Here you will find the calendar of social events for the 2015 summer season, organized into one convenient place.

If you would like to print the summer social events calendar from a PDF document, click here.

New simplified signup and payment process!  

Signup for all events is now done online, by clicking the button below.  You can signup 1 or 2 people, for multiple events, all in one step.  You can also pay by credit card or PayPal at the same time.

Or, if you want to pay by check, you must still click the button below to signup. Then mail one check covering the total cost of your choices. Make your check out to Vail Club 50 and mail to Vail Club 50, PO Box 2789, Avon CO 81620.


All payments for events must be received by the published event deadline to ensure that the event will not be cancelled due to lack of participation. Last minute registrations will only be allowed if space and food are available.

Some events fill up before the deadlines; please pay online or mail your check early to ensure your reservation.  The date of your online payment, or your check postmark date, determines your priority for events that sell out.

New online “Who’s Coming?” report!  

You can now see who has signed up for each of the following events.  Suppose that you want to confirm that you are signed up for an event, or you want to see what events your friends have signed up for.  Click here and follow the instructions.

This at-a-glance calendar is followed by detailed descriptions of each event when you scroll down.

If you click on an event name in the calendar below, it will jump you right to that event’s full description. 

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4Eagle Ranch Line Dancing

Thursday, June 4, 2015
6-7pm: line dancing instruction. 7-11pm: dancing to live country band.

Location/Address: 4Eagle Ranch, 4098 Hwy 131, Wolcott, CO
Directions: From I-70 west or east, take Wolcott exit. Turn north off the exit ramp and then west onto Hwy 6. At the Wolcott Yacht Club, turn Right onto Hwy 131. Follow road on up and around. You’ll see the ranch on your right. Parking is free at the ranch.

Member price: $15/person; Guest price: $15/person.
Pay at the door at 4Eagle Ranch.

Deadline for Signup: May 27, 2015
4er-entryEvent contact:
Pat Cornett

Homesteaded in 1885 by the John Welsh Family, the property now known as 4Eagle Ranch served as the center of a large cattle and sheep operation until early 1991 when Tom and Tess Backhus transformed the ranch to accommodate groups, weddings and individual guests, providing a taste of both the true American West and Genuine Colorado.

Now owned by the 4Eagle Ranch Foundation, on the first Thursday of every month, the Ranch sponsors line dancing instruction and then a live country band. VC50 will have reserved tables for those who signup. When you arrive, tell the people at the front table you are with VC50 and they will direct you to our tables.

A buffet dinner is available which you pay for separately. Prices run around $8 for the entrée plate, an entrée salad is $4 and there is a cash bar. Bring cash; credit cards not accepted. Another close-by option for dinner is to stop at the Wolcott Yacht Club at the intersection of Hwy 6 and 131 and eat on their outdoor patio prior to driving up Hwy131 to 4Eagle Ranch.

It is a fun evening where you can start out at 6pm and participate in the live line dancing instruction.  Then at 7pm live country band music fills the air. The dance floor is large and accommodates swing and line dancers in the middle while couples move counter-clockwise around the perimeter. There are always one or two couples in the corners showing each other “how to do that spin or step.”

The evenings are grand at that altitude so stepping outside to cool your heels and walk around the area is always a pleasant break. The 1100-acre spread is surrounded by hillsides filled with sagebrush, mountain flowers and trails where the Ute Indians once made their camps. The original homesteader cabins, where the Welsh family first lived, are also still on the property and guests are encouraged to wander through them to see what it was like to live on a remote ranch in the 1800’s.

New Members Party

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Singletree Community Center (click here for directions)

Event contact: Gary Blamire   970-376-2128

New to Vail Club 50 with a join date after 1 Sep 2014? Come to the new members cocktail party hosted by the Vail Club 50 Board of Directors. It is a great opportunity to learn about Club 50 activities and events, share interests, meet the Board, enjoy some quality social time and meet others new to the club all at the same time. It will start 6:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer will be served. There is no cost to new members, but reservations are required. Contact Gary Blamire by 9 June 2015 to reserve your place. Sorry, this is for new members and must be a member to attend.

