Kudos: Sept. 2, 2018 | AspenTimes.com

Kudos: Sept. 2, 2018

Aspen Music Festival a real joy

The final notes of the 2018 season of the Aspen Music Festival and School have sounded. The lovely addition of the two extra concerts from Seraphic Fire and the Professional Choral Institute Singers was icing on a delicious cake. High-caliber artists, faculty and students who presented so many wonderful programs of great literature fleshed out the theme of the season, Paris: City of Light, in brilliant programming. We owe a large debt of gratitude to Asadour Santourian, vice president for artistic administration and artistic advisor for his genius and patience in the intricate details of the schedule. Along with input from Music Director Robert Spano and President and CEO Alan Fletcher, Santourian designed programs to give the audience exceptional music experiences. He draws upon a deep knowledge of music literature and great artists from everywhere. My thanks to the AMFS and Santourian for a wonderful summer of music!

Deborah Barnekow

El Jebel

Big assist from the BBQ cook-off

The third annual Aspen BBQ Cook-Off at Ajax Tavern held Aug. 16 was a grand success, raising approximately $60,000 for the Aspen Homeless Shelter. The funds from the event will support the Shelter's new project, ETHiC, which stands for emergency traditional housing in community. To reach this lofty goal, it took the generosity and efforts of our community at large. More than 200 guests purchased tickets and private tables and many provided significant contributions through pledge cards at the event. Nearly a dozen businesses donated silent auction items, including Jazz Aspen Snowmass, St. Regis Aspen, Hotel Jerome, The Broadmoor, The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Gorsuch Ltd., Christy Sports, Outfront Media, Four Seasons Denver, Hyatt Regency Denver and Christian Vande Velde. Thank you to our live-auction sponsors Aspen Skiing Co. and the Limelight Snowmass, Betteridge Jewelers, Panerai, Davidor and DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. Thank you to all of the talented chefs who participated in the competition — defending champions Jim Butchart and Andrew Helsley with Aspen Skiing Co. Catering; Troy Selby and Justin Todd of 520 Grill; Keith Theodore and Oscar Carrasco from The Nell; third-place winners Tony DiLucia of Hotel Jerome and Heather Steenge-Hart of The St. Regis Aspen; second-place winner Chris Randall of Rustique Bistro and this year's champions, Chris Lanter, Kyle Wilkins and Amy Fritzsche of Home Team BBQ. Thank you to our drink sponsors Stelvio Selections, Scarpetta Wines, and Southern Wines & Spirits, as well as West Emma Cattle Co. who donated Wagyu beef. Special thanks to our event emcee John Sarpa; the Aspen Homeless Shelter's executive director Dr. Vince Savage, Dasa Bausova and the staff and volunteers; the Aspen Homeless Shelter's board of directors and advisory board; Bethel Party Rentals for the grand tent; the Poser Band for the great music and the entire staff at The Little Nell for helping execute this meaningful evening. We look forward to continuing this tradition and seeing everyone again next summer for the fourth edition.

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Simon Chen

Managing Director, The Little Nell

Safe place in Carbondale

Thank you to the Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist in Carbondale for providing a safe haven for Sandra Lopez. There should be no need for sanctuaries.

Ruth Harrison

Aspen

Guardian Angels do exist … from Aspen

He came swooping down on a 90-year-old woman attempting an "up" escalator with a rolling bag, after an overnight flight from Houston to Munich. She fell over her metal bag as the stairs started to rise and called "stop the stairs, stop the stairs." The escalator continued.

The angel took the neck of her jacket and the belt of her jeans and lifted her off the escalator like a kitten. The angel retrieved the bag, sat her on the bag and alerted an airline employee. This amazing event took place at the Munich Germany airport on June 10 at approximately 7:50 a.m.

The angel's fiance had traded seats with the 90-year-old woman on United flight 102 because with the offset of the seats they could not communicate. They were on their way to Turkey to be married, returning to Aspen to live happily ever after. The 90-year-old woman was so "shook up" that she failed to get their names and addresses. With the rules of privacy, she was unable to retrieve the name of record from the airlines. Therefore she is using this public forum to express her deepest and unfailing gratitude for this true act of bravery!

Olive

Houston

Preemptive thanks

I would like to thank, in advance, all of the Aspen restaurants and retail stores who have contributed gift certificates and other prizes toward the prize pool of the Annual MotherLode Volleyball Classic. Thank you.

Leon Fell

Producer, MotherLode Productions

Aspen

Thanks for your help during trying times

Two weeks ago my husband died suddenly in our hotel room in Columbus. Ohio. We brought his ashes back and scattered them Aug. 25 on Aspen Mountain, followed by a service at Aspen Glen Club on Aug. 26. He was a wonderful physician, husband, dad and Pap Pap. I would like to thank United Airlines, The Aspen Skiing Co. family, Sue Way, Dave Fiscus of the Aspen Glen Club, and Valley View Hospital who have supported me and my family.

Nancy Peterson

Carbondale

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