Around Aspen: Old Timers
September 24, 2009
Every year on Labor Day Weekend, Aspen’s Old Timers hold their annual get-together at Bumps at Buttermilk and every year there are more new faces as more Aspenites achieve the 35-year threshold for being able to attend. This year also, children of the Old Timers were encouraged to attend.The Old Timers party was founded many years ago by Margaret Albouy and Betty and Art Pfister and has been held in the vicinity of Buttermilk all those years. Every year since the beginning, Walt Smith has played the piano for dancing. A few years ago the event was taken over by the Aspen Historical Society.Aspenites in the national social circles … Paula and James Crown (of the Aspen Skiing Co.) are pictured in the Parties section of the October 2009 Town & Country magazine, as they were co-chairs of the Museum of Modern Art’s 41st annual “Party in the Garden.” The party featured the midtown Manhattan museum’s renowned Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. Also pictured was a Rockefeller descendent, Renee Rockefeller. The other co-chairs were Peter and Jill Kraus and their son Ben Kraus.Featured in photographs taken for the New York Social Calendar during Fashion Week 2009 were two part-time Aspenites, interior designer Charlotte Moss and jewelry designer Christopher Walling. Charlotte has an Aspen home that she photographed and wrote about in her book “Winter House.” She and Christopher were photographed at the Couture Council Awards luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street. It was the first big social benefit for the fall season in New York.Another big benefit slated for New York City is the Breast Cancer Research Foundation Symposium and Awards luncheon planned for Wednesday, Oct. 28. at the Waldorf-Astoria on Park Avenue. The event is underwritten by part-time Aspenites Evelyn and Leonard Lauder and Roz and Les Goldstein. The award for outstanding research will go to Dr. Martine J. Piccart-Gebhart and the Humanitarian award will go to Elizabeth Hurley, who was the model for years for the Estee Lauder Cosmetics Company. Elizabeth is getting the award for her singular role in raising global awareness of breast cancer. Anyone wishing to attend call 1-866-346-3228 or 646-497-2622.Undercurrent … In the early morning I like to sit by the window in the back door with my coffee and watch the day begin. The aspen leaves tremble in the morning breeze, the first sunlight strikes the top of Aspen Mountain and then Bell Mountain, inching on down to the big rock on the Ute Trail. From there the sun hits the parched grass on Little Nell and then the side of the old-timey miner’s shed in the alley. Steam rises as the sun hits the rooftops, and chipmunks scurry along the fence rail. Finally the sun reaches the hollyhocks in the back yard and the house is flooded with sunshine.