New Year’s Day Marian Davis always gives a black-eyed pea buffet that lasts from noon until 5 p.m. and it seems that half of Aspen comes and goes. Robert Suter of European Caterers prepares a wonderful Southern repast and everyone hopes to find a dime in their black-eyed peas as that means good luck for all next year. Right after New Year’s Klaus Obermeyer and his staff at Sport Obermeyer feted reps from sports shops all over the country who came to see the new line of ski apparel. There were days of skiing, evenings of cocktail parties at the Library at the Hotel Jerome and, of course, looking over the new styles.At the Marian Davis buffet, had a chance to talk with Nikki Ferrari and her husband, David Poole. They used to live in one of Marian’s apartments but have now bought their own condo on Hyman and First. This year David, a filmmaker, filmed a movie in Iceland with Clint Eastwood titled “Flags of Our Fathers.” Nikki has the Hawaii Gold Kona Coffee Company in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. She entered her little dog, Anthony, in the Wintersköl Parade and he was awarded “Best of Show” for his “rhinestone cowboy ski bum” costume.Spending the Christmas holidays at The Inn at Biltmore House in North Carolina were Mary Ann Hyde, her daughters Ann and Olivia Hyde, her son Art Hyde, and Mary Ann’s sister, her child and grandchild.
In November the Aspen Community Theatre’s cast of “Pippin” were guests at an opening-night party hosted by Beavie Budwell and Geraldine Whitman. Local restaurants provided the goodies for the party, which was held at the Aspen District Theatre after the show.An Author Salon Series will be held during Winter Words, given by the Aspen Writers’ Foundation that will include words, wine and fine foods. Saturday, Jan. 28, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Frank McCourt, author of “Angela’s Ashes” and “Teacher Man,” will give a reading and talk at 5:30 p.m. at the Wheeler Opera House. A reception will follow at 7 p.m. at the home of Alayne and John Kane. Thursday, Feb. 23, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lorraine Adams, author of “Harbor,” will give a reading and talk at 5:30 p.m. at The Given Institute. A reception will follow at 7 p.m. at the home of Elaine and Harris Cahn. In honor of Valentine’s Day, Ann Patchet, author of “Bel Canto,” will hold an author chat and luncheon at noon Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the home of Holly Dreman. Other events, which I will announce later, are planned for March. To make reservations for these events, call the Writers’ Foundation at 925-3122.Undercurrent … This has been the winter to see people falling on the ice on the street in front of you … or to have your friends explain their cast, “I fell on the ice.”
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