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The Geiger Counter: There’s no place like home for the holidays

Families enjoy the first night of Frisco’s Wassail Days at the Frisco Historic Park & Museum in 2018. The dayslong festival returns Saturday, Nov. 30.
Jefferson Geiger /

Don’t know what to do this weekend? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Pull up a seat to the counter, and I’ll tell you about everything that’s hot and happening.

FRISCO — I’ve lived in Frisco for almost a year and a half, and I’ve loved every moment of it. Having visited the town while on vacation for years — even before I moved to Colorado — the charming vibe of being an actual community instead of a collection of condos enthralled me and my family long before I joined the Summit Daily News. Now being embedded in the area beyond weekends has grown my roots. I still can’t believe I’m lucky enough to call this place home.

Though I didn’t do it this year, the Turkey Day 5K is a wonderful tradition to get the blood pumping and burn off some calories before feasting later in the day. I frequently gravitate toward excuses to exercise in a social setting even though the High Country is filled with opportunities to workout sans special occasion.

Last week, I did participate in my first-ever Winter Walk, where various businesses around town stay open later than usual with food, drink and shopping deals. Walking may be in the name, but it’s not exactly a healthy evening. To experience a gathering of merry crowds on an even larger scale, its tough to beat Frisco’s Wassail Days. The annual festival starts Saturday, Nov. 30, with carolers and the tree lighting and runs through Dec. 8. Anyone who samples 12 different wassails from participating businesses during that time can receive a commemorative mug.

After I warmed up with a cup of hot mulled wine in the park last year, my heart rose walking down the middle of the street with the snow reflecting the moon and Christmas carols reverberating in the air. As I went from store to store to fill my wassail punch card for the complimentary mug, I recall bumping into friends at Ein Prosit. This led to asking for the inside scoop on which wassail to hit up immediately (pro tip: Rivers Clothing Co. wins a lot, so make sure they’re on your list). We got so carried away I forgot to complete my objective before all the stores closed that evening.

Revelers walk down the snowy street during Frisco’s Wassail Days in 2018. The annual celebration includes a variety of activities such as sampling 12 types of wassail for a commemorative mug.
Jefferson Geiger /

The Main Street magic sadly doesn’t seem to last as long after that first night, but there are still things to do. Santa will visit multiple times during the celebration, and he might even call a few boys and girls Tuesday, Dec. 3, before his breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 7. The Frisco Historic Park & Museum will have a cozy after-hours event at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Don’t fill up on wassail, though, as the Soup Cup Classic gives amateurs and pros a chance to compete for best soup at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. No matter what you do, it likely will be a pleasant time filled with happy memories.

What I’m Watching

‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’

Nostalgia can amplify that warm, fuzzy feeling from reconnecting with friends, and Netflix has it in spades. One of their latest offerings, “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” is the return to Jim Henson’s Thra, first seen in the 1982 film “The Dark Crystal.”

The television show expounds on the fantastical world of Gelfling, Skeksis and Podlings without succumbing to prequel-itis a la obtuse exposition. And because it takes place many years before the movie chronologically, those who haven’t seen the cult classic can dive right in to the adventurous tale of hope without fear.

Anyone who grew up watching Henson’s puppets will be happy to see the continued use of practical effects, and the show stays true to its roots. Yet there are scenic updates with CGI that blend in seamlessly and refresh the aesthetic. The improved look means acting that feels real instead of uncanny, which is only enhanced by an all-star cast. Taron Egerton, Jason Isaacs, Simon Pegg, Mark Hamill, Keegan-Michael Key, Lena Headey, Eddie Izzard and Helena Bonham Carter are just a few of the voice actors working in tandem with puppeteers to bring life to rubber. I constantly did a double take whenever the credits rolled on screen.

When you finish the series, be sure to watch the behind-the-scenes movie to learn more about the fantastic puppetry and neat facts — like how the baby from Henson’s “The Labyrinth” is an artist working on the show and following in his parents’ footsteps.

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