Cathy Walton-Smith: Don’t go cold turkey |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Don’t go cold turkey

Cathy Walton-Smith/View From the LakeSky-Hi NewsGrand County CO Colorado

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and here’s a little tip from Martha Stewart: You can’t cook a frozen turkey. If you don’t get that bird out of the freezer and into the refrigerator on Sunday, there’s a good chance it will still be frozen on Thanksgiving. If there is no room in your refrigerator you can take your chances and put it on your deck railing. However, that is pretty risky when you add coyotes and the neighborhood dogs into the formula. Also, you could get a serious stomachache if this heat wave keeps up. I have never tried thawing a turkey with a hair dryer. However, I have resorted to soaking them in warm water. That works pretty good if you have time to keep changing the water. Unless you have a really small turkey, it won’t fit in the microwave. Just do the right thing and put it in the fridge on Sunday. That way it’s a no brainer.Tickets are now on sale for the Independent Sports Club Holiday Gala to be held at Caroline’s Cuisine on Saturday, Nov. 28. Cocktails are at 6 p.m. with a full buffet dinner at 7 p.m. Dance to the music of Nine Toed Bob and Super Dave and bid on both silent and live auctions items or win a door prize. The cost is $50 per person and tickets are available at all Grand Mountain Bank locations or by calling Dee at 627-5078 or Laura at 887-1282. Black tie is optional.The Grand Lake Women’s Club will meet on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. at the Fire Station. Sonja Albin will be the guest speaker. Sonja is with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and will share her role in that organization. We will also make final plans for the craft sale on Nov. 27 and 28. Refreshments will be a soup lunch so come hungry.The Colorado River Headwaters chapter of Trout Unlimited invites you to a “Keep Grand Lake Blue” meeting this Thursday, Nov. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Lake Town Hall to prepare the citizens of Grand Lake for the Moffat Firming project. Learn about the impacts of this project on the Three Lakes Area and become educated on how to participate in the public comment process. The future of our lakes and our community depends on what we do today. Please plan to participate.Thinking about helping a family this holiday season? Mountain Family Center has a program that matches anonymous family sponsors with families who would not otherwise be able to celebrate Christmas this year. Call (970) 725-3257. Thanksgiving Baskets still available, too. And most importantly: IF YOU KNOW A GRAND COUNTY FAMILY WHO IS STRUGGLING, please encourage them to call the Center. MFC can help.The Grand Lake Girl Scouts (Troop 3962) are sponsoring a local food drive to replenish our local food banks. (Operation Girl Scout Food Drive) Their goal is to raise 600 non-perishable items. With the help of the Grand Lake Elementary School and the Community, Troop 3962 is looking for your help. Please help by donating any non-perishable items. There are drop off boxes at the following locations: • Grand Lake Plumbing & Heating • Mt. Foods Market • Circle D • anyone in Girl Scout Troop 3962.The Mountain Family Center is in need of warm winter coats in all shapes, colors, sizes and ages. Between now and Dec. 18, 2009 they will be accepting coat donations at two locations: Granby Ranch Real Estate Office across from SolVista Basin (open 9 a.m. 5 p.m. daily) and at Winter Park Market’s new location in the C21 Building next to the Fraser Valley Rec Center (open 6- 9 p.m. daily). Clean out the closet and help to keep all of our neighbors warm this winter.The Waconda is now open Friday through Tuesday 7 a.m. 1 p.m. for breakfast. (Lunch available 11 a.m.-1 p.m.,) with the Bar Menu available from 1 p.m. till close, which varies. Doris has also come up with an idea to give you even more bang for your buck. After having 4 breakfasts, your 5th one will be free! Check with them for all the details. You also may not know that they will prepare a full traditional fondue dinner (or any fondue you want) any time, any day with just 24 hours notice. Call The Waconda at 627-8312.Thanksgiving weekend marks the kick-off to Olde Fashioned Christmas with several major shopping events. The Craft Bazaar will be held in the Grand Arts Center on Park Ave. on Friday and Saturday will be filled with our counties best selection of hand made items. There will be several new additions this year including a booth for the Grand Arts Council with some great holiday items plus tickets will be on sale for the Holiday Melodrama.The Kauffman House Museum will be open from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 27- 28. See the Christmas decorations, along with the antique winter toys throughout the museum. Admission is by donation, as usual. The great decorations should put us all in the mood for the holidays.