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Compiled by Krista Driscoll
Printed in black and white, this scene of vintage cars and the 1883 Dillon Schoolhouse Museum gives a sense of long ago at a past Summit Historical Society Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social in Dillon. This year's event takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Dillon Schoolhouse Museum.
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Summit Historical Society holds ice cream social in Dillon

The Summit Historical Society will host its annual Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Dillon Schoolhouse Museum, located at 403 La Bonte St. in Dillon. The event is part of the society’s education efforts, said Sandie Mather, president of the Summit Historical Society.

“We want to get people here to tell them the story of Dillon, the story of the school back in the 1880s, 1890s,” she said. “It’s part of our educational programs, and it’s also a fun time for people to get together and see our facilities.”

Attendees can tour the schoolhouse museum and discover what life was like in the late 1800s, and enjoy 5-cent ice cream, fun activities for the kids and the Summit Historical Society’s fire truck.

“The fire truck is a 1942 Sterling,” Mather said. “It was the fire truck that lived in the town hall of old Dillon, and it is now ours; we take care of it. Kids will be able to come and blow the whistle, the siren on the fire truck, as well as pull on the bell in the schoolhouse. It’s history. A lot of kids don’t know what an old fire truck looks like; they’ve just seen the modern ones.”

Thanks to donors and a grant from the town of Dillon, the Summit Historical Society recently painted the inside of the schoolhouse museum, and money raised from sales and donations at the Ice Cream Social will go toward putting a new roof on the building.

“We are turning the schoolhouse into a living museum, where we want to bring kids in and show them what school was like in the last 1800s,” Mather said. “So our displays now are really focused on the kids, the schoolrooms and the town of Dillon. Everything is new in here.”

For more information, visit or call (970) 468-2207.

18th annual Festival in the Clouds comes to Alma

The Alma Foundation will host the 18th annual Festival in the Clouds in Alma on Saturday, July 18, and Sunday, July 19, with continuous live music from about 25 different acts, fine arts and handmade crafts, gems and minerals and food and drink, plus children’s activities, a beer garden, dancing and more.

The musical lineup starts at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Bristlecone Performing Arts Center for Children, followed in succession by Savannah Raskiewicz, Sara Naylor, Cody Wayne’s art and music show, The Constant Tourists, popular festival performer LoJo Russo, Alma’s Only Belly Dancers, groovy tunes from Split Window, Bryan Ranney, Conifer jam band Stonebrakers, Brett Dooley, progressive Pocono Mountains power jammers Sister Agnes, Acoustic Moose, Guy of Iron and Crazy Otto.

Start your Sunday with the Volunteer Firefighters Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Alma Fire Station, located on the southeast corner of Main and Buckskin, presented by the North-West Fire Protection District of Park County. Sunday’s jams kick off with Gladyys Kravitzz featuring Rmac and the Knockers, followed by finger-picking guitar from J.L. McGhee, singer-songwriter Josh Galvin, Sweet Alma Soul Sisters, Black Hole Express, left-hand guitarist Dean Misantoni, Bottoms Up Blues Gang, The Kevin Danzig Band and closer Backyard Berserker.

The festival, originally intended to provide a venue for local musicians and artists to gain exposure, has proven to be the biggest Alma Foundation fundraiser, collecting tens of thousands of dollars for area community projects. For more information, call the Alma Town Hall at (719) 836-2712.

Natural Grocers in Dillon hosts Paleo Health Fair

Food today is entirely different than it was in your grandparents’ day. From the way it is grown to the way it is processed and packaged, including the nutritional value. Knowing how to choose the highest quality foods is key to caring for your health, and knowing how food works within your body makes it easier to understand what to eat and why.

With this in mind, on Saturday, July 18, Natural Grocers, located at 761 Anemone Trail in Dillon, will host a Paleo Health Fair from noon to 4 p.m., with a presentation from special guest Julia Landon, of Bun in the Oven Bakery, at noon and a free nutritional seminar titled “Taking Gluten Free to the Next Level,” with nutritional health coach Erin Fix at 2 p.m. There also will be Paleo foods to sample.

For more information, call (970) 262-1100.

Music this week in Frisco, Dillon and Breckenridge

Samantha Fish takes the stage at the Frisco Historic Park on Thursday, July 23, for the Concert in the Park series. Kansas City-based Fish has been on a major roll ever since she teamed up with Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde on her 2011 release, “Girls with Guitars.” Fish has incorporated the sounds of the classic rock of The Rolling Stones and Tom Petty, alongside contemporary artists such as Sheryl Crow and The Black Crowes, in putting together a sound that is uniquely hers. The music runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and concession sales at this concert benefit Friends of the Dillon Ranger District. To learn more, visit, or call (800) 424-1554.

Local Folk will take the stage at the Dillon Dam Brewery on Thursday, July 23. Local Folk is a collective string band composed of players from Summit County, an up-tempo, mountain-grass party playing a fresh mixture of bluegrass, old-time, Western swing and fiddle tunes. Local Folk is a four- to seven-piece arrangement of guitars, bass, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and dobro. The music starts at 9:30 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover. For more information, visit

The Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge welcomes the Jerry Weiss Trio on Thursday, July 23. This talented, professional, flexible and original trio plays all styles of instrumental jazz, from swing to bop, Latin to contemporary, funk and even some jazzed-up pop tunes. The music runs from 5 to 10 p.m., and there’s no cover. Visit for more information.

Slifer Designs hosts rare home furnishings warehouse sale

This week, Slifer Designs will host its once-every-15-years sale at its 45,000-square-foot warehouse, located at 50 Marmot Lane in Eagle, with deals on high-end furnishings of every style: contemporary, rustic and mountain modern.

“It’s time for us to clear out inventory and make room for the new,” said Lisa Mikels, showroom manager. “We have amazing items in the warehouse that will really add panache to someone’s home.”

As part of its community initiative, Slifer Designs will donate any items not sold to local nonprofits to either sell them to help fund their missions or use them to make clients’ homes a little brighter. The sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 16, and Friday, July 17, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 18. For more information, call (970) 926-8200 or visit

Vail hosting auditions for next season of ‘Survivor’

The town of Vail and CBS4 are hosting a “Survivor” open call Saturday, Aug. 22, at the International Bridge on the corner of East Meadow Drive and Willow Bridge Road. Camera crews will be on hand to capture each contestant’s best 60-second video on “Why I Should Be on Survivor” to be considered for the CBS reality show’s next season and vie for $1,000,000.

Register in advance at All applicants must be at least 21 years old, United States citizens living in the U.S. and in excellent physical and mental health. Show producers select candidates representing a cross-section of personalities, ethnicity’s, geographies and gender. For more information, call Amanda Gillie at (303) 830-6412 or visit

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