Fireworks and a funk band at Frisco Marina Saturday |

Fireworks and a funk band at Frisco Marina Saturday

Erica Marciniec
summit daily news
Special to the Daily/Todd PowellFireworks, canceled on the Fourth of July, come to Frisco Saturday. The show starts around 7:15 p.m., after the band.

There’s nothing like a fireworks show over the lake to send summer out with a bang, and on Saturday evening, the town of Frisco delivers.

Billed as the final event of Frisco’s two-week-long Autumn Spectacular – a celebration of all things fall – the fireworks make up for the missed fireworks display on the Fourth of July, which was canceled due to dry conditions and fire danger.

Instead, Town Council decided to use a portion of the Fourth of July fireworks for two different events this year, the first of which takes place Saturday. “We wanted to have one more event to celebrate a great summer with our community,” said councilmember Kathleen Kennedy.

“I think the Council felt that this summer we missed our great community event – having fireworks on the Fourth of July – and felt it was important to have one last show that brought everyone together,” Frisco spokesperson Suzanne Lifgren said.

The town is currently working out logistics for another fireworks display at the tubing hill as part of Wassail Days, Dec. 8-16.

Saturday will be the first time Frisco holds a closing concert and show to celebrate the end of Autumn Spectacular.

The evening begins at the Frisco Bay Marina at 5 p.m. with a free concert by Denver’s Buckner Funken Jazz, who played the Colorado BBQ Challenge in Frisco earlier this year.

Led by Rod Buckner, the group brings old-school funk and be-pop to the stage with an energetic, fun and funky vibe. “Funken has been known to make people dance by themselves,” the band’s MySpace page cautions. The group recently released an album, “Surreal,” containing jazz, soul, rhythm and blues, funk and bossa nova sounds.

The fireworks display, which is weather dependent, will follow the performance around 7:15 p.m., just after sunset.

“Bring the kids, the dogs and the blankets for a great night to fall in love with Frisco,” Lifgren said. Limited parking is available at the Marina. Outside alcohol is not allowed, but the Summit County Restaurant Association will offer refreshments for sale that benefit its donation to the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance.

If a fun evening out is not enough, start early in Frisco on Saturday with the 86 Cancer Restaurant Relay, which begins at the Frisco Historic Park at 1 p.m. The event, hosted by the Summit County Restaurant Association, involves teams running a tray around to participating Frisco restaurants and businesses, doing tasks like setting up a breakfast caddy, folding pizza boxes and tossing dough. The first team back to the Historic Park wins.

The “86” in “86 Cancer” references a restaurant term that means “to end an item that has been sold out,” Lifgren said.

The entry fee is $100/team or $50/individual, and proceeds directly benefit the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance and Domus Pacis’ family respite program.

Immediately following the relay, Saturday afternoon, there will be a concert at the Historic Park featuring local talent, including acoustic blues, vocals and slide guitar by Todd Johnson and guitar and vocals by local legend Arnie J. Green. For more information, visit

All in all, Saturday promises to be a day of good tunes, good vibes and good times, sunshine to sundown, in Frisco.

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