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Shitkicker’s Ball

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

October in Aspen is pretty quiet, but then there is the annual Shitkicker’s Ball at the Hotel Jerome given by Kyle Boyd, Stan Seligman, Joan and Kent Shodeen, Sandra and Jim Dukas, Howard Nitschke, Nell Graham, John Werning, Lyn Segal, Kelley Carson, Joanie and Lee Leavenworth, Peggy Briscoe, Mimi Glas and Georgann and Ken Moore. The party is a great one as everyone dresses up in Western duds; the music for the dancing is by Network and the dance floor stays crowded. The menu is just about my favorite – ranch fare of meatloaf and gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans and ice-cream sundaes for dessert.The new television show “Desperate Housewives” is getting a lot of press. This week the five housewives are featured on the cover and with a feature story in Newsweek. One of the stars of the show is Felicity Huffman, daughter of Grace Huffman of Woody Creek. Felicity plays the part of Lynette Scavo, a hurried and harried former corporate shark turned stay-at-home mom. She’s dealing with four hellion sons and an oblivious husband who wants to get to work on the fifth.

With a big celebration at Bumps at Buttermilk on Saturday night, Nov. 27, “The Big Guy” David Meeker celebrated his 50th birthday. David is that tall bodyguard at most of the Aspen parties.Anna R. Anderson of Carbondale is serving this year as a junior adviser at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Anna, as one of the 36 junior advisers on campus, will serve as a peer counselor, mediator and resource person for first-year students living in college residences. A junior English major, Anna is the daughter of Sue and Robert Anderson of Carbondale. A 2002 graduate of Colorado Rocky Mountain School, she was on the women’s outdoor track team at Bates from 2002 to 2004.

The mail is full of invitations! So many open houses and parties coming up!At his studio in the Basalt Design Center, off Willits Lane, jewelry designer Scott Keating will be holding a designer sample sale on Friday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 4, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Our son, Clayton Hayes, is a structural engineer with his own office in Honolulu, and he recently had Aspen sightings. He was walking across the campus of Puna Hau School where his wife, Donna Hayes, is a teacher and someone leaned out of a car window and shouted his name. It was Jane Dunbar, who was visiting her brother, Ned Murphy, a psychiatrist in Honolulu. Longtime Aspenites Jane and her husband, Chuck Dunbar, now live in West Palm Beach, Fla. Then Clayton was hired by an architect to be the engineer for a big mansion on the Big Island of Hawaii, and the contractor is John Fisher, longtime shop teacher at Aspen High School. John was surprised to see Clayton, who had taken architectural drawing from John when Clayton was a student at Aspen High School.And speaking of Hawaii … the winter issue of Aspen Sojourner magazine features a cover photo and article written by Jay Cowan about Andy Irons of Kauai, Hawaii, who in 2002 was named world champion in professional surfing and his brother, Bruce Irons, who is ranked No. 5 in the Surfers Poll for 2004. They are the sons of Danielle Tache Irons and her husband, Phil Irons, of Kauai. Danielle grew up in Aspen and is the daughter of Marie and Yvan Tache. Danielle’s brother, skiing great Mark Tache, is helping manage the boys’ careers. When my daughter, Lauri Hayes, and I went to Hawaii for Clayton and Donna’s wedding in 1982, we later spent a day on Kauai with Danielle and her family. The boys were just toddlers then.Undercurrent … This is starting off to be a REAL Aspen winter.


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