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Silver Baron Ball

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

The Silver Baron Ball given by HeritageAspen (the former Aspen Historical Society) was an evening of fun, gambling, dinner and dancing at the Hotel Jerome.

Patrons also had their photographs taken in a No. 1 chairlift in front of an historic photo of Aspen. Winning the most (play) money at the gambling tables and getting to wear the Jim Hayes silver belt buckles for a year were Kyle Boyd and Paula Loud. Kyle was named Silver Baron … he won the buckle last year too, so he gets to wear it another year. Paula was named Silver Queen. Jeanne Walla premiered her new dance orchestra, and Dance Hall Girls from The Dance Connection put on a riotous show.

In town this week are former Aspenites Whitney Parsons, who has moved near Baltimore, and Anna Guerrero, who is living in the Dominican Republic.

This is the perfect retirement. Dr. William Comcowich, who drove trucks when he was in college, has remained in love with trucks. After his retirement this autumn, he got a job driving a brand-new 18-wheeler freightliner, hauling team gear for all of the Air Force Academy’s away football games.

His driving partner is Jack Frost (who was born in Snowflake, Ariz.) and they have already made the first trip … to the San Francisco Bowl on New Year’s Eve. Frost is a retired art teacher and he and Comcowich became friends because they are both members of the American Truck Historical Society and both own antique Mack trucks. Comcowich also owns an antique GMC truck and a freightliner. When he was practicing dentistry, Comcowich often would go to Australia to drive in those big truck convoys. He always drives one of his antique trucks in the Aspen Fourth of July parade.

Spending last week at The Residence Hotel were Alfred Wall and his sons, Franz and Ale, of Graz, Austria, where Alfred has the largest packaging company in Europe. Mike Harmon, who is the concierge at The Residence, attended the Prada party last week at the Aspen Mountain Club at the Sundeck … and won the Prada ski suit.

In town is David Cornell, who owns Cowboys and Indians magazine.

Sculptor Gene Adcock will be sculpting in Italy during March, April and May.

A 10-page article with many photos in the April issue of House Beautiful magazine features the Aspen home of interior designer Linda Bedell. The home is described as a “Rocky Mountain farmhouse.”

The March 2003 issue of Town and Country magazine includes a photo and story about Barbara Davis and her Merry-Go-Round Carousel of Hope Ball which raised $4.5 million to help combat juvenile diabetes. The ball is now held in Beverly Hills … Barbara and her husband, Marvin Davis, used to hold it in Denver.

A new children’s book titled “Do Dogs Dream?” has been written, illustrated and published by Aspenites Katy Etheridge and ChiChi Villaloz. They have named their publishing company Malamute Press in honor of ChiChi’s malamute.

A recent gathering at the home of Gail Stanger featured former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris speaking about the vote recounts when Bush and Gore were running for president. The event was organized by Linda McCausland, head of the Pitkin County Republican Committee. Katherine is the sister of Walt Harris, who owns Syzygy restaurant in Aspen.

Friends of Africa will be presenting Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher, National Geographic award-winning photographers and authors, in a multimedia and book-signing event on Sunday, March 9, at 6 p.m. in Paepcke Auditorium. The event is titled “Africa Ceremonies through the Eyes of Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher.” The evening will also feature a reception, dinner and African bazaar. For reservations call Scarlett Adams at (970) 923-2466.

On Thursday, March 6, at 5:30 p.m. at Paepcke Auditorium, the Aspen Writers’ Foundation will present best-selling author Ethan Canin in a lecture-film presentation about his story “The Palace Thief,” which was the inspiration of the film “The Emperor’s Club.” Canin will talk about the book-to-film process. Tickets for the discussion and film are $15. They are available at the Wheeler Box Office, Explore BookSellers, the Aspen Book Store and at the door.

Chris and Guy deLuca have bought a house in Carbondale.

In town at his place at The Durant is Victor Lownes, the former head of Playboy in London.

Dorothy Wildman recently gave a ladies luncheon at the Aspen Mountain Club to thank everyone who was so kind when she dealt with a finger injury sustained while skiing.

Undercurrent … I don’t know what made me think of this, but I remember we had friends in the late 1950s who left Aspen “because they wanted to live where people were more normal and middle American.”


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