Wedding at Peace Ranch |

Wedding at Peace Ranch

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Molly Beattie and Tom Bedell were married Aug. 12 at their Peace Ranch in the Frying Pan Valley. (MEH)

People are still talking about the Aug. 12 wedding of Molly Beattie and Tom Bedell at their beautiful Peace Ranch in a high meadow in the Frying Pan Valley. Buses from Aspen, Basalt and Carbondale transported the wedding guests to the ranch. Some 1,100 people were invited but people who worked the wedding estimated that 1,400 attended, if you counted all the workers. The wedding was held in a flower-bedecked tent with the Rev. Ken Bedell, Tom’s brother, conducting the ceremony. The wedding party included parents Elinor and Berkley Bedell, and Gail and Art Blackmon and Nell and Murray Francis; children RA and Ben Beattie and Sam, Bucky, Ren and Jesse Bedell. Flower attendants were GG Beattie and Kaitlyn Beattie, while flower chicks were Sydney Anderson, Josie Hoien, Carsyn Knotts, Chantri Knotts and Anna Vos. Playing the bagpipe, Scott Beach led the processional; during the ceremony, Beach led “Amazing Grace.” The Powerhouse Gospel Choir of Denver sang “What A Wonderful World,” and Joe Cocker sang “You Are So Beautiful.” Irish actor and author Malachy McCourt gave a talk about “Celebration of Love.”

Following the ceremony, everyone congregated on the lawn for toasts and music by the Flying Dog Bluegrass Band and The Crowlin’ Ferlies. This was followed by a sit-down dinner in the horse barn with music by Joe Crocker, the Miles Phillips, Obadiah Jones and Cooper Means Band, and dancing to Flash Cadillac. A fabulous time was had by all.There were so many wonderful local people at the wedding, I will include many more photos in next week’s column.Everything is revving up for the upcoming election Nov. 7. On Sunday, Oct. 8, a fundraising brunch was held at the Bonderman/Michaels residence in Snowmass Village for Bill Ritter, Democratic candidate for governor of Colorado. Hosts included David Bonderman and Laurie Michaels, Camilla Auger, Jessica Catto, J.E. DeVilbiss, Al and Germaine Dietsch, Robert Glennon, Alex Krys, Marcella Larsen, Alan and Gail Schwartz and Hugh Zuker. Aspen artist Rita Blitt has a 65-year retrospective of her drawings, paintings, sculpture and films on display through Jan. 12, 2007, at the Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth, Ga.

Aspenites are still coming and going during the offseason. Terry Butler is back from trekking in Tibet with the Explorer’s Club. Marli Hinckley is in Greece and then she will travel to Vietnam during the Christmas-New Year’s holidays. Georgia and Andy Hanson are back from Cabo in Mexico. Off to visit family in Lucerne, Switzerland, are Elsbeth and Kurt Wigger of Buffalo Valley and Sopris Restaurant.Undercurrent … Oh, my aching back! After planting some 70 tulip bulbs, many phlox plants and soapwart this past week … I have to remember not to order so much next summer!

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