November 8, 2005
Another lovely summer benefit was the one for Jazz Aspen Snowmass given at Aspen Highlands with a concert, dinner and live auction. Co-chairwomen for the party were Golda Friedstein and Madeleine Larson; JAS founder James Horowitz was on hand to greet the partygoers. I couldn’t attend because I had a book signing in Redstone so Nancy Mayer, publisher of Sojourner magazine, took photos for me.I was interested to find a recent write-up about Mo Siegel, founder of Celestial Seasonings Teas. I first interviewed Mo for The Aspen Times on Nov. 1, 1973, when Mo was just starting his business. He actually started it in Aspen, gathering wild herbs on his many hikes in the area to concoct his first tea – Mo’s 24 Herb Tea. When I interviewed him, he had just moved the tea business to Boulder and was making Red Zinger Tea, Sleepy Time, Sunrise and Golden Mist. He and a friend, John Hay, had started the business in Boulder together and it remained a two-man show for a few years. But now, 35 years later, Celestial Seasonings is a lot different. The company now has more than 200 employees, about 90 different tea flavors, and manufactures 1.6 billion cups of the beverages every year. Also over the years, the company was sold to Kraft, who then proposed a sale to Lipton, a buyback of the company from Kraft, and the eventual acquisition by the Hain Foods Group in 2000. Mo is still involved, as his focus was always on finding the herbs for the teas.Aspenite Polly Ross recently traveled to Salt Lake City and on the way visited with Jack, Liz and Caley Gredig, who had a sheep farm in Emma for many years. They now have a 22.5-acre sheep and goat farm in DeBeque. At 85 years of age, Jack is going strong “and living in Paradise.”
Well, that group of fun-lovers held their annual Shitkickers Ball on Oct. 29 at the Hotel Jerome, but we didn’t make it because we were in Denver. Hosts for this year’s 30th annual ball included Kyle Boyd, Stan Seligman, Stan Bialek, Joan and Kent Shodeen, Sandra and Jim Dukas, Howard Nitschke, Nell Graham, John Werning, Kelley Carson, Joanie and Lee Leavenworth, Peggy Briscoe, Mimi Glas, Carol and Tom Kurt, Todd Shaver, Terry Schaefer and Fred Wilson. Hated to miss this party as it’s one of the best.It seems that more and more people are moving to Colorado ski resorts and making them their primary residence, rather than second homes. It’s making the Western Slope the fastest-growing part of the state as the full-time combined population of Eagle, Grand, Garfield, Summit, Pitkin and Routt counties is expected to more than double from 192,000 to 389,000 by 2030, according to the state demographer’s office.Undercurrent … I love the willow trees because they are some of the first trees to leaf out in the spring and they are just about the last to lose their leaves in the fall. All along the valley they are still golden and many are still green, while the leaves of aspens and cottonwoods are long gone.