Around Aspen: Markalunas birthday |

Around Aspen: Markalunas birthday

MEHCelebrating Jim Markalunas' 80th birthday in May are Jim and his daughters, Lisa Markalunas, left, and Julie Markalunas Hall. Ramona Markalunas, Jim's wife, was ill and couldn't attend the party.

Celebrating his 80th birthday in May in the party room at The Mountain Chalet was Aspen native Jim Markalunas. It was certainly a gathering of old-timers and hosting the party were Jim and Ramona Markalunas’ daughters, Lisa Markalunas and Julie Markalunas Hall.

Jim brought copies of his newly published books for everyone to see: “Aspen Memories: Recollections of Aspen” and “An Aspen Weather Guide.” The memories book relates stories of Jim’s growing up in Aspen and his family history. There are many stories of Aspen trains … the trains being one of Jim’s great loves. He had been working on an Aspen history for years and titled it “The Quiet Years” until Kathy Daily and Gaylord Guenin published a history with the same title. So Jim reworked his book and titled this one “Aspen Memories” and it includes many of his Aspen historical stories. Since he worked for the Aspen Water District for many years and kept the snow and rain records, he has compiled all this data into the weather book.

The Snowmass Arts Advisory Board announces the new art show “Summer Colors” that is being held throughout the summer at the Villas Welcome Center at 0160 Snowmass Club Circle in Snowmass Village. The Center is diagonally across the road from the Snowmass Club. Artists who are showing their work include Marith Berens, Dave Durrance, Jan Grenda, Judy Hancock, Charlotte Jones, Carrie Kaplan, Ann Larson, Michael McConnell, Mike Otte Jr., Carrie Trippe and Georgeann Waggaman.

Undercurrent … My poppies are blooming in the alley. They bloom there first because they face south, they are against the back fence and next to the warm asphalt of the alley. Next week they will bloom on the north side in front of the house.

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