Cathy Walton-Smit: Remembering the summer Grand Lake spent in the spotlight |

Cathy Walton-Smit: Remembering the summer Grand Lake spent in the spotlight

Cathy Walton-Smith
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When Cyndi Palmer wrote about movies made in Grand County last week in her Friday column, it got me to remembering.

I never once saw Steven Seagal when they were here to film “Under Siege 2 Dark Territory” ” but I did buy a copy of it. It’s a pretty good movie, as far as action films go, but I haven’t been able to spot any locals as extras. However, in the spring of 1991, “Top of the World” (only one “the”) was a big deal for locals. I believe it was a project for the Denver Center film school (no Hollywood), but they had us all convinced it was a major production and solicited locals from across Grand County for various scenes.

After waiting for hours one morning, I was signed up to be in the bar scenes at the Stagecoach as a background dancer and drinker (I’m always typecast, it seems). Maureen and Peper were the owners of the Stagecoach at that time, and I think they got a little more “face time.” The General was one of the crew roped into dragging the tail section of an airplane up to Adams Falls where they created a crash site. No one was paid for any work, but we all got nice ball caps with “Top of the World” printed on them. I’m not even sure if the movie actually had a plot. It took them a couple of years to put it all together. Someone managed to get a copy and there was a screening at the Lariat. But I don’t think anyone paid much attention to the movie. We were all too busy looking for ourselves and our friends. The movie was a serious flop and never shown in theaters, but it would be fun to watch again if we could get our hands on it.

For many of us, that was a high point in our movie careers.

The 9Health Fair will be held at Granby Elementary School this Saturday, April 12, from 7 to 11 a.m. With many locals unable to afford health insurance and a majority of others with high deductibles, this is an important event for our community. Take advantage of more than 20 free and low-cost health screenings and education.

Vision, blood pressure, oral health, foot health, mental health, hearing, skin cancer, breast cancer, finger-stick glucose test and more. For the cost of a co-pay, you can access a 31-component blood chemistry screening, including a full lipid panel. You must fast for 12 hours prior to the blood draw ” you may drink water, black tea or coffee. (Be sure to take all prescribed medications and diabetics should not fast.)

Free childcare will be provided by Grand Beginnings. Arrive after 9 a.m. and avoid the crowds. Call Carl Marsh at (970) 887-3523 for more information.

This Sunday, April 13, there will be a Firecracker Fund Bowl at Grand Lake Lanes. Eight five-member teams will play per session, beginning at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the Grand Lake Fireworks fund and to help Aunt Pat with medical expenses. There will also be a costume contest ” dress up as a fire cracker, in red white and blue, or as something to cheer up Aunt Pat. There will also be a silent auction, so bring your checkbook. Sign up today at the bowling alley.

On Sunday, April 20, the Lariat Saloon will host the 15th Annual Hearts Tournament at noon. If you love to play Hearts, this is your game. Join Barky Lew and the gang for a fun afternoon. You can sign up any time at the Lariat, or just show up. There may be more info available at the Lariat, but I don’t think there is any more information. Just a good time.

It’s time again for Cabin Fever Follies. Don’t be a shrinking violet. Work up your act and make sure you appear in this local talent show put on in Grand Lake by the Grand Arts Council. If you want to be one of the acts please contact Jan Sears at (970) 887-0339 or Linda Carlson at (970) 627-3895 right away. The show time is limited and you don’t want to be left out. The show is April 26, so you need to start practicing now. You may also purchase an ad in the program ” call Linda Carlson.

Shake off those “Mud Season” blues by coming to watch your friends and family ply their talents on the stage in the Cabin Fever Follies. April 26, 7:00 p.m. at the Grand Lake Community House. Adults $10, children under 12 $5. Don’t miss this wonderful and funny talent show.

Ladies, start working out those kinks in your bones from your long winter nap, and join the spring session of Belly Dance classes. Learn isolation, coordination and new ways to move and stretch. Wear comfortable clothes and plan to enjoy this great invigorating class. All movements are low impact and appropriate for all ages.

Classes are on Mondays at 6 p.m. at the Grand Lake Community House and on

Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the Granby Recreation/Senior Center. These 1-hour classes are on-going and you are welcome to join any time for the $10 drop-in fee, or sign up for the next five-week session beginning April 21 and 24, for $40. To sign up, call Cathy Walton-Smith at (970) 531-3055.

While you’re out and about this week ask Barky Lew how to play Hearts. Ask Doris Braun if she likes to bowl and ask Peter the Painter what his favorite color is.

Cabin fever is going around.

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