This and That
This week’s column features several recent events.The photo of Aaron Ralston should have been included in last week’s coverage of Kathy and Dick Stephenson’s horse riding exhibition and barn dance, but we couldn’t believe there were two Ralstons and needed time to check it out. The Aaron Ralston pictured is a horse trainer in the Roaring Fork Valley; the other Aron Ralston is the Aspen mountaineer who cut off his arm to save his life.I attended the Mountains & Plains Book Fair at the Denver Tech Center in September. Author Gail Wanman Holstein and I shared a booth, she with her novel, “Waking the Ancients,” and me with my books “The Story of Aspen,” “Aspen Potpourri,” my daughters’ coloring books of Aspen and my Aspen notecards. At the book fair I saw Glenwood Springs authors Jim Nelson, who has just published “Glenwood Springs Pictorial,” a photographic overview of Glenwood, and Mary Peace Finley, who has written a young people’s book titled “Meadow Lark” about a young girl in 1846 who sets out on the dangerous Santa Fe Trail to search for her missing father and brother; she is a Mexican girl and so there is also the mystery of her blond, blue-eyed brother.I also met Sandy Ferguson Fuller, the consultant on the children’s books published by Dawn Publications featuring the songs written by John Denver. She has just published a book titled “Moon Loon,” about a young girl fascinated by a lonely loon. Saw Robert Aikens, who has a bookshop called Verbatim in Vail. He formerly worked at Aspen’s Explore Booksellers. Also had a good visit with frequent Aspen visitors Nancy Wood and Sandra Dallas. Nancy is the author of a children’s book titled “Old Coyote,” and Sandra has two new books out, “New Mercies,” a novel about Southern family secrets, mysteries and a lovely old plantation falling into ruin, and a documentary book titled “The Quilt That Walked to Golden.” Photographs in the book are by Sandra’s daughter, Povy Kendal Atchison. Speaking of writers, Aspen author Jay Cowan has hit the big time with an article titled “Sacajawea in Montana” in the December 2004 issue of Cowboys and Indians magazine. Jay also took the photographs for the article. Was in Glenwood Springs for a few days’ holiday, staying at The Hotel Colorado and swimming every day in the pool. I saw Felicia and Zac Montrose, who had been married a few days before in Ouray and were spending their honeymoon at the hotel. They will make their home in Aurora, Ill., where Felicia works for Fred Fox Photography Studio. In Aspen she worked at Walnut House Films.The second annual Aspen Antiques Fair was held in late summer in big tents at Buttermilk, and antiques dealers and jewelers came from all over the country with their wares. The fair is organized by Aspen antiques dealer Scott Fetzer. The November issue of Town & Country magazine includes an article, with many photos, about Marcella Hazan celebrating her 80th birthday with a big party at the 16th-century Villa Gionaliano in Italy. The party was organized by Marcella’s son, Giuliano, and he has set up his own cooking school in the Villa that is now a small hotel. Marcella and her husband, Victor Hazan, were mainstays for years at the Aspen Food & Wine Magazine Classic, Marcella giving lessons on cooking and Victor about wine. Marcella is also an author of six cookbooks, starting with “The Classic Italian Cookbook.”The same issue of Town & Country has a cover story about fashion designer Carolina Herrera, who once gave a fashion show in Aspen for Les Dames d’ Aspen. Tammie Lane will be showing her watercolors and ceramics and Michael Bonds his ceramics and photography in an exhibit during November at the Red Brick Center for the Arts. The opening reception is Thursday, Nov. 4, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.Undercurrent … It’s time to get a new parka.
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In April, the W Aspen Townie Food Truck (formerly called the Bitsy Trailer) made its debut as a curbside addition to the hotel set up to feed first responders and locals during the hotel’s “Safer at Home” pause.