Frisco kicks off summer season with two parties |

Frisco kicks off summer season with two parties

Breeana Laughlin
Summit Daily/Breeana Laughlin

Colorful characters painted the town of Frisco this weekend.

Things got started at Friday’s “Pistols and Pearls” preservation party celebrating the 30th anniversary of the town’s Historic Park and Museum. The park came alive with partygoers dressed with Old West flair, sauntering from building to buiding, tasting some of the best cuisine Frisco has to offer. Local chefs set up shop in the park’s cabins, armed with more than enough food for visitors to sample. Each food item was paired with a wine or beer. Breckenridge distillery brought spirits, as well.

A tent decked out with lights stood as the centerpiece of the event. Attendees sat and chatted and enjoyed old-time music throughout the evening. Museum director Simone Belz ended the night with a toast. She spoke of Ute tribes, Canadian fur trappers, fearless and famous explorers and told stories of railroad rivalries.

“These stories were significant enough 30 years ago to begin to collect and share with the public, and now 30 years later we are still preserving and interpreting Frisco’s beautiful tapestry of history,” Belz said. “Let’s raise our glasses for a toast to the preservation and promotion of Frisco’s heritage and history, connecting the past, present and future to the world around us.”

Rock the Dock

The celebrations continued in a slightly more casual atmosphere on Saturday at the Frisco Bay Marina’s “Rock the Dock” party.

Athletes competed in the inaugural Summit Games, kayakers and paddleboarders floated in the bay, bicyclists weaved through the grounds and spectators soaked in the sunshine and listened to the steel -drum band Urban Island.

Heather and Greg Hays helped themselves to a $5 burger-and-beer special at the Island Grill while taking in the sights and sounds of the party.

“We came for the opening of the marina,” Heather Hays said. “We can see it from our place, and we like to come down and visit for events like these.”

Frisco Bay Marina office manager Jen Shimp reported a good start to the season.

“Turnout has been wonderful,” she said. “The sun came out, and the races are going off. People are trying out the paddleboarding. We were wishing for a little less wind, but the sailors are loving it.”

Shimp said she’s expecting the good times to continue throughout the weekend — and the summer.

“It’s just the beginning of the season so there are more parties to come.”

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