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Basso Freestyle

Enjoying the Dennis Basso Freestyle apres-ski extravaganza on Dec. 28 at the St. Regis Aspen are, left to right, Toni and Danny Holtz and Heidi Jacobson, director of the Aspen Art Museum. (MEH Photo)

Every holiday season one of the most glamorous events is the Dennis Basso Freestyle Gala held at the St. Regis Aspen including a cocktail party, silent auction, a runway fashion show and a live auction. Dennis Basso brought his latest fur and party fashions for the style show; the gala party was presented by Bulgari and sponsored by Aspen Magazine. The benefit committee included Nancy Magoon as event chairman, Maria Bell, Richard Edwards, Vicki and Kent Logan, Susan Marx, Janet O’Grady and Carolyn Powers.Beginning a new chapter in their lives, photographers and filmakersConnie Baxter Marlow and Andrew Cameron Bailey have bought the Page Springs B&B in Sedona, Ariz. News of Connie’s children: Consi Marlow is living in Aspen, Ali Marlow is in Miami, and Jonathan Marlow is attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles.Ellen and Les Holst entertained at a Christmas Day open house at their home on Waters Ave.This December the Aspen Writers’ Foundation celebrated its 30-year anniversary with a cocktail party hosted by Jane and John Jellinek at the Aerie Lounge at The Gant. Jane is the President of the Board of Trustees for the foundation.

On Sunday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. the first performance of Anita H. Rosenau’s play, “Up? or Down?” will be held at the Mary Miller Library Theatre in Lafayette, Colo. Anita was commissioned to write this play, as one of several Colorado playwrights to honor the 100th Anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” All plays had to be inspired by the book. Four other performances will be given: Saturday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. For tickets call the theatre at (302) 209-2154. Since Mary Shelley’s monster first fascinated and repelled audiences, it has been reinterpreted many times, reflecting changes in culture and societal reactions to the issues raised in the book.We wondered why we hadn’t seen former Aspen ski patrolman Al Lewis at the Old Timers party the last few years. It seems that his wife, Debbie, died on Sept. 17 after a three-year battle with cancer. At the time of her death, she and Al were at the home of their daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Jim Prescott, in Hartsville, S.C. Other children include Scott and Anna Crum Lewis of Santa Fe, and Lorne and Mollee Buckingham Lewis of Martha’s Vineyard. Debbie and Al have lived in Telluride the past 11 years, where Al sells real estate.Undercurrent … and now Aspen revs up for Wintersköl, Jan. 12-15, with a parade, a luncheon at the Crystal Palace, fireworks and a torchlight parade among the festivities.

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