Great Gatsby |

Great Gatsby

Southerners and part-time Aspenites Joann and David Grimes make the perfect Great Gatsby couple. (MEH photo)

Now that winter is settling in, I think back on all those wonderful sunny afternoon parties in Aspen. The Great Gatsby party is a favorite of all. It’s held on the lawn and in tents at the Wheeler/Stallard House, the mansion that is the home for the Aspen Historical Society. Gatsby-era attire is required, and people start planning what they are going to wear a year ahead. Some are lucky to find treasures in attic trunks, which were worn during that era by parents or grandparents. The hosts all wear white roses on their lapels and the champagne flows throughout the afternoon. The dancing even features ragtime and the Charleston. Hosts this year included Kyle Boyd, Kendall Chen, Greg Erwin, Jay Gatsby (in spirit), Jerry Goldman, George Gracis, David Grimes, Don Keltner, Ricardo Montoya, John Provine, Kent Shodeen and Bob West. So many happenings in October – there is just no offseason anymore!

A Ladies Luncheon was held for Lita Heller Oct. 10 in the Terrace Room at The Little Nell. It was hosted by her husband, Mort Heller, and his sister, Joyce Heller Roaman.A 10th anniversary party for the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, called “Tribute to Trails,” was held Oct. 8 at the Maroon Bells Lodge at T-Lazy 7 Ranch and included dinner, dancing, gifts and prizes. Anneke and Jack dePagter and their daughter and son-in-law, Yasmin and Jack Simmons, celebrated the 55th year of their Holland House Ski Lodge, which now has been sold. Nancy Davis Rickel and her mother, Barbara Davis, came from California to attend the High Hopes Tribute Dinner in Denver. Barbara was the honoree because she founded the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in 1980 and held an annual Carousel Ball in Denver for many years to raise funds. The center has relocated to the Fitzsimons Campus and is said to be the largest facility treating pediatric diabetes in the world, caring for more than 5,000 patients a year. Barbara founded the center when she learned that her daughter, Dana, had juvenile diabetes and there was no place for treatment in Denver. The Davis family lived many years in Denver before moving to California. Nancy and Barbara also put on “The Race to Erase MS” in Aspen for many years when Barbara’s late husband, Marvin Davis, owned the Aspen Skiing Company. (Nancy has MS.) The November 2005 issue of Vanity Fair magazine features a long article about oilman Davis and his many business dealings. The article was written by Mark Seal, who divides his time between Aspen and Dallas. On Halloween night the 15th annual Halloween Party was given in the Aspen Square conference room by hosts Marilyn Carruthers, Peter and Barbara Elias, Sam Hill, Fanda Kladek, Bill and Lynda Meier, Sandra Murray, Steve Serna and Bob Wargaski. Town & Country magazine has been focusing a lot lately on Aspenites. The October issue in the Parties section includes a photograph of Karyn Gerschel Lamb, daughter of Christine Aubale Gerschel, attending the “Friends of the Public Garden” gala in Boston. The same issue features an article titled “New Albany,” which is Leslie Wexner’s new pastoral community, an exclusive residential enclave, outside of Columbus, Ohio. The houses all have to adhere to a Georgian-style architecture of red brick with white detailing. There are already 4,000 residents and 800 houses, with 800 more planned. Wexner’s house is called “Abigail House” for his wife, Abigail Koppel, whom he married in 1991 (they have four children). The Wexners put on the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day, the most elaborate event on New Albany’s calendar including a full-scale carnival alongside the horse-riding events. Wexner is founder and CEO of Limited Brands, which includes the Limited, Express, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, C.O., Bigelow and Henri Bendel. He built a big house in Aspen on Red Mountain during the late 1980s.The November issue of Town & Country features in the Parties section a photo of part-time Aspenites Evelyn and Leonard Lauder attending the annual Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s “Hot Pink” fund-raiser at Manhattan’s Waldorf-Astoria. Appearing in the same issue is a full-page photo of Julia Koch, in her Palm Beach, Fla., home. Her husband, David Koch, is executive vice president of Koch Industries, the second-largest privately owned company in the United States. The Kochs also have an Aspen home by the Music Festival tent. J. Erik Fyrwald, son of Gudrun Lange Frywald of Aspen, has been named group vice president of DuPont Agriculture and Nutrition at Eli Lilly Company in Des Moines, Iowa. Fyrwald, 46, joined DuPont in 1981 as a production engineer and since then has held a variety of sales management positions, including key leadership roles as head of DuPont Engineering Polymers in the Pacific region, leader of DuPont Nylon Plastics for the Americas, and leader of global sales and marketing for Engineering Polymers. Erik also has a sister, Karin, and a brother, Ernie, who live in Aspen.”Brush Marks IV,” an exhibit of paintings by Aspenites, opens with a reception Nov. 9, at the Aspen Chapel Gallery. Showing their recent works will be Eric Auer, Royle Freund, Jan Grenda, Jennine Hough, Mary Janss, Michael Kinsley, Marina Romanov, Kathy Steele, Michael Tullio and Georgeann Waggaman. Undercurrent … it’s Christmas catalog time!

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