The Silverthorne Pavilion opens its fall entertainment series with an old fashioned barn dance |

The Silverthorne Pavilion opens its fall entertainment series with an old fashioned barn dance

Kimberly Nicoletti
Mesa Cortina resident Dennis O'Neal and Kathy Law stand behind a mounted Canadian baby grizzly bear which they hope to sell at the Silverthorne Pavilion barn dance Sunday with proceeds benefitting the Timberline Toppers.

SILVERTHORNE – Ah, the lure of square dancing. Oh, come on. You remember: junior high gym classes where you spent the whole period anticipating those few precious minutes of holding hands with that special someone in class – only to discover he (or she) had sweaty palms – or worse yet, warts.

The Silverthorne Pavilion kicks off its fall entertainment lineup with some good, old fashioned square dancing Sunday. (And, luckily, by now, most of your potential partners have probably outgrown warts and sweaty palms.)

Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten what a left allemande is – at 6:30 p.m., Bear Miller will give lessons, followed by a hoedown from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Miller is a professional square dance caller from the Front Range and has called for the past 10 Colorado state square dancing festivals.

“In my time in square dancing, I have come to believe that sometimes we lose sight of the reasons we started dancing in the first place – great music, good friends and tons of fun,” Miller said on his Web site. “That is why in my calling, these are the most important ingredients in my performance. I have received so much from square dancing that I am trying to give something of myself back to the activity. Square dancing is for everyone, everywhere.”

And, even if you don’t like country music, it’s no reason to avoid the barn dance. Miller uses pop tunes, oldies-but-goodies, show tunes and music from Elvis and the Eagles.

“It’s not all beer-crying, old country music,” said Dennis O’Neal of the Timberline Toppers, a square dance club in Summit County. “Bear Miller is electricity on stage. He just has so much energy. You can’t hardly be in the room with him calling without having a good time.”

“You can’t think of any cares while you’re square dancing,” said Kathy Law of the Timberline Toppers. “It’s a lot of fun interacting with people. Plus, it’s great exercise.”

The Timberline Toppers meet alternating Saturdays at the Community and Senior Center in Frisco. They have about 70 members, and they can’t wait to share the fun of square dancing with the larger community.

“The idea is no one needs to have any experience,” Law said. “They just need to show up.”

“The almost 14,000-square-foot pavilion is the perfect venue for this event – with hardwood floors and barn-like, rustic finishes,” said Maggie Butler, pavilion coordinator. “This could be square dancing heaven.”

So grab your partner and put down $10 (each) for a night of do-si-dos. Tickets are on sale at the Silverthorne Recreation Center, or they may be purchased by calling (970) 262-7370.


Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or by e-mail at

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