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Catching up

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Host and hostess Jack and Mary Cronin. (MEH)
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This is probably the last week of catching up as the summer season begins June 15 with the Food & Wine Magazine Classic.Every year Mary and Jack Cronin hold a party for their Aspen and Denver friends. A lot of the Denver people also have Aspen homes so it’s a great get-together.It’s going to be a busy summer. There are several big weddings and the usual Aspen Music Festival, Jazz Aspen, Theatre Aspen and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet galas. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Summer Sizzler this year is called “Twistin’ The Night Away.” It will be held July 25 at the Hotel Jerome. Also special this summer, Ballet West will be returning to Aspen to perform Aug. 17-19. It is the first time in more than 10 years that Ballet West has been here; the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet wants to pay tribute to the company and its director, William Christensen, who brought dance to Aspen 35 years ago. That first performance by Ballet West was held in the Red Brick gymnasium, and we took all five of our children. They got all dressed up and we sat on bleachers in the gym. The next summer Ballet West brought its own theater and set it up in the Aspen High School gym. Ballet West also gave several performances at Maroon Lake against the backdrop of the Maroon Bells.After living and working in Aspen for 27 years, photographer Jeffrey Aaronson, his wife, Becky (who has been here 18 years), and their baby daughter, Olivia, are moving to Santa Barbara, Calif. They once had a photography agency in Aspen called Network Aspen and plan to re-establish it in California under the name Still Media. They held a farewell potluck picnic at Arbaney Park in Basalt last week.Digital photographs by Michael Fain, of Aspen and Chicago, will be featured in a show June 9 through July 23 at The Camera Obscura Gallery, 1309 Bannock St. in Denver. The photos vary from the minimalist view of fence posts on a snowy landscape to the urban spectacle of the Chicago skyline. Michael also has a fiction-writing collaboration with his wife, Judith Barnard; they have written 11 novels under the nom de plume Judith Michael. Sorry to report the death of Bea Stone Harris of Midland, Texas, who died on June 2 at the age of 105. Burial was Sunday in Mineola, Texas. Bea was a summer resident of Aspen for many years during the 1950s through the 1970s, and she and her son, Bob Murri, invested in real estate here. Her daughter, Mary Kerbow, and her granddaughter, Kathy Kerbow, spent most of the summers here with her. Kathy was aboard the Andrea Doria when it sank after colliding with another ocean liner in the Atlantic Ocean in 1956. Kathy was dancing barefoot on the deck so she was one of the ones rescued. Bea’s great-granddaughter, Angie Dickson, called me this week with the news.

The valley will never be the same because The Delice Bakery and luncheonette in Glenwood Springs has closed its doors. Walter Huber started The Delice on Hyman Avenue in Aspen during the late 1950s. He and his wife, Vi, moved it to Glenwood when they moved to the Silt area several years ago. You would always see Aspenites having lunch there. Back in the 1960s, when I would take our children on the train back to my parents’ home on Conesus Lake, N.Y., we would take along a picnic lunch to eat the first day. It would always be “Walter Bread” with butter, Vienna sausages and green grapes. The porter on the Vista Dome car would ask, “Can I have some lunch … it looks so good.” So he would join us in our train seats and share our lunch.Aspen is well represented in the June-July issue of Colorado Expression magazine. There are photos and stories about the Food & Wine Magazine Classic in Aspen, the Aspen Music Festival, Jazz Aspen Snowmass. Also featured: dining in the gardens of Little Nell’s Montagna restaurant in Aspen and Carbondale’s Six 89, as well as an article about Aspen’s Top Dogs. The Top Dogs is a fundraiser for Aspen Filmfest that kicks off during Food & Wine week. The show begins with the unveiling of approximately 25 life-size fiberglass Labrador retrievers, decorated and donated by celebrities such as Anjelica Huston and Ed Bradley. Local businesses will display the decorated dogs from mid-June until Aug. 1, when they will be auctioned off.

Olivia Hyde had a grand celebration for her eighth “adoption day” from April 20-22 in Denver. The daughter of Ann Hyde, Olivia attended “Ben Franklin Live” and met Denver Mayor John W. Hickenlooper. Then at the Denver Public Library she met the Princess of Norway, who is the author of “Why Kings and Queens Don’t Wear Crowns,” based on her family history. She and Ann also paid a visit to Chinese Children’s Charities, which arranged Olivia’s adoption and the adoption of several other Chinese girls in the Roaring Fork Valley.Undercurrent … The nasturtiums are up in front of the Sardy House.


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