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Summer Catch-up

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

Having a good time at the Save the Land Dance are Donna and Lee Dale. (Jackie Daly)

Now that the holiday season is here, I will catch up on a couple of really nice parties given last summer.Some 300 people attended the second annual “Save the Land Dance,” a benefit for the Aspen Valley Land Trust. Guests dined and danced under the tents at the Strang Ranch on Missouri Heights. Some 200 acres of the Strang Ranch is preserved through a conservation easement with the Land Trust. Mike and Kit Strang hosted the event.Every summer Alex Kaufman holds an Opera party with performances by singers from the Opera Program of the Aspen Music Festival. The performances are followed by a dinner and then dancing in Alex’s private disco.Just back from a month of sailing in the British Virgin Islands are Jill and Don Sheeley and their daughter, Courtney.Betty and Nick Coates this fall took an 8,000-mile trip, visiting historic spots all along the way. In Natchez, Miss., they toured Victorian and antebellum homes. They picked up Aspenites Barbara and Carson Bell in Canada and toured Nova Scotia, where they found the town of “Aspen.”

Tonight those Christmas Party Girls, Judi Francis, Carol Mark, Patti Pope and Donna Rowlands, are giving a cocktail buffet and dessert party.Like so many others who tried to leave Aspen, Anne Adaire Wood gave it a try in Florida and has now moved back to Aspen for good.Save the Date: The Third Annual “Winter Whiteout” weekend will be held for the benefit of the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club on Feb. 11-12 with events at Buttermilk and Aspen Mountain. For more information and tickets, call (970) 925-2720.

The 15th Annual Gathering of the International Skiing History Association will be held April 4-9, 2006, in Vail. There will be skiing, a tour of the Colorado Ski Museum, epic ski movies, a visit to Camp Hale, dinners and a banquet. For more information and reservations contact Sarah Akeroyd, Vail Chamber & Business Association, 241 S. Frontage Rd. East, Suite 2, Vail, CO 81657, or phone (877) 477-0075. Quite a few Aspenites belong to the Skiing History Association and three different times the Gathering was held here at the Aspen Meadows.Undercurrent … Here come all the holiday parties!