Cathy Walton-Smith: Community always comes together in time of need
July 16, 2008
When the folks of Grand Lake see a need we take action. Zack Petersons car accident last Saturday night is the one thing every parent lives in fear of, and it could happen to any one of us. By Monday morning, the entire community had come together to have a fundraiser for the needs of Zack and his family. It was short notice, and not everybody who wants to help got a chance. But no worries, we will need you soon.I would like to use this space this week to personally thank those who helped make this happen. There isnt enough space to give credit to all the merchants and businesses who donated cool stuff, gift certificates and services for the silent auction over 150 items were auctioned off. There isnt enough space to thank all those generous party-goers at Carolines Cuisines Bastille Night who stepped up to participate in the auction. There isnt enough space to thank all those who made phone calls and sent e-mails notifying the community of the fundraiser.There is enough space to thank Jean-Claude Cavalera of Carolines for offering his venue for the event and to thank Sue Sheriff, Gail Brooks, Peggy Lenahan and Martine Pearson for spending all day Monday soliciting and picking up auction items. No one person should get credit for this. It is the perfect example of how our community comes together when there is a need. Donations are still pouring in the need will be great for a long time. Other fundraisers will be held. To make a personal donation to the fund, you may make a direct deposit to the Zachary Peterson Fund at any Grand Mountain Bank location, or mail to the bank at P.O. Box 749, Grand Lake, CO 80447. The family is most grateful for the generosity of our community. I know its what we do best.This weekend is the 62nd Annual Buffalo BBQ and Parade (is there anyone out there who remembers the first one?). Organized by the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by an impressive group of businesses and organizations, this is Grand Lakes premiere summer event. Volunteers are still needed to help out. If you can give some time, call the chamber at (970) 627-3402. If youre planning to be in the parade, give them a call as well.The weekend starts on Friday, with Bingo in the Park Pavilion 18 at 7:30 p.m.On Saturday: Rotary Pancake Breakfast – Town Park – 7:30 to 11 a.m. $6 adult, $5 senior, $4 kids LIVE MUSIC in Town Park 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. sponsored by The Grand Lake Brewing Company featuring Hunker Down, Nine Toed Bob & The Stragglers, Brad Prageant and Peggy Mann. Juniper Library used book sale – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Town Park Kauffman House Museum open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Grand Lake Art Walk presented by the Grand Arts Council – local galleries 5 to 7 p.m. Bingo – Town Park 7:30 p.m. On Sundays events: Live music in Town Park 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by The Grand Lake Brewing Company, featuring the Jazz Cookers and Washboard Annie Juniper Library used book sale 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Town Park Buffalo BBQ in Town Park 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Western Weekend Parade 1 p.m.On Saturday, from 5 to 7 p.m., as part of the Grand Arts Council Artwalk, The Grand Lake Art Gallery will be hosting a signing of local Pat Raney’s new work of art, The Boathouses of Grand Lake, a 24″ x 30″ poster. Stop to visit with the Artist and enjoy a few light refreshments. Other locations on the Art Walk are Rustic Urn, Howard Neville, Mine Design and Jack Straw. Start at any one of these locations. Its free.The Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce has asked me to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances, the Grand Lake Metro Rec District will not hold the annual 5K run which has been traditional to Buffalo Barbecue for many years. They promise the event will return next year.Next weekend, the ISC (Independent Sports Club) will host a huge yard sale at 525 Grand Ave. (former Grand Eagle Real Estate office). Donations for sale are welcome Call Dena Sauter at (970) 627-8315 or just drop stuff off when you see somebody there. While youre out and abut this week, ask Maureen Losasso where shes been stashing dollar bills. Ask Brad Taylor how the barbecue is going and ask Barb Stemple if she knows where her mother is. Eat, drink and be merry.