Around Aspen: Food & Wine
June 24, 2010
The Food & Wine Magazine Classic in Aspen was, as usual, one big happy party. I took many photos, so if you don’t see yourself in the column this week, continue to watch in weeks to come. The food samples, the chocolate samples, the wines, margaritas, rums and whiskeys were all delicious and appreciated by the huge crowds. Aspen was blessed the whole time of the Classic with sunshine, glorious blue skies and just the right temperatures, not snowing and not too hot.The July issue of Architectural Digest magazine includes a guest article by Dena Kaye, in which she writes about downsizing from her big house in Aspen to a cottage tucked amid aspen and spruce trees, and to a part-of-the-year retreat on St. Bart’s. She rents the houses when she is not living in them. She writes of how difficult it was to part with her childhood home (her father was entertainer Danny Kaye) and then her Aspen home, but she gradually discovered that memories resided in her soul, not in a building.Danielle Ingram of Basalt has graduated from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill., with a bachelor of arts degree in English. She is a graduate of Basalt High School.Kathryn Hodges, daughter of Darrow (Dutch) Hodges of Denver and Bill Hodges of Aspen turned 31 on May 10 and on June 5 she received a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts, with Honors, with a concentration in Print Making, from the Rhode Island School of Design. She will attend the Anderson Ranch Arts Center during the last week of June and early July before returning to the East Coast to be the curator of an exhibit in New York City in early 2011.Part-time Carbondale resident Mary Peace Finley is the author of a new book for young people titled “The Midnight Ride of Blackwell Station.” The book is a fictionalized account of a true story; the station was a railroad outpost on land owned by a cattle baron and in the night the railroad stole it and relocated it on land that eventually became the town of Lamar, Colo. Mary Peace also has written a trilogy of books about the Santa Fe Trail that tell about a young blonde boy who grew up with American Indians and sets out on the Trail to find his true heritage.A humorous book titled “Almost A Cattle Baron,” written by frequent Aspen visitor William J. Strickler tells about his adventures, with a friend, of owning and operating their dream, a cattle ranch in Montana in the 1960s. Knowing little about ranching, the young men were soon overwhelmed with the hard work, the expenses and the vagaries of ranching – finally selling out and returning to their professions. Spending Memorial Day in Washington, D.C. for the Vietnam Veterans Wall services were Janis Nark and John Pennington. Keynote speakers at the Wall were Admiral “Mike” Mullen and Duane Jackson, the Vietnam veteran who saw and called the police about the smoking car in Times Square in New York City on May 1. Duane is now considered a hero and Janis and John got to meet him as Janis, who was a nurse in Vietnam, serves on the board of directors of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.Undercurrent … For the first time in years I have a vegetable garden in the back yard. I always had a big one when the children were little, but after I came back to work full-time at The Aspen Times, there just wasn’t time. So now that I am semi-retired, I planted one again and will keep you posted on how it goes.