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Janet Day: A new way to start your week, and a new season

Janet Day / Talk of the Valley
Fraser Valley, Colorado

Monday Musings. Start your week with me. Talk of the Valley now appears every Monday, wrapping up the previous week’s thoughts, announcements, gossip and news.

Spring Splash. It certainly has looked, smelled and felt like spring in the past week. That means wet, muddy roads full of puddles as snow melts with no place to drain until plow-created banks of snow disappear.

Common springtime courtesy hasn’t taken hold with many area visitors. Walking along those muddy roadways, with the dog or by myself, has been a study in contrasts. Vehicles with obviously local license plates slow down, move over and make an effort to not splash pedestrians. Construction trucks, shuttle buses and delivery vehicles do the same.

But rental cars and vehicles with out-of-state license plates seem oblivious to people walking. They continue to drive, often far above the posted residential-road speed limit, spewing mud, gravel and slush along the sides. Some even smile, seeming to take pleasure in splashing people.

It reminds me of when, as a teenager, frustration at getting splashed in a parking lot led me to throw my fast-food hamburger at the offending car, watching it land with a ketchup and pickle plop on the rear window. The driver braked, but kept going. The police officer driving right behind him stopped. Lesson learned.

Art Awards. Notable local artist Karen Vance has received the 2009 National Award of Excellence from Women Arts of the West. To honor the honor, Winter Park Framewerx is offering a $50 Devil’s Thumb Ranch gift certificate with the purchase of any of Karen’s giclees on display at the frame shop and gallery in the King’s Crossing shopping center.

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Also look for new work from other local artists whose art stocks the shop. And keep Framewerx in mind for your framing needs. Owner Deb Lucero has a great eye, sense of color and sense of play in mixing frames, mats and artwork.

Beer for more than Burgers. I enjoy a nice cold beer occasionally, usually without food or maybe with a burger or nachos. Devil’s Thumb Ranch and O’Dell’s Brewery of Fort Collins have plans to move way beyond that menu.

The two are hosting O’Dell’s Brew Master Dinner at the ranch’s Heck’s Tavern on Thursday, March 12, at 6 p.m. For $48 per person, you get these tantalizing menu pairings:

Appetizers with 5 Barrel Pale Ale, stewed clams with chili butter and Easy Street Wheat Beer, braised pork shank and cheese spaetzle with Red Ale and a cherry glazed cheese cake with Cut Throat Porter.

Some of the brews served with the meal aren’t available to the public yet. Call Devil’s Thumb Ranch for more details or to make reservations.

Wedding Bells. Congratulations to Rhonnie Comer and Ron Southworth, National Sports Center for the Disabled instructors who exchanged marriage vows last week. The wedding was fun and informal, held in the Coffee and Tea Market at Winter Park Resort with a packed room of NSCD co-workers and participants in attendance.

The pair’s love of horses was evident in their nod to the cowboy lifestyle in making sure they had something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.

” Keep in Touch: What’s got your attention around the area? Let me know. I’ll try to find the answer or spread the news. Send it all to JDayQuilts@msn.com.

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