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Cathy Walton-Smith: Sand on the toes good for the soul

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

Greetings from sunny southwest Florida where I’ve been helping out my Dad for a week.

As with just about everything I do, I have learned some lessons while I’m here. 1. If you want to have a real vacation, you need to leave the cell phone and laptop at home. 2. If you also leave the husband at home, you will owe him “big time” for taking care of things. 3. It takes a pretty big silk scarf to look like Grace Kelly in a convertible. 4. A different time zone is a great excuse for sleeping in. 5. A little sand between the toes is good for the soul. 

This Thursday, May 14, 12:30 p.m., join the Juniper Library Brown Bag Book Group for a discussion of “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle,” by  David Wroblewski. David Wroblewski is a master storyteller, and his breathtaking scenes create a riveting family saga, a brilliant exploration of the limits of language, and a compulsively readable modern classic.

On Saturday, we’re cleaning and greening up Grand Lake. Meet at the Heckert Bingo Pavilion in Town Park at 8:30 a.m., and plan to work on clean-up duty in the Town parks and streets until 11:30 a.m. All volunteers are invited to stick around for a free barbecue lunch afterward. Volunteers will also be given a Grand Lake reusable bag containing two free trees. Step up and do your part.

You can support the Troublesome Horse Rescue by attending their Fourth Annual Spring Fling on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the Western Dreams Ranch in Kremmling. Enjoy music and dancing to the Mike Music Band, and a great barbecue featuring tri-tip and grilled salmon for a donation of $20-adults and $5-kids under 12. Get tickets at the Granby Veterinary Clinic, Kremmling Mercantile and Summit County Animal Shelter Call Sue Pratt at (970) 724-3231.

Wednesday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. be an Armchair Traveler at the Juniper Library. “Greetings from Norway,” will be presented by The Sons of Norway, wearing traditional garb. See some of the absolutely amazing scenery of this beautiful country! Hear about the customs and taste some traditional snacks. Free.

On Monday, May 25, Channel 17 – Mountain TV and possibly Fox 31 out of Denver will be shooting footage of Grand Lake’s Memorial Day parade as well as taking other shots around town. If you would like to dress your business up for Memorial Day (increase your chances of being part of the shoot) with red, white and blue bunting, a limited supply of 6′ x 3′ plastic bunting will be available at the Chamber office for $12 per piece of bunting. Please contact the Chamber ASAP to place your bunting order. Orders must be received by this Thursday, May 14.

Be part of the Grand Lake Memorial Day Parade. Pick up a registration form that to be turned back into the Chamber no later than Saturday, May 23 at 5:00 p.m.  There is no charge to be part of this year’s parade. Please note that the line-up for the parade is 9 a.m. with the parade kicking off at 10 a.m., followed by the annual Memorial Day observance at Grand Lake Town Park. 

Don’t forget to drop off two non-perishable food items at The Grand Lake Art Gallery. There is still time to be entered into the drawing for the Donna Lyons framed original watercolor to be given away on May 23.

Go barefoot.