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Great Parties

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

Two more great parties that should be mentioned are one given by Mary and Jack Cronin for the Aspen-Denver set and a wine tasting held at Syzygy by Sandye Whitaker and Pax Wines LLC.

The Cronins have homes in Aspen and Denver, and they always hold a party for other Denverites who have homes in Aspen. This group goes way back in town … their families were all part of the original stockholders in the Aspen Skiing Corp., the ones who supplied the money for the first chairlift to be built. They still all love to come to Aspen and enjoy the skiing.

At the Cronin party was Hugh Grant, curator and director of the Vance Kirkland Museum in Denver. He told me of the show titled “Vance Kirkland: A Colorado Painter’s Life: Early Works and Beyond,” which will hang until April 4 in the Colorado History Museum at 1300 Broadway in Denver. Vance Kirkland taught at Denver University and he had a studio (which is now the museum) at 1311 Pearl St. in Denver. He went through five major periods of painting during his lifetime: designed realism, surrealism, hard-edge abstraction, abstract expressionism, and the dot paintings. The exhibition includes not only Vance’s paintings, it includes works of other artists he admired. Represented in the show are 28 different Colorado artists from 11 towns and cities. The exhibition is considered one of the three best shows in Colorado this winter season.

Wine tastings are always popular. So Sandye Whitaker hosted a tasting by Pax Wines LLC at Syzygy restaurant.

Had a note from Nancy Dick, longtime former Aspenite and lieutenant governor of Colorado. She is now living in LaVeta, a small town (population 950) in south-central Colorado, about 50 miles north of the New Mexico border, framed by the Sangre de Cristo range. Nancy worked last year as the manager of the LaVeta Inn and has now rejoined the real estate world with a Web site http://www.undiscoveredcolorado.com so Aspenites can look her up and see why she likes LaVeta so much.

The February 2004 issue of “Colorado History Now,” the newsletter of the Colorado Historical Society, has a front-page article featuring Harry Poschman, who has written his memoir. Harry joined the elite 10th Mountain Division in 1941, trained with the unit in Colorado, and fought on alpine battlefields in Italy during World War II. His memoir, written 40 years later, recaptures his experiences. The newsletter summarizes Harry’s memoir. After many years of living in Aspen, Harry now lives in Grand Junction.

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The March 2004 issue of Architectural Digest magazine includes a nine-page article about the new apartment at Water Tower Place in Chicago owned by Matthew and Kay Bucksbaum that was designed by architects Stanley Tigerman and Margaret McCurry, his wife and partner. The apartment is designed as a museum-type environment for the old and new masterworks, antiquities and modern crafts that the Bucksbaums have acquired over the years. The Bucksbaums also have a home in Aspen … Matthew was a recent president of the Aspen Music Festival and School. Tigerman and McCurry have designed Aspen homes and are frequent visitors here.

Jessica B. Young, daughter of Linda Viera and John Young of Aspen, has been named to the dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.

Devon Hutton, daughter of P.J. Wallace and Michael Hutton of Carbondale, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Undercurrent … I saw some baby cows at a ranch in Basalt.

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