Social Summit: National Repertory Orchestra paddles Dillon Reservoir |

Social Summit: National Repertory Orchestra paddles Dillon Reservoir

Hannah Weaver, percussion, left, gives land training to National Repertory Orchestra assistant conductor Andres Lopera on Monday, July 21, at the Frisco Bay Marina.
Joanne Stolen / Special to the Daily |

After a very successful event last year, the Frisco Bay Marina and the Frisco Rowing Center again hosted musicians from the National Repertory Orchestra for a day on the water on Monday, July 21. Musicians were invited to experience the scenic beauty of Dillon Reservoir from the water. The marina provided canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, and the Rowing Center gave rowing lessons and provided rowing shells.

A number of the musicians had already honed their skills in a rowing shell prior to the event. Hannah Weaver, percussionist, and Jeffrey Girton, violinist, are experienced rowers. Stephen Woomert, trumpet, and Natalie Fritz, French horn, had progressed from single sculls to doubles and a quad. Blake-Anthony Johnson, cello, also is experienced with the double and the single shells.

After coming off the water, the musicians were treated to a gourmet brunch at the Rowing Center provided by Host Link coordinator Barbara Calvin, of Breckenridge, and Nancy French, of Frisco, who coordinated all the free Thursday meals for the musicians and staff. A popular repeat item on the menu was bananas foster French toast, made with French bread donated by the French Bakery in Breckenridge. Owner Lisa Velte is a member of the rowing club, as is one of her employees. Rowing Center president Joanne Stolen coordinated the event.

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