Cathy Walton-Smith – Get by in tough times by making the most of what you have |

Cathy Walton-Smith – Get by in tough times by making the most of what you have

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

Most off us have friends or family members who weathered “The Great Depression.” Many of us remember other recessions we have weathered in the not too distant past. And in one form or another, some of us have experienced personal recessions not related to the economic forecasts. For those of you who have none of the above, acquiring a few personal skills can go a long way toward easing the pain of this recession.

Clothing can be repaired. Get out mom’s old sewing machine and teach yourself to sew a straight line forward and back before tackling the split seam on your favorite jeans.

Clip coupons and organize your grocery list around the sale papers. Shop both Safeway and City Market to maximize your dollar.

Cook with leftovers. Use your freezer to store leftover vegetables, french fries, steak, etc. When you have enough, throw it all in the crock pot for a dinner good enough for company.

Throw a “clean out the closet” party and trade clothes with friends.

Throw a “clean out the fridge” party – you’ll be surprised at the meal you can put together with the things everybody brings.

Have fun in Grand Lake … if the events are not free, they more than likely support a nonprofit organization, and you can have fun and help others at the same time.

There is more entertainment in the town gazebo this Thursday at 6 p.m. Enjoy a great evening with 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.

The Juniper Library Adult Programs will continue through September. On Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 6:30 p.m., learn Much About Moose, presented by Kirk Oldham, Colorado Division of Wildlife. On Thursday, Sept. 10, at 12:30 p.m., the Brown Bag Book Group will meet to discuss A Letter to America, by David Boren. “With the population losing faith with its leaders, this “letter” offers suggestions for improvements to remain a respected world power.” Bring your lunch. Finally, on Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 PM attend a Knitting Machine Demonstration presented by Kay Bianco, local artiste and crafter. Learn the basics of machine features and capabilities and see demonstrations with different yarns, gauges and patterns. All are 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 willing to serve on one or more of the following committees: Marketing, Membership, Financial, Special Events, Nomination / Board Development. If you want to be considered, contact the Grand Lake Chamber office at 627-3402. Nominations must be received no later than August 28.

Opening night for the final Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre production of the season, The Andrews Brothers, is this Friday. This musical review centers around three soldiers giving the performance of a lifetime. You’ll bounce to your favorite swingin’ hits of the World War II era. Purchase tickets at the box office, or call 970-627-3421.

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. They promise a fun time for the whole family. Dress for the western theme if you like. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Admission is $15, which includes some tickets to be used for purchase of food/drink.

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 know former Grand Lake residents John Baker, Gus Spitzmiller, Grace Eslick, Nursie Young, and Glays and Louie Heckert. Shows are starting earlier this year in an effort to avoid the risk of a downpour. The first show is at 11 am., with a new show starting every 20 minutes with the last show at 2:40 p.m. The Grand Lake Art Gallery is selling tickets at $15 adult and $5 kids. There will be no parking at the cemetery. Meet your group at the Gateway Inn at least 10 minutes prior to your showtime to pick up the shuttle.