We Pitkin County Library revelers had extreme fun on Jan. 29 at our Great Read, Great Gatsby Bash. Responsible for that fun and deserving public thanks were all the beautiful people who did and didn't doll up in 1920s fashion and took to the dance floor.
David Dyer provided his impeccable, context-perfect playing that roused spontaneous singing from guests at the Bash. We wonder why David isn't playing at the Café Carlyle, but we're glad he's not; we'd rather keep him here. He's the bee's knees, and he wore a tux.
The Roaring Fork Gay & Lesbian Community Foundation generously liquefied our party since citizen tax dollars aren't allowed to. In conservative but hilarious reciprocation, library employee and ski instructor Jennifer Hearn swooped down the hill at the Gay Ski Week Costume Downhill competition in vintage ski wear reading a giant copy of “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Meister knitter Robin Wittlin provided Jennifer with a fat and floppy pom-pom that gave vintage flair to a 2011 ski hat. Liz Frazier, library artist, interpreted the symbolic Ecklebert Occulist eyes in a big way. Those eyes appear in the movie version of The Great Gatsby and enhance a theme developed in the novel. Drew Brookhart (boater hat) and Anne Mosher (red boa) hosted the mah-jongg and Ouija concession.
The “Greatest” thank-you goes to the staff of The Aspen Writers' Foundation for inspiring our involvement in this year's Great Gatsby Great Read. Our organizations' purposes are aligned and harmonious, and we credit the AWF with enriching our shared literary community.
The Great Read continues through March with more events planned and more people to thank. Check in at www.pitcolib.org and www.aspenwritersfoundation.org.
Martha Durgy, Audrey Tolle and all the Pitkin County Library staff