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The Aspen Institute

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

The lovely Marble Garden on the grounds of the Aspen Meadows campus was the setting for the 10th annual summer dinner given by The Aspen Institute. The Marble Garden was designed during the 1950s by renowned artist Herbert Bayer, using marble from Marble, Colo. The evening began with a talk in the Aspen Music Festival Tent by the Honorable Stephen G. Breyer, associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, and then participants strolled across the campus to dinner. CEOs from many national and international businesses attended the Institute’s event, which included several days of talks, including those given by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Queen Noor of Jordan. The gala was hosted by William E. Mayer, chairman of the board of the Institute; Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Institute; and Nanette and Jerry Finger, dinner chairmen.

Photographer Alice Koelle entertained at a book-signing party on Aug. 10 for Rosemarie Romeo, who has just published a novel entitled “Ambrose.”

The September issue of Architectural Digest magazine is a special issue featuring the homes of interior designers. Aspen photographer David Marlow photographed several of the houses, including the Hollywood Hills residence of Craig Wright, the Maine home of Karin Blake and the Basalt home of local architect Larry Yaw.

The First Baptist Church of Aspen, at 726 W. Francis St., is collecting new, basic school supplies for the children in the inner city of Denver. Donations can be taken to the church office. For more information, call Sharon at 925-8901.

Ski writer Claire Walter, who visits Aspen often, has just published a book titled “Culinary Colorado,” which includes everything anyone would want to know about food in Colorado. It covers restaurants, bakeries, food festivals, cooking schools, gourmet groceries, wine stores, farmers’ markets and favorite recipes. The book is divided into four sections, covering the food beat in the Front Range, Northern Mountains, Central Mountains and Wine Country (which includes Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley) and Southern Mountains.

When you go to the Aspen Saturday Market, be sure to stop by the booth of Western Bonime, who designs clothing and whimsical tote bags … and she will paint henna designs on you while you wait. She also works at The Aspen Times as a graphic designer.

Coming to Aspen five years ago from New York City, Western had attended Parsons School of Design in the city and worked for two private label companies and Abercrombie and Fitch. Deciding to get out of the city, she chose Aspen and soon was doing the usual many jobs to make a living, working at the bars in the Mother Lode and Milan’s.

Her henna designs have now become popular, and she does henna parties at local clubs and private events. Noting that people needed tote bags while buying produce at the Saturday Market, she soon designed 14 styles. She also creates comfortable wear-everywhere summer fashions. She has a booth every other week at the market; she will be there this Saturday, Aug. 16.

Dr. Jim Taylor, a former Aspen resident and homeowner, will marry Sarah Junggren Abbe of San Francisco on Aug. 31. Jim, a noted psychologist and speaker, and most recently the author of “Positive Pushing: How to Raise a Successful and Happy Child,” lived in Aspen from 1992 to 1999 and kept his home here until 2002. During his time in Aspen, he established his consulting practice, which focuses on high achievers in sport, business, medicine and the performing arts. Jim moved to San Francisco to expand his practice in 1999.

Sarah, a graduate of Cornell and Princeton, works for ACCION International, a nonprofit organization that provides access to microloans for poor entrepreneurs in Latin America and Africa. As new triathletes, Jim and Sarah met at their first open-water swim in chilly San Francisco Bay in March 2002. After an early friendship and then a growing romance, Jim proposed to Sarah during a ski trip with his parents to Park City.

The wedding ceremony will be performed by Gerald Sindell, another former Aspenite, on a hilltop at the Sonoma County vineyard property of Sarah’s father and stepmother, with views of the surrounding mountains. To celebrate the way Jim and Sarah met, the wedding cake will have a triathlon theme. Jim and Sarah will honeymoon in Spain.

Undercurrent … This is the last weekend for concerts in the Aspen Music Festival Tent.


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