For a week in June, when the red poppies and yellow roses are blooming, aspiring writers come from all over the country (including Aspen) to listen to lectures by famous authors and take writing workshops with established writers. This year at the Summer Words literary festival, I took Jan Greenberg’s workshop called “Writing for Young Readers” and found that Jan is an inspiring and wonderful teacher.Terry Butler and jewelry designer Christopher Walling were among the crème de la crème of Europe and America who attended several events for the “Friends of Versailles” held at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence, the Petite Luxembourg Palace, and at Versailles in France during June. Highlight of the parties was the turning on of the fountains in the gardens … the friends had raised money for the fountains, which hadn’t been turned on in 200 years. Christopher, who has a boutique in Aspen, is a member of the board of the friends.An eight-page article about Betty and Nick Coates’ home in San Miguel de Allende, “Casa Seis Fuentes,” is an outstanding piece in the August 2004 issue of Architectural Digest magazine. The photography is by Aspenite David Marlow. Betty, a former interior decorator, and Nick, a real estate developer, bought the house, a 300-year-old gem, in 1997. They found it a few blocks from the main city square, behind one of the blank walls that hide San Miguel’s architectural treasures. After much remodeling, the house has become a Mexican treasure for Betty and Nick, who also have homes in Puerta Vallarta and Aspen.Interior designer Cassandra Lohr’s famed tepee project in Aspen is again featured, this time in the August 2004 issue of Mountain Living magazine. The new coffee-table book, “In the Spirit of Aspen,” by Kathryn Livingston, also features the tepee, but it neglected to attribute the majority of the bedding and furnishings to Cassandra. Watch for the news of the renovation and redesign of a beautiful Victorian house in Salida by Cassandra. Coming in August, Architecture and Design of the West magazine will run a feature article on an exciting month-long journey to China, during which Cassandra netted some antiquities and other treasures.It was a peak birthday for Bart Garton as he climbed Mt. Rainer on June 30-July 1 with his old Aspen school friend, Kurt Brendlinger. Their excellent RMI guides were Aspenite Tap (Rosen) Richards and his wife, Heidi. Bart filmed the climb and reported fabulous weather, companions, views and a happy 42nd celebration.Former tennis star Andrea Jaeger has written a book titled “First Service: Following God’s Calling and Finding Life’s Purpose.” In the 1980s, Andrea was a tennis phenomenon. She turned pro at an age when most kids don’t have their driver’s permit. She celebrated her 16th birthday with a win at the French Open. What proved to be a career-ending shoulder injury at the age of 19 was the catalyst for her true calling – to help unfortunate children. With tremendous faith and fortitude, she gave up her millions in tennis earnings and co-founded the Silver Lining Foundation and camp in Aspen, a nonprofit organization benefiting children with cancer. Fabi Benedict gave the land for the camp, and many celebrities have contributed funds for the building and the programs.Carolyn and Jay Diffenbaugh have escaped to Aspen from the desert heat at their home in Tubac, Ariz., (they sold their home on Silverking Drive last winter) and are here for July and August to enjoy the music, hikes and old friends.The Diffenbaughs wanted friends to know that Earl Vance died peacefully on July 8 at his home in Tubac. Earl and Beverly Vance were founders and owners in the 1970s and ’80s of the Squash Blossom shop in Aspen, selling fine Indian jewelry and art. Local artists whose work the Vances featured included Jim Hayes, silversmith; Fred Myers, who did petroglyphs in iron, and blacksmith Francis Whitaker. Many summers the Vances did special shows for the local artists. Earl was also a co-leader with Phil Desmond of The Great Books discussion group.Two Aspen students at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., received academic distinction for the spring 2004 semester. They are William Hyman, a junior religion major, graduate of Aspen High School, and son of David Hyman and Barbara Reid of Aspen; and Richard Sackett, a senior and major in physics-astronomy, graduate of Aspen High and son of Lee Cassin of Aspen.Alexander Gradow, son of Barbi Benton and George Gradow, was named to the spring term honor roll at Suffield Academy in Suffield, Conn.Tiffany and Michael Ernemann announce the birth of a daughter, Tresen Ernemann, on June 22. Tiffany, the daughter of Terry Butler, owner of The Residence hotel in Aspen, owns the Green Drake hotel in Basalt.Undercurrent … dozens of little preschoolers getting on the bus in Blue Lake and going down to the Carbondale Pool for a swim. Little preschoolers with gigantic packs on their backs.
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