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Sunday marks 21st lighting of Sardy tree

Aspen Times Staff

Sunday’s lighting of the Christmas tree at the historic Sardy House will feature a reunion of some of those feted with the lighting honor.The list includes former Aspen Times editor and publisher Bil Dunaway, Alice Rachel Sardy, who used to own the estate, and ski clothing pioneer Klaus Obermeyer.The annual holiday tradition, now in its 21st year, brings the community together for hot chocolate, cookies and more than 4,000 lights. The ceremony honors an Aspen resident instrumental in the town’s history, said Sean de Moraes, general manager of the Sardy House.The other guests scheduled to attend on Sunday are Sam Caudill, DRC Brown, Eve Homeyer, George Stranahan, Peggy Rowland, Art Pfister and Ralph Melville.The 1892 Victorian is for sale for $20 million, and “the future of the tree lighting ceremony will soon be handed over to new owners,” says a Sardy House news release.The release points out that at 95 feet tall, “Once again, our tree stands taller than Rockefeller Center’s tree (in New York City).”It is still the tallest lighted Christmas tree in the state … and perhaps the tallest in the world.”Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is chad@aspentimes.com

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