Summer Solstice Event

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Vista at Arrowhead, 676 Sawatch Drive, Edwards

Member price: $35; Guest price: $65
Deadline for Payment/Signup: June 6, 2015.

Event contacts:
Jocelyn Dienst    303-990-4116
Karen Woodard    303-503-0068

Join us at Vista at Arrowhead on the west deck and club room and enjoy reconnecting with old VC50 friends, meeting new VC50 friends, a fabulous view and a savory light dinner buffet with deserts as we celebrate the first night of summer together.

Pat Hamilton will provide her melodious music to compliment the evening, and speaking of complimentary–your first drink is on VC50. If you are not full from the buffet, Vista is offering VC50 members 25% off entrees for the evening. If you would like to have supper there, please make a reservation ahead of time.

Breakfast at Bob’s Place—Annual VC50 Breakfast

Friday, June 26, 2015
9:30 – 10:00am: meet and greet; 10:00 – 11:30am: eat and mingle.

Bob’s Place in Avon, 100 W Beaver Creek Blvd, Avon, CO 81620.
In the Lodge at Avon Center. Parking is free.

Member price: $12; Guest price: $22
Deadline for Payment: June 18, 2015

Event Contact: Pam Crine    970-328-0890

Bob'sPlaceSmallerBreakfast at Bob’s Place in Avon. A transplant from Albany, NY to Denver and finally to Vail Valley in the 70s and then onto Avon in 1992, Bob Doyle caters to we locals.

Join us on the patio at Bob’s Place for the annual VC50 breakfast. The flowers will be in full bloom, as you savor an array of breakfast dishes such as home made French toast, hash brown and home fried potatoes, egg dishes, bacon, sausage, ham and chorizo with fresh tortillas that you can bury in Bob’s famous pork green chili. Rain in June? No worries, there is plenty of space if we need to move inside.

A Mimosa and a Bloody Mary cash bar will be available too, along with coffee, tea, water and juice. Of course, there will be dessert. Ever had one of Bob’s cheese blintz’s? You are in for a treat. Need some lighter fare because you’re riding your bike over Vail Pass after breakfast? There will be fruit platters, yogurt and granola to supply ample energy.

For those who want to ride their bikes to Bob’s, a group is meeting at the Edward’s Rest Stop-lower level at 8:30am to ride along the bike path and on up to Bob’s. If you don’t want to ride back after eating a big breakfast, talk to your friends or significant other about being your SAG wagon!

Cocktail Hour Party Prior to Bravo Vail Concert

bravoFriday, July 10, 2015

Gerald Ford Amphitheatre Lobby Lounge

Member price: $25; Guest price: $34
Deadline for Payment/Signup: July 1, 2015

Event contact: Donna Abbruzzese    970-926-9593

Join us for a Pre-Bravo Quickie with your VC50 Bravo fans. Enjoy some yummy appetizers and a drink on VC50 then off to the show you go!

Game Night

Monday, July 13, 2015

Brush Creek Pavilion, Eagle Ranch, CO.
Parking is free in the Pavilion parking lot.

Member price: Free; Guest price: $5
Deadline to sign up: July 9, 2015

Contact me separately as to what “finger food” (think “graze”) you will bring (enough for 8-10) and I will circulate the list so we don’t have too many of the same thing.

Event Contact: Karlene Spivak    970-315-4560

Gather “down valley” at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle Ranch for the 2015 game night with multi-person table games (6-8 people at 6′ round tables) and outdoor games (cornhole, badminton, other?). We have “Catchphrase”, “Cranium”, and “Mexican Train”. Let me know if you have a game you want to bring/teach/lead.

This is a BYOB Pot Luck (“finger foods”). VC50 will provide (many) small plates and forks, cups, napkins, ice, bottled water and dessert. There is a refrigerator/freezer available and we can accommodate warming trays. We’ll set up a long “grazing” table at the start, then dessert later. Please volunteer to help set up and/or clean up if you can (1 hour earlier/later).

