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Those Party People

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

There are people in Aspen who love to give parties … and they say on the invitations “costumes required.” This year was the 27th annual Shitkickers Ball and it was the 14th year for the annual Aquarius Blast (given by people whose birthdays are in February). Both were dinner dances held in the Hotel Jerome.Everyone wears Western duds for the Shitkickers Ball and jungle costumes for the Aquarius Blast because this year the theme for the Blast was Jungle Fever. Whole groups of people host these parties and invite all their friends so the Jerome gets pretty crowded.Hosts for the Shitkickers Ball were Ed and Pat Peterson, Kyle Boyd, Jim Ellis, Sandra and Jim Dukas, Kelley Carson, Joan and Kent Shodeen, Lyn Segal, Stan Seligman, Stan Bialek, Nell Graham, Howard Nitschke, Loretta DeRose, John Werning and Bill (Sqanie) Swanson.Hosts for the Jungle Fever Aquarius Blast were Sherrie Cutler, Susan Donatelli, Jim Ellis, Judi Francis, Billie Pierce, Larry Rosenfield, Regina and Joe Wise, Peggy Briscoe, Carolyn Cox, Greg Erwin, Sharon and Eddie Kessler, Jack Leeney, Sandra “Murph” Murray, and Deborah Post.Sally (Dwight) and Jeremie Oates, who grew up skiing together in Aspen, swept their races the first weekend in March during the 2003 U.S. Forces Europe Ski Series held in Garmisch, Germany. Sally won the giant slalom on Saturday and the slalom on Sunday for senior civilian women. Her husband, U.S. Army Special Forces Capt. Jeremie Oates, won both weekend races for senior military men. Those runs, coupled with their performances in the first leg of the championship series last month in Aviano, Italy, earned the Oatses the overall titles in their respective classes.In town for a ski vacation have been Marleise and John Fry of Bedford, N.Y. John is a former editor of Ski magazine and Snow Country magazine, and he is now publisher of Skiing Heritage magazine, the publication of the International Skiing History Association.On the spring semester staff of The Whitman College Pioneer, a weekly newspaper published by the students of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., are two Aspen High School graduates. Loren Sackett is a photographer on the paper. She is a senior psychology major and the daughter of Lee Cassin of Aspen and Mark Sackett of Carbondale. Loren worked as an intern at The Aspen Times for a few months. William Hyman is a humor editor on the newspaper. He is a freshman at the college and is the son of Barbara Price Reid and David Hyman of Aspen.Natalie Marie Mysior, a senior majoring in sociology at the University of Colorado, has been named to the Dean’s List for academic excellence for the fall semester. She is the daughter of Donna and Bernie Mysior of Aspen.The April 2003 issue of Architectural Digest magazine features an article written by Aspenite Dena Kaye about Idaivilas, a sumptuous resort in India. A photograph of Dena is also included in the contributors section of the magazine and she writes, “I have been fascinated by India since my first assignment there in 1973.” She has remained so captivated by the country that, as president of the Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation, she funded a weaving project for Indian women that began with a handful and now employs over 800 women. Dena has also funded schools and a hospital she opened last fall with a speech in Hindi.Cassie Davenport is attending a circus school in San Francisco where she is studying trapeze. She takes trapeze lessons at the Red Brick with Kimothy Cross.Local realtor Peter Greene and his son, Jon-Eric Greene, have formed a new real estate company, Greene Property Group. They have offices in Carbondale, Park City and Honolulu.Peter, who was a broker in the Mason & Morse Aspen office, was instrumental along with Peggy Briscoe of Weaver & Lester in assembling numerous properties adjacent to the Silver Queen Gondola, including The Tippler, which will be developed into a multimillion-dollar fractional-ownership lodge to be operated by The Little Nell hotel. They also just brokered the South Aspen Street (Barbee/Mine Dump) property located at the 1-A Base of Aspen Mountain. Before working with Mason & Morse, Peter had his own brokerage company in Aspen and founded several restaurant chains included Cork N’ Cleaver, Pedro Verdes Mexican restaurants and, with Bonnie Brucker Rayburn, Bonnie’s on Aspen Mountain.Jon-Eric Greene recently relocated from Honolulu to Park City. For the past 14 years he was associated with Colliers International as senior vice president and retail services group manager for Colliers Monroe Friedlander in Honolulu. He has completed over 300 commercial transactions totaling more than $400,000 million in value. He represents a number of national retailers including Wal-Mart, Ross Dress For Less, Office Depot, California Pizza Kitchen and 24-Hour Fitness.Jack Crawford and Helga Matuska have returned from a four-country ski trip, taking along, as they always do, a big group of Aspenites. This year they went to Switzerland, Andorra, Spain and France.Undercurrent … In just a few days, the daffodils and crocuses sprang up. There are even a few tulips.


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