View From The Lake – Olympic event to take guests on world tour |

View From The Lake – Olympic event to take guests on world tour

Cathy Walton-Smith/View from the LakeGrand Lake, CO Colorado

Wow! Did we just experience the best full moon of the year, or what? For those of you who got to ski by it, you must have been dazzled. Our small heard of longhorn cattle decided to go for a moonlight stroll, two nights in a row. For some reason – Could it be cabin fever? – Hoppy (he’s the big bull on the beer label) took them across the meadow, over the dam, through the fence and across the road. But the General was watching, and cut them off at the pass and sent them back home. I don’t know where they were going. They would have a really long walk to find a greener pasture this time of year.The flags of the nations are flying, and the Winter Olympics Grand Lake Style have begun. This week, two Olympic torches will travel through town from business to business. When each establishment has they torch, they will feature a special or showcase something from their chosen country. For example, on Tuesday morning when the torch is at the Waconda, they will feature a breakfast special from Switzerland of Birchermuesli (Swiss Musli) served with toast $4.50 and Binatschtatschli (Spinach patties) served with tomato sauce $3.50.Here’s the schedule for the passing of the torches this week (there will be more next week): Monday morning, Circle D and afternoon Sagebrush; Tuesday morning Waconda and Mine Design and afternoon Lariat; Wednesday morning Village Hub and Hardware Store and afternoon El Pacifico; Thursday morning Lone Eagle and Whispering Pines and afternoon Grumpy’s; Friday morning Red Sled and Grand Mountain Trading and afternoon Grand Lake Lanes; Saturday morning Main Street and Gifts Unlimited and afternoon Pancho & Lefty’s; and Sunday morning Grand Lake Art Gallery and Spirit Lake Traders and afternoon Max & T’s.Of course, Saturday is the big day. Events start at 9 a.m. with Flag Football in the town park, 9:30 a.m. there’s Tea Pot Curling at the ice rink, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. is the kid’s snowman building contest, 11 a.m. there’s the kids steeplechase at the gazebo. You don’t want to miss the parade. The lineup is at noon with the parade beginning shortly after. In addition to the bed sleds and king and queen contestants, everyone is encouraged to join the parade and represent their country of choice. Call Sharon Peterson at 627-8869 for more details.After the big parade, events will continue with parent/child sled pull at 1 p.m., the bed sled races at 1:15 p.m., human bowling at 2 p.m., flag football finals at 3 p.m., Rotary bingo and bonfire 3-6 p.m. at the Grand Arts Center, Olumpic Medal Party & Dance 8 p.m. at Pancho & Lefty’s, admission is $10. Don’t miss the Olympic-themed snow sculptures displayed all around town.On Thursday, Peggy Mann will be at the Circle H Lodge, concert at 7 p.m. This is the one year anniversary of the Circle H being a fantastic new music venue. Doors will open early with limited seating. LB on bass and K-Wayne on congas. Peggy’s fans can expect her usual fun upbeat show. You can get pre-sale tickets for $5 now at Circle H. Real Snowflake Photography by Karla Jean Booth will be the featured artist. She will have framed pieces, as well as matted in a variety of sizes, and greeting cards available. The Snowflake Show at the Circle H I will open at 2 p.m. on February 4th for those who would like to come early. I’ll see you all there. Circle H is between Granby and Grand Lake on Highway 34.Do computers baffle you? This Friday, Feb. 5, at 10:30 a.m., there is Computer Tutoring at the Juniper Library. Come to a FREE tutoring session with a skilled volunteer. Please call 970-627-8353 to register (preferred), but come anyway even if you didn’t have a chance to sign up.Let the games begin.