March Parties |

March Parties

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

There were so many parties during March that I am just now catching them up.Carol Kurt, president of the Aspen Chapter of the Colorado Mountain Club, and her husband, Tom Kurt, were hosts for a gathering of both Mountain Club members and visitors from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Aspen’s sister city in Germany. Six months earlier the citizens of Garmisch welcomed the Colorado Mountain Club as ambassadors from Aspen, entertaining them graciously for one week. There were happy reunions as the Germans and Americans renewed friendships at the Kurts’ home and on the ski slopes.The Aspen Chapter of the Colorado Mountain Club will be offering summer courses on mountaineering, leadership and mountain-oriented first aid. Persons interested in club membership, an activity schedule and the courses should contact Carol Kurt at 925-6648.Mid-March included the lively Actors Ball given at the Hotel Jerome by the Aspen Theatre in the Park. Partygoers went as their favorite stage, film or TV character or in “Aspen chic.” The evening included dinner, dancing and entertainment by Aspen Theatre in the Park Company members and students from the Aspen School of Theatre Arts. The kids covered the party with vintage cameras and note pads, acting as photographers and reporters covering the party.A big party coming up this summer will be “Buddha Barre,” the Summer Sizzler given at the St. Regis by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. The evening will feature the world of Buddha Barre – a magical space filled with oriental spices, aromas and melodies on exotic instruments, as well as a dinner, a performance by Thai dancers and dancing into the night. Co-chairs are Peggy Hunt and Pamela Levy Crandall. For further information, call Robin Cole, development director, at (970) 925-7175, ext. 15.Longtime Aspenite Stefan Shearer is now living in Taos, N.M.Mike Taets, president of Wells Fargo Bank Aspen, and his wife have been in Oahu and Kauai, Hawaii. Mike won the trip through the bank.Also just back from vacationing at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Oahu are Elsbeth and Kurt Wigger of Sopris restaurant in Carbondale.The May issue of Town & Country magazine features a photograph of Karyn Gerschel Lamb, who was co-chairman of the annual fund-raiser in Boston given by the Young Friends of the Public Gardens. The purpose of the party was to support and preserve the Public Garden (America’s oldest), Boston Common and Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Karyn takes after her mother, Christine Aubale Gerschel, who chairs many benefits in Aspen.The Aspen home of architect Gretchen Greenwood is featured in the May issue of Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazine.Raising money for a challenge grant for Challenge Aspen are Karen and Warren Ohlrich of Who Press. In October Warren will run the 26.2-mile marathon in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Karen will run the 13.1-mile half-marathon.Away for most of the winter were Gabriella Bursten and Dale Dillingham. They went to Cape Town, South Africa; Singapore; and the Yucatan.Jeanne McGovern and Rob Small announce the birth of a son, Zachary Richard Small, Feb. 25 in Aspen Valley Hospital.Megan and Tom Twitchell and older brother, Henry David, welcome twins Amelia Clark and Samuel Casimir on April 9. Maternal grandparents are Kathryn and John Koch of Aspen and Carol and David Hauter of Glenwood Springs. Paternal grandparents are the late Agnes and Henry Frances Twitchell of Yonkers, N.Y. Undercurrent … Everything is getting green, green, green.