Life on the Summit: In Frisco, a whirlwind of arts, cars, classic boats and class reunions |

Life on the Summit: In Frisco, a whirlwind of arts, cars, classic boats and class reunions

Frisco will be showing off this weekend with arts, cars and classic boats, with some class reunion socializing thrown in.

The three shows begin Saturday as Main Street hosts Howard Alan’s ninth annual Main Street to the Rockies Art Festival, which runs into Sunday, with 100 professional artists displaying and selling their works.

Some of those appearing include painter Anthony Grant, sculptor Ben Foster, photographer Doug Tomlinson, painter Linda Denison, jeweler Harry Roa, painters Wendy Schaefer and Kevin Miles, fiber artist Barb Holloway, sculptor Lorenzo Ortega, painter Cecelia Eidemiller, printmaker J.B. Sullivan, painter Jan Whitney, stone sculptor Jerry Locke, mixed media artist Ross Mazur, digital photographer Susan Williams and mixed media artist Anita Baptiste.

Saturday’s motorized events are down at the Frisco Bay Marina, founded by the Frisco Bay Yacht Club in 1988, when the Rocky Mountain Classics Chapter of the international Antique and Classic Boating Society presents member boats ranging from Bob Phillips’ 1900 steam-powered English launch to fully restored speedboats from the 1920s through the ‘60s.

Brand names will include Chris Craft, Hacker Craft, Century, Correct Craft, Lyman and Thompson, along with some Classic Plastic (fiberglass) early-day models, which are gaining in collector popularity.

The gleaming vessels — about 20 — will be on display dockside at the marina from 9 a.m. to noon, then there’s a close-in boat parade, followed by a run across the lake to the Dillon Marina.

Among the boaters will be Charlie and Linda Peak, Chip Taft, Capt. Dave Sheldon, Richard Ball, Mike Novick, Charlie and Linda Simons, Tom Metzger, Ed Sabo, Hal and Kay May, chapter prez John Stiller, Kevin and Betsy Anderson, and others who will join locals Wayne Spaulding and Bill Tordoff of Wonderful Woodies Restoration, lawyer Jim Bull, yours truly Spike! and the father-son team of Mike and Jack Vannier.

Wayne, Bill and Jim are hosting the annual event along with assistance from Phil Hofer, Jenn Shimp and Jon Drabik, managers of the marina.

While the boats are on display, visitors will be able to see automobiles of all makes and sizes as part of the Cars and Coffees group headed by Pat Baxter.

Pat will have his Datsun 240Z and be joined by Tom Carlin’s Lotus Super 7, Bob Fredrickson’s strange VW Bus, among others from Summit and Eagle counties, in what will be a mix sports and muscle cars, exotics, hot rods, 4x4s and motorcycles — basically anything that’s cool with wheels is welcome.

The line-up includes Gene Bydg’s ‘58 Corvette; Jerry Belver and his ‘67 Austin Healey; Jim Hall’s Mini Cooper S Works; Bruce Youngdahl with his ’69 Charger; Michael Moore’s Porsche 911; Laura Lewark and her ‘69 Camaro; and Taylor Edmonds in a Porsche 944 Turbo.

And over on the beach will be a kids’ Sand Castle building competition.

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More automobiles out and about will be the Colorado Chrysler PT Cruiser Club, which will be here for a weekend of touring. Based at the Baymont Inn and Suites (the old Best Western Lake Dillon Lodge) will be 50-plus cars and their owners, marking the club’s 15th annual cruise.

The little PT Cruisers will be all over the High Country, with some events headed by Ron and Carolyn Baker and Rick and Patty Conine.

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Breckenridge/Summit High School reunions are also this weekend, headquartering out of the Holiday Inn, with a dinner/dance, brunch, and a Sunday picnic at the Elks Club.

Part of the funtimes will be at Foote’s Rest, with a Saturday afternoon informal gathering of the Class of 1975, arranged by Kathy Foster Parmley.

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In the musical scene, Copper Mountain Resort is again hosting its free Guitar Town, featuring string expert performers like Eric Johnson, Andy McKee, J2B2, John Jorgenson Quintet, Trio Balkan Strings, Richard Smith, Rory Hoffman, Steve Vai, Robben Ford, Sonny Landreth and the John Jorgenson Electric Band with special guest Chris Casello.

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And if all this proves to be too much, how about a cheap book?

Kristina Nethaway via Summit Social Club says, “We have a record number of used books for sale at the Main Branch library in Frisco today starting at noon, until 6 p.m. Hardbacks $2, paper $1, and lots of DVDs and audio books. Saturday everything is half price, and there’s a bag sale after 3. Sponsored by The Friends of the Summit County Library, all proceeds go to the libraries.”

Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” is 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

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