Cathy Walton-Smith – At last, the summer for locals |

Cathy Walton-Smith – At last, the summer for locals

Cathy Walton-Smith / View from the LakeGrand Lake, Colorado

Here we are at Labor Day – the last gasp of summer. Now that the chaos of the summer is over, and the kids are back to school, Grand Lake will begin to slow down. Not so much in the number of activities and events, but in the sheer volume of people coming and going. This is the time of year I like best. Our cool evenings are perfect for a campfire, the sunsets are gorgeous, the aspen leaves will soon to turn a golden yellow and you can find a parking spot in town. Indian Summer has arrived.I especially like our visitors this time of year. Old friends and former residents are showing up from their homes in states with heat and humidity. They appreciate the peace and quiet we have to offer and seek out the locals to share their experiences and hear a little about the history of our town. Our events are geared back a little for the locals, but hey, guests are always welcome. And there is so much going on in the next few weeks. Summer just can’t be over. For one thing, the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater is still putting on shows. “The Andrews Brothers” are in town, and you’ve got just four weeks to check out this Boogy Woogy show straight out of the 1940s. You’ll regret it if you miss this one! Purchase tickets at the box office, or call 970-627-3421.The Mountain Family Center and the Grand Lake Area Chamber have teamed up to build Colorado’s largest can sculpture (of Smokey the Bear). The almost 10-foot structure will be built in Grand Lake Town Park beginning Thursday, Sept. 17. The following canned goods are needed for the design, and will then be used to stock the Mountain Family Center food banks: Van Camps Pork & Beans: 1,500 – Progresso Soup: 1,000 22oz. – Green Beans: 1,500 20oz. – Campbell Soup: 250. Canned food can be dropped off at the Grand Lake Area Visitors Center or at drop off bins throughout the county.Also, a 3K walk, “Grand County Walks Away Hunger” will kick off the Grand Lake Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, September 19 at 9:00 a.m. Walking teams from area companies and individuals are urged to collect pledges and help :Walk Away Hunger”. Registration and pledge forms available at are now on sale for “A Night in Morocco” fundraising dinner and show sponsored by the Grand Arts Council. This year’s event is Sept. 19, 6 p.m. at the Grand Arts Center on Park Avenue in Grand Lake. This is the sixth year for this fabulous evening of authentic Middle Eastern food prepared by chef Sherry Kent of Showboat Catering, plus exciting entertainment by a bevy of belly dancers featuring Rafi’ah of Denver and Kysheema of Grand Lake. Tickets are $65 per person at the Grand Lake Art Gallery or call me at 970-531-3055. Dinner guests are encouraged to dress in keeping with this fun an exotic theme.This week, the GL Historical Society plans to move the Eslick Cottage Court. Everyone’s invited to come see how it’s done. It will cost $25,000 for the Grand Lake Historical Society to move the structure 250 feet. You can still buy a “foot” for $100. 250 folks, donating $100 each, will pay for the move! Donate and receive a “foot” at Grand Lake Art Gallery or Mountain Lake Properties, or call 627-9644 for more information. This is going to be fun!On Sept. 14 at 1:30 in GL Town Hall, Rocky Mountain National Park Superintendent Vaughn Baker is scheduled to listen to community concern and ideas about the Betty Dick property in RMNP. This is the community’s opportunity to make input into the future of this property. As it stands, the structures could be destroyed, left as is, or renovated into some use, yet to be determined. If you have interest in this, attendance would be a good idea.As the golf season winds down in Grand Lake, don’t miss these upcoming tournaments – open to the public – at the Grand Lake Golf Course. The Grand Mountain Bank is hosting their 5th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit the food banks of Grand County. Everyone is invited to support this event on Friday, Sept.11. There will be a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Entries for this event can be made at any Grand Mountain Bank or by contacting Grand Lake Golf shop 970-627-8008.Pancho & Lefty’s Tournament, with all proceeds benefiting the Grand Lake Trailgroomers, will be held Sept. 19 and 20 and as usual will be much more than just a tournament! Entry fees include green fees, carts, box lunches, a taco bar Saturday and Sunday, and an awards ceremony at Pancho and Lefty’s Sunday night! Prizes will be awarded both days for closest to the pin, longest men’s and women’s drive, and longest putt.