Around Aspen: More Hall of Fame
Aspen Times Weekly
So many Aspenites came to the Aspen Hall of Fame banquet to honor this year’s inductees, Marian Rubey Lyeth Davis and Mead Metcalf, that I included many in last week’s column and will add more in this week’s column.
Marian is one of Aspen’s outstanding volunteers, having served on boards such as Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Aspen Valley Hospital, Aspen Music Festival and School, Aspen Historical Society and the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation. She also has been a longtime Blue Lady at the hospital and when she first moved to Aspen, she founded the Aspen Episcopal Church with longtime local Peggy Rowland.
Mead was the founder and owner of The Crystal Palace, a venue for cabaret dinner entertainment and satiric musical revues that opened its Hyman Avenue doors on July 1, 1957, and didn’t close until April 12, 2008. Mead was also a past-president of the Aspen Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of Music Associates of Aspen. He hosted the annual benefit at the Palace for the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf. Mead has since moved to Crested Butte but returns for the Aspen Music Festival concerts in the summer.
The first of many picnics on the mountain was held recently. Don Crawford, Helga Matuska and Jack Crawford held their annual Beach Party inside and on the deck of Ruthie’s Restaurant on Aspen Mountain. Swimwear had to be worn on the outside of ski clothes.
Aspen writer Mark Seal has an article in the March issue of Vanity Fair magazine describing the making of the movie, “The Godfather.” Mark told me, “I had so much fun doing that article…I would have paid them to let me do it.”
Lt. Col. Janis Nark, of Aspen, attended the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s reception recently in Washington, D.C., where it was announced that actor Tom Selleck has been named national spokesman for the Education Center. The proposed Education Center is to complement The Wall, which is the memorial for the Vietnam veterans; it will put faces to the 58,260 fallen heroes whose names are inscribed on the Wall. Janis served as a nurse during the Vietnam War. She is a longtime Aspen ski instructor and Nark’s Nook at Aspen Highlands was named for her.
Lake Forest College student Danielle Ingram, of Basalt, is spending the spring semester studying abroad in Greece. Lake Forest College is located in Chicago and its Greek program holds classes at archaeological sites and museums and also includes travel in Athens, mainland Greece and the Greek islands.
It is March…which means picnics in the snow, crocuses springing out of the ground, buds on the trees, dozens of robins eating the raisin-like crabapples in the mall…and the melting of the icebergs on the roof and in the street.
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