This week’s column continues with highlights of Summer 2003.Terry Butler celebrated her birthday with a dinner party for her friends in the garden of the Hotel Jerome.When it was midsummer, Aspen Magazine held a poolside party, along with Tanqueray gin, at the Sky Hotel. Attending were writers, photographers, art directors, editors and advertisers for the magazine. A little later in the summer, Janet O’Grady, editor of Aspen Magazine, and Eric Calderon, manager of The Little Nell hotel, co-hosted another party in the Nell’s Greenhouse Bar.The Sept. 28 issue of The New York Times included a story with many photos about Jennifer Craig’s Ute City Farms in Woody Creek. The story related how Jennifer holds dinner parties twice a month all summer on her family’s 1,000-acre ranch where she grows vegetables and herbs that she sells at the Farmer’s Market every Saturday. The dinner parties are called “Weed-and-Feed” because the people who attend are expected to weed the garden before they are served dinner. I also recently received a clipping from The New York Times about widows and partners of those who died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center of Sept. 11, 2001. Many of these people are dating again and marrying again. In fact, the story tells about Erin Richards, whose husband, Gregory, never came back from the north tower. Later, in Aspen, she met Jon Frankel, a correspondent for “The Early Show” on CBS television and they were married in Aspen on Sept. 20. This article was sent by Dr. R. Gerald Pugh, professor and associate dean at Indiana University. Pugh teaches a class entitled “Leadership – Lessons from the Aspen Idea,” which includes studies of Aspen’s history, culture, intellectual institutions and individual examples of leadership. Many of the books written about Aspen are used as textbooks.This past weekend in Boulder, the Sustainable Resources Conference was held with more than 700 attendees. Joanie Klar and her filmmaker husband, David Bruce, presented a Chinese scientist who has perfected a restorative soil technology system. David’s pilot film on “Practical Visionaries” was shown at the accompanying ECO Expo. Joanie and David are now working on a global ECO Expo for China for October 2004. Also speaking at the conference was Hunter Lovins, co-author of the book “Natural Capitalism” and a co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute in Old Snowmass. She received a standing ovation.And now more news of Aspen students who are studying in colleges and universities.Alexandra Karlinski, daughter of the Andrew Karlinskis of Snowmass Village, graduated in June from the Cate School in Carpinteria, Calif. Alex attended Aspen Middle School and ninth grade at Aspen High before transferring to Cate. She is now attending the University of Southern California.Laura Barker, daughter of Wendy and Jack Barker of Aspen, received a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania in June. She had previously graduated from the Cate School. At Swarthmore Laura graduated with a major in biology and received the Leo M. Leva Memorial Prize. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. She was a volunteer tutor with the Chinatown Tutorial and ABC Program and was active with the Ballroom & Swing Club and intramural sports. She is now in the graduate program in neuroscience at the University of California at San Francisco.Earning a doctorate of medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this spring was Aspenite Anthony Edward Pilch Jr.Graduating from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., this spring was Loren Sackett, daughter of Lee Cassin of Aspen and Mark Sackett of Carbondale. Loren earned a degree in psychology. She is a graduate of Aspen High School.Undercurrent … all around town, crews of gardeners are digging and weeding and raking and getting the flower beds ready for winter.
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