The summer season started in full swing with a week of the Summer Words Literary Festival at the Gant held by the Aspen Writers’ Foundation. This year the theme was Africa: The Origin of Stories and featured prize-winning writers from Africa. The week was filled with workshops, lectures, book-signings and conversations among the writers. One evening everyone went to the Benedict Music Tent to hear Wynton Marsalis play his trumpet with the Aspen Music Festival orchestra along with African drummers. Several of us journalists took the Beginning Fiction workshop given by Danzy Senna and learned so many basics. During the Food & Wine week, a highlight was Love Snack, a benefit with performance by the B-52s at the Belly Up. Benefiting from the evening was the Children’s Health Foundation, which works to improve nutrition in schools nationwide. Co-chairing the event were Betsy Fifield and Melissa Wight, while special guests were famous chefs Emeril Lagasse and Nobu Matsuhisa and singer John Oates. The evening was sponsored by Vdara Condo Hotel at CityCenter in Las Vegas, a $74 billion luxury project in the middle of Las Vegas. A dazzling architectural model of CityCenter was the centerpiece for the evening.
Reminders of events coming up:On Monday, July 16, there will be an evening of live music and dance featuring Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and the Aspen Music Festival and School at the Benedict Music Tent beginning at 8 p.m. This is the first time the ballet and music festival have collaborated. For tickets call (970) 925-9042.ArtCrush, the annual gala for the Aspen Art Museum, will be held Friday, Aug. 3. For reservations call (970) 925-8050.And in late July will be the weekend of healthy activities provided by the Aspen Center for Integral Health. On Wednesday, July 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will be a forum on Flourishing Families; Thursday, July 26, will be the all-day Summer Health Symposium at Paepcke Auditorium; Friday, July 27, will be the Healthy Gourmet lunch cooking classes held in luxurious Aspen homes followed by a Healthy Gourmet Spa Soiree held at the home of Glenda and Gerald Greenwald; and Saturday, July 28, will feature a Spa Finder Magazine Aspen Spa Day in downtown Aspen. To register for any of the events call (970) 920-2957.
Victoria Work, a senior at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, was named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement. Victoria is the daughter of Stephanie and Horace Work of Snowmass Village. She is a biology major with a concentration in cell and molecular biology/biochemistry. She attended Aspen High School.Graduating from Colby College this spring was Nicholas Farrell, son of Deborah and Thomas Farrell of Aspen and Kennebunk, Maine. Nicholas majored in history, and he also attended Aspen High School.Will Bailey and Lissa Pawlisch announce the birth of a son, Graham, June 30 in Minneapolis. Paternal grandmother is Lynn Russell of Aspen.Undercurrent …The carpetbaggers have come to town.
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