Witches & Winter
With everyone commenting on the record heavy snowfall of this winter, Adam Walton brought me this photo showing how much snow fell during the winter of 1965. It shows the late Louise Berg standing next to her Victorian home on the southwest corner of Spring and Hopkins (now owned by Adam). The house was built in 1881.Since it was Friday the 13th, and time for the 15th annual Aquarius dinner dance at the Hotel Jerome, those party-givers with Aquarius birthdays decided it was the year for a spooky party and invited their guests to the Tomb of Terror. Hosts included Sherrie Cutler, Susan Donatelli, Jim Ellis, Judi Francis, Billie Pierce, Larry Rosenfield, Greg Erwin, Jack Leeney, Alan Brookes, Deborah Post, Carolyn Cox, Regina and Joe Wise, Susan Thomas Goodwin and Richard Goodwin, Peggy and Bobby Mason, Sandra Murph Murray, Sharon and Eddie Kessler, and Henry Shimberg.Holding their 27th annual Beach Party on Aspen Mountain this Saturday are Jack Crawford, Helga Matuska and Don Crawford.On Saturday, Feb. 28, Susan Horsey is hosting Cuisine and Conversation at the Range restaurant featuring Eric Schlosser and Charles Dale. Eric is the author of Fast Food Nation, an investigation of the burgers n fries industry and the changes that fast food has brought to America. Charles is the chef and proprietor of the Aspen restaurants Range and Rustique. At Range he has brought a new culinary direction to Aspen with Foods of the New West. The 3 to 5 p.m. event benefits the Aspen Writers Foundation education programs.The lineup of teachers and speakers for the 2004 Aspen Summer Words retreat and festival will include authors Erica Jong, Anita Shreve, Madeleine Blais, Ron Carlson, Jane Hirshfield, Elinor Lipman, Fenton Johnson, Jan Greenberg, Gary Fergus, Daniel Glick and agent Kimberley Cameron. Aspen Summer Words features two complementary components that take place over the same five days in June. The Writing Retreat offers intensive four-day workshops and two-day symposia in fiction, memoir & essay, poetry, childrens literature, nature writing and magazine writing. Afternoons and evenings are filled with Literary Festival events, including author readings and talks, publishing panels, private consultations with editors and agents, and social gatherings. For further information, call the Aspen Writers Foundation at 925-3122.Phyllis Bronson, Ph.D., will be speaking at the spring Neuroscience meeting given by the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine entitled Nutritional Medicine Today, April 29 to May 2 at the Fairmont Waterfront Centre Hotel in Vancouver, Canada. Phyllis will be talking on Women and Hormone Based Mood Disorders. In Aspen, Phyllis is president of Biochemical Consulting. Since 1999 she has been on the faculty of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.Former Aspenite Susan Price Root was in town last week from California. She is just back from Peru where she traveled with Aspen friend Dr. Katha Rassein. They took the new Hiram Bingham Orient Express train from Cuzco (at 11,000 feet) over a 14,000-foot-high pass to Macchu Picchu (8,500 feet), where they stayed at the Orient Express Sanctuary Hotel atop the mountain. One day they even climbed partway up the Machu Picchu mountain itself. Susan is still writing … she had the January 2004 cover story for the Robb Report. Her article, entitled Swept Away: Yachting Italian Style, was about her summer vacation on the Costa Smeralda in Sardinia.The front-page story of the Feb. 19 Glenwood Springs Post Independent told about the dispute between Glenwood Meadows developer Robert McGregor and the city of Glenwood over an intersection for the development planned for the south side of West Midland Avenue between the Community Center and the citys Municipal Operations Center. The development is expected to include Target and Lowes stores. Robert is, of course, an Aspenite, married to Susan Duval of Susan Duval Art Gallery.Several Aspenites will appear in The Symphony Swing with the Big Band Sound scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 28, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the historic Hotel Colorado Devereux Room. The evening includes cocktails, dinner with orchestra and soloists, a live auction and dancing. Soloists from Aspen include Julie Paxton singing Nignt and Day, John Goss singing Under My Skin,” Jeannie Walla singing The Man That Got Away, and Debby Dawson singing Ill Be Seeing You. Wendy Larson of Aspen is the Symphony in the Valley conductor and artistic director. Call Marice Doll at 947-1389 for reservations.Spellbinders is a group of dedicated storytellers who visit area schools and tell stories to children. Founded in 1989 by Germaine and Al Dietsch, there will now be a workshop for new storytellers. It will be given on four consecutive Thursdays, Feb. 26 to March 18, in the River Valley Ranch Clubhouse in Carbondale on Highway 133. For more information, call 922-1444.Undercurrent … The willow trees, gold against the snow.