Around Aspen: Klaus’s 90th Birthday
December 10, 2009
One of Aspen’s most enduring characters, Klaus Obermeyer, celebrated his 90th birthday with an overflowing crowd of friends and relatives at the Aspen Sundeck … complete with a birthday cake of apple strudel. Everyone had such a good time talking to everyone else and many of the guests skied down the mountain after the party.
On Dec. 11 over in Vail, friends from all around Colorado honored Bob Parker and others who worked with him in the early days of Vail and Beaver Creek. Bob was a vice president of Vail who spent several years in Aspen before going to Vail. He now lives in Santa Fe, where he is an archaeologist.
The Dickens Carolers are celebrating their 30th year and final season this Christmas season. The Carolers include Julie Paxton, soprano, Linda Kimmet, alto, Tom Paxton, tenor, and Scott MacCracken, bass. Highlights of their career include singling with John Denver in several local concerts and appearing with him on his CBS Christmas special, “Christmas in Aspen.” They have sung for many of the celebrities who come to Aspen for Christmas. The group has made two CDs, one with John Denver and the Aspen Community Chorus singing the Christmas version of Handel’s “Messiah,” and the other an a cappella version of many of their traditional Christmas arrangements, titled “No Place Like Aspen for the Holidays.” The CDs are available at Carl’s Pharmacy. The Carolers public singing schedule includes Aspen Valley Hospital on Dec. 14, Pitkin County Senior Center on Dec. 16, Aspen Mall on Dec. 21 and 22, St. Regis on Dec. 23 and their final performance at the Hotel Jerome on Dec. 24.
A wonderful article about Olympic ice skating hopeful Jeremy Abbott appears in the December-January issue of Colorado Expression magazine. Jeremy was born and spent his early years in Aspen, training at the public rink and then moving with his family to Colorado Springs to train at the Broadmoor. He has won many honors including winning the U.S. National Men’s Championships last January. Now he is pursing the Olympics, a dream he conceived at age 4.
The same issue of Colorado Expression includes an article with many photos about Anderson Ranch Art Center.
Undercurrent … One of the hardest things about the beginning of winter is remembering how to work the zipper on your parka.