Sound of music |

Sound of music

The sound of music echoed around the mountains all summer in Aspen, what with concerts at the Aspen Music Festival Tent and private performances around town.

Tosca at the Tent, the benefit gala held by the Aspen Music Festival and School, began with a cocktail-hour reception and silent auction in the hospitality tent, followed by a performance of Puccini’s “Tosca” in the Benedict Tent. The next week Alex Kaufman held his annual “An Evening with the Opera Stars” at his home on Pitkin Green. Alex’s party included the performance by the opera singers of the Music Festival, dinner and dancing.

Presenting an evening of art, music and wine, Charlotte and Bob Jones, Janet and Arvid Johnson and Connie and George Madsen held a gala “arty” event the first week in August in the Aspen Chapel Gallery. The dance music was played by the Jeannie Walla Trio and the art on the walls was created by Aspen watercolor artists.

Tricia Cunningham and Rick Schultz held a novel summer party on Aug. 24, when they invited friends to join them for a picnic and mine tour of the Smuggler Mine.

Downvalley in Carbondale, sculptor Gene Adcock held his annual Croquet Ball and supper on his riverside lawn. Everyone wore croquet white.

The Friday, Aug. 22, issue of The Denver Post Weekend section focused on the Roaring Fork Valley. Restaurant reviewer Kyle Wagner gushed about the food and ambiance at Six89 in Carbondale. But she wasn’t impressed with Charles Dale’s Range, the new restaurant he has opened to replace Renaissance. The writer liked Renaissance better. And she wrote that “Aspen Potpourri,” by Mary Eshbaugh Hayes is a cooking, photo essay, gossip column of a book, chronicling Aspen residents for the past 50 years in black-and-white photos, noting along the way their food habits and the way they live “in their own little world up there.”

The cover story for the current “American Way” magazine of American Airlines is an interview with Kevin Costner by Aspen writer Mark Seal. Kevin tells his favorite Aspen restaurants: Cache Cache, Kenichi, Little Annie’s, Matsuhisa, Syzygy, Takah Sushi, Woody Creek Tavern and the Ute City Bar and Grill. Although he has a house here, he noted that the Hotel Jerome and The Little Nell are his favorite hotels. He shops at the Miner’s Building and hits the golf courses and nightspots. Kevin stars with Robert Duvall and Annette Bening in the recently released “Open Range,” a Western about a group of cowboys driving their cattle across the vast prairies.

Undercurrent … What are you going to do with your time now that the off-season is here?

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