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Janet Day – Ahh, it’s quiet time in Grand County

Janet Day / Talk of the ValleyFraser Valley, CO Colorado

Quiet Time: Willows are turning yellow; aspen are thinking about it and frost is forming on windshields overnight. It’s the late summer quiet time in the Fraser Valley when kids are going back to school, tourists are back at home and Front Rangers are focused on football. That means we have the valley to ourselves, especially on weekdays.That doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot going on. September is full of events, including the annual Parade of Homes, a bluegrass and crafts festival in Grand Lake and much more.One event that sadly won’t be happening in September is the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters National Show in Winter Park. It was scheduled for mid-month so that artists could take advantage of the valley’s extraordinary autumn color. But the event was canceled this year for a variety of reasons.Instead, look for a similar, smaller event to take place at Rendezvous. It is expected to feature local painters and coincide with the Parade of Homes. Stay tuned for details.Snow Time: This time of year also marks the beginning of the big snow sports sales. Don’t think you have to go to the Front Range for gigantic crowded sales to get the best prices. Some pretty great deals can be found here at home.Ski Depot Sports in Winter Park launches its Blizzard Ski & Snowboard Sale Friday night from 5 to 9 p.m. Look for up to 75 percent off gear, demo boards and skis.Epic Mountain Sports in Winter Park also is selling its demo equipment from last year at deep discounts. And to make things easier in the continuing soft economy, Epic is offering a layaway plan that lets you make a $50 deposit on skis or a board then make payments whenever you can with full payment due by Dec. 1. Epic isn’t done with summer entirely. It’s stock of new-this-year Giant rental bikes are now priced to move. Full-suspension or front-suspension mountain bikes, hybrids, cruiser bikes, kids bikes and trailers are all available.And don’t forget your season pass. Winter Park Resort will continue to offer summer pricing on its passes through Sept. 7. The best deal is the $399 Rocky Mountain Super Pass with unlimited use at Winter Park and Copper, for those occasional times when you may actually want to drive on I-70.For a new perspective on what winter looks like, check out Karla Jean Booth’s amazing photographs of individual snowflakes. They’re almost microscopic, showing the delicate symmetry in every unique flake. You can find her photography and note cards from the photos at http://www.realsnowflakephotography.com and at galleries in Winter Park and Grand Lake.Even though I sit here with the windows open, I know snow will be falling soon. How soon is anyone’s guess. You can post your guess on the Winter Park Lodging Co.’s active and often entertaining Web site news page. The winner gets two lift tickets or dinner for two. Place your bet in the “guess the first measurable snowfall in Winter Park” contest by going to http://www.wplbo.com. – Keep in Touch: What’s got your attention around the area? Let me know. I’ll try to find the answer or spread the news. Send it all to JDayQuilts@msn.com. Follow me and local tidbits at http://www.twitter.com/DayJan or http://www.twitter.com/DayDreamCrafts.