Taos, New Mexico Trip

 Sunday, July 19 – Thursday, July 23, 2015elPueblo2
Depart on July 19 at 9:30am to arrive in Taos by 3pm

Lodging: The El Pueblo Lodge, Taos, NM

Hotel Reservations: 1-800-433-9612
Ask for VC50 room rate
Phone: 575-758-8700
Fax: 575-758-7321
412 Paseo del Pueblo Norte,
Taos, New Mexico 87571

Hotel rooms for VC50 $137.69 (average) – may be higher if you want to upgrade or lower. Breakfasts included in hotel rate, lunches and dinners to be paid by each person.

Deadline for Payment/Signup: Reserve your hotel room SOONER RATHER THAN LATER! This is high season for Taos and it books up quickly. Contact the hotel for reservations.

Event contacts:
Charlie Sherwood    703-447-3390
Karen Woodard    303-503-0068

All excursions are voluntary. Contact Karen Woodard for Pueblo Tour, Contact Charlie Sherwood for Rafting excursion.

Breakfasts: the hotel will serve a hot breakfast included in the room price.
Lunches: all VC50 Taos Travelers will be on their own for lunches.
Happy Hour: the hotel has nice grounds for us all to gather for munchies and drinks prior to dinner.  Plan on BYOB and BYOF to share.
Dinners: We will dine together on Sunday evening, the 19th at Bella’s Mexican Grill in downtown Taos and again on our last evening together, Wednesday the 22nd at The Gorge Bar and Grill right on the plaza. Both are casual and moderately priced. If you would like more of a fine dining experience or a more private evening then Monday and Tuesday are open for wherever you would like to dine.

elPueblo1A little bit about the hotel…
The El Pueblo Lodge offers a charming campus-style setting with lodging interspersed among several buildings spread over three acres in historic district of Taos. All buildings are constructed in the traditional adobe-style architecture, and the rooms evoke a classic southwestern charm synonymous with this special historic place. Combine these elements with warm, friendly service and you have the recipe for a memorable stay in Taos.

The El Pueblo Lodge features numerous amenities such as a centrally located swimming pool and hot tub, free continental breakfast, and complimentary wireless access. The grounds offer a park like atmosphere with barbeque areas, horseshoe pits, outdoor seating areas, and a small stream with occasional water flow (depending on the seasonal irrigation schedule).

The hotel is within walking distance of the historic Taos Plaza, featuring an array of restaurants, shops, art galleries and nightlife, while the extraordinary Taos Pueblo is just minutes from our front door. Further down the road you will find the breathtaking Rio Grande Gorge.

On arrival day, Sunday July 19, we will meet at the El Pueblo Hotel in the afternoon and enjoy a swim, a snack, a tasty beverage before going out for supper. Snacks and beverages will be bring to share and BYOB. We will meet at 5pm in the yard then off to dinner at Bella’s for a 7pm reservation.

The activities that are planned are optional and include:
Monday, July 20
A guided tour of the Taos Pueblo. The Taos Pueblo is the only LIVING Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. $16.00. We will start in the morning and plan on being done by lunch. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years. Wow!

Tuesday, July 21
An option for a mild or wild raft trip. The trip will be a half day raft trip starting mid-day on the Rio Grande South of Taos. The cost is $53, or maybe a bit less if we have enough people who want to do this. The rafts are 6 person paddle rafts. You will be expected to help paddle.

You have two choices: a float (Class 1 to 2 rapids), or a more wild trip (Class 1 to 3 rapids). Both trips include a snack. We meet the outfitter at the same location for both trips: (the Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center, 15 miles S of Taos).

Wednesday, July 22 
Open day for gallery tours, hiking, mountain biking, road riding, shopping, golf, winery tours or the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial. If you are interested in hiking or biking, please contact Karen for a list of trails from leisurely to more knarley terrain.

Thursday, July 23
Depart for return trip to Vail Valley. For those who want a diversion on the way to or from Taos (or a 1 day road trip while in Taos), you can drive by Ghost Ranch, where Georgia O’Keeffe spent much of her time. The drive is beautiful!  If you are familiar with Georgia’s paintings, you will recognize some of the landscape you drive through.  The diversion adds 120 miles to the trip from Colorado to Taos, and the loop is 180 miles.

