Janet Day: Plan to attend town hall meeting
November 15, 2009
Empty Spaces: It’s sad to see the “For Lease” sign on Gasthaus Eichler and the faux-alpine building shut up tight except for the Grand Sports shop. Gasthaus was, for the most part, a throwback to a different era of big Continental dishes, but some changes in the past couple years held promise for attracting new customers. I was very fond of the cheese plate appetizer, the fondues and lighter dishes added to the menu. And the creekside patio was a nice, relaxing addition to our al fresco dining options.
The loss of Gasthaus leaves a huge hole in the middle of town stretching to the old Shed, which had a brief career as a real estate office and now stands empty. Across the street, the huge Wild Creek/Untamed location remains unfilled. What the translation is in lower sales tax collections remains to be seen, but it can’t be good.
Filling those spaces should be done with thought to what’s right for the community. Does Winter Park really need a fourth convenience store/gas station? There’s a proposal to put a Kum and Go at the Shed location. A town planning commission hearing about the proposal will be held Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 8 a.m.
Deno’s, which is still one of the go-to places for locals and visitors, tweaks its menu occasionally with new dishes and new ideas. To that end, the restaurant has started Vino at Deno’s, pairing wine and small appetizers for just $10 every Wednesday night starting at 7 p.m. Last week’s launch included Prosecco, a dry sparkling Italian wine gaining in popularity.
Water Woes: Mountain economies don’t survive by restaurants alone. In Colorado, it’s all about the water. To that end, a meeting has been scheduled to educate locals about efforts to divert even more Grand County stream water to the Front Range. A “Save the Fraser River Town Hall Meeting” will be held at the Fraser community center (the old green church at Eisenhower and Norgren) this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. It’s sponsored by the Colorado River Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Fun Fundraiser: The wine-tasting and gift-buying event at Verso Wines last week raised $500 for Grand County Search and Rescue. By all measures, it was a great success and another is planned for Dec. 17 with proceeds from that event going to CASA, the Court-Appointed Special Advocate for children in Grand County and northwestern Colorado.
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Fielder Fans: Nearly 300 people crowded into Middle Park High School to hear John Fielder talk about his new book “Ranches of Colorado.” Every book was sold but you’ll be able to buy related products at the Nov. 21 Holiday Artisan Fair at the Fraser Elementary School. Half of the proceeds from the Fielder items go to the land trust.
This year’s Artisan Fair looks to be one of the biggest, with several new vendors and a lot of old favorites. Head over to the school between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to get your holiday shopping started or finished.
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