The JAS Crescent City Swing, held in late July, included a patron dinner at Willow Creek Bistro, another dinner at Iguana’s, and jazz performances by Allen Toussaint and The Soul Rebels plus performances by five lively JAS Academy summer sessions bands. The evening, presented by The Ritz-Carlton Club at Aspen Highlands, was a benefit for Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ year-round music education programs.Sustainable Settings in Carbondale has its third annual Harvest Benefit Dinner on Aug. 20, with dinner in the learning center’s orchard, dancing to the live bluegrass music of the Last Minute String Band, and draft-horse hayrides. Once again, for the 18th year, fun-loving Aspenites dressed in costumes and rode their bicycles through downtown to the Ron Krajian Bridge and across the Roaring Fork River by the Art Museum in the annual Aspen Tour de Rump. This summer’s ride was dedicated to founding host, the late Gene Reardon. This year’s hosts were Ed and Lise Abraham, Judy Alexander, Susan and Bob Donatelli, Anne Foster and Kurt Duldner, Bob and Judi Francis, Terry Hale and Joanne Stern, Richard Hillman, Richard Jennings, Bill Johnson, George Johnson and Trixie Elting, Junee Kirk, Ron Krajian, Bill and Linda Meier, Brent Miller, Bernard Phillips, Bill Pizzuti, Jim and Judy Rifkin, Ron and Gail Soderling, Tom Van Straaten and Mert Wallen.
Aug. 19, sculptor Gene Adcock held his annual croquet ball and supper at his home in Carbondale. Everyone wore croquet white.A party was held Aug. 12 to commemorate that Katherine Sand had become a United States Citizen in July. Co-hosting the event were Shirley Tipton and Melanie Sturm. Originally from London, Katherine lives in Aspen with her husband, Scott Martin, and their 3-year-old twins, Jeremy and Alex. Katherine and Melanie are incoming co-presidents of Theatre Aspen. A dinner was held Aug. 15 at the Hotel Jerome honoring Mark R. Warner, former governor of Virginia. Many Aspenites hosted the event, including George and Lisa Baker, David Bonderman, Peyton and Bill Budinger, Mitch and Cindy Caplan, James DeFrancis, Bert Fingerhut and Caroline Hicks, Sharon and John Hoffman, Shirley and Fred Pryor, Lynda and Stewart Resnick, Isa and Daniel Shaw and Jessica Catto.
Had a telephone call this week from former longtime Aspenite Kate Rivers, who now lives back in her hometown of Houston. When in Aspen, Kate had Kate’s Pie Shop in the Aspen A’s and also Katherine’s Gift Baskets. Her new venture is to lead religious retreats to spas and resorts in the West. She is hoping to bring a group to Aspen; there are always 35 to 40 in a group. The much-anticipated Old Timers Weekend 2006 will be held by the Aspen Historical Society on Sept. 3-4, in big tents at Bumps restaurant at Buttermilk. Sunday from 4 p.m. to dark will feature a barbecue and dance to music by the Walt Smith Trio, and Monday will feature a brunch from 9:30 to noon. Anyone who lived in the Roaring Fork Valley 35 years ago and was 21 or older at that time (in 1971) can attend. For reservations, call the Historical Society at (970) 925-3721. B.J. Blocker retired after 21 years as executive director of the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf. Interim director is Judith Cross, who is a signing parent of a grown deaf daughter and has served more than two years as a board member of the Deaf Camp. Aug. 18, the organization held its summer fundraiser, a Western BBQ and Shin-dig at the Charles and Dee Wyly ranch in Little Woody Creek.The 30th Annual Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame induction gala will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Denver City Center Marriott. Inductees this year include Aspenite Mark Tache, Raymond Duncan, Barbara Ferries Henderson, Henry Christian Hall and James Temple. To reserve a table, contact the Colorado Ski Museum at (970) 476-1876.Undercurrent … The bees and the chipmunks want to come in the house, so you can tell autumn is at hand.
This wasn’t my best work. I still stand by my original picks to win each of the snowboard contests at X Games Aspen 2023, but fate chose poorly. The main lesson? Don’t pick against Mark McMorris, Marcus Kleveland or Scotty James, unless you have a very good reason.