For some people, retirement means piña coladas and shuffleboard at the beach, but that’s not what Maggie Cox had in mind when she left behind a computer programming career in Denver to move to Summit County a few years ago with her husband, Jim.Cox is one of those tireless volunteers who helps out with everything from the BBQ Challenge to the Wine, Art and Jazz Festival at Keystone. Her biggest challenge sometimes is finding enough time to do it all.”There’s too many things to do. Sometimes there are two events on one weekend,” she says. “This last weekend was a great example. We live in Summit Cove, so we were involved in helping with the Snake River Firefighters Pancake Breakfast Friday,” Cox says. “And they were also doing the Blue River dinner in Silverthorne. You just can’t do everything,” she says with a laugh.Cox says they made the permanent move from Denver up to Summit County about a year and a half ago, after having owned a second home here since the 1980s.
“Like for many others, we came for the skiing, but fell in love with the summers,” Cox says.Among her many volunteer projects, she counts the Summit County Animal Shelter near the top of the list, spending time there at least twice a week, just hanging out with the kitties.And she is definitely a cat person.”People ask me about the dogs, but I rarely go and talk to the dogs. They can sense that I’m not completely comfortable around them, so they start to bark,” Cox says.She says her volunteerism in the county had a very pragmatic start.
“When we moved up here, my husband was still working as a systems engineer for IBM. He was telecommuting, so part of the agreement was that I’d be out of the house,” Cox says.Along with stints at the animal shelter, Cox also pitches in at the library and helps out with special events at Keystone. She is also part of the Snake River Firefighters Incident Support Group, which involves helping with training and providing logistical support during longer deployments. And she helps out around the Silverthorne Recreation Center, the Town Pavilion and with concerts at the Lake Dillon Amphitheatre.”I need to be up and about. I’m not interested in a sitting on the couch, daytime TV lifestyle.Both Cox and her husband will be hosts at Keystone this coming winter, where she tries to get up to Outpost for a fondue dinner at least once per season. She says it’s one of her favorite restaurants in Summit County.”But maybe they’ve gone a little overboard on the Chicken Dance,” she says.
Last season, Cox says, they wanted to try and work both as Copper Ambassadors and Keystone mountain hosts, but that got to be a bit much, so they’ve reduced it to just Keystone for this winter. And last year’s Copper adventure didn’t start out all too well for Cox, who took a tumble on her first day, suffering a leg injury that she says, kept her on “injured reserve” for about two months.Above all, Cox praises the generosity of the Summit County community when it comes to supporting volunteer efforts. “Every business will give something if you’re going down the street, knocking on doors,” she says. “They will come out for just about everything.”Bob Berwyn can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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