The Class of 2009 of The Aspen Hall of Fame was inducted recently at a posh banquet held at the Aspen Institute. Community stalwarts MARIAN DAVIS and MEAD METCALFwere honored by the Hall of Fame for their significant and lasting impact on the Aspen/Snowmass community: economically, physically, spiritually and intellectually. Like all the preceding HOF inductees, Davis and Metcalf have made major contributions to Aspen's cultural landscape. They joined previously honored Aspen legends such as Freidl Pfeifer, Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke and Klaus Obermeyer and many more--- as HALL of FAMERS.
Marian Davis migrated from her life as a Houston debutante and socialite more than 5 decades ago. She was instrumental in founding Aspen's Christ Episcopal Church in the West End. She has always been a tireless supporter (and a life trustee) of the Aspen Music Festival and School. Marian was the first honorary trustee of Les Dames d' Aspen and she's on the National council of The Aspen Art Museum among countless other philanthropic activities in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Mead Metcalf is the founder and the heart and soul of the famous CRYSTAL PALACE dinner theatre, an Aspen institution for 51 years. Metcalf, a graduate of Dartmouth College and a WWII vet came to Aspen in the late 50's to ski and play the piano. His love of entertaining evolved into the most successful entertainment venue in Aspen. The popular musical review provided political commentary and satire for generations of Aspen visitors and locals, plus it provided employment for many talented ski bums. Metcalf participated and contributed to many vital causes in Aspen, always willing to pitch in. He now lives on a golf course in Crested Butte.
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