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Janet Day: Streamside’s closing a loss on many levels

Janet Day
Talk of the Valley
Grand County, Colorado

One Goodbye, Several Hellos. I’m trying to keep up with all the changes in the local arts scene.

Top of the list is the announcement from Corine Lively that she’ll be closing her Streamside Art Co. in Granby after “four great years.” She cites the economy, spending time with grandchildren and a long list of things that must be done as reasons for the closure.

It will be a loss on many levels. Streamside Art has been a big supporter of the area’s nonprofit groups, often hosting fundraising events. The shop also was the location of watercolor and other arts classes that opened the creative process to others.

The shop, including gallery, framing services and arts supplies, will close on April 30. Until then, look for some deeply discounted sales as she reduces the inventory to nothing.

New in the arts scene are Thursday night “Audio and Visual Enlightenment” events at the Circle H Retreat near Grand Lake. The events combine the talents of local visual artists with musical artists.

The events, developed by glass artist and Circle H owner April Hilton and her husband Ken, are designed to support “all the efforts made in our community to build, enhance and support the arts.” Friends who’ve attended tell me they’re also great fun.

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This Thursday features the photography, pottery and jewelry of Lenny and Gail Brooks with music by Tight Like That, featuring Lynnea Godfriaux on vocals and flute, Brad Pregeant on vocals and piano, and Patrick Brower on drums. Doors open at 5:30. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students. A cash bar and snacks will be available and a drawing for a $50 Caroline’s Cuisine gift certificate will be held.

For details about all of the events, go to http://www.CircleHRetreat.com

Art Out of Thin Air, the artist-driven networking group, has created a blog for spreading the news about arts-related events and issues in the county. Check it out at http://www.ArtOutofThinAir.blogspot.com.

And the Grand County Blues Society has a new-look Web site at http://www.grandblues.org with a gorgeous photo of the valley and updates on everything from local shows to BITS, the Blues in the Schools program.

To get a taste of the Blues, head over to Smokin Mo’s in Cooper Creek Square next Tuesday for the Fat Tuesday Blues Ball with music by Trampled Under Foot. Details about the event can be found at the blues society Web site, of course.

New Noshing. Lime Cantina in the new Winter Park Resort Village opens with its full menu today, but I took advantage of the limited-menu soft opening to check it out over the weekend.

The margaritas were tasty and I love their idea of serving small tequila shots in salt-rimmed lime halves. The seasoned flour tortilla chips with salsa are a nice alternative to the usual complimentary corn chips, although they could use some salt. The burritos were big but the tacos were perfect for an after-work snack. I particularly liked the carnitas ” seasoned slow-cooked shredded pork.

It’s a surprisingly small space for a resort restaurant. It’s also drafty as it was designed apparently without much thought given to the climate up here. Every time the front door opens, which is frequently, a blast of cold air blows through the restaurant, reaching even the table in the back by the bar.

Check your bill closely while Lime, like any new restaurant, works out the opening kinks. We were charged $7 for a beer, which seemed excessive even for resort prices. A conversation with the wait staff brought the price back down to its normal $5. Prices generally are in the higher-than-I’d-like range but comparable to restaurants at Colorado resorts. Our waitress said to look for some locals special in the future.

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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