Around Aspen: Thrift Shop |

Around Aspen: Thrift Shop

MEHThe reindeer chorus serenaded the other Thrift Shop workers at their annual Christmas get-together at the Hotel Jerome. Left to right are Polly Whitcomb, Rett Harper and Fonda Paterson.

The ladies of the Aspen Thrift Shop held their annual Christmas luncheon at the Hotel Jerome last week and celebrated once again the completion of their new Thrift Shop building next to the fire station on Hopkins Avenue. The shop is one of Aspen’s favorite places, with the workers all volunteer and the merchandise all donated … so the prices are fabulous! This year, Sue Kolbe stepped down after serving for many years as president and Christina Patterson is the new president.Psi Chapter of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority was chartered 90 years ago on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, Okla. Two Aspenites, Pat Finley Fallin and Trish Tormey Adam, discovered they were “sisters” when they attended anniversary festivities.Tyler Doremus, of the Class of 2012 at Skidmore College, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., was recently named to the Skidmore College Thoroughbred Society. The society recognizes Skidmore College varsity student-athletes who have achieved a grade point of 3.67 or higher in the previous semester. Tyler is the son of Jeanne and Andrew Doremus of Aspen.Food & Wine magazine is really promoting the 2010 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. The magazine is running full-page ads saying “See You in Aspen” and other pages of snapshots of people having a wonderful time at last year’s Classic. Dates this year are June 18-20.Aspenites have been busy publishing books. Photographer Doug Rhinehart has published “Desert Adagio,” a collection of photos from his desert series. The photos are on display this month at the gallery in the Woody Creek Community Center. “Voices of the American West” was written by Corinne Platt with photographs by Meredith Ogilby. It’s a documentary-style narrative that profiles a wide range of prominent Western people from the Great Basin to the Desert Southwest, from the Rocky Mountains to the Great Plains. They talk about the issues facing the West: recreation, ranching, education, immigration, alternative energy, wildlife habitat protection, oil and gas extraction, urban development and water conservation.Undercurrent … Noise is often the undercurrent of a town. In the silver-mining days Aspen had the whistles that signaled the changing of the crews in the mines; in Breckenridge and Twin Lakes they had the noise of the gold dredges. Now Aspen and most former mining towns have the noise of the snow-making machines.

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