Once Independence Pass opens, Jim and I like to drive over to Leadville and spend a day. We have breakfast at The Golden Burro, then Jim goes to the junkyard to get car parts, and I wander up and down the streets, taking photographs of the wonderful Victorian houses. I always save some time to rummage around in Hillery and Bruce McCalister’s Western Hardware on Main Street because it is filled with antiques and nostalgic old-time treasures. Since the building is so large, they have their own antiques and they also rent rooms to other antique shops, so there is an eclectic mix. I found a book that I wanted that had been out of print since the 1940s. There also has to be time to visit the Delaware Hotel and have a tour of the Opera House.Carla Peltonen took her daughter, Erika, for a week in Paris in the springtime. Erika then traveled on to Italy for another week. Since Erika was a little girl, Carla had promised her the trip to Paris because Carla had lived there during the late 1960s (she sang and danced in an American Club). Erika has now moved to Seattle. Carla and her writing partner, Molly Swanton, have a new book published this month by Berklay-Jove. The title is “In The Cold,” and the story takes place in and around Aspen and features abandoned silver mines. Carla and Molly write under the pen name of Lynn Erickson.Sara Horn, daughter of Kim Coates and Michael Horn, has completed her freshman year at the University of Vermont. Sara made the Dean’s List both semesters and plans to spend her summer vacation working as a counselor at a tennis camp in the Boston area and at home in Aspen.Courtney Sheeley, daughter of Jill and Don Sheeley, is a junior at Westminster Prep School in Westminster, Conn. She received a commendation in chemistry and she also played varsity tennis.Graduating May 10 from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley was Aspenite Kayla Holmbeck. She majored in math with an emphasis in statistics and minored in chemistry. Kayla was named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement and was a member of the National Honor Society.Several Aspenites received athletic awards this spring at Suffield Academy in Suffield, Conn. Katherine Hoffmaster, a senior, was awarded a varsity letter in girls lacrosse. Katie is the daughter of Casey and Tom Hoffmaster of Aspen. Callie Long, a sophomore, was awarded a varsity letter in girls tennis. Callie is the daughter of Jackie Long of Aspen. Matthew Shifrin, a sophomore, was awarded a varsity letter in boys lacrosse. Matt is the son of George Shifrin of Aspen and Caroline Nienstedt of Aspen.Karin (Reid) and Jim Offield and Roy Reid will be giving a private dinner party at the Crystal Palace in Aspen on Saturday evening, June 21, in honor of the memory of the late Kay Reid, a lifelong music lover. Kay devoted much of her time and energy toward the development of the Aspen Music Festival and School and the establishment of the Edward Kettering Marsh Music Room in the Pitkin County Library. People who received invitations are reminded to call the Crystal Palace, and if any of Kay’s friends did not receive an invitation but would like to attend, they may call Karin at (231) 526-0915.Sorry to report the death from cancer on March 9 of former Aspenite Bette Stroud in Ashland, Ore., where she and her husband, Walter C. Stroud, had been living the past several years. Bette had a gift shop in Aspen called the Golconda from 1959 to 1974 in four different locations. Her fourth location was her own building, now occupied by Mason & Morse Realtors. Walt, an actor, played the part of Robert Redford’s father in the film “Downhill Racer” by James Salter.The July 2003 issue of House Beautiful magazine includes an article with many photographs of the guest house recently remodeled and decorated by Evelyn and Leonard Lauder. The guest house was next door to the Lauder’s Aspen home out by the Music Tent. After they acquired it, they made it over into an Alpine ski lodge, including many of the Lauder’s vintage ski posters. Undercurrent … Everyone is returning from their mud-season getaways.
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