September 18, 2003
They came from near and far, and the Oldtimers had such a good time talking over the old days and seeing each other, showing photos of kids and grandkids and finding out what everyone is doing now … most are retired. The party, which was founded and held for many years by Betty and Art Pfister and the late Margaret Albouy, has now been taken over by HeritageAspen, Aspen’s Historical Society, much to everyone’s delight. It is an Aspen tradition that no one wanted to give up.In keeping with news of old-timers, had a note from Janet Lewis Fedrizzi, informing me that her father, Dr. Robert Lewis, will be celebrating his 90th birthday on Oct. 6. Dr. Lewis was a family doctor in Aspen during the 1940s and 1950s, and delivered most of the babies of that era in the old Miner’s Hospital (where the co-housing is now located). Janet reports that Dr. Lewis is happily married to Mimi (Miriam) and both are in pretty good health. They have lived in Emmett, a small Idaho town near Boise, for many years and are able to drive to the grocery and to doctors. Mimi’s daughter Mary lives nearby, so they have some family close. Four of his kids, Julie, Nancy, Chuck and Janet, live in Colorado and one, Carol, lives in Oregon. Dr. Lewis is the last surviving sibling (of five) in his original family. His brother, Jake Lewis, was a silver miner who also lived in Aspen many years. Dr. Lewis’ first wife, Connie, died about five years ago in Glenwood Springs. People wishing to send Dr. Lewis birthday greetings can write Robert C. Lewis, 751 Liberty Lane, Emmett, ID 83617. The phone number is (208) 365-6220.Coming later this month for a visit in Aspen are Alice Nicholson-Vigil and her brother, Mark Nicholson, children of Ellen and Hod Nicholson, who were longtime Aspenites. Alice and Mark were born and grew up here.An off-season event will be the Aspen Antique & Decorative Arts Fair, with more than 40 exhibitors from around the world showcasing fine antiques and home decorative items. It will be held Thursday, Sept. 25, through Sunday, Sept. 28, in Paepcke Park. Sponsors are Mountain Living magazine, Aspen Chamber Resort Association, HeritageAspen, Stay Aspen/Snowmass, Labor Source, the Aspen Catalogue and Vaughn-Fetzer Productions. Tickets are being sold through HeritageAspen at (970) 925-3721.A gathering to celebrate the life and work of the late Aspen photographer Nicholas DeVore III will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m. in the Aspen Institute’s Paepcke Auditorium. Nicholas’ photographs will be on display (from Sept. 5 to Oct. 1) in the David Floria Gallery. A reception for the show will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. right after the gathering at Paepcke Auditorium.Dorismarie Welcher, who often spends time in Aspen, celebrated her 76th birthday with a luncheon at her home in New York City.Had a note from Jess and Carla Beachcomber Lutz. They are spending September in Hawaii, October in Russia, November in Italy, January in Greece, February in Costa Rica and March in Aspen.Undercurrent … the chamisa plants (rabbit brush) are blooming and look like giant bouquets of yellow flowers.