The ladies of the Aspen Thrift Shop get together every holiday season and reward themselves with a luncheon at the Hotel Jerome. The ladies are all volunteers and during 2005 the Thrift Shop donated $250,000 to 60 valleywide nonprofit groups. The Thrift Shop has its own building, next to the Fire Station on Hopkins Avenue, and raises money by selling clothing and other donated goods. Receiving grants from the Thrift Shop in 2005 were a variety of groups that support work in health and human services, educational institutions and schools, arts organizations and environmental groups.Among the recipients are the Children’s Health Foundation, Valley Spellbinders, Pitkin County Senior Services, The Right Door, Roaring Fork Leadership, Aspen Hall of Fame, Special Olympics, Wilderness Workshop and Computers for Kids. College scholarships were given to eight graduating seniors from Aspen, Basalt and Carbondale. The Thrift Shop supports many youth activities, including Aspen Youth Center, Buddy Program, Aspen Camp School for the Deaf, and Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club.Also during the holidays, Sandie and Archer Bishop and their family gave a party that celebrated both the holidays and the engagement of their son, Thompson Bishop, and Gretchen Leary. They will be married this coming summer.Sheri Heedum and her Heedum Agency were given a bronze award in Advertising Excellence for The Little Nell’s restaurant campaign at an awards ceremony given Jan. 30 in New York City by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International. This is Heedum Agency’s 11th award over the past eight years. Sheri opened her advertising agency in Aspen in 1990 and she now has a second office in Denver. Clients are in the luxury, travel, hospitality and culinary industries, including the Food & Wine Magazine’s Classic held every June in Aspen.
Party season is gearing up … Jack Crawford, Helga Matuska and Don Crawford held their 29th annual Beach Party yesterday on Aspen Mountain. Guests wore swimwear outside their ski clothes.The 15th Aquarius Bash was held last Saturday night at the Hotel Jerome, and this year everyone wore full Western regalia. Hosts included Karen Beard, Alan Brookes, Sherrie Cutler, Loretta Derose, Susan and Bob Donatelli, Jim Ellis, Judi Francis, Susan Thomas and Richard Goodwin, Joan Lebach, Jack Leeny, Bob Morrow, Tom Mueller, Sandra Murray, Greg Erwin and Billie Pierce, Bill Pizzuti, Deborah Post, Larry Rosenfield, Henry Schimbeerg and Regina and Joe Wise.And now the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs will undergo a $2 million historic renovation this summer. The hotel was built in 1893 by Aspen mining engineer Walter Devereux and was the first hotel west of the Mississippi River to have electricity and private bathrooms. A 25-foot-tall waterfall in the restaurant was removed years ago and now will be restored. The restaurant will be moved from the hotel lobby to a larger space in the building. Renovations are to begin in April.Undercurrent … Spring skiing is just around the corner.
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Pitkin County Health Department has put together a “Frequently Asked Questions” guideline for its new Traveler Affidavit Requirement, which starts Dec. 14.