A highlight of this summer was the opening of the new Doerr-Hosier Center at the Aspen Institute. Strikingly beautiful with lots of light and spacious interiors, it is a winner! Crowds of Aspenites and many Washingtonians toured the building during an open house held by the Institute and an opening for the Herbert Bayer art show in the Resnick Gallery.A full-page photograph of Julia Koch, wife of part-time Aspenite David Koch, appears in the July 2007 issue of Town & Country Magazine. Julia is pictured in a gown designed by Valentino in a special section devoted to Valentino, his clothing and the women he designed it for.In town this week is writer-photographer Nancy Wood of Santa Fe. Nancy has just completed a book titled “Eye of the West,” a collection of her photographs published by the University of New Mexico. The back cover photo of Nancy dancing at the top of Independence Pass is by Around Aspen photographer Mary Eshbaugh Hayes. Nancy is also working on the publication of her narrative poem titled “The Lost Villages,” which tells of the conquest of New Mexico by the Spaniards.
The summer newsletter from the Colorado Ski Museum and Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame has arrived and announces that several Aspenites have been named to the 2007 Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame. Renie Gorsuch, who with her family owns the Gorsuch boutiques in Aspen, Vail and Beaver Creek; Elli Iselin, who was a ski instructor and founder of her Elli of Aspen boutique in Aspen, and Pat O’Donnell, who was president of the Aspen Skiing Company and led it in its “green” movement. A new book titled “PM” is circulating in Aspen. It is a collection of remembrances about longtime Aspenite and shopkeeper Patricia Costello Moore; the stories are by Pat’s longtime friends Madhavi Bradford, Su Lum, Bob Murray, Nicholas Lundy, Jerry Hewey, Roz Hewey, Suzanne Thompson, John McBride, Mary and Jim Moran, Janie Stapleton, Jill St. John Wagner, Jessica Benedict-Gordon, Mike McGuire, Jane Coleman, Gibs Murray, Elli Brickham, Eric Calderon, Terry End, Penny Barron, Anne Anderson, Tukey Koffend, Albie Kern, David Houston and Charlie Houston. The book was designed by Curt Carpenter and published by her friends.
Sorry to report the death on June 22 of Jolivette Wallace (Wally), who managed the Glenwood Springs airfield and Aspen Airways, where he was the first pilot to fly a twin engine Cessna 310 off Aspen’s runway, long before it was paved. He joined Continental Airlines as a pilot in 1957, serving at times as an instructor and a check pilot. He was an expert skier. He was 78.Denver Post columnist Ed Quillen recently wrote about going to Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort to attend a memorial service for Jeanne Willoughby Englert of Lafayette, Colo., who died of heart failure at age 62 in October 2006. Jeanne was born and grew up in Aspen, where her father managed the Midnight Mine. Her great-grandfather, Edmund A. Willoughby, arrived in the fall of 1858 in Cherry Creek. Her grandfather and father were both miners on the Western Slope. During the last 25 years of her life, Jeanne campaigned for the public election of directors of water conservancy districts.Undercurrent … I think we will be seeing many more functions in the new Doerr-Hosier Center because it has the space and the ambience!
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The Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District’s board of directors is getting lobbied to pursue an indoor facility from groups ranging from youth soccer to senior citizens. Some taxpayers are objecting. So far, the board is moving cautiously and has only approved research.