Every holiday season Sojourner magazine honors a few Aspenites for their contributions to the Aspen community and then holds a big cocktail party at the Hotel Jerome to celebrate. This year the honorees were Mary Jane Garth, Mary and Jim Hayes and George Stranahan. About 450 people came to the party and had a fabulous time. A few weeks ago I wrote about brothers David Eckenrode and John Eckenrode of Durango who, along with John Sheedy of Tucson, won the prize for Best Documentary at the Harlem International Film Festival in New York City. The film, “El Inmigrante,” has also been shown at the Santa Fe Film Festival and has been accepted into the Big Sky Film Festival in Missoula, Mont. The Eckenrodes are the sons of former Aspenite Peggy Marolt-Mancos and Tom Eckenrode of Durango and the grandsons of the late Opal and Mike Marolt of Aspen. The film tells the story of a young Mexican migrant who was shot on one of his journeys north.Ann Hyde and daughter Olivia spent time in Honolulu in November, where they attended “Godspell” at the Punahou Theatre and the grand opening of the new Science Center at the Bishop Museum, which features volcanos. Then it was on to the Art Academy for Family Day and an exhibit of masks. Olivia spent time in Honolulu attending Summer School at Punahou this past summer.
Former Aspenite Victoria Johnson is still battling cancer in Texas. Recently giving a show and sale of Victoria’s bedding and pillows in Aspen were Judy Alexander, Sandy Iglehart and Marjorie Wallace.Janis Nark was recently in Washington, D.C., for Veterans Day since she is on the Board of Directors of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. She gets to be on the dais at every ceremony and meets some awesome people. She was photographed with General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the first Marine to hold that position.”Save the Dates” for next year are already arriving. On Feb. 18 at the St. Regis Aspen there will be a James Bond “Live and Let Live” party for the benefit of the Aspen Center for Integrative Health. The evening will include a casino with lots of games, cocktails, silent and live auctions, a Mardi Gras parade, and dancing until midnight with entertainment by New Orleans music legend, Dr. John. For more information or reservations, call the Center for Integrative Health at (970) 920-2957, ext. 1.Undercurrent … the comforting roar of the snowmakers on the mountain.
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