Around Aspen: Old Timers
September 17, 2008
The Old Timers of Aspen had a wonderful get-together on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at Bumps at Buttermilk. Everyone was so glad to see each other and each year a new crop of Old Timers joins the original group as more people pass the 35-year mark as residents of Aspen.Special honoree this year (with her photograph on every table) was Alice Rachel Sardy, who turned 100 years old on Sept. 6. Coming to the Old Timers were Alice Rachels son and daughter, T.J. Sardy and Sylvia Sardy Hellums with her husband, Ted Hellums. The Sardy family gave a birthday celebration on Sept. 6 at the Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale, where Alice Rachel is a resident.The summer-fall 2008 issue of Western Art & Architecture magazine includes articles about two residents of the Roaring Fork Valley, interior designer Zoe Murphy Compton and architect Harry Teague.The article about Zoe relates how she grew up in Houston, but spent summers at her mothers family ranch outside Mason, Texas, thus creating a part-country, part-city sensibility. Zoe moved to Aspen in 1978, where she decorated many homes and restored The Hotel Jerome. She now has a line of lighting fixtures and colored character furniture that will debut in Houston, Denver, Dallas and Los Angeles design centers this fall.The article about Harry Teague tells how in the 1970s, when he first came to Aspen, he designed houses and then built them. He says, The process gave us valuable experience in how buildings are made the expression of structure, the bones, the way theyre put together because we built them ourselves by hand. As the years went by and he got more commissions than he could build, Harry formed Harry Teague Architects, which today employs 12 professionals and three support staff in the firms new headquarters in Basalt. Harry is known not only for his house designs, but for designing the Aspen Musical Festival Tent, Harris Hall and the Aspen Center for Physics.A fabulous summertime party was the Aspenblow 2008 Bluegrass Mountain Stomp held at Picnic Point on the back of Ajax Mountain. The afternoon of music, dancing, good food and great friends was hosted by Kyle Boyd, Leroy Merritt, Kathryn Sewell and Neil Hight, Dick Stahura, Nancy Snell and Rodney Knutson, Genene and Fred Ayarza, Steve Serna and Nancy White, Renell Maiersperger, Ed and Pat Peterson, Michele Bodner and Howard Bass, Lorrie and Larry Winnerman, Jack Miller, Holly and Jon Simpson, Pam and Jack Stanford, Mary Ellen Sheridan, Graham Wilgus and Patti Pope.Back in New York City, Evelyn and Leonard Lauder are hosting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation Symposium and Awards luncheon at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue on Oct. 29. For Aspenites who may be in New York at the time, call 1-866-FIND-A-CURE for reservations or write the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at 60 East 56th Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022.
I have to mention that it is 56 years ago this week that I came to Aspen to work as a reporter-photographer at The Aspen Times. Took the chairlift up Aspen Mountain and hiked down in the glorious autumn. Undercurrent … Yellow is the chamisa (rabbit brush), yellow is that gully on Smuggler Mountain, deep yellow and orange are the serviceberry bushes, and the aspen leaves are turning gold. The bears should be happy; the serviceberries and chokecherries are plump and covering the branches.