What an enchanting evening of dancing it was when Aspen Santa Fe Ballet held their summer gala called “Strictly Ballroom” at the Hotel Jerome. Men in their tuxedos and women in their ball gowns danced happily to Fred Astaire melodies and the evening was pure magic. Members of the ballet company gave a resounding tap dance as well as a Caribbean ballet to the music of “Drinking Rum and Coca Cola.” Stopping by the office for a visit this week were Barbara and Ed Heminger of Findlay, Ohio. Ed is chairman of the board of the Findlay Publishing Company and the Courier Newspaper … I first met the Hemingers in the 1980s when Ed was president of The Associated Press and I was editor of the Aspen Times Weekly. Barbara and Ed and their family came to Aspen every winter to ski since 1969. They hadn’t been back in four years and decided this year to come in summertime. Their son is now editor of the Courier Newspaper.The parties section of the August 2004 issue of Town & Country magazine features the 1,400 guests who visited New York’s Waldorf-Astoria for the 10th anniversary party of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, established by Evelyn Lauder of Aspen and New York. Because of the death of Leonard Lauder’s mother, Estee Lauder, the Lauders were unable to attend, but the evening raised $5.5 million, bringing the organization’s 10-year tally to an impressive $90 million.Showing Aug. 230 at the Red Brick Center for the Arts are monotypes and sculptures by Lloyd Schermer and 50 years of photographs by Michael Fain.Cottle Graybeal Yaw Architects have changed their name to Cottle Carr Yaw Architects Ltd. The office is now located in Basalt.The Roaring Fork Friends of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado will hold a speakers’ lunch on Monday, Aug. 2, at noon at The Aspen Meadows. Speaker will be Elaine Pagels, scholar, author and Pulitzer Prize Nominee talking about “The Gospel of Mary Magdalene & The Gospel of Thomas.” For reservations call 920-2112, ext. 2805.On Saturday, July 31, at 4 p.m. there will be a lecture in Paepcke Auditorium by Dr. Frederick L. Hall, who developed Targeted Gene Therapy for the treatment of cancer. For reservations, call 429-1166. The event is being sponsored by the Aspen Community Foundation and Carolyn Hicks, Gail and Phil Holstein, The Threshold Foundation and Gailyn Waldron, and the Women’s Initiative For a Breast Cancer Trial.Sorry to report the death on July 17 in Houston, Texas, of former Aspenite Tom Prior. He is survived by his son, Bill Prior of Houston, and daughters, Bailey Prior of Oklahoma City and Lisa Prior of London.Undercurrent … Summer is racing by!
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The Basalt Town Council decided the planned renovation of Arbaney Pool was important enough to the community that it approved a construction bid that was more than double the initial budget.