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The 1897 House

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Cynthia and Frank Goldsmith built the 1897 House with their sons, Garrett and Alex. MEH photo.
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Did you ever hear of someone writing a story and then building a house to fit the story? That’s what Cynthia and Frank Goldsmith did with the 1897 House they built out by Aspen Highlands. They wrote a story about an old-time silver miner who built a cabin and then kept adding to his house as the years went by. Recently they gave a house-warming party with co-hosts Maria and Fernando Allende, who were here from Puerto Rico. The Allendes are former longtime Aspenites who two years ago moved to Puerto Rico where Fernando is continuing his singing and movie-acting career.In town this week are Ed and Betsy Marston, owners and publishers of High Country News in Paonia. Ed was attending a conference about coal-bed methane development held at the Given Institute by the Hewlett Corporation. Hal Harvey of Aspen is the program director for environment for Hewlett. Linda and Kelly Hayes are just back from two weeks on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. They tell me that they watched the high waves on the North Shore and saw surfboarding champions Andy and Bruce Irons, sons of Danielle Tache Irons who grew up in Aspen, the daughter of Marie and Yvan Tache. Andy has won the World’s Professional Surfing Championship for the third time and Bruce won the Eddie Aikou Race on Waimea Bay. The boys are now participating in surfing competitions in Tahiti.The Aspen Writers’ Foundation will host its inaugural Gala Dinner as part of the Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival, planned for June 26-30 at the Hotel Jerome. The Gala Dinner on Wednesday, June 29, will honor Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, who wrote “Angela’s Ashes.” In addition to being an award-winning writer, McCourt is known as a spellbinding storyteller and showman. The seated dinner will feature cocktails, stories and song. VIP tables and tickets for the evening are available from the Aspen Writers’ Foundation at 925-3122. Anita Rosenau recently attended a four-day cruise on Carnivale given by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. After disembarking and meeting husband Gary Rosenau, they drove to Tucson where they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with Aspen-Tucson friends Bev Vance, Phil Desmond, Tee Bell, Mary Jo Fenton and Maureen and Lloyd Devereaux. The new editor of Sojourner magazine is longtime Aspenite and freelance writer Jay Cowan, while general manager is Mike Miracle, who worked for Ski magazine in Boulder.Oh, no – now the Victorian cottage owned by Pearl and Albert Bishop has been torn down and replaced with a giant lot-line-to-lot-line hole … just like the one that was dug next to our Victorian cottage and now contains a giant mansion.Everyone is still talking about 05-05-05.Marilyn Buchanan recently returned from San Francisco after welcoming her new grandson, Liam Langworthy O’Leary, whose parents are Ciaran and Dana O’Leary. Liam entered the world weighing 10 pounds, 5 ounces on March 31 and he joins brother Aidan. Marilyn, of Aspen, is the maternal grandmother, while Don Langworthy, of Grand Junction, is the maternal grandfather. The late Timothy O’Leary and Sheila Baker O’Leary, of Carrigaline, Cork, Ireland, are the paternal grandparents. Dana, Marilyn’s daughter, attended grade school in Aspen and returns often to visit her mother.

The May 9 issue of Newsweek magazine has some items of interest for Aspenites. Featured in the Periscope section is Jason Binn (hugging Denise Rich in the photo). The magazine reports that Jason this fall will launch Capitol File, a magazine tracing D.C. power players’ lives outside the office. Jason already publishes high-end society mags like Hamptons, Aspen Peak and Los Angeles Confidential. Some say the new mag will not have an easy task because today’s Washington gossip industry is almost nonexistent.And in the Newsmakers section, Newsweek features a question-and-answer column with chef Mario Batali, one of Aspen’s favorite chefs during the annual Food & Wine Magazine Classic at Aspen every June. The Classic starts June 10 this year.I am going to the island of Oahu in Hawaii for two weeks but have left columns to cover my absence. When I get back on May 24, call me with your latest news.Undercurrent … It seems that everyone’s favorite eating place on nice spring days is the courtyard outside Clark’s Market.


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