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Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Aspen Magazine and The Little Nell hotel started off the Food & Wine Magazine Classic with an early party at the Nell on Wednesday, June 13. Janet O'Grady, editor of Aspen Magazine, welcomed J.P. Kyrillos, the new publisher of Food & Wine magazine. (MEH)
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Just like the past 25 years, the Aspen summer season started off with the biggest party of the year – the Food & Wine Magazine Classic.Both of Aspen’s big hotels, The Little Nell and the St. Regis, held big pre-Classic parties welcoming all the visitors, media people and wine and food purveyors. The weather was perfect and the women all wore lovely sundresses. The wine flowed and the goodies were fabulous. What a start to the summer!Lita Heller is back in her Aspen home after she and Mary Jane Garth (now of Beaumont, Texas) went on a round-the-world trip.Meredith Wakefield Dreman of Aspen graduated with honors this spring from the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn.

A nice happening … Frank Guyol III of St. Louis called last week to order a belt buckle from Jim Hayes. He told us that he visits Aspen often; his parents lived in Walsenburg, Colo., where they had a restaurant. Tom Sardy moved to Walsenburg in 1936 and often ate at the restaurant. Frank’s grandfather became a surrogate father to Tom, who often asked him for advice. One day Tom asked a favor: Would he go to Aspen with him, look at the mortuary and consider it as an investment? As it turned out, Frank’s father thought it a good investment and loaned Tom the money to buy it. Frank and his wife had dinner with Tom and Alice Rachel Sardy in 1982 at the brick house, now known as The Sardy House, and again a few years later in the Sardy’s new house out by the airport.

Photographer Nora Feller is here through September from her other home in Cannes, France. She recently covered the Cannes Film Festival and also photographed Prince Albert Grimaldi of Monaco for The New York Times. The photograph was used in a New York Times article titled “Recalling the Princess They Called Mother.” The article explains that Albert and his sisters, the princesses Caroline and Stephanie, have put together an exhibit of personal possessions that belonged to their mother, the former Grace Kelly of the United States, who married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in a fairy-tale wedding. The exhibit will be displayed in the principality this summer and a separate, smaller exhibition will travel to Sotheby’s in New York in October. There are hundreds of objects in the exhibit, including letters and dresses and a poem that Princess Grace wrote to Albert as a gift for his 18th birthday.Undercurrent … In the summertime Aspen is a tent city.


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