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Around the Summit: Garrison Keillor to grace Riverwalk Center

Arts and Entertainment

Frisco kicks off concert series

Frisco’s annual Concert in the Park series kicks off on Thursday, June 23 with a performance by Colorado band Chris Thompson and Coral Creek. The concerts are at the Frisco Historic Park each Thursday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and are free. The music will span genres from bluegrass to country to jazz to rock.

The performers for this year’s concert series are Chris Thompson and Coral Creek, the Robby Wicks Band, Too Slim and the Taildraggers, Face, Mama Magnolia, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, the Honeycutters, the Sweet Lillies, and Todo Mundo.

Frisco marina hosts Cruiser Regatta

The Frisco Bay Marina will host 9th Annual New Belgium Timberline Cruiser Regatta on Saturday, June 25. The race is open to anyone with a sailboat. All Cruiser Regatta participants will receive a t-shirt, a racers’ buffet dinner, and New Belgium beer at the after party.

The party begins at 6:15 p.m. and will include the announcement of the overall best participant, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, and the best-costumed crew/boat. A New Belgium cruiser bike and many other items will be available for live auction to benefit the Junior Sailing Program.

The cost of registration is $35 per boat with up to 4 crewmembers. Any extra crewmembers may be added for $7. Registration is on Friday, June 24 from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. at the Frisco Bay Marina. From 10 a.m.- 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, there will be a captains’ meeting where the course map will be supplied. Anyone who did not register to join a crew is invited to come to the captains’ meeting to be “adopted” onto any registered crews if space is available. The race will start at 12 p.m. and end between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sad Star Café will play from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Island Grill, and the awards ceremony and auction will begin at 6:15 p.m.

Garrison Keillor and Kevin Smith to grace Riverwalk Center

Breckenridge Creative Arts announced this week that Garrison Keillor and Kevin Smith will perform at the Riverwalk Center this winter.

First, An Evening with Garrison Keillor be on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center. One of the most prolific American storytellers of all time, Keillor is a writer and humorist best known for his live radio variety show, Prarie Home Companion. The show attracts more than 4 million listeners on more than 600 public radio stations each week. Tickets for Kiellor’s performance are priced at $55, $75, and $95.

Kevin Smith is a writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director, as well as the brains behind the 90’s cult comedy classic ‘Clerks’. His one-man show on Sunday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. offers the audience the chance to get up close and personal through a night of stories, musings, and Q&A. Tickets for Smith’s performance are priced at $35 and $45.

Tickets for both shows go on sale on Monday, June 20 at 10 a.m. at the Riverwalk Center Ticket Office, by phone at 970-547-3100, or online at


New papers to Join Summit Daily in Swift family

Swift Communications, the newspaper and online media company that owns the Summit Daily News, has just acquired two Colorado publications, Steamboat Pilot & Today and Craig Daily Press.

The 131-year-old paid weekly paper Steamboat Pilot & Today is complimented by the free daily Steamboat Today and several glossy magazines. Its website,, has national reach through the visitors who flock to the renowned vacation destination. The nearby Craig Daily Press has a circulation of 1,700 and publishes four times each week.

Swift is hoping to guide the Steamboat and Craig teams through a smooth transition during the busy summer months. In a recent press release, Swift CEO Bill Waters explained, “as with all our publications and digital businesses, we expect the Steamboat Pilot & Today and Craig Daily Press to operate consistently with their content strategy and continuously to work toward accomplishing their annual business plans.”

C.B. & Potts wins gold

The RAM Restaurant Group, which owns and operates Colorado chain C.B. & Potts and has a location in Breckenridge, came home from the 20th Annual North American Beer Awards in Idaho Falls, Idaho, toting seven medals, including a silver and a gold. Head Brewer Joe Bowden and his brewing team from the Fort Collins C.B. & Potts location won a silver medal for their Irascible Zipper Barley Wine in the American-Style Barley Wine category.

The gold medal winner was the seasonal Barefoot Wit, which is currently on tap at all Colorado locations. “We are excited to celebrate our medals at this year’s North American Beer Awards! Huge accolades go to our team of talented and passionate brewers,” stated director of brewery operations Dave Leonard.

