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Hey, Spike! says partake in Fourth fun

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily/Miles F. Porter IVOut of the past: A dressed-to-the-nines crowd at the old Barkley's.

Fourth of July on The Summit has to be one of best experiences with its parades fireworks, concerts, art shows and gatherings of families and friends.

Enjoy it all – safely.


Local recording artist Nancy Cook – at Spike’s urging – provides this report on her recent travels:

“Tom and I have been gone from the county since early April. We were home for 36 hours in late May, then headed to the East Coast.

“We came home for two days, then off to the West Coast with a van full of sails, masts, booms and boards (and yes, a guitar) to spend the middle two weeks of June in the Columbia River Gorge.

“We stayed with our good friends and former Friscoites Rusty Lewis and Lynn Christian. We did a lot of windsurfing. It’s always an adrenaline thing there, as many say, it’s just about the most challenging spot on the mainland.

“Highlight of the trip was playing a living room concert to celebrate a truly ‘miraculous’ house renovation that Rusty and Lynn did in The Dalles. When they bought it a few years ago, and showed it to us, pre-construction, I really thought they were crazy. It was totally not inhabitable. But it is now one cool pad, thanks to their creativity and hard work. We stuffed a bunch of people in the living room…with a stunning view of the Columbia River.

“But now, it’s good to be home, though it seems I am spending more of the summer traveling than at home. I have a number of gigs in Steamboat, Boulder and Estes Park this year. My next local gig is at the Dillon Farmer’s Market on July 9. See you there.”


Chuck Leathers Real Estate has opened up a new office at 60 Main St., in Frisco, the old location of Winds of Change, once operated by lovely Maureen Keefe.

Chuck’s joined there by Mollie McCarthy and Nell Campbell. We ran into Mollie and partner Scott Thomas at Hacienda Real on Wednesday night.

Also dining out there were The Skalls, Bert and Lynn and boys; Blaise Colt and Julie Neils, Ricky and Judi Amico, and Shelby Newley and Mitch Evett.

Spike and Miss Mary joined Jimbo Deines and Linda Simon along with Tim and Margaret Finley. The Finleys are back in Dillon from their other home in Anna Maria Island on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

As we were exiting the Frisco Station Mexican food establishment owned by soccer estrella Luis Flores, entering was the always striking Lucy Kay, former head of the Breckenridge Ski Area.

A strong road bicyclist, Lucy says she just bought a BMW 650cc dual sport motorcycle and trailered it to Moab for some off-road pointers. You keep on rolling, girl.


Leigh Girvin of the Continental Divide Land Trust says Frisco resident Terry Kryshak’s son, James Kryshak, will be in town next week to give a recital benefitting the nonprofit.

James, a tenor with the Chicago Lyric Opera, will also be joined on a few numbers by Summit Choral Society’s Jeff Wakeley and Doug Bair. Breckenridger Kim Ruhland will accompany on piano.

“This show will be not your usual opera,” says Leigh. “I think a lot of folks will really enjoy it.”

“Evening of Elevated Music” is slated for Friday, July 9, in Breckenridge at Colorado Mountain College. Doors open at 7 p.m., for dessert, coffee and soft drinks. The performance begins at 7:30 and runs until 9.

 Tickets are $20 in advance and may be purchased by Friday at noon by contacting CDLT at 453-3875, info@cdlt.org or on-line at http://www.CDLT.org, or purchased at the door for $25.


Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a resident of Summit County since 1982. Email your social info to


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