Holidays |


Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
At the opening party for the Hyatt Grand Aspen are, left to right, Eric and Marcia Carman and Buddy Ortega. (MEH photo)

The Christmas-New Year’s holiday in Aspen is hectic, crazy, full of parties … and so much fun. There are so many events every single day, so here are just a few. I’ll keep catching up for weeks to come!The Hyatt Grand Aspen opened with a gala party – there were tours of the new hotel (which takes up a whole block) and a cocktail party for guests in a big tent that was decorated like a scene out of “Arabian Nights.” During the holiday week, Gorsuch held a book-signing party at its Cooper Avenue shop for Charlotte Moss, who has written a book titled “Winter House” that describes life in her Hallam Street house during the winter months, especially during the holiday season. And Aspen Magazine gave its annual holiday cocktail party at The Caribou Club.The New Year started off with lots of national publicity for Aspen and Aspenites. The February issue of Architectural Digest magazine (on the stands now) includes an 11-page article with lots and lots of photos of Dena Kaye’s home on St. Bart’s. Dena wrote the article and her partner, Dick Fallin, did the architectural design. They totally rebuilt a beachside house, which they will rent during the summers when they are spending time in their Aspen house. The same issue of the magazine includes an article about an immense remodel of a house in Telluride, which was photographed by Aspen photographer David Marlow. The February issue of Country Living magazine includes an eight-page article – again with lots of photographs – of the 1897 cabin-type home of Cynthia and Frank Goldsmith in Aspen. The Goldsmiths chose a novel way to design the house: They wrote a story about an 1890s silver miner and how he built the house, and then they followed the story in the design. First the miner built the original cabin, then added here and there, and finally built a barn. All the buildings are incorporated into the house.And you have to see the very formal and dignified portrait of writer Mark Seal in the contributor’s section of the February issue of Vanity Fair magazine. Mark wrote the article tracing the scandal surrounding Lapo Elkann, the dashing grandson of Fiat visionary Gianni Agnelli, who, in spite of great wealth and power, descended into drugs and the company of prostitutes.

The Dec. 19, 2005, issue of Sports Illustrated features a glowing review of Janet Guthrie’s book, “Janet Guthrie: Life at Full Throttle.” Janet was the first female finisher, in 1978, of the Indianoplis 500 but was subjected to harassment and prejudice from the male drivers and sportswriters. She now gets her due. Writer Charles Hirshberg says, “Guthrie has turned out an uplifting work that is one of the best books ever written about racing-and establishes her as one of the sport’s most eloquent voices.” Janet has also been named to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies in late April will be broadcast on the Speed Channel. Renee Schine Crown was written up in the Winter 2005-2006 issue of Syracuse University magazine. The university for decades had tried to establish a student union; it was finally constructed in 1985, following a naming gift from university trustee Renee Schine Crown in honor of her parents. Renee graduated from Syracuse with the Class of 1950. The Crown family owns the Aspen Skiing Company.”The Powder Road” is a new book written by Stephan Drake, Gavin Cummings, Oskar Enander and Mark Smith. It is about four friends, two camper trucks, four snowmobiles and a several-thousand-mile road trip from Boulder through Canada and Alaska in search of untouched powder. A review in the Denver Post states, “The dream of ski bums everywhere has been captured in a new book aptly named ‘The Powder Road.'” Stephan Drake is the son of Aspenite Lenir Drake. A retrospective of Cherie Hiser’s nearly four-decade career in photography is being held this month at the Photographic Image Gallery in Portland, Ore.

Cherie lived in Aspen during the 1960s and 1970s and established the Center of the Eye photographic school. She left here for Santa Fe and then moved to Portland, where she still lives. Cherie’s career began with Minor White at the Portland Art Museum and touched the careers of the 20th century’s most prominent names in the art world including Ansel Adams and Jeanne Adams, Hunter S. Thompson, Jerry Uelsmann, Imogen Cunningham, Walter Chappell, Leon Uris, Ruth Bernhard, Lee Friedlander, Paul Soldner, Shel Silverstein and Nathan Lyons. The Town Center Booksellers in Basalt and Aspen Filmfest have started a new program called The Town Center Film Club which will meet regularly, on the third Sunday of each month at 6 p.m. to discuss the world of film and a specific movie chosen for each month.Undercurrent … The flower and vegetable garden seed catalogs have arrived and hours are spent reading them and planning next summers’ gardens. Also the flower catalogs are in time for the children to cut out the pictures and paste them on their white doily Valentines.

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