Directions (for a diversion on the way to Taos):
At Tres Piedres turn West off US 285 on to US 64. (The “normal” route to Taos would be to turn Southeast on US 64 here.)
Turn South on US 84 near Tierra Amarilla.
Turn East on NM 74 just North of  Espanolia.
Turn Northeast on NM 68 to Taos.

Sign up today for this fabulous trip to the land of enchantment!

Line Dancing Extravaganza (and buffet dinner)

Sunday, August 2, 2015
6-7:30pm: Line dancing progressing to 2 and 3 step instruction.
Dinner break, then more instruction.
9 – 10pm: Instruction will be over but dancing music will be provided.

Location/Address: Eagle-Vail Pavilion , 538 Eagle Drive, Eagle-Vail. Parking is free at the pavilion.

Member price: $20; Guest price: $36
Deadline for Payment: July 27, 2015

Event Contact: Kaye Bomgaars    913-209-9917

Dinner will be buffet style from a local caterer. Bring a beverage of your choice (wine, beer, soda); VC50 will provide lots of water to keep all adequately hydrated.

For those of us who have been around since the 50s, line dancing isn’t new since that is when it all began, along with rock n roll and penny loafers that we actually put a penny in each slot…! The way one learned to dance then compared to now is definitely different—google “line dancing” and you will get 40,800,000 results many of which are instructional videos!!

Going back about 20 years, you may have danced the Electric Slide, Cotton-eyed Joe, the Hustle, the Boot Scootin’ Boogie, or the Macarena. Ok, so you didn’t get out on the dance floor then to line dance. Well, now is the time.

Whether you are accomplished at line dancing and now add your own fancy steps, are out there “counting steps” or, have never ventured onto the dance floor among all those people who to the uninitiated seem to know what they are doing, you don’t want to miss this evening. There are some new standards that every line dancer should have at least a nodding acquaintance such as: Cowboy Louie, Black Velvet, Hillbilly Rock, Nashville Slide, Sleazy Slide, Alley Cat.

All attendees are guaranteed a fun evening under the tutelage of our very own VC50 members, Linda and Dean Wolz, who are highly sought after instructors. They both walk the talk; we are talking great instructors and are they ever smooth on the dance floor. They will be teaching several different line dances throughout the evening so you connoisseurs can get better and we novices can get started. Do you need a partner? Absolutely not.

Linda and Dean will start us off with some easy line dances and progress to harder ones and two and three step couples dances.  We will break for dinner (yes real food to keep your energy levels high for more dancing). After dinner, they will teach the Cowboy Cha Cha and Barnyard Mixer.  Did you know you can do either of those line dances with or without a partner? If you’re a bit shy, then the Barnyard Mixer may be the dance for you since we change partners every couple of minutes.

This event is just the beginning of your line-dancing career. Put on your dancing shoes/boots—those without rubber soles—and come on out for a fun evening.

Lake Dillon Theater

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Lake Dillon Theater, Dillon, CO

**This event is SOLD OUT**
See “Save the Date” email blast where you can sign up to be on the Wait List for this event. If anyone cancels, then Chuck Bailey will contact those on the Wail List.

Event contact: Chuck Bailey

Partners Georges and Albin get a lesson in family dynamics when Georges’ now grown son announces his unexpected engagement to the daughter of a bigoted politician. At the request of his love-struck son, Georges masquerades as straight when he meets the family of his son’s bride-to-be. Culminating into an evening of unexpected fun, this classic, groundbreaking musical about family and friendship is both humorous and heartwarming, set amidst all the glitter and feathers of the fabulous nightclub LA CAGE AUX FOLLES.

“Highly enjoyable.” – The New York Times
“A family show, a glittering, fast stepping extravaganza.” – New York Daily News

Annual Bike Fest and BBQ Picnic

Monday, August 10, 2015

BBQ Picnic
3:30pm at Singletree Community Center, Berry Creek Road, Edwards

Member price:  $15; Guest price: $27 (same price for bike and picnic, or just picnic)
Deadline for Picnic Payment/Signup: August 3, 2015

vailPassBike Fest contact: Harve Latson
Picnic contact: Melanna Marcellot

Bike and picnic, or just picnic!

