Cathy Walton-Smith: The great birthday heist |

Cathy Walton-Smith: The great birthday heist

Cathy Walton-Smith
View from the Lake
Grand Lake, Colorado

A couple of weeks ago, I was the victim of a kidnapping. Well, it was actually the girlfriends perpetrating a birthday kidnapping. But nevertheless, I was given very sketchy instructions on what to wear – something glitzy and fun, but not too dressy. I was picked up at my office, and whisked over the pass by Suzi Maki, who acted like the “cat that ate the canary” the whole way.

Mysterious phone calls from different gals along the way added to the game, which ended at Bed Bath and Beyond. What a coincidence, running into four different people from Grand County shopping in the same store. It was a fun evening with friends including martinis, dinner and the theater. We all giggled like 15-year-olds through “Girls Only – The Secret Comedy of Women.” The next day, I was delivered back to the office as if nothing happened.

The General thinks he’s now off the hook for organizing a party. We’ll just see about that.

Well, I’m guessing that the “signs of spring” report this week is more than obvious – rain and rain. Don’t for one minute believe that this means we won’t get more snow. But rain in February? Bring on “global warming.” I also received a bird spotting report of Gray Jays (Camp Robbers) from Marilyn Binkley.

Art Out of Thin Air is meeting this Saturday, Feb. 28, at Streamside Art from 9 to 11a.m. Corinne Lively will talk about creating a digital portfolio and Patty Madison will give tips on photographing artwork.

Earlier this week, the Sky-Hi Daily News notified us that until the economy improves it is changing to a Monday-Wednesday-Friday free paper with subscriptions still delivered by mail on Thursdays. In order to remain in the mailed version, this column will move to the Monday paper. This should only require a small amount of retraining on your part. From now on, I’ll be writing on Friday for the Monday publication, so I will need your announcements by Thursday in order to post here. E-mail is still the best form of communication for this, send to

The Grand Lake Fire Department is holding a CPR class on Thursday, March 5, from 8 a.m. to noon. If you live in the Fire District this class is free. If you live outside the District the cost is $25 per person. Please e-mail Mindy Everhart to register by Thursday, Feb. 26 at Call (970) 627-8428 with any questions.

Juniper Library Adult Programs for March have been announced. On Friday, March 20, at 12:30 p.m. the Brown Bag Book Group meets at the Juniper Library. This month, read “The Faith Club”, by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner. Non-Fiction. Three women (Jewish, Christian and Muslim) collaborate to write this inter-faith children’s book. “Each woman brings to the table her prejudices, unique faith stories, and personal stereotypes and misconceptions … Brimming with passion and conviction.” Then join in the discussion.

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre announces guest artist auditions. Auditions for all three of summer shows will be held Sunday, March 22, in the Grand Lake Community House. Auditions for children are at 1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. with high school students and adult auditions at 2 or 3 p.m. Call the RMRT office at (970) 627-5087 to make an appointment. Adults and experienced high-school students may audition for spots in any of the three summer main-stage shows. There are openings for a few children in “Brigadoon,” but not in “All Shook Up” or “Pirates of Penzance.”

For auditions, prepare a song of your choosing, from musical theatre repertoire. No pop, rock, or classical art songs, please. Bring sheet music for your song, in the key that you plan to sing it. An accompanist will be provided. Songs will not be transposed at the auditions, so find sheet music in a key that fits your voice – no accompaniment tapes or CDs. Samples of the scripts for each show can be viewed at the RMRT office in Grand Lake, or are easily available at your favorite music retailer. Break a leg.

Mountain Family Food Bank is in dire need of the following food items – mac and cheese, soups, Tuna/Hamburger Helper, rice, spaghetti, ramen noodles and peanut butter. Please drop off your donation at the Grand Lake Art Gallery. Patty Alander, local artist, has donated a beautiful piece of porcelain pottery valued at $120 to be given away at the end of March. To enter, bring two food items to The Grand Lake Art Gallery and fill out the entry form. For more information on the food drive check out this blog

Ed Peterson is doing just fine after a recent heart “procedure.” Ed says, “reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.” Like I always say, “In Grand Lake, what people don’t know, they make up.”

While you’re out and about this week, ask Schelly Olsen what she was doing under the table . . . ask Pearl Knight if what happens at curry night really stays at curry night . . . and ask Dave Whitman how he won the toilet paper race.

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