Around Aspen: Shitkickers Ball
One of the most fun parties of the autumn offseason is The Shitkickers Ball, which is held every year at the Hotel Jerome. Everyone wears their best Western garb and enjoys dining and dancing to the music of a great Western band. The menu is down-home, with meatloaf and gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetable and ice cream sundaes for dessert. Hosts this year were Kyle Boyd, Stan Seligman, Joan and Kent Shodeen, Sandra and Jim Dukas, Howard Nitschke, Nell Graham, John Werning, Kelley Carson, Toni and Stan Bialek, Joanie and Lee Leavenworth, Mimi Glas, Carol and Tom Kurt, Ted Munkres and Barb Hinze, Lorraine Turner, Adde and Mike Waters, Lyn Woodward and Linda Hayes. The Rocky Mountain News recently featured a large color photo of U.S. skater Jeremy Abbott, setting a personal best of 77.05 points to take the lead after the mens short program at the Cup of China figure-skating program in Beijing. Verenda magazine in its October 2008 issue features the new book written by interior designer Carolyn Roehm titled A Passion for Blue and White. Carolyn spends quite a bit of time in Aspen and in fact she writes, Blue and white are the look of pristine snow against deep blue Aspen skies, spires of blue and white delphinium in a garden.
Aspen photographer David O. Marlow is featured in the December issue of Architectural Digest, shooting a grand Mexican hacienda located on a private beach in Punta Mita, a private enclave north of Puerto Vallarta. The interior design was done by local designer Peter Bowman. The beautiful gardens and grounds surrounding the magical house make you want to leave right away for Mexico. David also shot three additional homes throughout Mexico this year, which will be featured in future issues of Architectural Digest. The same December issue of the magazine includes an article and photos of the California home of chef Giada De Laurentiis, who has been a guest chef in recent years at the Food & Wine Magazine Classic.Artist Susan Mauntel, who has lived in her Victorian cottage alongside the Roaring Fork River for the past 21 years (its painted purple and is way beyond charming) has now moved to a high-rise in Denver and is enjoying life in the vibrant and user-friendly city. She plans to spend a few months next summer back in her Aspen cottage.Aspen skiers who have attended the International Skiing History Associations (ISHA) Skiing Heritage Week in the past its been held three times in Aspen, including a week in March last spring can now sign up for the annual ski week, which will be held March 29-April 3, 2009, at the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in California. Of special interest, besides the skiing and camaraderie, will be tours of the Mason Beekley art and publication collections now housed in the Mammoth Ski Museum. Mason founded the International Skiing History Association and spent much time in Aspen during the 1990s and early 2000s. For reservations, call the Mammoth Ski Museum at 760-934-6592. For more details or information, call ISHA at 303-893-0903.Undercurrent … We have already had two more months of glorious autumn in Aspen … leaving us with a shorter winter!
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