Cathy Walton-Smith: Dont hog parking spots in Grand Lake |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Dont hog parking spots in Grand Lake

Cathy Walton-SmithView from the LakeGrand Lake, Colorado

Its official. The mad race through summer has begun. Afternoon rain showers can be expected especially on the weekends when there is live music on the patio. Oh, well. We love summer, no matter what form it chooses to take.Every year about this time, I get on my soap box to remind all businesses to do their part to keep our limited parking spaces open and available for our customers, especially on Grand Avenue. The day trippers taking the drive through Rocky Mountain National Park wont stop if they cant find a place to park. Ive seen them make the famous U-turn at the end of the street, or loop around by the lake, and head back out of town. Weve got two chances to get them to stop heading into town, and heading out. Dont hog the parking spots in front of your business, or any other business. There are pleanty of spaces in the alleys behind our businesses and on the secondary roads.The performers with Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre are rolling back into town. Rehearsals have begun for another great season of musical comedy. The Grand Arts Council will once again be hosting a Welcome Back Party for the theater cast and crew. Join them at the Daven Haven on Wednesday, June 3, from 5-7 p.m. for appetizers and a sampling of some of the great talent to perform this season. A donation of $10 is suggested at the door.Its amazing that this is the 41st year of the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in Grand Lake. If you cant make it to the Welcome Back Party, you might want to treat yourself to a sneak preview of this years shows in a more intimate setting. For the seventh year, C Lazy U is hosting an evening of comaraderie, conviviality, find dining and a sneak preview of the RMRT season presented by the 2009 actors and musicians. $150 donation admits one, and tickets may be purchased by calling (970) 627-5087.Mark your calendar for the first craft fair of the season. The Grand Lake Festival ofArts and Crafts is June 6 to 7 in Town Park. Stroll the boardwalk and park filled with booths of amazing hand crafted items including jewelry, photography, woodworking, pottery and more. Then, on June 6, park yourself on the lawn for a Concert in the Park at the Grand Lake Town Park Gazebo starting at 1 p.m.Rather than the traditional Spring Chamber Dinner, the Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a FREE picnic dinner for Chamber Members and potential Chamber Members on Wednesday. June 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Town Park. A Chamber Members generous donation has made this event possible and they are encouraging all Members to bring their families as well as to invite non-member businesses to attend.At the picnic, the Chamber will be sharing its marketing, advertising and special event plans for the upcoming months, discussing volunteer opportunities, signing up new Members and offering Members a chance to meet and visit with the Chamber Board. Please RSVP to Betty at the Visitors Center at (970) 627-3402 with the number of people that will be attending in your party.The Brown Bag Book Group at the Juniper Library is now reading Dream When Youre Feeling Blue, by Elizabeth Berg. Berg takes us to Chicago at the time of World War II in this wonderful story about three sisters, their lively Irish family, and the men they love. Then join the group on Thursday, June 11, at 12:30 p.m. Bring your lunch and join in the lively discussion.Tickets are now on sale for the annual Art & Archeticture Tour hosted by the Grand Arts Council. The tour is slated for June 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. This self-guided event includes 5 great Grand Lake area homes that youd just love to get inside. Tickets are just $25 per person to tour all five homes plus an after-tour reception at the Bears Den. This event has a history of being sold out, so pick up your tickets today at the Grand Lake Art Gallery or call Andrea Cox at (970) 627-1000. In addition, the Sixth Home Dinner option has been added in recent years. Join other tour-goers at a spectacular sixth home for a full five course gourmet dinner catered by Carolines Cuisine. Tickets for the entire tour plus the sixth home dinner are $150 by advance reservation only. Hurry, seating is limited.For a complete list of upcoming summer events, go on-line to the Grand Lake Chamber site at, and click on the calendar.