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Spring doings

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Left to right are Mimi Teschner, director of development for the Aspen Music Festival and School, Alan Fletcher, new president and CEO of the Festival and School, and Asadour Santourian, artistic director. (MEH)
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It’s springtime in Aspen, and all the families and college kids will be coming to town for spring break.Alan Fletcher, the new president and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School, was guest of honor and he met many of the directors of other Aspen nonprofits at a cocktail reception given by Sandie and Archer Bishop. Aspenites turned out at the Cantina for the “Jam for Jasper,” a benefit held at The Cantina for 24-year-old Jasper Mountain Lecht, who is battling cancer. Co-chairmen for the event were Susannah Cyrus and Kathy Gibson.Everywhere you look in Aspen there are bouquets of daffodils … people buy them to support research for cancer. Used to be in Aspen, a rite of springtime was buying a bouquet of daffodils from Beck & Bishop Grocery.

Aspenites are returning from ski trips to Europe. Jack Crawford and Helga Matuska have returned from their annual European ski trip accompanied by Fred and Genene Ayarza, Richard Auhll and Elayne Rossi, Don Crawford, David Entin and Jacqueline Davis, Tom Miller and Kathleen Hanson, Widu Schaefer and Fritzie Leao, Brent Miller, Mert Wallan, and Bill and Jani Poindexter. Their first stop was Megève, France, a charming ski resort with a pedestrian-only village and cobblestone streets. One moonlit night they rode horse-drawn carriages to a wooden mountain chalet for dinner. After a day of skiing in sunshine in Chamonix, they went on for a week in Zermatt, Switzerland, where they rode a cogwheel train and in-mountain funicular to go skiing. They took aerial trams up the Matterhorn and then skied to Italy for lunch and back. Boarding the Glacier Express for a scenic ride across the Alps, they traveled to their final ski stop in Arosa, Switzerland.James Baker, who is director of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, has a photographic retrospective hanging until April 7 in the Patton-Malott Galleries at the ranch.

I was surprised to learn that Western Union discontinued its telegram service on Jan. 27, 2006. Western Union had sent telegrams for 162 years and has been displaced by the instant, high-tech communications of today. Jordana Loeb of Basalt has been named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement at Syracuse University in New York, where she is a student enrolled in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.The April 2006 issue of Architectural Digest magazine features an article about part-time Aspenite Laura Hunt, titled “A Lot of Look for a Little.” An interior designer, Laura is photographed with her son, Andrew, as they decorate his apartment in Dallas.The luncheon honoring author Ann Patchett held at the home of Holly Dreman was a benefit for the education programs of the Aspen Writers’ Foundation, specifically the youth creative-writing camps for kids ages 8 and up that are held in Aspen and Basalt during July. The teachers show students that stories are everywhere and writing can be fun. For more information, call Jamie at the Writers’ Foundation at (970) 925-3122.Rita and Ira Shore have returned to Aspen after spending 26 years in West Palm Beach and New York City where Rita was a cantor. She is once again cantor for the Aspen Jewish Community. Dr. Edward Hallowell will talk about Attention Deficit Disorder on March 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Aspen District Theater in Aspen Elementary School. The talk is titled “Crazy Busy, Overstretched, Overbooked and About to Snap.” It is free and open to the public. The next day, March 15, at 8:30 a.m. in the Aspen High School seminar room, Dr. Hallowell will give a free workshop for families and medical professionals titled “Diagnosis and Treatment of ADD.” At 10 a.m. he will repeat the lecture from the day before. The talks and workshop are being presented by the Children’s Health Foundation of Aspen. Undercurrent …The snow is shrinking but, oh, the trash!


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