Around Aspen: Puttin’ On The Ritz |

Around Aspen: Puttin’ On The Ritz

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Aspen Times Weekly
MEHFrom left are Ruth Kruger, Benjamin Britten and Christine Aubale Gerschel, who is the founder and current president of Les Dames d'Aspen.

It was the 10th annual Puttin’ On The Ritz Gala for Les Dames d’Aspen in August and with the Bo Hale Band playing all evening at the Hotel Jerome … how everyone danced and had a wonderful end-of-summer party.

Les Dames was organized in the 1970s by Christine Aubale Gerschel and for some 25 years raised funds for local arts groups by giving a gala dance, first during the summers, then on New Year’s Eve. Ten years ago, the group reorganized with funds being raised by donations from all the members.

Each year, Les Dames contributes more than $100,000 to Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Aspen Writers Foundation, Theatre Aspen, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Music Festival’s Robert Harth Memorial Fund. Les Dames also gives college scholarships in the arts to students from the Aspen and Basalt schools.

The organization welcomes new members, and since the group puts on a social gathering at least once a month, it is a good way for newcomers to get to know the community. Call Christine Aubale Gerschel for more information at (970) 925-9028.

Undercurrent … In the morning I sit with my coffee by the window in the back door and watch the sunshine begin the day. The top of Aspen Mountain, covered with aspen trees makes a perfect golden dome over Aspen. Then more aspen trees glow among the green evergreens. Finally getting to town, the sun picks up some gold leaves, but much is still green. In our yard, the sun catches the orange of the serviceberry bush and the pale yellow of the wild red raspberry patch.

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