Around Aspen: Boogie’s Bash for the Buddies |

Around Aspen: Boogie’s Bash for the Buddies

MEHLenny "Boogie" Weinglass, left, welcomes Patty and Dr. Robert Mack to the 2008 Boogie's Bash for the Buddies at his Merry-Go-Round Ranch on McLain Flats.

Once again that party of all parties ” Boogie’s Bash for the Buddies ” was held in big tents and on the meadows of Lenny “Boogie” Weinglass’ Merry-Go-Round Ranch out on McLain Flats. More than 500 people attended the event that benefits The Buddy Program.

Since 1973, The Buddy Program has been providing adult mentoring to young people in need of support, guidance and companionship. The Big Buddies are adults from the community who volunteer their time, meeting with their Little Buddy two to three times a month. The Little Buddies are local youth between the ages of 6 and 18. Many participate in The Buddy Program because they come from single-parent families or their parents work several jobs. The Big and Little Buddies talk, play sports, create art, play music or read together; they become pals.

Boogie has been behind the program ever since he came to town. He hosts the big bash every summer and he is chairman of both the local board of directors and the national council. He is also a big supporter of the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf.

Spending his usual summer in Aspen from Austin, Texas, is Lowell H. Lebermann Jr. Executive aides with him this summer are Coleman Easley, Even Ketabchi and Tylor Seaman, along with executive assistant Barbara Francis.

“Thursdays with Mom and Michael” is a new book that is a chronicle of Elaine Rosenberg’s celebrated Thursday night dinner parties in Aspen, written by her daughter, Anita Rosenberg. Assisting with the book was chef Michael Rueggeberg and photography was done by Karl Wolfgang. Thursdays with Mom and Michael have become a well-known and popular Aspen tradition. The dinners draw an eclectic and unique mix of guests who gather to share their similarities and their differences over Elaine’s beautifully themed tables and Rueggeberg’s regionally inspired cuisine. All author royalties from the sale of the book are being donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation that was founded by part-time Aspenite Evelyn Lauder.

There will be a reception and book signing at the Byers-Evans House Museum on Bannock Street in Denver on Aug. 12 featuring Judy Nolte Temple, who has written a new book about a famous Colorado beauty called “Baby Doe Tabor: The Madwoman in the Cabin.” The event is for members of the Colorado Historical Society; I wish I could go but it is too busy in Aspen to try to go to Denver.

Undercurrent … This summer I have seen so many reactions to the high price of gasoline … scooters, some motorized and some foot-powered; three-wheeled adult tricycles; skateboards; bicycles (some are motorized); mopeds; bicycle rickshaws; and really little automobiles.

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