Life on the Summit: Pre-Dillon Reservoir cafe reborn for Elks Lodge fundraiser |

Life on the Summit: Pre-Dillon Reservoir cafe reborn for Elks Lodge fundraiser

The Wildwood Cafe, named for the lodge that once lived at the bottom of what is now Dillon Reservoir, is breathing again.

Long part of the structure that houses Elks Lodge 2561 in Silverthorne, the Wildwood Haven Lodge and Cafe name has been resurrected as a lunchtime fundraising effort to get a new roof on the place.

Elks officers estimate they need $25,000 for the rehab to the log building located past Target and Murdoch’s on Highway 9.

Spike! and Mary joined community dinner activist Deb Hage for lunch along with Dr. Don Parsons. Excellent service was provided by lodge manager Bob Knorr and volunteer Laura Lyddy.

The cafe is open to the public, and an affordable lunch is served Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m. The menu offers sandwiches, burgers, soups and a salad bar.

The local BPOE lodge uses this tagline: “Best Lodge By A Dam Site.”


At a social gathering Tuesday at Bobby Kato’s Tuscato, a group of former Copperites joined Mikey Curry, who was back from New Jersey for a short visit.

A former president of Copper, Harry Mosgrove, was there after a day out skiing with ex-Copper VP Al Roman and corporate number cruncher Alec Garbini on Tuesday.

With Harry was his nephew, Jerry McFarland, the facilities manager of the St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco.

Also joining in the fun was the always-sparkling Lucy Kay of Hamilton Creek. She was the Copper marketing VP and later headed Breckenridge Ski Resort for Vail.

Others present were Roger and Teresa Kliegerman with son Jack, Dot Vanderbeck, Rick and Judi Amico, Dan Kibbie, Eddie Bowers, Chris Eby and Marv Spyker.


Spike! made new friends of Freeport-McMoRan Climax Mine staffers Jerad Hughes of Copper Mountain and Nick Weber of Farmer’s Korner.

Another new acquaintance was developed with longtime Friscoites Kenny Schuman and Annbeth Sampel.


East Coast-er Eva Platt was out to ski from South Kingstown, R.I., where she owns the family’s diner, The Brick Oven, in Ashaway with brother Keith Knott.

Eva and husband Joe have owned a condo out here since 1987.

Coming with Eva this time was son Ryan and two buddies, Elonzo Ferguson and Quinn Razal, all 17 and students at South Kingstown High School. Snowboarders they are.

Also with the group, but from the West Coast, was Eva’s cousin, Jessica Harris, a Veterans Administration pharmacist in San Diego.

And returning again from Massachusetts were David and Melissa Wolf, of Boston, and Pete Fantry, of Sudbury, who could not resist all this Colorado champagne powder that keeps stacking up.

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

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