The ladies of the Aspen Thrift Shop work hard all year, so during the holidays they give themselves a celebratory luncheon at the Hotel Jerome. This year they announced that they had given $260,150 to more than 100 nonprofits and schools in the Roaring Fork Valley during 2004. The women volunteer their working time, the items sold are all contributed, and the proceeds go to worthwhile community projects and organizations. It was also announced that for the first time the Thrift Shop members voted in their first third-generation volunteer, Cinnamon Moore Hughes of Newcastle, the daughter of Carolyn Moore and granddaughter of lifetime member Alberta Moore.A guest at the Thrift Shop luncheon was Emma Danciger of Carbondale, who gathers up excess items from the Thrift Shop and takes them to the Peshlakai Foundation, which distributes them to various chapter houses on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. The Peshlakai Foundation is opening a Thrift Shop that will generate money for a co-op for Native American artisans at the entrance to the Grand Canyon. Emma also collects books, which she takes to the Tuba City Library and into the surrounding area on the reservation.Julia M. Ritchie of Aspen, an 11th-grader at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H. , has earned honors for the winter term. She is the daughter of Robert Ritchie.Devon E. Hutton of Carbondale, a senior at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the highest academic honors an undergraduate student can achieve. Devon, who is majoring in chemistry, biochemistry and biology, is a graduate of Basalt High School and is the daughter of Michael Hutton and P.J. Wallace of Carbondale.We were in Denver last week and while shopping in a 7-Eleven on Colfax Avenue, who should we meet but longtime Aspenite Jim Blanning, who told us he is living in Denver near Sloan Lake and is doing consulting work for attorneys.
Heard that former Aspenite Arabella Sundance Simon has been living and working in Thailand the past two years, and she recently participated in the Mahout Training Program at the Elephant Conservation Center near Lampang. Arabella got to train with an elephant named “Prathida.” She writes, “I was living a joyous childhood fantasy of riding my own elephant in the jungle.” Arabella was well-known in Aspen during the 1970s for producing the “Male Nude Calendar.”Aspenite Jack Silverman has a fantastic collection of Native American artwork, and he is partnering with the Western History and Genealogy department of the Denver Public Library to present a show titled “Pueblo Treasure” in the library’s Gates Reading Room through Aug. 31. Jack, a photographer, uses multiple overlays of ink on photographic paper to depict his collections of American Indian material.Former Aspenites Jeff and Martha Neumann, who now live in Crested Butte, are spending two months sailing their boat in the Bahamas along with their son and daughter.Undercurrent … Driving through Glenwood Canyon, which seems to have its own climate, the just-leafing-out trees are in shades of pale green and pink.
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In 1895, the fad sweeping Aspen for women was to dye their hair red.