By SANDI TERFORD
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Four years in Colorado introduced newlyweds Chris and Marion Dye to a leisure activity that turned into business for the couple.
"We loved skiing, the mountains and the active lifestyle," Marion Dye said. "We spent time ice skating with family and that's where we first experienced synthetic ice."
In early November, they realized a personal dream to bring a bit of the Rocky Mountain experience to Quincy when they opened River Skate.
"We picked the ice skating rink because it had little bits of each of our interests, including winter recreation, sports, the performing arts and, most importantly, family fun," Dye explained. "We wanted to do this because we felt it added something unique to our community. Living in Colorado was wonderful for us, but we love Quincy and this is our home. So we wanted to bring a little Rocky Mountain magic home with us!"
Describe a typical day.
For me, no two days are exactly alike. When you have as many jobs as I do, each day brings different challenges, new deadlines and many obstacles. On any given day I might spend a few hours managing at River Skate, pull costumes for an upcoming production, work for a few hours at my secretarial job doing administrative tasks and a few hours at a local arts studio managing schedules and returning phone calls. Some days I may only have a few tasks and others are packed full from dawn till dusk.
What is the best and worst part of your job?
There are so many things I find enjoyable about my different jobs. At River Skate I love to watch skaters, especially little ones, find their skating legs. They may be wobbly at first but in no time they are zipping around the rink. In my job as a director I enjoy sharing my passion for theatre and performance with others. In my administrative positions I enjoy organizing and helping others. I would say the most challenging part would be having so many different roles and duties. At times it can be difficult to juggle everything.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I think most people would be surprised to know that I am dyslexic. It is something I have had my entire life and I struggled a lot with it when I was younger. I have learned to manage it and it has not held me back. I have to give a lot of credit to my parents for their support and advocacy, as well as the awesome teachers that taught me how to manage it successfully.
Other than your work, do you have any hobbies or passions?
I love performing, especially singing and acting. However, I have a great passion for skiing. I have been skiing since I was 3 and I never feel like I've had enough.
How do you unwind?
I love to watch TV and movies, and I love reading as well. I love going to the theater, listening to music, singing, dancing and acting. I also love spending time with family and going on vacation.
Do you like to ice skate?
I do like to ice skate! I would say that I am pretty good at it and I would love to be better. I am hoping to get a few pointers in January and February when we have lessons at the rink. If River Skate had been around when I was little, I would have had a season pass for sure. One of my childhood dreams was to be a professional figure skater.
Do you have a work ethic or motto?
I would say my work motto is to work smart and hard. I like to work; I find it gives great meaning and purpose to my life. I also like to find ways to do things faster, better and more efficiently. Chris is the same way, and it's one of the reasons we work well together. I also believe strongly in being dedicated, loyal and honest.