The Frisco Historic Park will be adorned with vibrant lights, classy overhead tents, whiskey-barrel cocktail tables and sharply dressed characters noshing on local fare and sipping wine on Friday.
“It’s the museum’s 30th anniversary year, and we wanted to something a little bit different and special to punctuate that,” Frisco Historic Park director Simone Belz said. “The 30th anniversary symbol is pearls, and what goes better with pearls than pistols?”
“Pistols and Pearls” will take visitors back in time to celebrate history. The event combines the park’s exhibits with the tastes of the town in an evening to raise funds for historic preservation.
“We want to invite the community to do more than just visit, we want to them to come experience,” said Suzanne Lifgren, Frisco’s communications and marketing director. “When people come here on Friday night they are going to have a totally different experience at this park.”
People who come to the “elegant outdoor affair” are encouraged to dress in historic garb, from early mining days to the 1950s.
“You don’t have to come in full-on costume. It could be a flair — a brooch, a hat — maybe something in your family, something to acknowledge your own heritage,” Lifgren said.
Local chefs will set up tasting stations in the cabins throughout the park, offering small signature dishes and wine pairings. Nearly a dozen local restaurants are participating in the event, including the Backcountry Brewery, Blue Spruce Inn, Silverheels, Toscados and more. Whiskey, wine and craft beers will be offered in addition to the local cuisine.
“We aren’t a pit stop to anywhere anymore,” Lifgren said. “We have amazing chefs and amazing Frisco taste and character.”
Event organizers said it will be a good chance to try some food and drink while exploring or re-exploring the buildings.
“At some historic parks you walk into a building and you are roped off, but these buildings are open so you become immersed inside these environments and you almost feel like you are taking a step back in time,” Belz said.
“It’s important to realize as much as history is in the past, it is constantly evolving,” Lifgren said. “Simone has done an amazing job at the historic park to update it, make it educational and move with the times.”
A development boom in the 1970s caused many historic cabins to be lost, but almost a dozen cabins were saved and placed on the museum grounds. Frisco officials said they are thankful for the foresight of community members who made the effort to preserve the buildings that now reside in the park.
Today, they said, the schoolhouse museum, historic cabins and park should be esteemed by residents.
“The town should be so proud of what they’ve done here supporting this amenity with taxpayer dollars and bringing it back to the community as a beautiful venue for events,” Belz said. “At this celebration we can look back at what we’ve done with a pat on the back for all the community members.”