Its the time of year to catch up on some of the wonderful events that happened during the winter and spring that there was never room for in the column.The Roaring Fork Friends of the Womens Foundation always gives an Art Award to a female high school artist during the annual Valley Kids show at the Aspen Art Museum. This year the award went to Corina Person of Aspen High School and honorable mention went to Anna Alcorn of Rifle High School.The Womens Foundation meets once a month with a luncheon at Aspen Meadows. Recently the group met to hear a talk about Mary Magdalene given by Cynthia Bourgeault, Episcopal hermit, author and mystic scholar.Jack Crawford and Helga Matuska and Don Crawford and Margaret Bauer closed the ski season at the exclusive Yellowstone Club in Montana as guests of Aspenites Jim and Margery Perry. The private ski mountain is as big as Ajax, Highlands and Buttermilk combined, with fewer than 50 skiers so they cut first tracks all day. The management includes Olympic skier and Volant Ski founder Hank Kashiwa and ski-film producer Warren Miller. Notables on the board are Don Quale, Jack Kemp and Tom Weiskopf, who designed the clubs golf course. Membership requirements to the exclusive club are minimum of $3 million net worth and $250,000 membership fee.The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club held its first big fund-raiser during the Presidents Day weekend. There were ski races and parties, with the highlight being the Black & White Gala at the Sundeck on Aspen Mountain.Featured on the cover and in an article in the May-June issue of Western Interiors and Design magazine, the first anniversary edition, is the Aspen home of Paula Zurcher. The house is located on the former Erickson Ranch, which was purchased in the late 1940s by Paulas parents, Elizabeth and Walter Paepcke. The architect was Harry Teague, and the interior designer was an old family friend, Chicago-based Marcia Weese, daughter of Harry and Kitty Weese, the renowned Chicago design duo, who were friends of the Paepckes. Prior to breaking ground, Paul and her sisters, Toni and Nina, donated a sizable chunk of their 350 acres to the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.In celebration of its first successful year, Western Interiors and Design magazine sent complimentary copies of the book Americas Vanishing Landscapes: The Western States photographed by Wayne Williams. The book features several Aspen scenes including the Maroon Bells, a path through aspen trees, and an Aspen grove. There are also shots of Redstone and McClure Pass.Brittaney Moon, a freshman equestrian studies major at the University of Findlay, in Findlay, Ohio, was recognized during the Presidents Honors and Awards assembly this spring. She was honored for participation in the Honors Program. A 2003 graduate of Aspen High School, Brittaney is the daughter of Cindy and Orrin Moon of Woody Creek.A newly published book titled All-Night Party: The Women of Bohemian Greenwich Village and Harlem, 1913-1930, by Andrea Barnet, features the poet Mina Loy, the mother of Aspenites Fabi Benedict and Joella Bayer. The book focuses on the daring feminists of the time who revolted against established mores. A New Yorker review states, Money was almost as important as a spur to eccentricity, as it is instructive that the collective good times came to an end with the Crash of 1929.Undercurrent … The tulips and daffodils know it is spring!
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Warm and dry conditions to start the winter have kept all but the higher elevation slopes free of snow. That is expected to change by the end of the week and the avalanche hazard could start to climb, according to Colorado Avalanche Information Center.