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Christmas Parties

So many parties surround the Christmas and New Years holidays that Ill be reporting on them for the next several weeks.Sandie and Archer Bishop and their daughter and her husband, Kristen and Michael MacDermott, gave a party that featured a visit from Santa Claus. Since the MacDermotts son, Connor, attends preschool, many of his classmates came to the party.At The Aspen Institute, William E. Mayer, chairman of the board, and Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Institute, hosted a conversation and book signing by the Honorable Madeleine Albright that was followed by the Institutes annual holiday reception.Santa Claus also visited the home of Susan and Mort Gurrentz at a holiday party on Christmas Day.Also holding a holiday party were The Christmas Party Girls, Carol Mark, Patti Pope, Donna Rowlands and Sharon Tinnes.On Monday evening, the Prada Christmas party was held at the boutique and guests of honor were Kristin Davis, who stars in TVs Sex and the City, and Vogue magazine editor Andre Leon Talley, who read by the fireplace from his new book ALT: A Memoir. Aspen photographer David O. Marlow recently traveled to Alamos, Mexico, where he photographed the Hacienda De Los Santos, a small luxury hotel in northwest Mexico for Architectural Digest magazine. While in Mexico, David also traveled to San Miguel de Allende to photograph Nick and Betty Coates new home, which will also be featured in an upcoming issue of the magazine. David also visited Nicks new ranch outside San Miguel, where he was invited to other fabulous San Miguel homes for possible photography.Recently named as ambassador to the Czech Republic was William Cabaniss, part-time Aspenite and owner of a steel company in Birmingham, Ala.News of another part-time Aspenite: William Beach, who lived here for nearly 30 years and now lives in South Beach, Fla., has submitted a bid to buy Cypress Gardens in Florida. Cypress Gardens, which closed this spring, is a theme park featuring water-skiing, botanical gardens and Southern charm. It opened in 1936 and was one of Floridas first tourist attractions, but attendance diminished until it closed in April. Beach, whose K. William Beach Manufacturing makes auto parts, is no stranger to Cypress Gardens, having vacationed there as a child with his family. In addition to childhood trips, he performed as a teenager in the water skiing arena at the gardens and performed regularly with a water ski troupe in Wisconsin. He also water skied at Cypress Gardens while attending the University of Miami. Beach moved in 1999 to South Beach where his neighbors include Aspenites Selma and Ernie Spaccarelli.Now Beach says he wants to buy another Aspen home. The mountains are calling me back, he says.Aspen received a great writeup in the December 2003 issue of Harpers & Queen, a magazine in the British Islands. Photos are included of Ivana Trump and Jackie Kennedy, and there is a photo of Andreas Fischbacher, chef at Cloud 9 at Highlands. There is also a photo of Sam von Trapp, step-grandson of Maria von Trapp (of Sound of Music fame), who has taught skiing in Aspen for seven winters. There are photos of the Sky Hotel bar, childrens ski classes, Janet Elders blue Victorian house, and Mountain Oxygen. Listed as the best hotels are The Little Nell, St. Regis and Hotel Jerome, and it is noted that the Boomerang is a good economical lodging choice. The magazine states that Aspen is Colorados most accessible resort from Britain and the only one worth considering for a long weekend of wish fulfillment.The Colorado Mountain College Gallery on Grand Avenue in Glenwood will feature an exhibit of the works of artist Wewer Keohane from Jan. 7 to Feb. 27. The opening reception will be Friday, Jan. 9, from 5 to 9 p.m.A memorial for the late Judy Pollock will be held at Windstar in Old Snowmass on Saturday, Jan. 10, at noon. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations in memory of Judy be made to the Aspen Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 4810, Aspen, CO 81611.Undercurrent … Dont think Ive ever been so cold in Aspen as this week.


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