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Stories and art

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Spellbinder storytellers are, front row, Suzy Alcott and Jackie Merrill; and, back row, Anita Strickbine, Al Dietsch, Germaine Dietsch and Katie Neal. (Contributed photo)

There was an art exhibit of mixed-media this summer at the Red Brick that brought out so many local artists, buyers and art aficionados. I entered a photo I took in 1965 of my children Bates and Clayt watching the sheep go by in front of our house on Bleeker Street. The photo sold right away and then I sold five more from having people see it.There is a group exhibition now at the Red Brick Center for the Arts that will hang through Nov. 30. Colleen Clair is exhibiting her paintings, Vera Mulder is showing fibers, Terry Shepherd is showing clay pieces and Lyn Smith is exhibiting photographs.

Another wonderful local event is the “Tellabration,” a celebration of storytelling for families and children planned for Saturday, Nov. 18, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Waldorf School, 165433 Highway 82 in Carbondale. The event is presented by the Roaring Fork Valley Spellbinders and stories will be told by Suzy Alcott, Anita Strickbine, Jackie Merrill, Al and Germaine Dietsch and some “surprise” storytellers. Tickets for adults are $5 and will be sold at the door; the event is free for children 12 and under.Another “Save the Date” is Saturday, Feb. 17, when the fourth annual James Bond Gala will be given by the Aspen Center for Integral Health at the St. Regis Aspen. It will definitely be a British celebration with live music by Bennie & the Jets and the Beatles tribute band, Beatlemania. There will be a casino, an auction and dancing. For reservations, call (970) 920-2957.

Premium table purchasers, major sponsors and special guests also will be invited to an exclusive VIP Secret Service Party on Friday, Feb. 16, at the Caribou Club.The Jim Calaway Honors Series will be holding its seventh season of musical concert performances during November, January and February in Leadville, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Salida and Glenwood Springs. Pianist for the performances is Debbie Ayers, who formerly was public relations director for the Aspen Music Festival.The Ogilby and Jacober families have bought the Avalanche Ranch, on Highway 133 halfway between Carbondale and Redstone, from Sharon Mollica. The ranch resort has 18 cabins and a farmhouse that are rustic in character yet well-equipped with kitchens, baths, sleeping lofts, porches and barbecue grills. No two are alike. Managing the place are the Ogilbys’ daughter, Molly Jacober, and Mark Braendle, who managed it during Sharon’s tenure. Avalanche Ranch is right next door to Meredith and Chuck Ogilby’s home above the Crystal River, so it is now a family compound. They are also continuing the Avalanche Ranch Antiques Shop and are holding an open house Nov. 18-19 and Nov. 24-25, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The open house will feature work by local artisans, wreaths and garlands, antique furnishings, clothing, Navajo jewelry, local honey, leathers, painted furniture and other gift items.Undercurrent … Did you get all your daffodil and tulip bulbs planted?

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