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Around Aspen: Klaus birthday

Mary Eshbaugh HayesAspen Times Weekly
Klaus Obermeyer gets ready to blow out the candles on his birthday cake as Jeanne Walla leads the singing of Happy Birthday. (Jess Bates)

We know that the winter season is on its way when Klaus Obermeyer holds his annual birthday party at the Sundeck on top of Aspen Mountain. This year was the 88th for Klaus, and many Aspenites helped him celebrate and then ski down the mountain with him, yodeling all the way. Since I was already booked to cover the Thrift Shop holiday luncheon, my daughter, Jess Bates (or Bates) covered the Klaus party for me.Still recapping the summer season, one of the most elegant parties was Bella Sera, the first Aspen event benefiting the National Jewish Medical and Research Center, located in Denver with physicians providing services to patients in the Aspen area. There were 200 guests in attendance, and the Italian atmosphere at the Maroon Creek Club was set to the music of Steve Peer and All That Jazz. The event honored Barbara and Aaron Fleck and Lita and Mort Heller for their philanthropic efforts in Aspen. Madeleine and Karl Larson were co-chairs for the Bella Sera party, which raised $125,000 for the hospital.

Michael Salem, president and CEO of National Jewish, told the partygoers all about the center and he was introduced by Dr. Gary Cott, one of five National Jewish physicians who work with local doctors to provide care to local residents. Dr. Cott, Dr. Richard Weber and Dr. Aryeh Fisher provide adult allergy, pulmonary and rheumatology care to patients at Aspen Valley Hospital, and Dr. Dan Atkins and Dr. Carl White provide pediatric allergy and pulmonary care to patients at Midvalley Medical Center in Basalt and in New Castle. National Jewish was recently ranked the countrys No. 1 respiratory hospital for the 10th consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report. As usual, Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley provide good copy for the national and regional magazines.

The January issue of Food & Wine magazine includes several pages of photos and stories about the annual New Years Day party given by Richard Betts, sommelier at Montagna restaurant in The Little Nell, and the Nells chef, Ryan Hardy. Richard and Ryan cross-country ski in the morning and then return to fix a fabulous meal for their families and guests.And, of course, the magazine is already advertising its annual Food & Wine Magazine Classic in Aspen, which is scheduled for June 13-15. Registration began Dec. 10; to register, call 877-900-WINE.The winter issue of Colorado Architecture and Design, a supplement of Colorado Expression magazine, includes an article and photos of the newly renovated and redecorated Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs. The guests rooms were redone first, and this past year the ground floor has been returned to its Victorian glory complete with a waterfall in the dining room.Publications you need to know about: Aspenite Vince Lahey has published a childrens book titled The Furry Mountain Monkeys of Aspen, Colorado, which relates the story of a little boy lost in the winter on Aspen Mountain but rescued by monkeys who live in a cave heated to junglelike temperatures by hot springs. The book is illustrated by Aspen artist Katie Viola. A new photography book written and photographed by Nancy Wood, titled Eye of the West, has been published by the University of New Mexico Press. Nancy, through the years, has spent much time in Aspen, living and writing for many summers in the Fortress America cabin in Ashcroft. The photo of Nancy on the back cover of the book was taken by Mary Eshbaugh Hayes on one of our hikes on Independence Pass. Nancy comes every summer to dance at the top of the pass. The new book is a recap of her career as a documentary photographer; she learned the craft from her mentor Roy Stryker, director of the Farm Security Administrations photography documentation of the Great Depression. Nancys book focuses on the Grass Roots People of Colorado, the Ute Indians, Taos Pueblo, and homesteaders of Pie Town, N.M. She drew the images from the more than 24,000 negatives in her collection. Along with the photographs, Nancy has written a poignant and sometimes funny review of her life along the way.I noticed that the news anchors at Channel 4 in Denver are wearing blue and black parkas very similar to those that staff members at The Aspen Times are wearing, given to all of us by Swift Publishing Company.Undercurrent … Many Aspenites use a ski pole to help in walking on the ice in the streets.

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