NBA and Kaiser team up for FIT

The sounds of sneakers screeching, basketballs pounding on freshly polished hardwood, and the sharp slap of high-fives echoing throughout the Silverthorne Recreational Center were muffled only by the laughter of the more than 90 kids in attendance.

On June 14, the National Basketball Association and Kaiser Permanente held a FIT health clinic for local children that spanned Silverthorne from the recreational center to Rainbow Park. Through Kaiser Permanente’s position as the first healthcare partner of the NBA, the two organizations have jointly held various FIT Clinics in communities across the country.

This clinic, hosted by former Denver Nuggets star Ervin Johnson, was designed to help local children sharpen their basketball skills while and learn about nutrition, exercise, and playing together. Kaiser Permanente also provided a health station where children learned about nutrition, participated in trivia, and won prizes.

“We’re honored to partner with the NBA on this wonderful event that shows our children how exercise can be fun and encourages them to put the screen down—even if it is just for an hour each day,” said Brent Bowman, executive director of Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s mountain service area.

New habitat for Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore

Silverthorne’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore is moving its location one mile north of its current location to 1291 Blue River Parkway, where Sears was previously located.

ReStore is a project of Habitat for Humanity where the community can donate new and gently used home furnishings and building materials. Some of these goods will be used to build Habitat for Humanity homes, while the rest is sold to the public at 50-90% off the retail price. Proceeds generated through the sale of these materials help Habitat for Humanity build more houses.

The community is invited to celebrate the grand opening of ReStore’s new location on July 1.


Sheriff’s Office engages in full-scale training

On Friday, June 10, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office engaged in a full-scale training exercise in support of Lake County. The organizations responded to a simulation of an aviation accident involving the mid-air collision of a private aircraft carrying VIPs and a military helicopter carrying a team of Special Operations Forces. In the simulation, the Special Operations Forces were conducting training involving classified prototype equipment that falls from the helicopter.

“The other value of participating in these exercises is to practice responding to other jurisdictions and emergency services outside of our county in the event of a real incident,” said interim Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons.

County launches free chipping program

On June 27, Summit County launches its third annual free chipping program. This service helps homeowners create defensible space and lower wildfire risk around their homes by disposing of tree branches, logs, and small trees.

Until the end of September, property owners can clear trees and branches from around their homes and stack the material in slash piles near the road during either or both of their neighborhood’s two designated chipping weeks. The Summit County Chipping Program accepts trees, logs, and branches up to 9 inches in diameter, free of nails, wire, and rope. Chipping crews will not accept shrubs, willows, construction materials, treated lumber, fence posts, root wads, stumps, weeds, bagged materials, grass clippings, or trash.

Slash piles must be stacked by 8 a.m. on the Monday of the neighborhood’s designated chipping week. Residents who plan to put out 10 or more piles are asked to notify Summit County CSU Extension by calling 970-668-4139 prior to their neighborhood’s chipping week. Detailed schedules and maps, broken down by neighborhood, are available online at

Summit celebrates Bike to Work Day

Summit County and the Physical Activity and Nutrition Team of the Summit (PANTS) invite the community to participate in 2016 Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, June 22. Bicycle commuters can receive free breakfast, get simple bike tune-ups by local bike mechanics and be entered into prize drawings.

The day will be full of cycling events, beginning with breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. All cyclists are invited to stop by any (or all) of the seven breakfast stations for free coffee, juice, muffins, and bagels. The stations located at the recpath near Lodgepole Lane in Dillon, the recpath near Red Buffalo Café (358 Blue River Parkway) in Silverthorne, the Summit County Commons (Main Branch Library entrance, 0037 Peak One Drive) in Frisco, the Frisco Historic Park on Main Street and Second Avenue, Whole Foods Market (261 Lusher Court) in Frisco, the north end of the recpath near Natural Grocers (970 N. Tenmile Drive) in Frisco, and at the Blue River Plaza in Breckenridge, where there will be a pancake breakfast.

The community is invited to continue the celebration of Bike to Work Day at three locations in the evening of June 22. The Town of Silverthorne is hosting Bikes, Burgers, and Beers at the Silverthorne Pavilion from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Frisco Chapter of the Summit Chamber will host a happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Island Grille in Frisco. The Breckenridge Tourism Office is organizing a bike-in showing of the movie American Flyers, a cycling classic, at 8 p.m. in the Breckenridge Arts District.

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