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St. Patrick’s Dinner

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
The Shecter Family waits for their St. Patrick's Day dinner number to be called. MEH photo.

An Aspen tradition for many years, the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at St. Mary Catholic Church draws crowds of locals and visitors. Everyone waits in a tent outside the church until their dinner number is called. Then dinner is served family-style at long tables and musicians stroll through the dining room singing Irish songs. Everyone has such a good time.Judith Swift and Dick Osur announced their marriage on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. They were married on top of Aspen Mountain, behind the Gondola Building near where the Saturday concerts are held. Judge Brooke Peterson conducted the ceremony with only two witnesses (friends from their former home, Rochester, N.Y.). The couple will honeymoon this fall on a monthlong trip to Australia and New Zealand.The Irish are not only great singers, but they are exceptional storytellers. Capitalizing on this, the Aspen Summer Words 2005 Literary Festival of the Aspen Writers’ Foundation will feature speakers and teachers from the Emerald Isle. A dozen of Ireland’s A-list of contemporary literature will be here, including Frank McCourt, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Angela’s Ashes,” Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Moy Sand,” Edna O’Brien, author of “The Country Girls,” Nuala O’Faolain, author of “Are You Somebody?” Polly Devlin, broadcaster, filmmaker, art critic, and author of “All of Us There,” and Colum McCann, author of “This Side of Brightness.”The Summer Words Festival will be held June 26-30 at the Hotel Jerome. Participants have two choices: the Literary Festival, which includes author readings and talks, interviews, publishing industry panels, private consultations with editors and agents, literary awards and social gatherings. Then there is the Writing Retreat, which offers creative writing and literature workshops for writers of all levels. A pass for the Literary Festival is $200; the Local’s Pass offers early-bird pricing of $139 and is available to Roaring Fork Valley residents who purchase by June 1. Tuition for the Writing Retreat ranges from $150 to $375. Call (970) 925-3122 to register.The Aspen Historical Society is encouraging moviegoers to wear vintage ski clothes Tuesday, March 29, for viewing the free program of ski films at 6:30 p.m. at the Wheeler Opera House as part of Celebrate History Week in Aspen.Vacationing in Turkey are Nora Feller and her husband, François Couturier. They report visiting (small world) Aspendos, a Roman town in the central mountains. Nora writes that Turkey is a magnificent country with aspen trees and terrain like Aspen. They are living now in Cannes and Nora will be back in Aspen in November for photography work.

Enjoying the spring skiing are part-time Aspenites Carla (Beachcomber) and Jess Lutz, who have other homes in Costa Rica and Hawaii. In New York City attending the Explorer’s Club annual get-together is Terry Butler, who has participated in many of the club’s trips.The spring issue of Aspen Magazine pairs a fashion spread with the best tequilas and an in-depth profile of Mayor Helen Klanderud, looking at her life story as she prepares to run for a third term. The culture of Highland Bowl is described by Gerry Goldstein, who notes that this inbounds, backcountry experience inspires a unique kind of devotion in many Aspenites.Undercurrent … golden are the willows.

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