Come celebrate the joys of summer at the annual picnic held once again in conjunction with the Bike Fest. The lovely flower garden setting at Singletree Community Center will complement the delicious BBQ meal by Cowboy Catering. The meal will include BBQ, salads, dessert, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages.
The Bike Rides

All rides depart from and end at the Singletree Community Center, Berry Creek Road, Edwards.
Route 1: 65 miles to Copper Mountain and back. Depart at 7am.
Route 2: 58 miles to the top of Vail Pass and back. Depart at 10:30am.
Route 3: 25 miles to Donovan Park in West Vail and back. Departs at 12:30pm.

Bikers please arrive 15 minutes early so you are ready to leave on time! Refresh stations and sag wagons will be available. When doing the online registration, make sure you indicate which bike ride each participant will join.

President’s Dance

Sunday, August 16, 2015
6-7pm Cash Bar; 7-10pm Dinner and Dancing

Location: Vail Cascade Resort, 1300 Westhaven Drive, Vail
Parking is free in the Cascade covered parking structure a short distance from the ballroom. Valet parking is available for $15.00

Member price: $46; Guest price: $86
Deadline for Payment: July 23, 2015

Event Contact: Pat Cornett    210-885-1423

cascadeJoin us for a delightful mid-August Sunday evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing. Cocktails begin at 6pm with a cash bar in the Cascade Ballroom Foyer followed at 7pm by dinner and dancing in the Cascade Ballroom.

Music will fill the air from the 5-piece Tom Allan Variety Band that includes guitar/vocals, tenor and alto saxophones, clarinet, electronic keyboard and drums. They are a favorite of several VC50 members who travel to Denver in search of the big band sound. They will play Big Band Swing, Old Tyme Rock, Country, Jazz standards, Ballads and Bossa novas. Have a favorite song? They take requests.

The dinner menu begins with a salad, then an entrée selection of chicken breast or vegetarian accompanied by a seasonal vegetable and finishes with an array of dessert selections.  A cash bar will be available throughout the evening.

Just prior to dinner we will take time to thank our outgoing President, Gary Blamire, for his tireless commitment to the club and welcome our incoming President Jim Tharp.

Mark your calendar, register and pay right away so you don’t miss out joining your VC50 friends for the annual President’s Dance. Dinner, dancing and great conversation—you won’t find a better bargain anywhere in the valley.

Lake Dillon Boat Trip

lakedillonTuesday, August 18, 2015
10:30am: meetup. 11am to 2pm: on the boats. 2-4pm: late lunch at Dillon Dam Brewery

Location: Lake Dillon Marina
Directions: From I-70 west, take exit 205. Continue on US6 east. Take West Lodgepole Street to Marina Drive in Dillon. Free Parking at the marina.

Member price:  $20/person for pontoon boat. $30/person for sailboat
Guest price: $30/person for pontoon boat. $40/person for sailboat

Deadline for Signup: August 11, 2015
Select the type of boat you prefer, whether you want to car pool (as driver or passenger), and whether you’ll stay afterwards for lunch at the Dam Brewery.

Event contacts:
Sailing: Judd Babcock
Pontoon Boats: John Kelleher

Meet at the Dillon Marina at 10:30am sharp for the safety briefing prior to boarding the boats and be on the lake from 11am to 2pm. Bring sunscreen, a hat that will won’t blow away with a lake breeze, a snack and a beverage(s) of your choice. VC50 will provide bottled water, cups, ice, and ice chests on each boat. You will be able to place your beverages in the ice chest if needed.

Caution… Pirates are often spotted on Lake Dillon, be prepared to defend your ship! (If you have any pirate clothes, be sure to bring them. Prize given for the best male and best female pirate)

We have two sailboats reserved each of which can accommodate 5 persons plus a captain. The pontoon boats will accommodate more people. A 25’ pontoon that accommodates 15 passengers and a skipper; plus two 22’ pontoons each of which holds 11 passengers and a skipper.

Total capacity: 5 Captain/Skippers plus 10 on sailboats, and 37 on pontoons.

Following our lake adventure, we will stop by Dillon Dam Brewery for a late lunch – pay as you go.

