Jason Binn, CEO of Niche Publications and Aspen Peak magazine, held a big party during the holidays at the Hotel Jerome. Guests of honor were Jill St. John and Robert Wagner, who graced the cover of the winter issue of the magazine. On hand to help Jason greet the multitude of guests were Lori Burgess, Cheryl Foerster, Alex Halperin and Leigh Jude Vogel.
And now Aspenites can look forward to all the winter galas. One of the first is the James Bond evening at the St. Regis Aspen, Saturday, Feb. 18, a benefit for the Aspen Center for Integrative Health. The evening will include a casino, silent and live auctions, a Mardi Gras parade, live dancers and a live show, dinner, and then dancing until midnight with entertainment by New Orleans music legend, Dr. John. For reservations call (970} 925-2957.Julia Hansen is well into her Theater Masters winter season at the Black Box Theater at Aspen High School. “Take Ten” will be presented Feb. 6 at 7:45 p.m. Then there will be new play readings of “The Gigolo Confessions of Baile Breag” March 13 at 7:45 p.m. and “The Mysteries of Harry Burdick” March 27 at 7:45 p.m. For information about the winter acting classes, call (970) 948-9484.Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis was the subject of a long article in a recent article in CNN Traveler international magazine. The article ends with the observation that “Braudis is concerned that after his generation steps down, real estate prices will finally turn Aspen into just another sterile playground for just the wealthy, that his community will die without the vibrancy of diversity.”The program for the Aspen Writers’ Foundation’s Summer Words has been announced for June 24-29, with four-day workshops being given by Amy Bloom teaching fiction, Ron Carlson teaching advanced fiction, Ted Conover teaching creative nonfiction, Pam Houston teaching the short story, and Christopher Merrill teaching poetry. There will also be two-day symposia with Laura Fraser teaching travel writing and Gary Ferguson teaching magazine writing. Two-day literature appreciation workshops will include Patricia Limerick teaching literature of the West and Luis Torres teaching Chicana Literature. For information and to make reservations call the foundation at (970) 925-3122.Skiing Heritage Week, presented by the International Skiing History Association, will be held April 4-9 in Vail, with ski legends in attendance and everyone staying at The Lodge at Vail. There will be parties, dinners and, of course, a lot of skiing. For information and reservations contact Sarah Akeroyd at the Vail Chamber & Business Association at 241 S. Frontage Rd. East, Suite 2, Vail CO 81657.Undercurrent … There is finally some heat in the sun. The flowers are blooming in the upstairs dormer window – the pink cyclamen, the pink and the white orchids, the red geranium, and some others that I don’t know the names of.
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