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Favorite Parties

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

During the holidays these were some of my favorite parties because Jim and I knew most of the people who attended. That always makes a party special.

Mary Ann Hyde and her children held their annual open house, Mary and Jack Cronin also held theirs, and Lita and Mort Heller and Christopher Walling hosted a dinner party in the Wine Room at The Little Nell. And though most of these people took an after-holiday jaunt to someplace warm, they are all back again for the March and April spring skiing.

March is party time and there’s a really fun story in the newest Aspen Magazine to hit newsstands about the history of night life in town and the new generation that’s making its own night-life history. The story tells where Sheriff Bob Braudis used to hang out back in the good old days and where Walter Paepcke and Steve Knowlton drank martinis. Modeling the latest fashions for the magazine are the dancers of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. There’s also a story about the latest trend on Aspen Mountain: Othello’s rail sliding camp.

Coming to town March 11-17 is frequent Aspen visitor Georgia Durante, author of a book, titled “The Company She Keeps,” about growing up with the Mafia in Rochester, N.Y. Georgia appeared on Larry King in July and 40,000 copies of her book have sold.

The March 2003 issue of Smithsonian magazine includes an article and cover story about Machu Picchu in Peru which was photographed by Aspenite Jeffrey Aaronson.

It’s the time for picnics in the snow on the mountains … and I’ll be reporting on them soon.

The Aspen Valley Medical Foundation is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a dinner dance on Thursday, March 13, starting at 6 p.m. at the St Regis Aspen. Make reservations by calling Kris Marsh at 544-1298.

And save this date … May 3 at the St. Regis Aspen will be “May Madness,” that colorful and fun dinner dance given every spring by the Aspen Education Foundation.

Many students in the Roaring Fork Valley have been inducted into the 2002-2003 National Honor Roll which recognizes high school students who have achieved exceptional academic success. The students are listed in a book with their biography and photograph. Local students included are Jose Escarsega of the Roaring Fork High School of Carbondale, Sarah Frank of Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, Quinn Garvik of Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, Amanda Gordon of Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, Wyatt Mohrman of Aspen High School, Kevin Morrison of Aspen High School, Elizabeth Mullings of Roaring Fork High School of Carbondale, Christian Nava of Roaring Fork High School of Carbondale, Cassie Newman of Basalt High School, Julia Ritchie of Aspen Country Day School, Carly Sewell of Aspen High School (she lives in Snowmass Village), Rachel Weitzenkorn of Aspen High School (she lives in Carbondale), Elizabeth Willis of Aspen High School, and Erin Young of Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale.

Bonnie and Bill Eubanks of Houston are in their Aspen home for the rest of the ski season.

Tom Sharkey recently celebrated his birthday.

An exhibit of contemporary images by valley artists entitled “Square Roots” opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Aspen Chapel. The show will run through May 11. Artists exhibiting their work include Dasa Bausova, Shelley Bogaert, Royle Freund, Naomi Hecht, Sandra Johnson, Lou Kaplan, Susan Rappaport, Barry Sheehan and Betty Weiss.

Undercurrent … A big flock of crows hangs around our neighborhood and it’s fun to listen to them. They not only caw, they kind of talk to each other and to people passing by, making strange guttural or clicking sounds. When I was a child, my brother J.P. had a pet crow named Blackie who was supposed to spend the winter in the conservatory at the local college, Geneseo State University, N.Y., but instead flew away with a flock of crows going south. He came to the house every spring and let us know he was back.


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