One of the most glamorous evenings of the holiday season is the annual FishHouse Punch party, hosted by a group of Aspen bon vivants, including Peter Belsky, Fran Hoffman, W.T. Ray, Stephen Nardi, Gene Reardon, Ed Peterson, Shawn McGreevey, Jim Ellis, Jack Crawford, Jack Cronin, Sidney Hendricks, Michael Wilkie, Ron Krajian, Don Crawford and Al Mayfield. It was a sad night among the festivities because it was announced that Gene Reardon, after his many years in Aspen thinking up parties like the FishHouse Punch party, has moved to Kansas City, where he is teaching law in a university. On their invitation, the Aspen bon vivants relate that FishHouse Punch was invented in 1732 at Philadelphia’s Schuylkill Fishing Club. It owes its remarkable longevity both to its perfumey, aromatic pungency and its sneaky, mule-kick-upside-the-head potency, which makes it a favorite at holiday parties.
Liz and Tom Schultze told me shortly after the holidays that they were going to get in their RV and head south.
Lifelong Aspenites Rosie and Stan Lauriski have sold their home in east Aspen and are moving to Salida. Stan was a longtime volunteer Aspen firefighter and served awhile as the group’s president.
Dana Jones Higbie tells us that her mother, Judy Jones, a longtime Aspen resident and Pete DeGregorio, who was Aspen High School’s football coach for many years, have set a wedding date for June after a “short” courtship of almost 27 years. The couple lives in Hawaii.
Roaring Fork Valley sculptor Gene Adcock has his marble and bronze sculptures are featured in a show at the WalkerFineArt Gallery in Denver. The show will be up through April 10.
The Aspen Dance Connection will present a program called “Winter Delight” on Friday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. on the Wheeler Opera House stage. Tickets are being sold at the Wheeler Box Office.
You think Aspen is full of dissension now. On Tuesday, Feb. 10, “The Antagonists of the 1890s” will be presented at 7 p.m. at the Wheeler Opera House by the Aspen Historical Society. Depicted will be the mine owners and politicians of the town’s mining era. The performance is free and open to the public.
Undercurrent … We now settle into that best time of winter ” springtime in the Rockies.
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Andrew Huntsman and Ralph Smalley were chosen by the seniors to give the class address during Basalt High School’s graduation ceremony on Saturday. This had the two BHS teachers questioning the legitimacy of those diplomas they were about to hand out.