Welcome to what must be the highest, largest, Fourth of July celebration anyplace.
The fun keeps on rolling this weekend after yesterday’s Independence Day parades in Frisco, Breckenridge and Dillon, capped with spectacular fireworks.
And where else can you use a parade float three times in one day?
Meanwhile, in keeping a trio-ed theme, last weekend’s trifecta of socially energized events included the Kingdom of Breckenridge’s 60th birthday party, the Pink Floyd cover show in the Dillon Amphitheater, and the Old Dillon Inn-spirit party at Murphy’s Irish Pub on Saturday night.
The party in Breck attracted nearly 500 of a graying crowd, while the re-play of “The Wall” drew 8,000 (and some letters to the editor).
Spike! chose the reunion of Tumbleweed and the Tennessee Hat Band on Bernie Murphy’s pub patio to be with Adams State College friends dating back to 1969, who make up the musical groups and their groupies.
Just of some of the attendees included:
Big Jim and Barb Conder, Pam and Donnie Soapes, Deb and Jerry Maisonneuve, Donnie and Terri McCartney-Richmond, Jim and Cindy Richmond, Fred and Belinda Spears, Billy and Beth Clark, Trish Nicholson, Michael and Cheryl Simmons, Phil and Lindy Wilson, Tom Neals, Dan Viergutz, Cecil and Carol Fell, Woody and Melinda Van Gundy, Jim Snyder and Meredith Farnum, Jan Shackelford, Michael Longueira, Francie Ton, Bobby Kato, EJ and Sandy Olbright, Danny Pins and Sandy Sheffield, Garry “Sky”and Barbie King, Marty and Karen Pearlman, Anthony Vendola, Tom Nugent, Kevin and Jonny Carlson, Vicki Archer, Kathy Archer Corbet, Mimi Lamson, Hank Parker, Keith Vanvelkinburgh and Laura Steben, Bonnie Moinet and son Jack, George Hembree, Bernie Murphy, Mollie McCarthy, Chris Eby, Rick Hein and Linda Roberts, Doug Pearson, Sara Strozinsky, Carrie, Thad and Deanne Elliot, Lynne Mosbaugh, Kelly and Heidi Maike, and Dan Shear.
Up in Breck, the party sign read: “Holy Shitsky, how can we be 60?”
It drew the likes of Phyllis Martinez, Kim Dykstra-DiLallo, Jackie Leech Stoffel, Douglas Adams, Barbara Berry, Paul Cusmano, Sharon Bowers Stanley, Dianna Nilsson, Tracy Van Anderson, Karen Kalfas, Paula Stanton, Diane Canepa Olson, Marsie Wallach, Barbara Cook McCleneghan, Neide Cooley, and Mark Beling and Judith Pollack.
Up recently were still-Friscoites Herb and Judy Allen, who call LoDo home most of the time nowadays. They have a Mountainside Condo to escape the city heat.
Spike! visited with them briefly at Foote’s Rest where they were with their daughter Jennifer and husband Joe Gilden from Buena Vista.
In LoDo, the Allens reside in the Windsor at 17th and Larimer, which they’ve dubbed “Summit East,” where fellow Summiteers include Jack and Edde Walker from Waterdance in Frisco, and Phyllis Johnson from Silverthorne.
On Wednesday night, Spike! chatted with former Friscoites Moni and Dan Sederstrom, now of Perry Park, down near Parker.
They used to own Antlers Trading Post and Antlers Liquors.
With them were daughter Shannon and toddler son Connor.
Others in-town for the Fourth are Laura Brattain of Victor, Idaho, and David, Gail and Chad Moser of Ligonier, Ind.
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