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Around Aspen: Les Dames d’Aspen

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Aspen Times Weekly

Les Dames d’Aspen always have a good time socializing together and, at the same time, raising funds for the arts in the Roaring Fork Valley. The group recently held its annual winter luncheon at The Little Nell and welcomed many new members and some members who have rejoined.

The Dames have two major events a year: the winter luncheon and the summertime gala dinner dance. However, there are weekly activities including hikes, skiing days, cross-country skiing, bicycling, golfing, cooking demonstrations, dinners, wine and cheese tasting, art gallery lectures, concerts, and recitals. The social events are not benefits but are purely social. There is now a Junior Group of Les Dames (for people under 40) and this group realizes, like the original group, that Les Dames is an excellent place for Aspen newcomers to get acquainted and also see old friends.

To raise the funds for Les Dames, membership is $1,200 per person (less for Juniors) and the money supports Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, scholarships for art students in the valley, the Aspen Writers Foundation and Theatre Aspen.

Anyone interested in joining may call Christine Aubale Gerschel, president, at 970-925-9028.

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