The nights before Christmas |

The nights before Christmas

May Eynon

The most festive time of the year is upon us, with the nights before Christmas filled with all sorts of celebrations.

A recent gathering was the release of Aspen Magazine’s holiday issue. Janet O’Grady of Aspen Magazine and Louis Velasquez of the Caribou Club joined forces in hosting a holiday party on Dec. 15. A cross-section of contributors, advertisers, friends and subscribers attended the holiday shindig. The new issue includes features on style and music, with Aspen Magazine’s annual holiday fashion shoot and an in-depth interview with musician Lyle Lovett.

Also that evening was a party at the Hyatt Grand Aspen’s sales office on the corner of Hopkins Avenue and Mill Street. An elaborate buffet of seafood, antipasti and decadent desserts was offered as guests sauntered around the lavishly furnished interior of fine stone, wood and glass.

Presented by Bulgari, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company’s modernized production of “The Nutcracker” debuted Dec. 17-19 at the Aspen District Theatre. The updated production was made possible with money raised through the New Nutcracker Fund. Executive director Jean-Philippe Malaty and artistic director Tom Mossbrucker gave the holiday classic a face-lift with sharp choreography, exceptional sets, ornate costumes and tremendous special effects. The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet dancers upheld their reputation for strength and grace, accompanied by guest dancers from Denver and other regions. Many of Aspen’s younger generation starred in the roles of candy canes, mice and ladybugs. (The bumblebees were the pride of many parents in the audience.) As we continue the countdown to the 25th, we would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas!