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St. Regis Reception

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

When the St. Regis Aspen hotel unveiled its timeshare apartments and new elegant spa, the staff held a giant reception for just about all of Aspen. I heard there were 800 people invited … and they didn’t sign people in because that would have tied things up too long … so a lot of people crashed the party. I think there must have been 1,000 people. It was a lovely evening, with great food and drinks – everyone had a wonderful time.More holiday parties … the Aspen Valley Hospital volunteers held a luncheon last week. They honored Marian Davis, who has been a volunteer for 40 years, and Taylor Liebmann, who is the first male president of the volunteers.A group of her friends gave Beverly Reese a birthday luncheon on Friday, Dec. 17, at The Little Nell.

Architect Charles Cunniffe held his annual stupendous holiday open house.Ed Smart is one of those people who came to Aspen after World War II and was into many ventures. He recorded concerts at the Music Festival, he recorded the musical “I’ve Had It” that was produced by the community theater of the time. He had a used-furniture store. He made a fortune in mining ventures. Then he tried to resurrect Bisbee, Ariz. He is now living in Utah and would appreciate hearing from Aspenites. Here’s his address: Ed Smart, P.O. Box 61, Bluff, Utah 84512.Aspen writers are in the news!Mary Peace Finley has won the Colorado Book Award in the Young Adult category with her novel “Meadow Lark.” The book is about a young girl from Taos who journeys on the Santa Fe Trail searching for her father and brother. Nancy Wood, who spends time here, has won the Mountains & Plains BookSellers Award for 2004 with her children’s book “Old Coyote,” which deals with the endless circle of life.

Coming in April from SPORTClassic Books is Janet Guthrie’s autobiography, “Janet Guthrie: A Life at Full Throttle.” Two decades in the making, the book is the story of one of car racing’s most remarkable figures. In 1977, Janet became the first woman to qualify and compete in the Indianapolis 500. She is the only woman to lead a Nextel Cup race. Janet recounts the barriers she overcame on her way to the highest level of racing in the 1970s, a sport fueled as much by testosterone as gasoline.Writer Jay Cowan is just back from Hawaii, where he was working on a story about Paniolos (Hawaiian cowboys) for Cowboys and Indians magazine. He wrote a feature story about Highlands Ski Area in the January edition of Ski magazine. He did the cover story on the new Snowmass Club golf course for Rocky Mountain Golf magazine. And had stories in the first three U.S. issues of Ski Press on the Aspen Winter X Games.The Roaring Fork Friends of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado will hold a Speakers’ Lunch at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 4, at the Aspen Meadows. Featured speaker will be Father Thomas Keating, Cistercian priest and monk presently residing in St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass. Reservations are taken at 920-2112, ext. 2826.



Christy Smith, who was on CBS’s “Survivor” program, will now have her own show called “Christy’s Kids: Challenge Yourself” on Denver’s PBS station KBDI-Channel 12. Christy, who is deaf, says her show isn’t so much for deaf kids, though most of the show is signed and gives deaf kids a show of their own. It’s more for hearing kids to learn American sign language, the third-most-utilized language in the United States.Dr. Patricia Hill recently returned from spending a month in Palm Beach, Fla. While there, she was featured in the Palm Beach Daily News “Shining Sheet” society page, along with Franklin DeMarco of Taboo and Darrene Shuering, both frequent Aspen visitors. Many Aspenites have part-time homes in the Palm Beach area, including Christine Aubale Gerschel and Peter Dahl, Christy Lee and Bill Pope, Holly and John Simpson, Hildegarde Jones and Marjorie Berg.Christen and Mike Chan and son Jeffrey of Honolulu, Hawaii, are spending the holidays skiing in Aspen. Christen says she knew jewelry designer Christopher Walling before he became famous.Undercurrent … I love the early morning sounds – the squirrel scolding in the pine tree, the blue jay squawking, the twittering of the little birds.

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