Air full of ‘Grand Lake protective coating’ |

Air full of ‘Grand Lake protective coating’

You would think that with all of (well, a lot of) our pine trees dead, that the pine pollen wouldn’t be so bad. Apparently, there are enough living pine trees left that want to insure the continuation of the species. The past couple of weeks we’ve all been suffering with puffy eyes, and a thick layer of sticky yellow dust on everything. Big puffs of the stuff could be seen wafting across the hillsides. This is why a couple days of a good soaking rainstorm or two is not a bad thing.

It’s OK with me if our trees want to mate, but my sinuses are calling out for it to be finished. And my furniture has a nice thick layer of what I most often refer to as “the Grand Lake protective coating.”

Here’s a question. How much toxic pesticide is mixed in with all that pine pollen we’re breathing? Lenny Brooks and Grand County W.A.T.E.R. (Water, Air, Terrain Environmental Review) offers informatuion on their Web site at Check it out.

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre has something in store for us this Friday, July 11. At the site of the new future theater on the corner of Grand Avenue and Pine, the public is invited to hear a big announcement and join in the celebration.

They’re calling it a block party. From 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tempa and the Tantrums out of Denver will entertain, along with special performances by RMRT’s company members and The Grand Chorale. Be there or be square.

Monday is Bastille Day, the day the French celebrate their independence from tyranny, just 13 years after American independence. (I think we gave them the idea).

Caroline’s Cuisine will be celebrating in its usual style with music, special menu and dancing Can-Can Girls ” Oooo-la-la! Reservations are recommended for this fun night where all our local French friends gather. Call them at (970) 627-9404.

Next weekend ” July 19 and 20 ” is the 62nd Annual Buffalo Barbecue and Parade. Organized by the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by an impressive group of businesses and organizations, this is Grand Lake’s premiere summer event. There will be music and gunfights in the park all weekend and the barbecue and parade on Sunday. Volunteers are needed to help out throughout the weekend. If you can give some time call the chamber at (970) 627-3402. If you’re planning to be in the parade, give them a call as well.

On Saturday, July 19, from 5 to 7 p.m., as part of the Grand Arts Council Artwalk, The Grand Lake Art Gallery will be hosting a signing of local Pat Raney’s new artwork, titled “The Boathouses of Grand Lake,” a 24″ x 30″ poster. Please stop by to visit with the artist and enjoy a few light refreshments.

Other locations on the Art Walk are: Rustic Urn, Howard Neville, Mine Design and Jack Straw. Start at any one of these locations and enjoy a fun evening in Grand Lake. It’s free.

Happy birthday to Barb Stemple ” who only comes home for parties.

Mountain Row-Sail Tech is now open at 405 Pitkin St., (the old Bunny and Clyde). They offer rowing rentals and sales as well as a retail shop full of Sporthill and NRS clothing, SPF hats and shirts and lots of flip flops. they also have some really unique nautical gifts for that special boater in your life. Their row boats are designed to be very stable and with about 1/2 hour of instruction you are ready to set your own pace on Grand Lake. The beauty of these boats is you get very low impact exercise while still experiencing the beauty of The Lake. These boats are imported from France by owners, Simon and Candy O’Connor. They sold Carvers bakery after owning it for 11 years and were ready for a new career involving the lake and rowing. They start the day at 7 a.m., so call them at (970) 627-8121 for a reservation. Club membership is available for the regular rower.

While you’re out and about this week, ask Don Dickenson about the kind of bicyclists seen in Boulder . . . ask Tricia MacDonald for the recipe of her Rum (yum) cake . . . and ask Top Hat how many hours he stood in the street to raise fireworks dollars.

Dance like nobody’s watching.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

The Sky-Hi News strives to deliver powerful stories that spark emotion and focus on the place we live.

Over the past year, contributions from readers like you helped to fund some of our most important reporting, including coverage of the East Troublesome Fire.

If you value local journalism, consider making a contribution to our newsroom in support of the work we do.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User


Grand County Trails: Hats off to HTA

Last Wednesday, our hiking-with-dogs group parked at the Phases Trailhead parking lot and headed up the Strawberry Road. Hiking with a group of dogs allows the dogs to get to know each other, socialize if…

See more