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New Year’s Gala

Everybody flocks to Aspen during the holidays to attend the gala big benefit affairs and all the private parties. One of the favorites is “The Silver Queen Ball,” the New Year’s Eve gala put on by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at the St. Regis Aspen. Everyone dresses up in ball gowns and black tie and they dance the evening away until midnight and the champagne toast. Co-chairs for the gala this year were Susan Hass, Peggy Hunt and Shari Press, while the gala committee included Anthony Fama, Barbara Gold, Joyce Gruenberg and Sarah Roth. The big galas like the Silver Queen Ball and the Dennis Basso Freestyle for the Aspen Art Museum are meeting places for locals returning from their off-season vacations, second-home owners and visitors.

Charlie Brennan, a reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, spent Christmas week in Aspen … soaking up the ambience. He reported in a big feature story the day after New Year’s that “At Colorado’s most exclusive resort, a high-country magnet for opulence and celebrity, the action amps up as the temperature drops and Christmas gives way to New Year’s celebrations where the privileged and pampered pull out all the stops.” Brennan was especially impressed by the Aspen Art Museum’s Basso benefit party at the St. Regis Aspen and by sitting at the table next to Madeleine Albright at Takah Sushi. I didn’t see him at the New Year’s ball.

Jewelry designer Christopher Walling informs me that he is featured in a documentary on diamonds that will air Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. on Channel 13.



Carolyne Hyde, daughter of Aspenite Mary Ann Hyde, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of her public relations firm in Denver. Marking the anniversary, Carolyne notes that her business is community relations with a specialty in the cultivation of leadership. Her life purpose is bringing people together.

Aspen Magazine is on the stands with its Midwinter 2004 issue featuring a 30th annual look at the “Best of Aspen.” Not only do they take an irreverent look back at 2003, they highlight some of the funniest and most telling moments in 30 years of Bests. The magazine is also inaugurating what will be its annual “People of the Year” awards, which will go to newsmakers, style-makers and a few troublemakers who were notable on the Aspen scene this year.



Gerry Fox, former director of the Aspen Chamber of Commerce, is very ill with lung cancer in Hospice at Porter Hospital, 2379 S. High St., Denver CO 80210. She would love to receive cards from her Aspen friends.

Sandra Heath, who visits Aspen often and has a large collection of vintage ski clothing, is spending the winter in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she is taking art lessons and doing some painting.

Undercurrent … Aspenites have had to shovel off their roofs this winter.


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