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Cathy Walton-Smith: Time to head out in the woods with an axe

Cathy Walton-Smith
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For some of us it’s just not Christmas if you don’t tromp in the woods and cut down your own tree.

Believe it or not, there are plenty of living, green trees out there, the right size for your living room.

Purchase tree cutting permits at the Sulphur Ranger District on Highway 40, just south of Granby for $10. Cutting is allowed in designated areas in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. For more information, call (970) 887-4100.

Here are some helpful hints:

– Be prepared for weather and dress in layers so you can shed as needed.

– Bring a handsaw or an axe. Chain saws are prohibited.

– Be prepared for an emergency. Bring snacks, water, first-aid kit flashlight, plus tire chains and a shovel.

– Leave pets at home.

At home, soak the tree over night in the following mixture, making it virtually fireproof: 2 gal. hot water, 2 cups corn syrup, 2 ounces liquid bleach, 2 pinches epsom salts, 1/2 tsp. borax, 1 tsp. chelated iron (at garden shops).

The syrup provides sugar, allowing it to absorb more water; borax sends the mixture to every needle; salts and iron keep the tree green; bleach keeps away mold.

Do this once, then add water twice a day until the tree stops absorbing water.

The Grand Lake Women’s Club will meet next Thursday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. in the GL Fire Station meeting room for their Christmas party. Please bring treats to share and bring a $5 gift for the gift exchange. The Grand Lake Melody Makers from the grade school will entertain. All interested women are welcome and invited to join in the fun.

This week’s Olde Fashioned Christmas events are on Saturday, Dec. 8, beginning with Breakfast with Santa at the Bear’s Den, starting at 7:45 a.m. Celebrate holiday fun with prizes, breakfast and a visit from Old St. Nick himself. Bring your wish list and dress up for a photo with Santa.

Then, later on, the Grand Chorale puts on their Santa hats and red vests for their annual holiday performance. You don’t want to miss this barbershop show which is at 7 p.m in the Grand Lake Community House.

The Delicious Dishes Grand County Christmas Project Benefit Dinner is next Tuesday, Dec. 11th from 5-9 p.m. at the Daven Haven. Mark your calendars for this great chicken and biscuit dinner at the Daven Haven Lodge. A $10 donation will get you a great dinner followed by an auction. For more information and to donate auction items, call Kathy Lewis at 627-8580. As in the past, proceeds will provide holiday food and gifts for families that need assistance through the Mountain Family Center.

Another way to help out this winter, is to purchase food through the Share Colorado program. For $25 you’ll get at least double that amount in food. Order for yourself and as a gift, which may be much appreciated this time of year. To participate, order your “share” by at least a week prior to delivery. This month, the cut-off for ordering is tomorrow, and you must now order on line at The Granby distribution is under the Denver Metro Northwest area. Your “shares” will be delivered to the Lord of the Valley Lutheran Church next to City Market for pick up on Dec. 15 between 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more details, call Kris Kuhnel at the church, 887-9252. Do this every month for great savings.

Tickets are now on sale for “Trapped in a Villain’s Web . . . or Weave Me A Loan,” this year’s Olde Fashioned Christmas Melodrama. Will the villain have his way with the sweet young thing? Or will our hero save her? $15 adults, $5 kids under 12, group tickets are $12 per person for parties of 8 or more. Tickets are available at Never Summer Sports – Grand Lake, Mini Mart – Granby and Elk Horn Gallery – Winter Park.

There will be six performances this year, Dec. 26 to 31. Don’t miss it. Get your

tickets early, it’s always a sell-out. Produced by the Grand Arts Council.

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