Lake Dillon trivia for your enjoyment

Did you know that the town of Dillon and subsequently Lake Dillon are named after prospector Tom Dillon and was incorporated in 1883? Lake Dillon Reservoir built in 1963, supplies water to Denver. The layout was determined by the flooding of surrounding valleys, so three rivers flow into the lake – Snake River, Blue River and Ten-mile Creek and has two outlets – the Blue River runs north and the Roberts’ Tunnel carries water through the continental divide.

Dillon Marina was named Large Marina of the Year in 2013 and Sail Magazine featured the lake in 2014 as one of the top 7 sailing lakes in the US. Hopefully, knowing those facts will entice you to join VC50 for 3 hours of boating either on a sailboat or a pontoon boat during late summer.

Annual Tennis / Golf Tournament and Dinner

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Tennis: Beaver Creek Tennis Center
Golf: Country Club of the Rockies
Dinner: Vista at Arrowhead Club Room and Deck

Deadline for Golf/Tennis payment/signup: August 6, 2015
Deadline for Dinner Only payment/signup: August 13, 2015
Online payment for this event not available yet; please check back later.

This popular event returns. You can choose to play three hours of round robin tennis at Beaver Creek, or a 9-hole scramble at the Country Club of the Rockies or just come to dinner to enjoy hearing the tall stories of the day!

Plans are not finalized yet but we anticipate the same schedule as last year for the tennis round robin at Beaver Creek. The 9-hole scramble at the Country club of the Rockies is scheduled and details will be forthcoming in an email blast. Don’t play tennis or golf yet would like to join us for dinner? Great, join us at the Vista at Arrowhead for the sports awards and of course the tall tales of the day!


5pm, The Vista at Arrowhead
Dinner only: $40 member; $67 guest
Contact: Pat Cornett

We gather at Vista Restaurant to share all of the Triumphs of Victory and the Agonies of Defeat! There is a cash bar, followed by hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner, and awards. Golf and tennis attire is acceptable, although collared shirts are required for dinner. The deadline for registering is August 13. Don’t wait! Do it NOW.


Check-in at 12:30pm. Play from 1pm to 4pm
$20 member; $27 guest
Contact: Eileen Sordi

Play at the Beaver Creek Tennis Center, 310 Offerson Road. Round Robin play. Light refreshments will be provided (no alcohol permitted). Tennis-only cost covers balls, refreshments, prizes (awarded at the Dinner), and dubious line calls.


Check-in: 2 – 2:30pm. Tee times starting PROMPTLY at 3pm.
$55 members; sorry, no guests can be accommodated for golf.
Contact: Barbara Wahle
Please contact Barbara Wahle with your handicap (or estimated score for 18 holes).

Play at the Country Club of the Rockies, 0676 Sawatch Drive, Edwards. Golf-only cost includes range balls, green fees, carts, and prizes. There are limited tee times available.

Wine Tasting
Hosted by Avon Liquors

avonliquorsThursday, September 10, 2015
5:30 to 7pm

Location: Singletree Community Center, Berry Creek Road, Edwards.

Price: Entry fee is one plate of hors d’oeuvres/appetizers per person.
Deadline for signup:  September 3, 2015
Minimum 25 wine tasters.

If you wish to remain chatting and eating after the wine tasting ends, do bring your choice of beverage with you. If anyone attending will not be tasting the wines, please let us know.

Sign up by emailing the Event Chairpersons: Steve & Angela Penrose   970-926-2909

Summer’s End Cocktail Party

Monday, September 21, 2015
5 to 7 pm

Location: The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera

Member price:  $20; Guest price: $37
Deadline for Payment/Signup:  September 11, 2015

Event Contact: Jocelyn Dienst

The Sawatch Mountains will again be the backdrop for our final summer event with the patio fire pit burning nearby as the sun dips in the west. There will be heaters placed around the area but do bring a jacket or wrap as the September evenings cool quickly. Join friends as we close out an eventful summer season.  Soothing music will be provided by one of our favorite musicians and songwriters, Pat Hamilton. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. This is a perfect evening with spectacular falls colors surrounding us as we bid farewell to our summer and anticipate the winter season that awaits us!