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Celebrations

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

One of the highlights of October is always the John Denver Tribute, when many of his former band members and music friends gather to sing and play John’s songs in the Wheeler Opera House. The event came about because, after the memorial service following John’s death, his friends stayed up through the night, playing and singing his songs, and decided that they should take it to the public. In midsummer, Jeanne Jacobi was feted at an 80th birthday party celebration given by her children on the lawn of the Aspen Historical Society.

After living and running her beauty salon for 25 years in Aspen, Lisa Merkel will be moving to Denver, closing her Lisa’s Continental Image salon at the ABC on Dec. 10. Lisa says she is really a city girl, as she grew up outside Munich, Germany, and then spent 25 years in Manhattan.The Aspen Valley Hospital Volunteers will be holding their annual Holiday Bazaar on Thursday, Nov. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Sally’s Gift Shop at the hospital.

Sorry to report that former Aspenite John Tottenhoff died last week in Miami.Joy Caudill, Dottie Fox and Connie Harvey will be honored by The Wilderness Workshop at an evening tribute on Sunday, Dec. 5, in the Wheeler Opera House. The evening will include an award ceremony and the premiere of “Wild by Nature,” a documentary film celebrating the legacy of wilderness in America and the tireless efforts of these three women to preserve the places they love. Master of ceremonies will be John McBride.

Back in their home in Long Beach, Calif., are world travelers Carla and Jess Lutz. During the year they spent time in their homes in Costa Rica and Hawaii, visited Spain and Italy, and spent the month of March skiing in Aspen. They plan to settle soon at their home on the Island of Lanai in Hawaii.Undercurrent … Wherever a building rises three stories from the ground, or wherever there is a group of tall, tall trees, the snow turns to ice in the streets and the ice stays there all winter.


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