Around Aspen: Holiday traditions |

Around Aspen: Holiday traditions

Mary Eshbaugh HayesAspen Times Weekly
MEHA family group enjoying the Thrift Shop luncheon are: Gil, Colby and Emily Vanderaa of Brunelleschis; Sue Kolbe, who is president of the Thrift Shop and proud grandmother of Colby; and Sandy Adler.

Year after year Aspen celebrates many of the same holiday traditions.The Ladies of the Thrift Shop give themselves a luncheon in celebration of the many hours they volunteer in the shop, which then gives all the monies raised to nonprofits throughout the community. The luncheon has usually been at the Hotel Jerome, but this year the ladies held it in the Elks Club instead.And every holiday season begins with Sojourner Salutes, with the magazine honoring community leaders and benefactors. This years honorees were: Amanda Boxtel, who co-founded Challenge Aspen; Kay and Matt Bucksbaum, who gave $25 million to the Aspen Music Festival; and Laurie and John McBride, who with their McBride Foundation have given generously to the Roaring Fork Valley.There is a treasure of a book for valley residents. Just published is Delice of Aspen in Glenwood Springs Recipe & Scrapbook by Cynthia Vodopich, daughter of Vi and Walter Huber, who owned the Delice pastry shop and restaurant for years on the Hyman Avenue mall and then later in Glenwood Springs. All the wonderful recipes are in the book: the Christmas Stollen, the fabulous French bread that was sliced for the sandwiches, the meringues, the soups, and all the pastries. There are also many photographs taken at the Delice over the years. Once, when our children and I were taking the train to New York, we took along a picnic of Walter Bread (thats what we called the French bread), Vienna sausage and green grapes. The train porter saw our lunch and asked if he could join us and he did!

Kurt and Elsbeth Wigger, who had Sopris and Buffalo Valley Restaurants in Carbondale and Glenwood, sold the restaurants a year ago and have been traveling ever since in Europe and Asia. They plan to spend about three months every year from now on in their home country of Switzerland, but always return to Glenwood where their daughters and grandchildren live.The new executive board of the Aspen Writers Foundation includes: Denny Vaughn, president; Wendy Aresty, vice president; Helen Klanderud, treasurer; and Catherine OConnell, secretary.The December issue of Wallpaper Magazine includes an article with many great photographs of The Copper Palace, the Starwood home of Barbi Benton and George Gradow. The article is titled Barbis House. The magazine is from England and is like Architectural Digest. The photographs are by Nikolas Koenig. Jewelry designer Christopher Walling is in town for the holidays. He is one of 50 pearl experts, dealers and designers invited to a two-day conference on pearls in Dubai in preparation for the opening of the new pearl museum there next year.The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet with Charlotte Moss and Barry Friedberg will host an opening night gala on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., when the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performs at the Joyce Theater in New York City. The performance will be followed by a seated dinner at the Glass Houses in Chelsea. For reservations, call the ballet office at 970-925-7175.Those Christmas party girls held their annual holiday party on Dec. 18 at the home of Donna Rowlands on Cemetery Lane. Hostesses were Cindy Christensen, Judi Francis, Joanie Leavenworth, Patti Pope and Donna Rowlands. Undercurrent … One of the treats of the holidays are the Christmas boxes from all the relatives. When I was a little one, the most anticipated box was from our grandparents and aunt and uncle and cousins in Mount Jewett, Penn. There was always molasses taffy made by Grandpa filling hand-painted coffee cans, something handmade by Aunt Gladys, a dress or pajamas, dates filled with fondant and rolled in sugar, homemade cookies by the cousins. And from cousins in Buffalo, N.Y., always came books … one year it was Little Women and another year a five-year diary. And something knit by hand by Aunt Bess. This year came a box with fruitcake made by my brother, Pete Eshbaugh, in New York, and the box from Donna and Clayton Hayes in Hawaii that is always filled with Kona coffee and chocolate-covered macadamia nuts.

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