Around Aspen: More Thrift Shop |

Around Aspen: More Thrift Shop

There were so many photos of the Thrift Shop ladies at their Christmas luncheon in December and their new shop’s grand opening in September that I just had to run some more.

After saving money for years and holding a fundraising campaign the last year, the ladies opened their new $2.3 million store in September.

The Thrift Shop was founded in 1949 to raise money for what was then the Miners’ Hospital in Aspen (now Aspen Valley Hospital). Over the years many Aspen nonprofits began to petition the Thrift Shop for funds, and today more than 200 organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley receive money from the Thrift Shop ladies. About $20,000 a month is given out. Some $38,000 a year are given in scholarships.

Now for news about Aspen students and Aspen graduates.

Several Carbondale high schoolers have been accepted as students next fall at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, including Alli Zeigel, Jake Hawkins and Lindsey Anderson.

Recent college graduate Katie Sharkey joined her brother, Gary Sharkey, in Beijing, where he was living and they started their journey through Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan along the ancient Silk Road. Then back into China to see the Terracotta Army in Xi’an. Gary then returned to Beijing to prepare for his move to London. Katie continued across China, doing other things including the dangerous hike up Mt. Huashan, one of China’s five sacred mountains. She then returned to Beijing’s Great Wall, Forbidden City and Olympic Village sites. Next the brother and sister say maybe Cairo to Capetown. They are the daughter and son of Tom Sharkey and Janine Hill.

Undercurrent … Monday, Dec. 21, was the shortest day of the year and yet there were brilliant blue skies and lots of sunshine. Now the days get longer and, as Wordsworth wrote in a poem, “Now that winter’s here … can spring be far behind.”

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