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Deaf Camp dinner

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

The wait staff at the Crystal Palace welcome the guests to the dinner and show. (MEH)

What could be more festive during the holidays than dinner at the Crystal Palace with all those sparkling chandeliers and romantic stained-glass windows set into the walls? That’s why the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf reserves the Palace for opening night every December and holds a gala celebration and fundraiser.The show was delightful as always with new numbers and great acting and singing. It was so good to see David Dyer back playing the piano after a few years’ absence. There are changes at the Deaf Camp this year: B.J. Blocker retired as director of the camp, Bob D’Alessio retired as chairman of the board, and Judith Cross is interim director.

The holidays may be over, but January is already getting filled with events.An art and photography show titled “Truth and Fiction” will open with a reception Thursday, Jan. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Red Brick Art Center. Showing their work will be Amy Deskin, Cathy Hozack, Christie Poschman Interlante, Steve Lewis, Steve Leetch and Jill Sabella.On Tuesday, Jan. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. John Fry will sign copies of his just-published book, “The Story of Modern Skiing.” The event will be held at Durrance Sports at 144 East Cooper. Aspen figures prominently in the book, including its transit to multi-amenity resort and second-home capital. Some of the Aspen personalities portrayed include Dick Durrance, Friedl Pfeifer, Fred Iselin, Darcy Brown, Bil Dunaway, Bob Beattie, Greg Lewis, Christin Cooper and Bill Marolt. There are behind-the-scenes stories of Bill Janss’ original concept for Snowmass and of Greenpeace founder David McTaggart’s massive failed real estate venture, Aspen Wildcat. John Fry was just the person to write this book; he was the longtime editor of Ski magazine, and he founded and ran Ski Country magazine. In the book he traces the origins of the carved turn and the shaped ski. He chronicles the rise of a ski culture and the beginnings of freestyle, snowboarding, extreme skiing and cross-country skiing. John was elected to the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame in 1995. He launched Nastar (National Standard Ski Race), the Nations Cup of alpine ski racing and the Graduated Length Method of teaching.

The January 2007 issue of Architectural Digest magazine is full of Aspen references as it features architects and designers and their philosophies of design. Featured with photographs are Laura Hunt of Aspen and Dallas; Donna Livingston, who designed the interiors of several houses in town; Margaret McCurry, architect for Judy Nisser’s home in the West End; Bart Prince, architect for the Copper Palace, the home of Barbi Benton and George Gradow in Starwood; Marjorie Shushan, who has designed many Aspen homes; and architect Stanley Tigerman, husband of Margaret McCurry, who has visited Aspen often with her.A tribute to the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association (it’s the 25th anniversary) will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, starting at 6 p.m. at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science at 2001 Colorado Blvd. in Denver. To make reservations, call (970) 925-4554.Undercurrent … Happy New Year and a reminder to take your checkbook and write 2007 on several checks, so you won’t just automatically write 2006 for many days.