Hey, Spike! tells of the Moose Jaw’s past and the new girl in town | SummitDaily.com

Hey, Spike! tells of the Moose Jaw’s past and the new girl in town

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily

Four decades of partying right on Old Main Street Frisco — a claim only the Moose Jaw Saloon can make.

And it’s all been done under the ownership of the very popular Lynda “Mama Moose” Colety, who is hosting her 40th anniversary party Saturday to mark her quite remarkable capitalistic feat.

“If somebody had told me I’d be here 40 years,” says Lynda. “I’d told them you’re smoking that wacky weed. This continues to be a wonderful, great experience. Our customers and our staffers are wonderful people.”

Lynda and husband Jim will welcome former staffers and customers old and new in two shifts tomorrow, the first starting at 5 p.m. for Moose Jaw veterans, the second at 9, when the newer fans will pick up the pace and keep things rolling until 2 a.m.

Colorado native, longtime Frisco local and global oil-and-gas geophysicist Jack Craig IV offers a little “Jaw” history.

“I was first introduced to the Moose Jaw in 1966, when my dad took me skiing in Breckenridge and we stopped there on the way back for dinner. It was called the Cast Iron Stove back then, until Lynda and her partner, Katy Woods, bought it in 1973. So, I think I may literally be the longest running customer there as far as I know,” Jack says. “It has long been a meeting a place for locals, particularly at the outset when the town was much smaller and Main Street was not paved — until 1982. I have played guitar there countless times over the years at the open mic night with various colorful characters.”

On Saturday, Jack and Jim Colety, Chris Cain, Brad Curry and Mike Fauth will get together one more time and offer up some music from their generation for the longer-term crowd, after which John Truscelli will take over with his band to meld the generations with more recent tunes.


Starting Monday, Frisco Town Hall welcomes Vanessa Agee as director of marketing and communications. She’s moving down from the Kingdom of Breckenridge, where she was the Riverwalk Center and events manager. Vanessa replaces Suzanne Lifgren, who recently moved to Utah.

“I moved to Breckenridge/Blue River in October 1995,” she says. “I moved there from Boulder, where I spent one year after graduating from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, in 1994. My mother is German and my father is from Pittsburgh. My parents met in Germany and I spent about the first seven years of my life there, although I was born in California and we moved around a bit as my father was in the Air Force. We eventually settled in Pittsburgh, and then in Massachusetts.

“The Town of Frisco is blessed with so many incredible assets: a great location in the epicenter of skiing in Summit County and access to Lake Dillon, a quintessential Main Street and, perhaps, the most passionate residents I have ever experienced,” she says. “I am excited for the challenge and the chance to work collaboratively with Frisco businesses and citizens.”

Vanessa lives in Summit Cove, having moved there from Blue River in 2010.

On the personal side, Vanessa says, “I ‘imported’ my husband Aaron from New Castle, and we were married in 2009.”

They have a 4-year-old daughter, Arabella, and three dogs: Coco, Buddy and Herbie.

Contact Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” with your social info at milesfporteriv@aol.com

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