Cathy Walton-Smith – Hold on just a minute, summer isn’t quite done with us |

Cathy Walton-Smith – Hold on just a minute, summer isn’t quite done with us

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

Summer is not over yet. Oh, sure we’re on the verge of September … the kids are back in school … but we’re not done yet. 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.There is one more evening of entertainment in the town gazebo. This Thursday at 6 p.m., enjoy a great evening with MOJAMBUS and our good friend Walter Holland. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy an evening in Grand Lake. Don’t miss this last Thursday in the park … until next summer.The Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater has met its goal for fundraising on phase one of their new theater complex. In preparation for getting started on construction, the Eslick Cottage Court will be moved off the theater property and on to the Grand Lake Area Historical Society property. The GL Historical Society has purchased the lot on the corner of Lake Avenue and Vine Street. The move will begin the week after Labor Day, weather permitting, and 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, so they are busy collecting donations to help pay for the project. You can buy a “foot” for $100. Just 250 folks, donating $100 each, will pay for the move. The GLHS is a voluntary organization, and can definitely use your help. The day of the move, there will be costumed characters giving a shout-out for each and every donor as their $100 moves the Cottage Court one foot. You can 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 concerns and ideas about the Betty Dick property in RMNP. This is the community’s opportunity to provide input into the future of this property. As it stands, the structures could be destroyed, left as is, or renovated for a 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 its 5th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit the food banks of Grand County. Everyone is invited to support this event on Friday, Sept. 11th. There will be a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Entries 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. 19-20 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.Labor Day Weekend is here. Save Saturday, Sept. 5, for a fun Barn Dance at the Grand Arts Center on Park Avenue. 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 known former Grand Lake residents John Baker (played by Mark Ginsberg), Gus Spitzmiller (Jim Cervenka), Grace Eslick (Rhonda Kolinske), Nursie Young (Cathy Walton-Smith), Gladys and Louie Heckert (Dolores and Peter Esmonde), and our infamous undertaker, Darin Foran. 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.