It was a heartwarming evening when people from throughout the Roaring Fork Valley dined and danced to The Big Band music at the Symphony Swing, produced by the Symphony in the Valley. The event was held in the Devereux Room, Feb. 28, in the historic Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs. The symphony is made up of people from throughout the valley, and they drew a sellout crowd from all the towns. The dance floor was crowded the minute the music began.Meanwhile in Aspen, the springtime picnics on the mountain have begun. Today, Thursday, March 11, is the 2004 Snowmass Picnic at the Spider Sabich Center on Snowmass Mountain. Hosts include Jerry Elder, Henry Fella, Jerry Goldman, Cal Gray, John Guiltinan, Fran Hoffman, Donald Keltner, Rodney Knutson, Jerry McCallion, Dick Osur, Philip Salet, Colby Sandlian, Ron Soderling, Stan Starn and Dick Stephenson.Spending this week as houseguests of Sharon Prior are former Aspenites Barbara Shepard, of Colorado Springs, and Jayne Freeman, of Westminster. They plan on attending The Ballad of Baby Doe, which plays Monday, March 15, at the Wheeler Opera House.The Ballad of Baby Doe includes highlights of the opera by Douglas Moore and John Latouche, which was commissioned by and premiered at the Central City Opera in 1954. Tickets, at the Wheeler Opera House are $35, and the one-night-only production is a benefit for the Aspen Historical Society. The opera tells the story of how Horace and Augusta Tabor came to Leadville and struck it rich, how Baby Doe and Horace fell in love and married (in the White House), and how Baby Doe pledged to Horace she would never relinquish the Matchless Mine.Lotte and Kurt Bresnitz celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Sunday, March 7.The Aspen Theatre in the Park’s annual winter benefit will be Saturday, March 20, at the Hotel Jerome. This year the theme is “The Dead Actors Costume Ball.” For reservations call 925-9313.A luncheon featuring Cynthia Bourgeault, Episcopal hermit, author, mystic and scholar, will take place on Tuesday, March 23, at noon at the Aspen Meadows. The event is being sponsored by the Roaring Fork Friends of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. Cynthia will give a talk on “Mary Magdalene.” For reservations, call 920-2112, ext. 2826.Saw former Aspenite Jim Ford recently. He is staying with Barbara and Peter Guy at their new home between Silt and Newcastle and helping them with renovations. Jim lived in Aspen for many years … he worked at the Hotel Jerome, had an art gallery and did designs and renovations for homes. He now lives in California.On behalf of the Aspen Writers Foundation, Jane and Jonathan Wells will hold an author reception this evening for Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times correspondent and Middle East expert Judith Miller, following Ms. Miller’s 5:30 p.m. talk at Paepcke Auditorium.Robert McNamara is getting plenty of press about the documentary film, “The Fog of War: A look at the life of Robert S. McNamara,” produced by Errol Morris. McNamara, who has had a home in Snowmass for years, is a former secretary of defense and Ford Motor Co. president. In the film, he talks about his experiences in the military. He was there for an awful lot of awful events: the firebombing campaign of Japan during World War II, the Cuban Missile Crisis and our plunge into Vietnam.Participating in a foreign study program this spring with Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., is Conor Flynn, a junior with a geology-astronomy major, graduate of Aspen High School and son of Anne and Michael Flynn of Aspen. Conor is studying at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.Brittaney Moon of Woody Creek, an equestrian studies major, has been named to the dean’s list for academic excellence at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio.Janet O’Grady has an article about spas in ski resorts in the March issue of Travel & Leisure magazine.The April 2004 issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine includes a feature story about the weekend getaway home called Huntsman Ranch, near Carbondale, of Sandra and David Clinger. They bought the ranch in 1983 and lived in it for years, making do with bare-bones necessities but now have totally renovated the old ranch buildings. Sandra won three design awards for historic preservation. And, yes, the Clingers were written up in the March 2004 issue of Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazine for the birthday party Sandra gave David at the historic Redstone Inn.Aspen resident Steve Hunter recently completed the testing requirements of the Federation of Fly Fishers casting instructor certification program and is a newly certified FFF casting instructor.Undercurrent … The beautiful blondes, along with their sugar daddies, are in town.
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