James Bond gala
With tuxedos, ball gowns and lots of Mardi Gras beads, guests attended the third annual James Bond Gala on Feb. 18 at the St. Regis Aspen. The event was a benefit for the Aspen Center for Integral Health (formerly the Aspen Center for Integrative Health) and its partners, Pathfinders, the Children’s Health Foundation and Goldie Hawn’s Bright Light Foundation. It was a gala evening with card games and roulette wheels, dining and dancing, and a special performance by New Orleans music legend Dr. John. Those party-giving men gave the Wine Party recently at Blondie’s Cabin on Aspen Mountain. Hosts included Peter Belski, Bill Bindley, Don Crawford, Jack Crawford, Walter Glass, Reuben Hedlund, Sid Hendricks, Ron Krajian, Jack Cronin, Steve Nardi, Ed Peterson, W.T. Ray and Jim Riley. The party was dedicated to the late Gene Reardon.
It is that time of year for picnics in the snow … The Snowmass Picnic was also held recently at the Spider Sabich Center on Snowmass Mountain. Hosts were Dick Stephenson, Jerry Elder, Henry Fella, Jerry Goldman, Cal Gray, John Guiltinan, Fran Hoffman, Donald Keltner, Rodney Knutson, Jerry McCallion, Dick Osur, Philip Salet, Colby Sandlian, Ronald Soderling and Stan Starn. Oscar night, Billie Pierce and Greg Erwin hosted their annual black-tie affair at their home on West Francis Street. Another party for the Oscars was a benefit for Filmfest given by Peak magazine, The Ritz Carlton Aspen and Filmfest. (Photos in a later column). Cast-glass artist Lee Lyon is featured in an article in the April 2006 issue of Cowboys & Indians magazine. Lee’s work can be seen at Sardella Fine Art in Aspen and Spiro Lyon Glass in Carbondale. Lee and his partner, Jacqueline Spiro, create coffee tables, doors, windows and walls of the cast glass.
The March 6 issue of High Country News includes an article about Aspen and other Western towns that are trying to put a dent in global warming. It describes how Aspen City Attorney John Worcester and John Katzenberger, director of the Aspen Global Change Institute, devised the city’s Canary Initiative, named for the proverbial canary in the coal mine. It includes an assessment of the impacts of global warming on Aspen, an inventory of the greenhouse gas emissions produced by Aspen as a whole, and a full-time staff member to help the town and its citizens to reduce their impact on global warming. A big photograph of Aspen Mayor Helen Klanderud introduces the article.Undercurrent … the robins are back in my neighborhood!
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