Great Gatsby |

Great Gatsby

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Greg Erwin and Billie Pierce were married Aug. 27, right after The Great Gatsby party on the lawn of the Aspen Historical Society. (MEH)

One of the most anticipated parties of the summer is The Great Gatsby, where everyone dresses up in 1920s and 1930s attire to enjoy a garden party on the lawn of the grand Wheeler-Stallard House. The event lasts all afternoon and includes a sit-down dinner in a tent and dancing. This year, the festivities went on and on because Billie Pierce and Greg Erwin held their wedding, performed by Dorothy Thau, under a flower-decked bower in a different part of the lawn. Then everyone continued on to the Aspen Meadows for the wedding reception.Hosts for The Great Gatsby party were Kyle Boyd, Greg Erwin, Jerry Goldman, David Grimes, Ricardo Montoya, Kent Shodeen, Kendall Chen, Jay Gatsby, George Gracis, Don Keltner, John Provine and Bob West, while the radiant bride and groom hosted the wedding reception. The wedding invitation announced that it would be the “Surprise” event that was Aspen’s worst kept secret! Greg’s son, Geoff Erwin, sang “For Sentimental Reasons,” and everyone sang “What the World Needs Now” as the bride and groom led the recessional down a grassy aisle.

Although I published photos for the past two weeks of the Molly Beattie-Tom Bedell wedding, Alice Koelle was the official photographer. She has many, many more photos of the event. People can access them on the Internet at; click on the first page, then in the upper right-hand corner there is a little tab that says “log in” and another page comes up and at the bottom it says “log in now” and asks for the user name and password. User name is Beattie/Bedell and password is 081206, the date of the wedding.A very fancy magazine is the November 2006 issue of Town & Country, which is The Party Issue, featuring 160 years of dazzling events. Highlighted as “Party Couples” are part-time Aspenites Evelyn and Leonard Lauder and Stephanie March and Bobby Flay. (Bobby is one of the favorite chefs highlighting the annual Food & Wine Magazine Classic in Aspen every summer.) One of the grand balls included in the issue is the Frick Museum Collection’s Young Fellows Ball held in New York City. It features a photo of the evening’s stars, including co-chairwomen Vera Wang, Marina Rust, Martha Loring, Elizabeth Saint-Amand, and Nathalie Gerschel Kaplan, who grew up in Aspen, the daughter of Christine Aubale Gerschel.

Holding their 16th annual Halloween Party, again with everyone in costume, in the Aspen Square Conference Room are Marilyn Carruthers, Barbara and Peter Elias, Sam Hill, Fanda Kladek, Linda and Bill Meier, Sandra Murray, Steve Serna and Bob Wargaski. Don’t forget the big annual Aspen Ski Swap planned for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3-4, at Aspen High School. Drop off for items is Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., while the Swap is Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.A “Save the Date” is Thursday, Dec. 7, when an Evening at the Crystal Palace will be held by the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf. For more information and reservations call (970) 923-2511.And another “Save the Date” is Thursday, Dec. 28, when the Freestyle fashion show will be held at the St. Regis Aspen as a benefit for the Aspen Art Museum. Sponsoring the party are Dennis Basso furs, Bulgari, Moet and Aspen Magazine. Call the Aspen Art Museum at (970) 925-8050 for reservations.Just in time for holiday gift-giving is “The Story of Modern Skiing,” a new book written by veteran ski journalist John Fry. John has been an editor, writer and activist for five decades. He was editor in chief of Ski magazine for 20 years and was the founder and editor of Snow Country magazine. He also helped found NASTAR (National Standard Race) and the Nations Cup. A review in Skiing Heritage, the journal of the International Skiing History Association, states “Fry catches the essence of a sport that has changed character faster than a snow bunny switching from baggy pants to stretch.” John chronicles the entire history of skiing as a sport, telling about the techniques, the resorts, the equipment, racing, cross-country, freestyle, extreme skiing, snowboarding, the industry, the media and the environment. He also goes into the ski culture – the way of life – and he tells stories about skiing personalities such as Toni Sailer, Jean-Claude Killy, Andrea Mead Lawrence, Nancy Greene, Billy Kidd, Phil and Steve Mahre, Pete Seibert, Howard Head and Bob Lange. Undercurrent … The last few leaves rustling in the trees!

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