Cathy Walton-Smith – Frosty Grand Lake mornings a bit tough to take in August |

Cathy Walton-Smith – Frosty Grand Lake mornings a bit tough to take in August

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

There is an upside to all the afternoon storms and cool evenings that seem to have cut our summer short. Sunsets … and if you’re up early enough … sunrises. But the morning frost on the meadow is a further sign that summer is winding down. The snow storms and late spring weather in June are something that us mountain residents have come to expect. But it doesn’t seem to matter how many years of living here, it’s just impossible to accept a frosty morning in August. Don’t leave home without a jacket. The Grand Lake Women’s Club will meet on Thursday, Aug. 20, for a narrated boat tour on Grand Lake. Meet at the town marina at 11:45 a.m. for a noon boat ride. Cost is $15 per person. Call Muriel Johnson at 627-0874 or Ann Stark at 627-8208 with your reservation. If you wish to join some of us for lunch first, meet at the beach area at 11 a.m. There is more entertainment in the town gazebo this Thursday. Enjoy a great evening with Tim Connelly this week starting at 6 p.m. Tim plays keyboard and will be performing melo hits of the ’80s and ’90s. Next week it’s Rob Gonzales playing classic rock guitar, and the final Thursday concert, Sept. 3, will feature MOJAMBUS with Walter Holland. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy an evening in Grand Lake.Stop in at the Juniper Library this Wed., Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m. for an Author Talk & Book Signing. This is your chance to hear Colorado mystery author Nancy Atherton (of the popular Aunt Dimity series) talk about her writing. Book signing. Light refreshments will be served. FREE.Nominations are being accepted for positions on the Grand Lake Area Chamber Board of Directors. Nominees to the three year positions must be Chamber Members in good standing and be willing to serve on one or more of the following committees: Marketing, Membership, Financial, Special Events, Nomination / Board Development.The nominating committee is currently in the process of meeting with those that have expressed interest in the past 12 months of serving on the Chamber Board. If you have an interest in being a candidate for a GLACC board position, please contact the Grand Lake Chamber office at 627-3402. Nominations must be received no later than Aug. 28.Labor Day Weekend is just around the corner. Save Saturday, Sept.5, for a fun Barn Dance at the Grand Arts Center on Park Ave. There will be square dance lessons by the Never Summer Squares, and live entertainment all evening by local favorite bluegrass and Irish band, Claddagh. Come early for the chili supper and a cash bar.Tickets are now on sale for Tombstone Tales, on Sunday, Sept. 6. This annual re-enactment of historic characters at our own Grand Lake Cemetery will feature well known former Grand Lake residents John Baker, Gus Spitzmiller, Grace Eslick, Nursie Young, and Glays and Louie Heckert. Shows will start at 11:20 a.m., with a new show starting every 20 minutes and the last show at 2:40 p.m. The Grand Lake Art Gallery is selling tickets at $15 adult and $5 kids.