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View From the Lake – Blooming summer

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

Summertime in Grand Lake is in full bloom. The daily showers interspersed with sunshine have been the perfect formula for an explosion of color in our meadows and forests. In areas where dead trees have been removed the ground is covered in a variety of blossoms. Red, yellow, blue, purple and orange are all mixed together. Be sure to venture out in the morning sun before the storms come in, and don’t forget to bring your camera.

Today is Bastille Day! And Caroline’s Cuisine is the place to be, to celebrate French independence with all the local Frenchies. There will be French food, French wine, French music, and French Can-can dancers. You might want to call for reservations, the place is always packed.

This weekend is the biggest of the Summer in Grand Lake. It’s Western Weekend and Buffalo Barbecue. You don’t want to miss the many events, both new and traditional. The Rotary Club kicks it all off with their Pancake Breakfast in the Heckert Pavilion on Saturday morning, followed by the 5K Run/Walk. On Sunday, you don’t want to miss the parade at 1 p.m. Ongoing events include concerts, carnival, and of course the famous barbecue on the lake shore. There will be bingo in the Town Park and lots more.

The Grand Arts Center will host the Friends of the Library book sale on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It’s not too late to donate books. Drop them off at either the Arts Center or the Library. In addition to the book sale, there will be a Flea and Farmer’s Market at the Grand Arts Center on Saturday and Sunday. There promises to be a wide selection of merchandise ranging from store sale items to antiques to artisan’s creations mixed in with culinary delights and farm fresh fruits and vegetables. Doors will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The July meeting for the Grand Lake Women’s Club will be this Thursday, July 15, at the Fire Station at 1 p.m. It will be a salad luncheon. Anyone attending is asked to bring a salad to share. A few members of the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre will be entertaining us. Bring craft ideas for the November craft fair.

Check out the new Lakeside Events location on the boardwalk. It’s the new sales office for the Western Riviera Lakeside Event Center and also for the Grand Lake Old Time Photos, operated by three generations of women, Sandy, DiAnn and Heather.

The Western Riviera Lakeside Event Center may be the perfect location for your next special event or wedding. Lakeside dining is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday whenever there isn’t a private party. Questions can be answered by DiAnn Butler 970-531-1343.

Vintage style photos will also be taken this Friday through Monday at the Historic Cottage Court on the corner of Vine Street and Lake Avenue. This is a fundraiser for the restoration of what may be the oldest “motel” in America. Stop by from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. for your photo shoot and a tour, sponsored by the Grand Lake Area Historical Society.

The rumors are true! The Grand Lake Lodge will be re-opening soon! After closing its doors for several years, the Ted L. James Family is excited to be open again on a limited basis for the next 6-8 weeks with a limited menu for lunch and through the evening. Come “set a spell” on the front porch, book a wedding, take in the gift shop or play in the pool. Noon, July 22, is the big date. Mark your calendar and I’ll see you there.

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