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Around Aspen: Deaf Camp

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
At the Deaf Camp holiday party at the Crystal Palace are Frank Falke and Amy Suplee.
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What could be more festive during the holidays than dinner at the Crystal Palace?

It has been a tradition at the Palace for many years to start the winter season with a benefit dinner for the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf. There were more partygoers than usual because this is the last season that Mead Metcalf will have the Palace. He has sold the building and plans to move to Crested Butte with his wife, Diane.

Plans are under way for expansion at the camp located in Snowmass Creek Valley (the plans were displayed at the dinner). Already changes are happening. Director Judith Cross announced that the camp is trying to involve the Aspen community more.

“We have such a beautiful campus … we need to share it more,” said Cross. “This past year we shared with a camp for autistic children, and last summer we held two-day programs for local kids ” they got to spend the night. We are also sharing the campus with Basalt and Aspen public schools and Alpine Christian School.”

Now it’s time for all those springtime picnics on the mountains. Let’s hope spring is around the corner.

The Denver newspapers have been zeroing in on Aspen lately. Columnist Joanne Ditmer wrote her column about the negative impact the big homes are having on Aspen. In a Rocky Mountain News column, Feb. 2, titled “The Last Word,”

Jim Sheeler wrote such a sad story about the recent demise of longtime Aspenite Harry Johns. The column dwelled on the fact that Harry liked bicycles more than people, how argumentative he was, and how, even though he had actually lived all of his tall tales, everyone in Aspen was tired of hearing them.

Undercurrent … With so much snow, all the houses in Aspen look like gingerbread houses with a thick layer of icing on top.


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