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Winter Whiteout

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

Judy Schumacher was chairman for the Winter Whiteout, the gala 70th anniversary party given Dec. 9 as a benefit for the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club. Here she is with other family members. Left to right are Molly, Lee, Judy and Megan Schumacher. (MEH)

This is the 70th anniversary for the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, which has more than 1,800 kids from Aspen to Grand Junction participating in its programs. To celebrate this milestone, the annual gala benefit dinner and dance was called “Winter Whiteout” and held at the St. Regis. The ballroom was beautifully decorated in white – white roses at everyone’s place, white tablecloths and chairs draped in white with big white bows in back. Because skiing and the Ski Club are such a big part of Aspen, the place was packed and everyone had a great time socializing, eating, drinking and dancing. Music was provided by Jimmy Ibbotson singing and playing his guitar, Brian Savage with his saxophone and the David Mason Band.The holidays are when many events are held to benefit local youth. The Aspen Youth Center will be the beneficiary of the “Cirque d’Aspen” Dare to Fly performance in the Aspen High School gym. Performances will be Thursday and Friday, Dec. 28-29, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 30, at 5 p.m. Tickets are available at Belly Up Aspen.Aspen artists Pamela Joseph and Robert Brinker have two new books published; Pamela’s is titled “The Hundred Headless Women,” and Robert’s is titled “Recount of the Recount.” The books have been co-published by The Institute of Electronic Art at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y., and the MA Nose Studios Inc. of Aspen. Each book is signed and numbered by the artist. For more information, call the Studios at (970) 920-4098.

Christopher Walling is in his Aspen boutique for the holidays and has a new bejeweled aspen-leaf pin that was featured in the December 2006 issue of Elle magazine. Also featured were the St. Regis Resort, where celebrities Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn stay, The Little Nell, where Oprah Winfrey stays, and the Hotel Jerome, where Johnny Depp stays. The magazine points out that Aspen has no shortage of luxury boutiques but the best place to buy a black satin Chanel cocktail dress (for just $425) is Susie’s Limited (secondhand shop).Much more news when there is more room.Undercurrent … The most overused word for many years was “quirky.” Now the most overused word is “bling.”