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Metcalf, Davis to be inducted into Aspen Hall of Fame

Katie Redding
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Mead Metcalf

ASPEN ” Aspen musical theater pioneer Frank “Mead” Metcalf and philanthropist and volunteer Marian Lyeth Davis will be inducted into the Aspen Hall of Fame this winter.

Metcalf was founder and owner of The Crystal Palace, a venue for cabaret dinner entertainment and satiric musical revues that opened its Hyman Avenue doors on July 1, 1957. In a town where the average life expectancy of a restaurant is just three years, The Crystal Palace operated continuously for 51 years, hosting its final revues on April 12, 2008. Metcalf also purchased a second dinner theater in the ’80s, called The Grande Finale.

A past president of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, Metcalf also served on the Board of the Music Associates of Aspen, annually hosted the benefit for The Aspen Camp School for the Deaf and contributed his talents to the Wintersköl celebration.

The first honorary trustee of Les Dames d’Aspen, Davis has served the community through volunteerism on boards ranging from Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Aspen Valley Hospital, Aspen Music Festival and School, Aspen Historical Society and the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation. She has also been a long-time “Blue Lady” at Aspen Valley Hospital and the honorary director of Seniors Independent. When she first moved to Aspen, she founded the Aspen Episcopal Church with long-time local Peggy Rowland.

Davis is a generous contributor to Aspen organizations and gave an easement to Pitkin County for the creation of the Hunter Creek Trail. The land for Rubey Park, Aspen’s downtown transit station, was donated by Marian’s family and her husband, Bill Rubey.

The induction will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31, at Aspen Meadows’ Doerr-Hosier Center. Tickets, invitations and RSVP cards will be mailed during the last week of December. Reservations, at $100 each, may also be made after Jan. 1 by downloading the RSVP form from The deadline for reservations is Jan. 23.

“It is an honor to have the privilege of recognizing two such outstanding citizens who have given so much of themselves to this community for over 50 years,” said Aspen Hall of Fame President Sue Helm.

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