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Spring Fling

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

The Aspen Community Church started a new tradition Saturday night with the first presentation of “Spring Fling,” a musical tribute to the songs of spring. With so many alumni of The Crystal Palace living in the valley, it seemed only natural for them to get together and sing the songs of Broadway as a benefit for the church. Church members are hoping that the performance will become as much a tradition in Aspen as the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

The evening started with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction in the Fellowship Hall, and then the concert was held in front of the huge organ in the church sanctuary. Singing their favorite springtime songs were the Broadway Players, the Mood Elevators, the Altitones, the Sophisticated Ladies, Valerie Lee and the Rocky Tops BarberShop Quartet, and the Jeannie Walla Trio with Tim Fox and Tom Paxton. Jeannie Walla was the master of ceremonies for the evening, and performed as well. Some of the soloists included Jeff Bestic, Scott MacCracken, Julie Paxton, Meredith Daniel, Valerie Lee and Terra Vestrand, Debbie Welden, and Gary Daniel.

The idea for the Spring Fling was Debbie Welden’s and she was chairman of the event.

Because it drew such an eclectic group of Aspenites and was one of the big moments in the spring offseason, I will keep the column short and just use photos.


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