More summer soirées |

More summer soirées

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Enjoying the Boogies Bash for the Buddies are, left to right, Mikaela Mustad, Barbara Sanders and Catrin Schwab. (MEH)

Summer is racing by with one event after another. This week I am including more photos taken at Boogie’s Bash for the Buddies, which was a huge party given by Boogie Weinglass at his Merry Go Round Ranch. Also, wedding photos of a longtime friend, Susan Price-Root, to Terry Temescu. There were so many events that I did not get to everything, but I’ll report on them.The Wilderness Workshop held a Wild Wild West party on July 22 at the Harvey Ranch in Old Snowmass, at the edge of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. There was square-dancing to the music of Heart of the Rockies (Twirp Anderson, Cash Cashman, John Sommers and Randy Utterback), magic by Doc Eason and a barbecue. The party was in honor of Connie Harvey and her late husband, Harold Harvey. In 2006 they completed conservation easements preserving in perpetuity the entire ranch and its rich wildlife habitat, allowing six clustered lots with modest homes for their children.

Opera lover Alex Kaufman held his eighth annual “Evening with the Opera Stars” on July 28 at his Pitkin Green home. The evening included performances by the opera stars, dinner and dancing in Alex’s disco.Aspenblow 2006, the Bluegrass Mountain Stomp, was held July 29 at Picnic Point on the back of Ajax, where Midnight Mine and Little Annie roads meet. There was music, dancing and lots of good libations. Hosts included Kyle Boyd and Judy Eisen, Gail Stanger, Kathryn Sewell and Neil Hight, Dick Stahura, Nancy Snell and Rodney Knutson, George and Sandy Benkendorf, Steve Serna and Roxie Petersen, Denny Burrill, Genene and Fred Aryaza, Ed and Pat Peterson, Michele Bodner and Howard Bass, Lorrie and Larry Winnerman, Jack Miller, Holly and Jon Simpson, Pam and Jack Stanford, Enola Maybry and Bob Bradley, Mary Ellen Sheridan, Janis Nark and Malcom Nark. Aspen jewelry designer Karen Mitchell has been selected by the Blue Ribbon Panel of jewelry industry experts for inclusion in the World Gold Council’s exclusive juried collection, titled “The Language of Gold: Elegant Expression of Design.” The Blue Ribbon Panel included editors from Vogue, InStyle, Self and Modern Jewelry. Karen was among 32 designers chosen from more than 200 participants. Her 22K gold, diamond and colored stone jewelry is exhibited in galleries and jewelry stores throughout the country, and in her atelier in Aspen. She studied in the United States and Italy.

Actress Joyce Bulifant will give a performance titled “Life Upon the Wicked Stage” on Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. in the Thunder River Theatre in Carbondale. Appearing with Joyce will be her husband, Roger Perry, as the Piano Man. The actress will present stories told with music, videos and slides about her show business adventures and the famous people she has known from Broadway to Hollywood, including her former mother-in-law Helen Hayes, Fred Astaire, Walt Disney and Sam Waterston. For tickets, call Connie McCrudden at 970-963-3136. The performance is a benefit for The River Bridge, a nonprofit advocacy center for abused and neglected children.The Pathfinders Valley Angels now has Allison Daily as director. The group, numbering 25, is a dedicated group of volunteers who assist Aspen Pathfinder cancer patients in numerous ways, such as cooking for them, delivering meals, running errands, doing yard work, providing companionship and relieving caregivers. The Pathfinders organization is co-directed by Tina Staley and Kristin Bishop MacDermott and now they have the Angels to help them. The Pathfinders program was first initiated at Aspen Valley Hospital in 2000 by Staley, and she is now integrating it into Duke University Medical Center. In January 2006 she established primary residence in Durham, N.C., where Duke is located. Joann Gaddy Grimes, a friend of Aspen Pathfinders, successfully defeated breast cancer in 1984. Ten years later, she took a one-woman bike ride from Greensboro, N.C., to Duke where she had received her cancer treatment. By making the 50-mile voyage, she raised money for cancer research at Duke. Over the next 11 years, hundreds of supporters have joined Joann in her annual event; it has now raised a total of almost $3 million.Undercurrent … It seems that most of the blouses being worn by Aspen women this summer … look more like lingerie than summer blouses.