Around Aspen: Fishhouse Punch |

Around Aspen: Fishhouse Punch

MEHSteven Conrad Serna and Renell Maiersperger at the Fishhouse Punch dinner and dance.

One of the most popular holiday parties is the Fishhouse Punch party, which is a cocktail party with the punch, followed by a black tie dinner and dance. Hosts are Don Crawford, W.T. Ray, Ron Krajian, Al Mayfield, Jim Ellis, Sid Hendrick, Jack Crawford, Steve Nardi, Fran Hoffman, Chuck Yeramian, Jack Cronin, Hal Craft, Ed Peterson and Peter Belski. Fishhouse punch was Colonial America’s most legendary drink, invented in 1732 by members of the Fish House Club at Philadelphia’s Fish House Tavern on the Schuykill River. At that time, rum and brandy were the primary drinks and they were combined with lemon juice for the punch. Founding the party in Aspen was the late Gene Reardon.

Artist Michael Raaum of Basalt has a 12-foot by 12-foot painting titled “Crypogram” that is being exhibited in the Colorado Abstract exhibit at the Center for Visual Art in Denver. The show hangs until March 7. The exhibit accompanies the release of the book “Colorado Abstract Painting and Sculpture,” which was co-authored by Michael Paglia (Westword art columnist) and Mary Voelz Chandler (Rocky Mountain News art writer and critic).

Undercurrent … I thought I was hearing things … but then there they were last week. Our neighborhood was full of robins singing and hanging out in the trees. Are they lost? Or did they not leave in the fall? Or are they back early? At least they have lots of crabapples that are left on the trees to eat.

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