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Springtime Events

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

Everyone is so glad to get out and about in the springtime in Aspen.The fourth-grade students of Aspen Elementary School learned how people used to live in the Roaring Fork Valley when art and environmental teacher Wendy MacPhail organized A Day in Old Ashcroft. The students had their classroom in one of the old buildings, and they heard stories of the early days.Every May the Aspen Education Foundation holds a zany dinner dance called May Madness as a benefit for the Aspen public schools. This year the event was called Animal House, and party-goers had fun dressing up in their collegiate, toga or ROTC garb.The Ritz-Carlton Club at Aspen Highlands has been named the Best of the Best Fractional Ownership Club in the June issue of the Robb Report, an international authority on the luxury lifestyle. According to the magazine, the club is being honored as the Best of the Best because of its luxurious accommodations, standard-setting service and private ski-in/ski-out access to the legendary Aspen Highlands slopes.Jessica Bates (aka Bates) graduated in May from Digipen Institute of Technology in Redmond, Wash., with an AAA in 3-D computer animation. She is the daughter of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes and Jim Hayes and her Web site is jessbates.com. She formerly lived in Basalt, where she and her husband, Steve Solomon, were silversmiths and Bates painted portraits in oil. They and their son, Tamas Bates, are living in Bellevue, Wash. Part-time Aspenite Ted Bell will have a novel titled Assassin published by Simon & Schuster in July. He already has published Hawke, which is on the best-seller list. The books, which are described as political thrillers, have the same hero, a 21st-century James Bond type. Ted, who worked for many years as a copy writer and creative director, always wanted to write and is now on his way. He will be doing book-signings in Aspen during midsummer when he is here with his wife, artist Page Lee.Jewelry designer Christopher Walling is featured in a write-up and one of his pins graces the cover of the summer issue of Jewelry Connoisseur magazine. Christopher has boutiques in Aspen, Palm Beach and New York City and is a favorite designer of the jet set.The June 2004 issue of Town & Country magazine features, in the Parties Section, Nathalie Gerschel Kaplan and Karyn Gerschel Lamb, daughters of Aspenite Christine Aubale Gerschel. The sisters were photographed at the Frick Mansion in New York City, the scene for the annual benefit for the Frick Art Collection. Principal sponsor for the evening was designer Carolina Herrera.Recently featured in a feature story in the Glenwood Post-Independent were Aspenites Francie and Greg Baker who with Gretchen Heitzman have opened Help-U-Sell Town & Country Real Estate in Glenwood Springs, next door to the Chamber of Commerce. They say their business is different because it involves both buyers and sellers and saves both parties thousands of dollars. They team up with owners and complement what they are already doing with professional services that facilitate the transaction.Did you know that Dr. William Comcowich, who practiced dentistry in Aspen since 1961, will be moving to make his home in Ridgway? He sold his Aspen practice to Dr. Lloyd Herman.Another Save the Date. The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center will present an informative cancer symposium at The Aspen Institute on Thursday, July 29.Undercurrent … The serviceberry bushes are covered with white blossoms. Lets hope we dont get a freeze so the bushes will yield a bumper crop of berries in late summer for the bears to eat.


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