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Around Aspen: Aspen Hall of Fame

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

The Aspen Hall of Fame is an event that draws many longtime Aspenites for an evening of camaraderie, friendship and recognition of other Aspenites who have made a lasting impact on the community. The 2008 Hall inductees were Sigrid and David Stapleton and Mary Eshbaugh Hayes, and the annual banquet was held at the Doerr-Hosier Center at the Aspen Meadows. I wrote the profiles of inductees for years when I was reporter-editor of The Aspen Times and I covered it every year with my camera for Around Aspen, so I was surprised and honored when I was inducted.

The evening features video interviews with the inductees, as well as introductions from friends or family. Madeleine Osberger introduced me, while the Stapletons’ son, Deane Stapleton, did the honors for them.

The Stapletons are community members who stand out as longtime volunteers ” David in the skiing community and Sigrid with Aspen Valley Hospital and St. Mary Catholic Church (always working on the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Dinner). David is from a family that has lived and worked in Aspen since the 1880s; Sigrid came here as a teenager with her parents, Renate and Fred Braun. In their video, Sigrid spoke of her awe of the mountains that she found so beautiful, while David spoke of his family’s history in the silver mines and in ranching. I have worked with The Aspen Times on and off for 50 years (2007 was the anniversary of my 50th year of writing the Around Aspen column), and I told of how I saw and am still seeing stories all around me in Aspen.



Every week photographer Chris Cassatt and I would do an interview with a local character or would write a feature about something of interest. These stories eventually were gathered into the book “The Story of Aspen.” I have also photographed Aspenites over a 50-year period and compiled the book “Aspen Potpourri” that features Aspenites with their recipes.

Since I was one of the inductees, I did not photograph the event this year, but Gayle Johnson of The Aspen Times and Nancy Mayer of Sojourner Magazine did an excellent job.




Coming up April 8 in New York City is “The Hottest Pink Party Ever,” a benefit for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation that was founded by part-time Aspenite Evelyn Lauder. The party will be held at the Waldorf-Astoria on Park Avenue with model Elizabeth Hurley as emcee and concert by Sir Elton John and his band. For reservations, call Anne MacGillivray at (646) 497-0890.

Susan Thomas celebrated her new home in Carbondale with a brunch at the new house on Equestrian Way. Susan operates Red Head Tours.

Archer Wortman Bishop and Ashlee Elizabeth Nicol were married Saturday, March 1, in St. Paul’s Church in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Archer is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Archer Wortman Bishop Jr. of Aspen and Knoxville, Tenn., while Ashlee is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Milne Nicol.

Undercurrent … One sunny day last week, Jim got a craving for the onion rings and banana cream pie milkshake at the Sonic drive-in in Rifle. So we made the drive and on the way home I saw three batches of baby cows, one on a farm outside Rifle, another outside Carbondale and another outside Basalt. So I know spring can’t be too far away!

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