The holiday reception of the Aspen Institute this year featured an exhibit titled “Joella’s Bayers: original works by Herbert Bayer” and a talk by Hugo A. Anderson, III, curator, representing the Bayer Family Collection (he is also the nephew of R.O. Anderson, former president of the Institute). The evening also included a special tribute to Ann Nitze, who was chairman of the Aspen Institute’s Art Advisory Committee from 1994 to 2005 and arranged for many of the exhibits held in the Adelson Gallery in the Paepcke Memorial Building.Gigi Podolak, daughter of Liza and Charley Podolak, has pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Gigi’s grandmother, mother Liza and sister Zara are all members of Kappa, wearing their keys proudly. Named to the dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester at Colby College was Victoria H. Work, a sophomore at the college in Waterville, Maine.Ben Westfeldt, a sophomore at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, participated in varsity football this fall, making an impact by appearing in all 10 games and registering 24 tackles.Turning out in their Norwegian sweaters were many friends of former airline pilot and lifelong skier Jack Holst, who celebrated his 100th birthday recently at the Aspen Historical Society.
The January-February issue of My House magazine really zeroed in on the Roaring Fork Valley. Featured on the cover and with a big write-up inside is the Old Snowmass home of Linda and Kelly Hayes. Built of straw bales, the environmentally friendly house has three levels and is tiered into the land. Linda writes for many magazines (especially about food and homes), and Kelly works for ABC Sports (he was at the Super Bowl on Feb. 5). Another featured house in the magazine is the Basalt home of Phyllis and Larry Yaw, for which Larry was his own architect. The house is modern yet retains Victorian flourishes (it was remodeled from a much-remodeled Victorian dating from the early 1900s. Larry says his goal was to create something artful out of common everyday materials so the house features materials that can be found at any lumberyard. The result, he says, “is an old farmhouse by way of Pablo Picasso.”The magazine also includes an article about the landscaping surrounding a new home on a narrow Aspen lot. The landscaping incorporates an existing irrigation ditch, turning it into a meandering stream that flows alongside the house. The landscape architect was Suzanne Richman.Book writer and publisher Warren Ohlrich of WHO Press has published a new book titled “The 10th Mountain Hut Book: a winter guide to Colorado’s 10th Mountain and Summit hut systems near Aspen, Vail, Leadville and Breckenridge.” Warren skied all the trips himself and photographed the trails and huts. The book is a boon for backcountry ski enthusiasts because it not only includes up-to-the-date photos but also maps of the trails and huts. Undercurrent … Sunday was a day to make a big batch of spaghetti and meatballs. I learned to make spaghetti from the Italian mothers of my friends when growing up in Geneseo, N.Y. After dinner I freeze several batches for suppers when Jim and I get busy during the winter season.
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