Around Aspen: holiday shows |

Around Aspen: holiday shows

At the showing of "The Last Ridge" at the Wheeler Opera House are 10th Mountain veterans Dick McCrudden and Curt Chase. Dick ran the Skico ski schools for 17 years; Curt was director of the ski schools and has been inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame.(Susan Jackson)

There were so many special shows during the holiday season.

At the Wheeler Opera House the PBS film about the 10th Mountain Division, titled “The Last Ridge” by Abbie Kealy, was shown as a benefit for the Roaring Fork Veterans’ History Project. The evening was sponsored by the Aspen Historical Society, The Aspen Times, and Vintage Ski World. Attending were many veterans of the 10th Mountain Division as well as veterans of other wars. The Roaring Fork Veterans’ History Project is compiling the histories of local veterans and volunteering to do the interviewing for the oral histories are Natasha Long, Tom Egan, Dick Merritt, John Masters, Ron Langer and Willard Clapper.

Putting together “The Last Ridge” event was a committee made up of Karen Woodard, Susan Jackson, Jeannie Walla, Richard Allen, Judi Francis and Ned Sullivan. This past weekend Karen and Susan went to Cooper Mountain near Leadville to ski with veterans.

At the Galerie Maximillian, Dorothy Wildman and Albert Sanford held their annual holiday exhibition with live music and fabulous hors d’oeuvres. And in Basalt, Lynne Mace held a series of exhibits at her Toklat Gallery.

Undercurrent … I can hardly believe it. Where the snowbanks have shrunk away from the sidewalk in front of the Aspen offices of BJ Adams on Hopkins Avenue, there are tulips already pushing through the ground.

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