Around Aspen: Fishhouse Punch
Aspen Times Weekly
The Fishhouse Punch Party was a while back, but it is such a great gathering that I’m running the photos in the springtime. Fishhouse Punch was Colonial America’s most legendary concoction, invented in 1732 by members of the Fish House Club in Philadelphia. Hosts for the Aspen gathering at the Hotel Jerome were Don Crawford, W.T. Ray, Ron Krajian, Al Mayfield, Jim Ellis, Sid Hendrick, Jack Crawford, Fran Hoffman, Chuck Yeramian, Hal Craft and Peter Belski.
Novelist Sandra Dallas has a new book titled “The Bride’s House” and it’s set in a Victorian house in Georgetown, Colo., that was recently restored and renovated by Sandra and her husband, Bob Atchison. The story covers three generations of women who live in the house, from the 1880s through the 1950s. There is Nealie, who goes to Georgetown as a working girl and finds herself unexpectedly living in the Bride’s House, married to a man she doesn’t love. Her daughter, Pearl, grows up under the possessive control of her father, a successful mining investor, then Pearl’s daughter, Susan, has to make choices during wartime that deeply affect her life. The women all share a secret that determines the course of their lives. As each woman lives her time in the Bride’s House, the history of the mining town of Georgetown comes alive. The Saturday, May 7, issue of The Denver Post included a feature story and lots of photos of the house and an interview with Sandra about the house, which is as much a character in the story as the women. Sandra and Bob became friends of ours when they lived for a short time across from us on Bleeker Street. Sandra and I share a love of history and old houses. She wrote several nonfiction books about the houses of Colorado, she was Denver bureau chief of Business Week and the last several years she has written best-selling novels.
Another new book just published is “Ten Miles from Aspen” by Joanne Brand. It is a memoir about life at the Elk Mountain Lodge during the 1960s and 1970s when Joanne, her husband, Larry Brand and his brother Glenn Brand ran the dude ranch in the Castle Creek Valley just below Ashcroft. Their struggles with the long and cold winters, the invasion of the hippies and terrifying fires makes for exciting reading.
Undercurrent … There is a green mist in the gray of the trees.
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