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Community Table: Holiday Issue 2015

The mixed bag of the community table was once an Aspen hallmark. Here’s our fantasy guest list to restart the trend.

By Catherine Lutz November 1, 2015 Published in the Holiday 2015 issue of Aspen Sojourner



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Retail mogul Jeff Gorsuch runs the local branch of his family’s eponymous empire, encompassing six locations in Aspen and Snowmass alone that sell ski equipment, high-end skiwear, and mountain home goods. But we’re interested in hearing from him now about the revival of the long-neglected Lift 1A base area: Gorsuch and his partners are under contract to purchase land at the lift’s base to build Gorsuch Haus, a sixty-room ski-in, ski-out lodge.

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Gynecological surgeon Gail King, who has practiced in Aspen since 2004, is doing her part to keep Aspen women young—down to their most intimate parts. King created the Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute of Aspen and was a founder of Regen Aspen, a medical antiaging center. Her recently released, first full-length book, Legs Up! The Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide for Your Vagina, has earned her glowing praise as a “women’s health visionary.”

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New Wyly Art Center director (as of August 2015) Genna Moe is an Aspen millennial to watch. Formerly audience services manager at the Wheeler and Aspen Art Museum’s youth coordinator, Moe’s leadership creds also include Aspen Young Professionals Association president, Aspen Youth Center board member, and Roaring Fork Leadership graduate. As if that didn’t spell “overachiever,” she was also the 2014 top fundraiser for the Chris Klug Foundation NYC Marathon team—and ran it, too.

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Katie Murch’s favorite book, according to her profile on the Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing website, is Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens. This former deaf camper now leads the nearly fifty-year-old nonprofit, doing everything from development to marketing to graphic design. “My dream is to change the world,” she writes, adding that her hobbies include “always listening, dancing, and signing to music.”

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Newest Aspen City Council member Bert Myrin rode to victory in spring 2015 behind the “Keep Aspen, Aspen” movement and the successful Referendum 1,
which gives voters the final say on commercial and lodging projects when council approves them with variances. Myrin’s antidevelopment perspective has legs—the council-approved Base 2 lodge was shot down by two-thirds of the electorate in November—so we’d love to sit him down across from Jeff Gorsuch.

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Most of us don’t typically associate fine jewelry with sustainability, but jeweler Alberto Parada is out to change that perception. The self-taught designer, inspired by the natural beauty of his native South America, uses only reclaimed gold, fair-trade gems, and conflict-free diamonds in his work. The Eco-Chic Rising Star nominee’s green designs are showcased at Caribou Jewels all winter, and Parada himself will be in town for a trunk show March 2–4.

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