Cathy Walton-Smith- Address those Christmas cards starting now |

Cathy Walton-Smith- Address those Christmas cards starting now

Every year about this time, I begin to ponder how fast the year is drifting by.

But, then I realize that the solar year really is pretty short – only 52 weeks – then we divide that into four seasons, and each season is just 13 weeks. In just three weeks, daylight saving time is over and we have to admit that Winter is fast approaching. In just over six weeks we’ll be sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. And, there are only 10 shopping weekends left until Christmas.

If I was smart, I’d start addressing those Christmas cards now. The good news is, I don’t have to buy any cards. I still have the ones that never went out last year – or the year before.

So, if you’ve been making wonderful craft items all year long, it’s time to sign up for the 2009 Olde Fashioned Holiday Craft Bazaar. This is the 21st annual Holiday Craft Bazaar, to be held at the Grand Arts Center on Friday, Nov, 27, and Saturday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Booth space will be 6 feet long by 30″ deep. Also, please provide your own table. Please call Barbara at 970.627.3097 to secure your space.

Women’s Club will meet at the Fire Station this Thursday, Oct. 15. If you would like to help crochet purses or sew place mats for the craft sale in November, meet at 10 a.m. with scissors, rotary cutters, crochet hook G through J, ruler, portable sewing machine, cutting board, scrap fat quarters or 1/4 yd. fabric. Bring your lunch. If you have questions about the craft projects, call Beverly White Faust at 627-1704 or Fay Nedela at 627-5084. The meeting will follow at 1p.m. Dave Lively will present the program on the Harbisons. All women are welcome to attend.

It was fun seeing one of our own “locals” on the Jay Leno show last week. Yes, it was a very private local who most of us have never met, but Tim Allen did admit to two recent speeding tickets awarded him for driving 55 MPH in a 30 MPH zone in Granby. Hey, Tim, you’re not the only one that’s been caught in that trap!

A bunch of goofy Grand Lake people have brought Pickleball indoors for the Winter. Pickleball is a new court game using a hard paddle and a baseball-sized Wiffle-ball. It’s kind of a fast-paced mini-tennis but on a court one-third the size. I hear it’s good exercise and also good reflex training. Join the fun at the Grand Lake Elementary School gymnasium on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:45 p.m. and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Training is free, and $1 is collected at the door for the school. For more information call Bill Sauter at 303-548-9184 or Bill Heiss at 970-231-6840.

This Thursday, Oct. 15, join Greg and Carey Barnes and family at the Backstreet Steakhouse at 6 p.m. to celebrate their 20 years in Grand Lake. They’re planning something very special in the way of food and drink, and are also encouraging other businesses to participate by bringing brochures, menus, special offers or whatever. This is a private function and you must RSVP to participate. What a great networking opportunity! Call them at 627-8144.

The Grand Arts Council has a great new website. Check it out at There is even the ability to make a donation or pay your membership online with PayPal. How cool is that?