Find summertime magic in the mountains with Summit County’s marinas, Silverthorne’s First Fridays and more |

Find summertime magic in the mountains with Summit County’s marinas, Silverthorne’s First Fridays and more

The Geiger Counter’s weekend picks

Frisco’s Rock the Dock party is this weekend. The celebration will feature live music from Brendan O’Hara.
Todd Powell/Town of Frisco

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.

It seems like it still isn’t 100% safe to put away all of the winter gear, but I’m ready for summer weather, shorts and sandals. I must not be the only one feeling this way since some Summit County towns are hosting various festivities in honor of the changing seasons.

Season kick-off

One way to celebrate the start of summer is with the Rock the Dock party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Frisco Bay Marina, 267 Marina Road.

The party includes live music with Brendan O’Hara as well as giveaways in a beautiful spot that combines the feelings of life in the mountains and at sea.

Additionally, The Island Grill, 249 Marina Road, Frisco, will be serving up an $8 burger and beer deal to sate anyone’s appetites. The event also coincides with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new marina building that’s part of ongoing improvements, the name of which will be revealed at the party.

Go for a ride

Once you’ve had your fill, take the opportunity to go out and explore the Dillon Reservoir itself no matter the preferred watersport. The Frisco and Dillon marinas have boats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and fishing available. You can also learn how to row and sail, or relax and let someone else do the steering with a tour. 

Visit and for details on rentals and other amenities.

I did a pontoon ride last summer after accidentally ignoring what the reservoir has to offer for too many years, and it was sublime.

A few weeks later I also did stand-up paddleboarding for first time ever, and that is harder than it looks. I like to consider myself as having good balance, but I was sitting on the board more often than I was standing. Each attempt to get up to full height resulted in wobbly, jelly legs that caused me to promptly lower my center of gravity.

I would definitely like to attempt it again, maybe in a more controlled environment like a pool where it doesn’t matter if I fall in, in order to build up the necessary skill to make it as effortless as it appears. 

Grab a drink

Along with The Island Grill, Pug Ryan’s Tiki Bar, 150 Marina Drive, Dillon, is open for the season. Both specialize in Tiki drinks to bring a tropical vibe to Summit County.

I haven’t drunk my way through each menu, but I can give a few recommendations. The Tiki Bar has staples like pina coladas and a version of painkiller called a pain reliever that both hit the spot with tasty coconut flavor.

Meanwhile, The Island Grill has a mai tai riff strong enough to warrant a two-per-person limit. Made with white and gold runs, a blend of juices and a rum float, it is by no means a traditional mai tai. However, when the name of the game is relaxing on a beach, one in hand will more than suffice.

Want more drinks and parties? Don’t forget that Silverthorne is having its First Friday event 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 3 with music and food. Finally, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 5, head to Carter Park Pavilion, 300 S. High St., Breckenridge, for Breck Film’s Bubbles Over Breckenridge brunch. Enjoy cava, Champagne and prosecco paired with food. Tickets for the fundraiser range from $125 to $175 and include free movie vouchers.

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What I’m Watching

‘Defunctland’ by Kevin Perjurer

Summer is often the time for family vacations, such as a stereotypical trip to Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort. The theme parks are known for Mickey Mouse and friends but, on the YouTube channel “Defunctland,” Kevin Perjurer documents the lesser-known history that’s worth a watch before making a journey.

He hits on the inspiration, construction process and more like the company’s “The Imagineering Story,” but he doesn’t shy away from times when there were flops and failures. Extensively researched, he expands on what may just be a footnote in the other series.

Perjurer also details attractions that have come and gone, often ones that I never knew existed, such as the Halyx rock show or the “Captain EO” film with Michael Jackson. Additionally, he touches on television shows and rides from other properties like “Fraggle Rock” and a “Garfield” dark ride that scratch a nostalgic itch.

Regardless of your summer plans, it’s a fascinating look at a monolithic entertainment company.

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