Forget the calendar: Summer has officially arrived in Grand County
Despite what the calendar says, summer in Grand County officially begins this weekend.Winter Park Resort and SolVista Bike Park both open for summer actives, all four golf courses are now officially in full swing, Granby has its first Friday Market of the season, Grand Lake Repertory Theatre stages its opening act, Bingo in the Park in Grand Lake kicks off this weekend and Hot Sulphur Days brings some western flair to town.Winter Park ResortWhile lingering snow has delayed the opening of Trestle Bike Park at Winter Park Resort for another week, the first cross-country race of the Epic Singletrack Series is still planned for June 11.Family base activities at the resort include: Colorado’s longest alpine slide, mountainside mini golf, the Amaze’n Human Maze, Leaps & Bounds Bungee, GyroEXTREME, Outdoor Climbing Wall, Kids’ Mini T-Bar Zip Line, Bouncy Snowcat and the Mary Jane Mine Company Mineral Panning.The Trestle Bike Park Crew and Trestle Bike Patrol have been working diligently to clear snow from the bike trails and other areas of the mountain. Mother Nature has also helped the snowmelt in the past week with temperatures in the 60s and 70s. With continued warm weather and a tireless crew, Trestle will open below Five-Points onSaturday, June 18.Solvista SolVista Bike Park opened all its trails and its new pump track and new ballroom (base area) features on Thursday, June 9. The bike park is kicking off its competitive season next weekend with the Triple DHip, which will bring big names and professionals in the industry to compete for a cash purse. After that, said Bike Park Manager Matt Thompson, crews will start work on a new top-to-bottom beginner’s trail and a couple more intermediate trails. Thompson noted that while the bike park is proud of its competitive reputation amongst star athletes, its core mission remains the same as when it opened in 2007, which is creating a “dynamic” environment in the base area for family and guests. From the simple network of beginner trails that all lead to the base area to the free “Learn to Ride” workshops, Thompson said SolVista provide a little bit of everything for every level of rider.Hot Sulphur DaysJust about every town in Grand County has its moment in the spotlight during the summer months. Hot Sulphur kicks off the season with a street dance on Friday night with local band Bad Water. Other weekend activities include a children’s carnival, pancake breakfast, Frisbee golf, silent auction and the Sulphur Soaker Duck race on the Colorado River. Pioneer Village Museum is granting free admission on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along with an antique yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. The historic Texas Charlie Shoot-out is the lead-in to Saturday’s parade, which starts at noon. A community barbecue follows. A fireworks display in Town Park accompanied by the music of Bad Water completes Saturday. Sunday’s Sulphur Stroll starts at 9 a.m. at The Stagecoach Inn. Children and dogs are welcome. Granby Friday MarketThis year, the Granby Area Chamber of Commerce has nearly doubled the size of its Friday Market and added weekly themes to the event.Booths include wine tastings through Brickhouse 40, spices and dry mixes from Wildflower Gourmet, candy from Taste of the Rockies in Hot Sulphur, ready-to eat food from Jose’s Mexican Restaurant, sweet gooeyness from Winter Park Honey, fruits and vegetables from Sweet Pea Produce and Morales Farms, fresh bread and pastries from Styria and Rise and Shine bakery.Weekly themes include sports, bicycles, desserts, the great outdoors and Father’s Day. Children’s activities will be available every Friday.To kick off the season Bryce Jackman will play music, and every month’s first Friday the market will include a band. The Grand Lake Art FestivalSeventy artisans from around the state will display their hand-crafted wares in a juried exhibition in Grand Lake’s Town Park Saturday and Sunday. The Festival of Arts & Crafts is open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.Grand Lake Ladies Club will raffle a quilt and the local PTA will offer a bouncy castle for kids. Several artesians will conduct demonstrations throughout the day. Music around townAnother sure sign summer has arrived in Grand County are the slew of bands playing around town this weekend, including Old Folk, Lucky Jim, Steve Cormey and Friends, Brad Pregeant, Lynnea Godfriaux and Gary Luton, Acme Band, North Mississippi All Stars Duo, Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue Featuring Rob Eaton of Dark Star Orchestra, Kris Lager Band and Damon Wood’s Harmonious Junk. (See our Community Calendar for details.)
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