Around Aspen: St. Patrick’s Day |

Around Aspen: St. Patrick’s Day

MEHCelebrating St. Patrick's Day at St. Mary Catholic Church are Shannon Sweeney, left, with volunteer Phil Whittingham.

St. Patrick’s Day is a big day in Aspen and just about the best time of all is had by the Aspenites who attend the St. Patrick’s Day dinner at St. Mary Catholic Church. Everyone was either wearing green or had a touch of green. The meal, as it has been for more than 100 years, was prepared by church ladies and many volunteers help with the evening.

Received my spring guide to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. and was pleased to read that the new National Museum of Natural History David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins has been opened … thanks to a gift by David H. Koch of Aspen and New York City. David’s name also appears on the David H. Koch Hall at the Aspen Institute. The guide states that the new exhibition hall at the Smithsonian is dedicated to the discovery and understanding of human origins. Based on decades of cutting-edge research by Smithsonian scientists, the David H. Koch Hall will be complemented by ongoing research and education programs. It focuses on the epic story of human evolution and how the defining characteristics of the species have evolved over 6 million years as humans and their ancestors adapted to a changing world.

While daughter Pauli Hayes and her son, Gus Fitzgerald, were here last week from Virginia, another daughter with her daughter, Elli Hayes Ford and Alice Ford, also visited from New Hampshire. Good news happened to grandchildren while they were here. My grandson, Tamas Bates, son of daughter Jess Bates, graduated that Sunday with a bachelor of science from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., and has been hired by software giant Microsoft in Redmond, Wash. The same day, Alice learned that she has been given a position at the Atlantis Resort Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas, as the head VIP hostess of events and marketing. She will take care of clients from around the world. It’s a great opportunity for growth, as Atlantis has sister properties in Morocco, Dubai and Paris. Alice will work for them four days a week and she is also opening a haunted pub with her boyfriend, Brad, in Savannah, Ga. Alice also works as a model, doing many shoots with Hawaiian Tropic. While in Aspen, Gus Fitzgerald worked on a story he is writing; he is studying to be a journalist like his parents and grandmother.

Undercurrent … The off-season is coming, so send me news of children and grandchildren, as I should have room to print it.

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