Classes of 1974-1975 |

Classes of 1974-1975

So glad to see each other at the Aspen High School 1974 Class Reunion are, left to right, Mark Reeds, Auslaug Skaeringsson Wright, Michael Spaulding and David Guthrie. Auslaug and Lorna Pedersen organized the event at the Aspen Elks Club. (MEH Photo)

A highlight of summer 2005 was the reunion of the Aspen High School Classes of 1974-1975 with a dinner and dance at the Aspen Elks Club. Classmates came from all over the country and had a good time seeing each other for the first time in years. Members of other classes, such as 1973 and 1976, also attended.I was glad to read in the Nov. 14 issue of High Country News that light rail is doing well in many cities in the West. Allen Best, who used to write for The Vail Trail, wrote a front-page story about how Denver, which used to be one of the West’s most sprawling, traffic-choked cities, has become a champion of mass transit with its FasTracks trains. The article tells how light rail is also successful in Salt Lake City and Portland, and is being planned for Albuquerque. Maybe it’s time for Aspen to reconsider.Town & Country magazine certainly takes care of its Aspenites. The December 2005 issue of the magazine features an article and lovely photographs that is an excerpt from interior designer Charlotte Moss’ new book, titled “Winter House,” about her house in Aspen. The book has photographs by Aspen photographer Jason Dewey and is published by Clarkson Porter/Publishers of the Crown Publishing Group. Charlotte and her husband, Barry Friedberg, are also featured in the Parties section, attending the Snowflake Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City for the benefit of UNICEF. Also featured in the Parties section are part-time Aspenites Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, who attended a party for the New York Philharmonic. Received a note from part-time Aspenites Carla “Beachcomber” and Jeff Lutz. They were at their home in Costa Rica, but were headed for Honolulu. In January they will arrive for an Aspen visit.Undercurrent … I always welcome the onset of winter in Aspen. When the children were little, it was the time to sew new nightie gowns for the girls and help Clayt, our son, mix up the hot drinks he would cook on his little green electric stove. And I would bake a batch of gingerbread from this recipe that Gertrude Dennis gave me for my cookbook “Aspen Potpourri.” It’s a recipe that people still ask me for every autumn:

Gingerbread2 cups flour1 cup brown sugar1/2 cup shortening1 teaspoon cinnamon1/2 teaspoon ginger1/2 to 1 teaspoon soda (use 1/2 teaspoon in Aspen, due to altitude)1/4 teaspoon nutmeg1/2 teaspoon salt1 egg5 tablespoons molasses1 cup milkMix dry ingredients and shortening together, add egg, milk, molasses and soda and bake at 350 degrees.The gingerbread is done when you can poke it with a toothpick and the toothpick comes out clean.Here’s another way to do it, since in Aspen the brown sugar is often hard: Mix the flour, spices and shortening. In another bowl, mix the sugar with the milk, then when the sugar has dissolved, add molasses, the egg and then the dry ingredients. Mix well and bake. The house will smell so holiday gingerbready!

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