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Janet Day – Summer in Grand County: It really doesn’t get much better

Janet Day / Talk of the Valley
Fraser Valley, CO Colorado

Simply Summer: The saying is silly but oh-so-true: People come here for the winter but stay for the summer. I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be right now, especially looking at the temperatures and humidity levels in the Midwest and East Coast.

Is there anything better than wearing a sweatshirt for a crisp early morning run or walk with the dog, sweating through a hot afternoon hike and then cooling down again as clouds move in and the sun sets behind Byers Peak? This already has been a gorgeous summer, full of abundant wildflowers, wildlife and vistas still beautiful in spite of the dead trees.

And every weekend offers plenty of things to do beyond the always-attractive hiking and biking opportunities. This weekend tickles taste buds and encourages artistic endeavors with the Grand Arts, Wine and Cheese Festival at the Winter Park Resort Village. Last year’s fun event focused just on Grand County artists. This year’s includes our artists but also wine and cheese from around the state. Look for instruction on serving cheeses or pairing wines and cheeses as well as Heidi McNinch’s popular beading classes for children and adults. It’s all on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Art Awards: Congratulations to the People’s Choice award winners at the Art Out of Thin Air member’s show reception at the Pole Creek Golf Course Clubhouse. Deb Treiber won first place for her eye-catching “American Giraffe.” David Dahman’s “Alpine Lake” and Suzie Royce Cruse’s “Not a Song Bird” tied for second place. And Donna Lyons’ “Canyon Sage” won the public’s vote for third place. The art remains on display and for sale until July 18.

Moving On, Not Out: Congratulations also go out to Helen Sedlar, who’s leaving the Grand Foundation where she tirelessly worked as development and marketing manager. But she’s not going too far, just to the west end of the county where she’ll work in risk management and fund-raising for Kremmling Memorial Hospital as it grows to meet the community’s needs. Not one to sever ties with anyone or anything, Helen is sure to continue appearing at Grand Foundation events in the future.

Get Out the Vote: It’s election season, and I’m not talking about the August primary. I’m talking about electing the county’s Grand Dog in a fun fund-raiser for Grand County Pet Pals and Advocates Victim Assistance Team. Nominations for the top dog in the county are due by the end of August with finalists announced in September and the “General Election” winner chosen on Nov. 6. For details and nomination forms, go to http://www.gcpetpals.org/events.

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