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Hey, Spike! clicks his heels and sees Wichita

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily

While traveling the 600 miles from Frisco to Wichita, Kan., takes more than a mere "clicking of the heels," it's still worth the effort.

Driving there recently for the fourth annual Autumn and Art Festival at developer George Laham's Bradley Fair lakeside park, under the direction of Mary Beth Jarvis, Spike! and Mary were in pounding rain for two-thirds of the distance.

Water-repelling RainX made windshield wipers unnecessary. Like all-wheel drive and polypropylene, it makes life much easier.

The weather there was dry until just after the show closed down.

And like almost everywhere we go there are surprising personality encounters with connections to The Summit.

Everyone expressed concern for Colorado's residents enduring the monster floods.

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The first morning's setup provided a chance to visit with RE/MAX's Kouri Wolf, who was home to Wichita to help mark her mother's birthday — Louise Casey is 92.

Kouri, who's lived up here for 36 years, was staying right down the hall at the Hilton Hotel Garden Inn. She brought by sisters Judy Lockwood, in from Kansas City, and Mary Ann Khoury, who lives in Wichita.

Later that day, coming by just before the show opened, was Phyllis Wilson, mother to some more longtime locals up here: the brothers Phil and Brian.

We walked back to her car, where husband Johnny was waiting. Phyllis is 90 and the senior Wilson is 92, and admits to slowing down a little.

The next day, Phil's and Brian's sister, Marsha, walked the show and visited with us.

On the final day of the show, Copperite Carol Schmidt's sister, Ginny Caldwell, and husband Richard stopped by the booth. They come out this way frequently.

Other notables we chatted with included show volunteer staffer Sam Hill, who was out here skiing again in March.

Wichita Eagle newspaper writer Jerry Siebenmark and daughter Carli and friend Lauren made their always-welcoming appearance. The Siebenmarks had vacationed down near Empire this summer.

Another chance meeting was with Gena Dillard and her husband, Steve. Gena's brother is Brad Dunn, who works for Gary Barr's Wildernest Property Management as the community association manager for Lower Mountain, Silverthorne and Dillon.

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So, who were those folks helping Bob and Becky Foote celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with a party at Foote's Rest, the longtime family homestead on Old Main Street Frisco?

Attending were relatives and close friends Linda and John Polhemus, Jim Snyder and Meredith Farnum, Mark Emore and Lindsey, Bob and Deb Helton, Pat Foote, Kelly and Kerri Foote and daughters Lyla and Olivia; Jim and Roselee Carney, Dan and Moni Sederstrom with daughter Shannon and son Connor; Bob and Marcia Bowers, Butch Elich, Marie Zdechlik, John Davis, Jeannie and Greg Todd, Danny Eilts, Lauren Stott, Danielle, Michael and Linda Obermaier; Ben Shirley, Charles Stott, Shara Adams, Phyllis LaBarr, Reuben and Donna Graff, Jon and Claudia Kreamelmeyer, Ryan Owen, Dean McHenry and friend Karen of Olathe, Scott and Hazel Connor, also of Olathe, and Spike! and Mary, who have been Foote's Rest neighbors since 1988.

For those in the "tika-toka" mode, those Austrian Guys will be "prosting" with Miss Hillary at Prost tonight in Frisco.

Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed "Spike," a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to milesfporteriv@aol.com