Once again this year, the Frisco Colorado BBQ Challenge is sponsoring a contest to find the dad most deserving of a chance to kick back during the 21st annual event and enjoy someone else’s barbecue. The 2014 BBQ Challenge leads up to Father’s Day each year, and this year’s dates are Thursday, June 12, for the kickoff concert and Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14, for the BBQ Challenge.
To enter the BBQ Challenge’s Father’s Day contest, offspring, young or old, must submit a short essay detailing why their dad is worthy of a free barbecue-filled weekend in Frisco. Interested participants may enter the contest on the Colorado BBQ Challenge Facebook page by clicking on the #1Dad icon or by going to www.friscobbq.com to submit a short essay about why their dad most deserves a weekend at the Frisco BBQ Challenge.
The winner will receive lodging for two nights, Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14, in a two-bedroom condo courtesy of Mountain Managers, $100 worth of Hogbacks (official currency of the Colorado BBQ Challenge) and two tickets to Friday night’s Rub It, Smoke It, Sip It Whiskey Tour, courtesy of the Breckenridge Distillery. All essays must be submitted by midnight on Monday, May 26.
“We had to find a box of tissues last year when we read all of the essays,” said Cristi Eckert, Frisco/Copper Information Center Manager. “It was hard to make a decision because there are so many dads out there who are ‘everyday superheroes’ to their families. It was incredibly inspiring to read stories of dads who really step up and quietly make a difference in their families’ lives day in and out.”
For details about the Colorado BBQ Challenge, the Bacon Burner 6K run, lodging specials and activities, visit www.friscobbq.com or call (800) 424-1554.
3,000 pounds of bacon come to Keystone for festival
Keystone’s fourth-annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour returns to River Run Village on Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22, with 3,000 pounds of bacon in just about every shape, size and variety from bacon ice cream to bacon s’mores to bacon drinks along with samples of bacon strips.
In addition to bacon tastings, there will be beer, Bloody Mary — with bacon, of course — bacon seminars and free music from Hell’s Belles, Big Onions and Terrance Simien & The Zydeco, among others. Plus, you can feel good about eating all that bacon because the organizers of the event, The Keystone Neighbourhood Co., donate a portion of the proceeds to the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, a local nonprofit that protects our National Forest land.
For more information, visit www.keystonefestivals.com or call (970) 496-4386.
Dillon Marina opened as scheduled on Friday, May 23
The Dillon Marina opened as scheduled on Friday, May 23, under the direction of marina manager Bob Evans.
“We are thrilled to get the marina open,” Mayor Kevin Burns said. “It’s one of the crown jewels of Dillon and acts as an official start to the summer for many.”
The Dillon Marina is a full-service marina offering boat rentals, including sailboats, pontoons and runabouts. Rentals were slated to begin on Saturday, May 24. Boat repair, kayak and canoe storage, slip rentals and a sailing school with tours are a few more amenities the marina provides. A full retail store with all your Dillon Marina clothing needs is just one more way that the Dillon Marina provides everything needed for a day out on the water.
“The views are complimentary,” Burns said.
New to the marina for the 2014 summer season is standup paddleboarding operated by concessionaire Stand-Up Paddle Colorado. Paddleboard rentals and lessons will be available. Pug Ryan’s Lakeside Tiki Bar also began its normal summer hours, 11:30 a.m. to sunset, weather permitting, on Friday.
For more information on any marina services, call (970) 468-5100 or visit www.dillonmarina.com.
Special engagement of D-Day film at Denver museum
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science will kick off this year’s Blue Star program with a special engagement of the new IMAX 3D film “D-Day: Normandy 1944.” The film will be shown in Phipps IMAX Theater during Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 24, through Sunday, May 26. IMAX ticket prices will apply.
On June 6, 1944, the largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France. Yet few know in detail exactly why and how this monumental event changed the course of history. “D-Day: Normandy 1944” seamlessly blends stunning computer-generated images, live-action reenactments and historic photos and film to recount this carefully planned mission. From those who lived through it to those who are hearing the story for the first time, all generations will receive a new perspective on this extraordinary moment in human history. Narrated by Tom Brokaw, the film pays tribute to the millions of men and women, soldiers and civilians, who gave their lives for freedom. This film will officially open at the museum on Friday, June 6.
For more information, visit www.dmns.org.
Denver museum offers free admission to active duty military
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science recently announced its participation in the Blue Star Museums program, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free general admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including the National Guard Reserve, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014.
The program provides families with an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new community after a military move. Members of the military and their families may take advantage of this program at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science from Monday, May 26, to Monday, Sept. 1.
“We are very grateful for the contributions of our service men and women and their families to our country,” said George Sparks, president and CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. “We are proud to be part of such an extensive network of museums that helps connect military families with cultural experiences in their communities, and we look forward to welcoming them to our Museum throughout the summer.”
This year, more than 2,000 museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including science museums, art museums, history museums, nature centers and dozens of children’s museums. A complete list is available at arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums.