Fall is a time of transition. For some, it’s an opportune time to leave town. Many celebrate with bon voyage parties and ads placed in the papers wishing them well. Others quietly slip out without notice. After several years spent living in Aspen, Heath and Charlotte DeLay recently relocated to Denver. They now reside in Cheesman Park with their cats Chicken and Francis.Known affectionately to friends as “the governor,” Preston Trahan moved south late in the summer. Formerly a food and beverage expert at The Little Nell, Trahan left for Miami to work at the Hyatt. His position as beverage manager begins in November. Aspen Art Museum curator and director Dean Sobel left for Golden with his family not long ago. His daughter Mikala began second grade at a new school and wife Jill is enjoying being close to the city. Dean will remain the director of the museum until February. Over the next few months, he will split his time between Aspen and Denver. Bennett and Jackie Gross moved to Portland, Ore., at the end of the summer. They took a few weeks off after moving and went on a road-bike tour in Spain and Portugal. Jackie continues to work as the graphic designer for the Aspen Art Museum. Bennett is practicing internal medicine with a large physician group. Ciaran Flannery is in Afghanistan for a six-month assignment for a nongovernmental organization helping to rebuild Afghanistan. His job is to document it on film. Rich Calhoun worked as a science teacher at Aspen Country Day School (ACDS) the past few years. He left for a teaching position with The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., this fall. “I went to high school there,” said former ACDS colleague and Hotchkiss grad Rachel Rogers. “It truly is an amazing school and they are lucky to have him.”
Maria and Rich Camp moved to Miami this September. Maria worked at The Aspen Club & Spa as the guest services supervisor and had lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for five years. Rich had lived in Colorado for 15 years.Carter Crouch left for L.A. to work in film and television (which often means waiting tables too). The 1999 Aspen High School graduate moved to Santa Monica, where he may take up rollerblading. “After having multiple knee surgeries over the last 5 years, I decided my winter days in Aspen had come to a close.”John McCutcheon moved to San Francisco in September to be near his girlfriend. He and Beverly Alkire bought a house, which John plans to restore over the next few months. His résumé from the past 10 years in Aspen includes working in the real estate world at Coates, Reid and Waldron, tending bar at Little Annie’s and The Red Onion, and peddling booze at The Grog Shop. His most meaningful work, however, was as an adaptive skiing assistant for Challenge Aspen. “I love the people in this place to death,” he said. “My only wish is that more people would commit more time to causes like Challenge Aspen. It changes your life to give back.”Chef extraordinaire Ashley Bown is off to Europe in mid-November. The chef and partner at Elevation has accepted a sous-chef position beginning next spring in Sweden. “It’s on an island with no motorized traffic – just bikes and pedestrians.”First he’ll go to England to see family, travel through the South of France and cruise around the Continent. As a culinary college student, Bown spent the winter of 1991-1992 interning at Cache Cache. He moved back in 1996 and has been here ever since. “Even though I’m leaving, I still consider it my home,” he explained. “You move to Aspen to ski, you stick around because of the summers, and you call it home because of the great people.”
Charles Kirsten has worked as a partner with Mountain Ambulance and at Aspen Valley Hospital. Having spent the past 10 years in the valley, Charles is ready for a year off. “I think I’ve gotten over 1,000 days of skiing in, so I don’t mind leaving.” Charles will begin his trip by visiting family in New Zealand. Elish Warlop is NYC-bound this November. The Studio B architect is heading to the Big Apple, which she hopes will be a “springboard” to help her pursue more art-related studies. “She also wants to do more study in yoga during her time away from Aspen,” said her beau, Phillip Ring. “She expects [and we all certainly hope] that’s she will return to Aspen in one to three years.”Some of the locals I hope to see leave soon are the bears. It’s sad to see how hungry they are and to think they may not make it through the winter, but it’s time for them to head for the hills.To contact May to send info, insight or invites, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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