Hey, Spike! travels to Wichita, Bird City and back
Ryan Summerlin September 20, 2012
It takes more than the fictional “click your heels twice” to return to the Rockies from Kansas.With another 1,300 miles on the art show cruiser odometer, we had notched a stop – again – at Wichita’s Third Annual Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair, followed by a stay in Bird City, way up in the northwest corner of Kansas, the Sunflower State.The weather in Wichita was very accommodating, with temps in the 60s and 70s, after a siege of 60-plus days over a hundy, locals reported.Like many places we visit, we always find connections to Summit County.Stopping by for a chat was Chris Addington of Cessna, and Wichita Eagle biz reporter Jerry Siebenmark and daughter Carley, and Sam Hale, a Prairieland Partners John Deere customer rep who used to live in Sterling.Chris has a place in Breckenridge with wife Susan, and Sam skis here in March. Jerry interviewed Miss Mary last year.Another couple, the Smiths, Brad and Cathrine (“Cat”), have a place over on Frisco’s Hawn Drive with the Sprouls, Millers, Loyles, Mitchells, Stalkers, Reels and Santascoys.It was Brad’s shirt with the Copper Mountain logo that provided a clue.After the show, Spike and Mary drove to Bird City to spend two nights in the recently purchased house of Summiteers Mike “Mags” Magliocchetti (KTTR property management) and Realtor Mark “Blackie” Black, who use and rent out for a bird-hunting lodge. Call ’em at 470-3001 or 390-9169.A fowl hunter’s paradise, the town of just under 500 residents sits in one of the largest wheat-producing counties – Cheyenne – in the U.S. Pheasants and doves know this.We had a burger and watched some of the Broncos game at Big Ed’s Steakhouse.***Before leaving and heading east on I-70, we enjoyed a visit here with Patti DiVita, a former local who used to waitress at the old Silverheels up in Wildernest.Patti now lives in High River, Alberta, Canada, and works cooking in an oil field camp between trips to promote her Water for People crusade with the film she made, “Did I Say Thousand Island?”The movie stars locals Jaime Foard, Amy Russo, Rado Bily and Patti, providing glimpses into the lives of two single 30-ish waitresses with college degrees working here on The Summit.The movie has been seen in 187 countries, Patti reports, and shows that “restaurant people are okay.”She has a fundraising showing Saturday night at Denver’s Bug Theater.While here Patti celebrated her 54th birthday with friends Carolyn Tuttle Schutes and Sandy Schmaderer. She also visited with Al Schiebe.Patti recalls first arriving here Oct. 1, 1988, and met Sandy and Barry Hansen the next day when she got a job at then-Ge-jo’s, now Jonny G’s.She still has her horse, Jimmy, a vintage motorcycle, and that pickup truck. ***In some other film news, Crested Butte’s Two Plank Productions’ release of “Because…” plays at North Side Pizza, 315 N. Main St., in Breck tonight at 8. One of the featured skiers is Summit High 2012 graduate (salutatorian) Drew Petersen, seen in the Japan segment, which was shot in February in Niseko. The film crew was based at the highly respected Black Diamond Lodge. Drew is the son of Dave “Petey” and Anne Petersen and rides for Faction Skis, Smith Optics/Helmets, Fly Low Outerwear, Hestra Gloves, Discrete Headwear and Surefoot Custom Ski Boots.***Dillon resident Willie Hoevers invites all veterans, retired or active duty military and your spouse to Adriano’s Bistro, 240 Lake Dillon Dr., Dillon on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 1400 (that’s 2 p.m.).Two big name hosts are these retired generals: Mike Dugan, a former USAF chief of staff who also makes his home in Dillon, and Robert Stewart, a former NASA astronaut on the Challenger in 1984, who lives in Woodland Park.Seating is limited. Pizza, beer or wine will be available for purchase. Please call (970) 368-0508 after 3 p.m., daily to make your reservation no later than Wednesday. ***Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to firstname.lastname@example.org.