Ringing in ’05
New Year’s is a time of celebration in Aspen with a gala dinner-dance at the St. Regis hotel given by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and an annual Black-Eyed Pea buffet given for good luck in the new year by Marian Davis. Victoria H. Work, a first-year student at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, was named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement during the fall semester. Victoria is the daughter of Stephanie and Horace Work of Snowmass Village and attended Aspen High School.Aspen artist Wewer Keohane is included in a show titled “Wild Women of Progessive Art 5.0,” which opens with a reception Saturday, Feb. 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. KNCB Moore dropped off a menu from “The Forge in the Forest” restaurant in Carmel, Calif. A featured salad is “The Francis Whitaker Blacksmith Salad” of organic field greens with crumbled blue cheese, red onions, sliced pears, oranges and spicy pecans tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette. Francis Whitaker had a blacksmith shop in Carmel for many years and served on the City Council there. Then he moved to Aspen, had his blacksmith shop here on Hopkins Avenue and was an Aspen City Councilman. He retired to Carbondale where he had his blacksmith shop at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School.
Queen Noor of Jordan, best-selling author and international humanitarian activist, will give a reading and talk for the “Winter Words” program of the Aspen Writers’ Foundation on Thursday, Feb. 17. The presentation, which takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the Hotel Jerome, is expected to sell out early. Tickets are $30 each at the Wheeler Opera House. The 2005 Winter Words program continues with authors Pam Houston on March 1, Candace Bushnell on March 10, and McKay Jenkins on March 26.On Feb. 26, the Aspen Writers’ Foundation is teaming up with the Aspen Art Museum to present a women’s writing workshop led by Sheri Gaynor. Participants will study the art of creative journaling using easy tools and techniques. The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the AAM’s educational studio in the Red Brick Center for the Arts. Information and registration are through the Aspen Art Museum, 925-8050.Photographer Nora Feller was in town to cover the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. She told me that a few weeks ago Madame Figaro magazine in Paris had a big article about the best ski resorts in the world. Aspen and Jackson Hole were the only ones mentioned in the United States. The article included nice mentions of the best hotels in Aspen, The Little Nell and the Jerome. Nora and her husband, François Couturier, moved to Cannes in France last year after being residents of Aspen for many years.The 18th annual Sneaker Ball held by Al Gross will be Friday, March 18, at the St. Regis. Tickets are $125 per person and will be sold at the hotel ballroom on the afternoon of the event. Allison Scott, the communications director at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, helped present a recent “Salute to Escoffier,” paying homage to the first celebrity chef with a seven-course all-French buffet. August Escoffier (1846-1935) created Peach Melba. Allison’s son, Jeremy Abbott, took home gold in the junior men’s event at the State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships held recently in Portland, Ore. Abbott, 19, is a Cheyenne Mountain High School graduate and trains at the World Arena in Colorado Springs.Frequent Aspen visitor Sandra Dallas recently reviewed two nonfiction books for The Denver Post: “Brothels, Bordellos & Bad Girls1860-1930,” by Jan MacKell, and “Western Voices: 125 Years of Colorado Writing,” edited by Steve Grinstead and Ben Fogelberg. Sandra is a novelist and specializes in historical regional nonfiction for the Denver Post reviews.Undercurrent … It’s unbelievable – Aspen lost three of its colorful characters in January: Harley Baldwin, Tukey Koffend and Dr. Bill Comcowich.
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