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Cathy Walton-Smith: Make plans, the weather will change

Cathy Walton-Smith
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Summer in the Rockies is no more predictable than springtime in the Rockies. I have lived here over 20 years and find that Mother Nature is always watching. As they say,

“You can’t fool Mother Nature,” but boy does she get a kick out of fooling us.

As a result, if you’re going to plan an outdoor event, we all know it’s prudent to have a backup plan. Even though there is a heat wave across our Colorado, don’t count on it being warm here.

Here is a list of some things which seem to somehow relate to the weather.

If you wear shorts and a tank top, it will be cold.

If you wear sandals, it will snow.

If you wear high heels, you will need to tromp around in the wilderness.

If you wear a dress, you will be invited for a horseback ride.

If you wash your car, it will rain.

If you don’t have your jacket, you will need it.

If you wear a sweater, it will be hot.

If you get your hair done, it will be windy.

If it’s cold and rainy in the morning, it will be hot and sunny in the afternoon (and vice


If you wear velvet, someone will get you with a squirt gun.

This weekend, the ISC (Independent Sports Club) will host a huge yard sale at 525 Grand Avenue (formerly Grand Eagle Real Estate office) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Donations for sale are welcome. Call Dena Sauter at (970) 627-8315 or just drop stuff off any time today or throughout the sale. You’ll want to shop often as there will be new items every day. The ISC is a non-profit organization which raises money to be awarded to the youth of Grand County.

On Saturday, Aug. 2, History Day will be hosted at the Kauffman House Museum in Grand Lake. Come from 1 to 3 p.m., meet some of the early residents and guests of the Kauffman House, and enjoy some old-time refreshments. Local “actors” are going to be dressed up and playing the roles of some of the Kauffman family and guests. Admission is by donation, as usual.

As the dog days of summer approach, the Juniper Library, at 316 Garfield St. in Grand Lake, will host several events throughout August.

– Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 6:30 p.m. “Our Men of the Mountains.” This will be a fascinating oral history presented by five key Grand Lake heroes of WWII, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War. Speakers will be locals Chuck Illsley, Robert Seaton, Joe Recktenwald, Jimmy DeLoach and David Arnold. A sixth man, Harry Strawn, is recently deceased, but some of his story will be presented also. Their book, “Our Men of the Mountains” by Avis Gray, will be for sale as a benefit to the Rotary Club of Grand Lake. The event is free. Light refreshments will be served.

– Wednesday, Aug. 13, 6:30 p.m. Author talk by Robert Peterson on his book, “A Western Sheriff: A Biography of Mark Fletcher.” Hear the story of one of Grand County’s strong sheriffs. Free. Light refreshments will be served.

– Thursday, Aug. 14, 12:30 p.m. Brown Bag Book Group. “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Marquez. Bring your lunch and join us for a lively discussion of this work by Marquez, a Nobel Prize winner.

– Wednesday, Aug. 20, 6:30 p.m. “Mad for Mushrooms,” presented by Judy Capra. Learn about fungi of many types; see slides and samples of local varieties; discuss the good and bad. Free refreshments (not mushrooms!)

For additional information, call Edie at (970) 627-8353.

While you’re out and about this week, ask business owners if they’re tired yet … ask park volunteers and employees if they’re tired yet … and ask the musicians and bartenders if they’re tired yet.

Get some rest.