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Spotlight on Dillon

PallavaciniLift_6x300.gif UNVEILING GALLERY 108

You’ll see two faces revealed in Dillon’s new gallery at 124 Main St.

One is the face of, and photographic images by Matt Lit, a multiple award-winning professional photographer.

The other is the face of his selected featured artist, debuting each month at the gallery’s First Friday evening receptions.

Lit has chosen his gallery exposure to introduce the talents of watercolorists, sculptors, multi-media and fine artists who work in oil.

Lit, whose stunning photographic images take your breath away, will display his results using the Holga Toy Camera.

With its plastic body, lens and viewfinder, the Holga produces images with the romantic look of photographs in times past.

For more information, call 970-262-2006, or visit www.litfoto.com


“One of the ten best theaters in the state”, harked the Denver Post. “This is the top western theater in the state,” noted the Colorado Theater Guild.

It’s waaay off-Broadway, but the Lake Dillon Theatre has made its mark in Colorado.

Gather theater-types, arrange a production, then stand back and be dazzled. Chris Alleman, Artistic Director, is amazed at the reception the theater performances have received.

Early this December, you’ll be treated to the hilarious series of mishaps in Lend Me A Tenor by Ken Ludwig. This was a sensation on Broadway and London’s West End.

From Mid-December through the new year, enjoy an exuberant holiday revue spiced with lots of surprises.

During the first half of January, “Oleanna” by David Marnet, will be presented by Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs.

A male instructor and his female student discuss grades, which becomes a modern reprise of the Inquisition.

For reservations, tickets and more information, call 970-513-9386, or visit www.lakedillontheatre.org


County Road 7, colloquially called the Dam Road from Dillon to Frisco, holds back 245,000 acre-feet of water in the Dillon Reservoir.

The water is managed by the Denver Water Board, providing much of that city’s water resource. If the dam was ever compromised, it would release all its water, flooding the town of Silverthorne.

On July 8, 2008, the suspicious activity of two men on the dam caused the closure of Rd. 7, setting off cries of protest by Summit County residents. The Dam Road is one of only three routes from one side of the county to the other, and favored by emergency vehicles.

The suspects were detained, explaining their reason for videotaping on the dam. They were in the process of making a music video.

After weeks of investigations by the Summit County sheriff and FBI, the suspects were cleared. However, the incident sent up a red flag.

On July 25, the Dam Road reopened to two-axle vehicles only, and closed to all traffic from 10pm to 6am. Large trucks and Rvs are prohibited, but emergency vehicles are granted 24-hour access, bypassing barriers with special remote controls.


coyote pictureSummer happens on the bank of Lake Dillon at its marina, amphitheater and in the wooded areas in between. Events for the whole family fill Dillon's menu. Here is just a soupcon.

The Thursday Nature Nights at the Dillon amphitheater attract many families every week. Wildlife experts bring a variety of furry, feathered, and scaly critters for demonstration and education. Wolves, coyotes, hawks, falcons and reptiles are the stars that patiently appear on stage while you learn all you want to know about each species.

A misnomer, actually, as Dillon's Farmers’ Markets are the social gatherings of the entire county. Everyone who is anyone shops and mingles each Friday in summer. The freshest produce, handmade pastas, breads, pastries, preserves and much more are assembled for the weekly moveable feast comprising one of the best farmers’ markets in the high country. 

In the days before Lake Dillon, indeed, way back in the 1800s, there existed at the confluence of three rivers a small community consisting of little else than perhaps a trading Dillon, Coloradopost and a smattering of cabins. Eventually the little frontier settlement became known as Dillon and later grew into a support town for the burgeoning railroad industry that was opening up the Rocky Mountain to nationwide commerce. But in the 1960s, Denver was thirsting for more water for its greatly expanding population. As a result, the Town of Dillon disappeared under what is now the reservoir called Lake Dillon. But the town’s folk refused to let their community drown and rebuilt it, complete with its relocated cemetery, on the lake now bearing its name.

Now a vibrant town in the heart of booming Summit County, Dillon celebrated its 125th birthday in 2008! 

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