Cathy Walton-Smith – Summer’s waning, but we still get to live here |

Cathy Walton-Smith – Summer’s waning, but we still get to live here

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

All year long we pine for the summer months. Our season for boating, fishing, cookouts, and more time to play and have fun. Here it is August and there’s only one more month till the end of summer.

Have we taken advantage of our beautiful summer? Most of us have been busy working – making sure all our visitors have a great summer. But, try not to see it as having only one month left to get it all in. Relax, take a breath, and remember we live here.

Grand Lake is ours all year round. Living here is better than just about anywhere else. We get to choose anytime during the year to do all the things our visitors try to do in a weekend or a week. Our fun happens every day in everything we do. It just doesn’t get any better than that.

If you’re not too busy, there are some great activities going on elsewhere in the county this week. The Salute to American Veterans Rally is Aug. 14-16, in Winter Park. For me, the highlight of the event is Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial traveling wall, an 80 percent-sized replica of the original in Washington, D.C. No doubt we’ll see many of the motorcycle veterans visiting in Grand Lake. Give them a salute and a big welcome.

There is more entertainment in the town gazebo on Thursday. Enjoy a great evening with my friend Moby this week starting at 6 p.m. You’ll laugh to Moby’s own brand of humor and personalizing of favorite songs plus many of his own creations. Drop a business card into his drawing to win a certificate for a great local meal. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy an evening in Grand Lake.

Johnny Sketch an the Dirty Notes were a big hit at the Daven Haven last week. “Get your Ship Together,” a fundraising event for the Grand Arts Council, was a huge success, thanks to the efforts of Jan Gamez. Winners of the drawing for the Hobie Sail Kayak, Year of Three Lake’s Boating and Puerto Vallarta Vacation have all been contacted. Proceeds were to benefit the Grand Arts Council.

For those of us who regularly travel along Highway 34, the opening of the kitchen at Johnson’s Landing has been long awaited. They’ve brought back their trademark hush puppies and Rocky Mountain oysters, along with nightly specials Wednesday through Saturday featuring shrimp, crab, catfish and prime rib. Stop in and see what the excitement is all about, you’ll be especially impressed with all the remodeling and rustic decor.

Labor Day weekend is just around the corner. 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. Then on Sunday, Sept. 6, don’t miss Tombstone Tales. Tickets will be going on sale soon for this annual re-enactment of historic characters at our own Grand Lake Cemetery. Shows are starting earlier this year in an effort to avoid the risk of a downpour. The starting time is 11 a.m., with a new show starting every half hour with the last show at 2:30 p.m. The Grand Lake Art Gallery is selling tickets. Both events are brought to us by the Grand Arts Council.

Happy anniversary to Scott and Donna Ready. The General and I also celebrate our anniversary on the same day.

Congratulations to Maureen Lasasso on the birth of her first grandson, Malachi, July 21 at 8:49 a.m., weighing in at 6 pounds 14 ounces and 19 1/4 inches tall. Dad Albert Losasso is the one passing out the cigars.