, including the gardeners.

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