Life on the Summit: Hey, Spike! attends fun- and fund-raisers |

Life on the Summit: Hey, Spike! attends fun- and fund-raisers

Two recent “raisers” added to the fall Summit social scene — a new Mexican restaurant “fun-raiser” opening and a local popular politician’s fundraiser.

Spike! and Miss Mary were present for the Saturday opening fiesta at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant at the complex anchored by Whole Foods in Frisco.

Hosted by owner Patrick “Pat” McGaughran and GM Shannon Hayhurst, the place was packed for an upstairs party, with its big welcoming deck looking to the west.

You can’t beat those free Classic and Big Tex margaritas with ever-flowing apps, all downed to mariachi music.

Frisco marks Rio Grande’s seventh location, joining Fort Collins, Boulder, Greeley, Denver’s LoDo, Steamboat Springs and Park Meadows, says Juley Sobson, executive assistant for the chain who was on hand to greet locals.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the opening events,” says CEO Jason Barrett. “The reception by the folks in Frisco was outstanding, and we couldn’t be more excited to be part of this community.”

Among those in attendance were Wellington neighborhood-Peak One neighborhood and Whole Foods complex developer David O’Neil, who is delivering on his promises of quality names in an attractive setting, builder Mark McCrerey and wife Cynthia, Bonnie Moinet, Larry and Martha Mackie, Kent Willis, Copper Mountain Resort president Gary Rodgers, Kathleen Kennedy Bartz, Tom Connolly, Rick and Judi Amico, Rio Grande neighbors Loaded Joe’s owners Kent and Christy Beidel and GM Brand Olsen, Rob Philippe and Val Weber, Peter “Piano Boss” and Susan Simon, Tim and Karen Mack, Jim and Kim Cancelosi, Sarah Schwartz, Nick Pollard, Frisco town manager Bill Efting and wife Carol, Jocelyn Mills, Woody Van Gundy, Larry and Judy Sawyer, and Roman “Mr. Krystal-93” Moore.

Roman noted he and Barbara Blanchard have purchased a home in Dillon Valley — “with a garage,” making him an even happier guy. Congrats.

In our list of personalities above, other new homeowners include the Simons, Peter and Susan, who bought Dodie and Eileen Davies’ home on Night Chant Lane in Water Dance. Welcome.

A touring concert pianist, Peter is giving a concert Sept. 29, at Regis University in Denver, where he is donating his grand piano to the school’s new music hall. After the move up from Evergreen, he and Susan, a painter, will travel to New Zealand for two months, where Peter will be performing, then to Florida for a 30-concert tour. Whew!


Tom and Tracy Glass and David Cunningham hosted a fundraiser for Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs, who’s running for re-election.

Both Tom, a long-ago mayor of Crested Butte, and Dan are former state senators.

On hand in Frisco Heights, Spike! saw Robin and Patty Theobald, Climax Mine chief Fred Menzer, Jeff Huntley, Turk Montepare, Rob Philippe, State Rep. Millie Hamner, Dillon Mayor Kevin Burns, Larry Feldman, Chris and Myra Eby, Bill Efting, Scott Downen, Peter Siegel, David O’Neil, Peter and Stacy Joyce, Don Parsons, Steve West, Linda Schutt, Eric Fisher, assessor Bev Breakstone, Barb Crandall, Pat Campbell of Vail Resorts, and Jenny Houx.


Congrats to Shannon Sonnett and Mike Antalek on becoming Mr. and Mrs.

Shannon, the daughter of Gary and Dawn, is a SHS and University of Northern Colorado grad, now a teaching in Denver.

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. Email your social info to

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