Cathy Walton-Smith: Celebrating the first slime of mud season |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Celebrating the first slime of mud season

Here we are, half way through March, and the choking, icy, death grip of winter has finally loosened up a bit.

Already, we have daylight saving time and the first slime of mud season.

We had a two-day heatwave up to 40 degrees this week and the buds on my pussy willows are getting fat. On top of that, we have the Spring Equinox next week, followed by Easter just a few days later. And people are already talking about Spring Break.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not so delusional as to forget that we will have plenty of snowstorms through May. Our spring snowstorms can be brutal.

But spring is in the air, life is returning to our frozen Middle Park, and March is a very fine month.

The hustle and bustle of the annual spring realignment of businesses in Grand Lake has begun.

With the recent change in ownership of Century 21 Grand Lake, also came a relocation of the offices. Since that includes me, it’s important to let you all know where I am. My office partner, Constance Robertson, and I are in new digs located in the recently renovated Waconda Lodge complex. Our offices are located in the area closest to Grand Avenue. Please stop by and check us out.

The Grand Arts Council will host another Concert in the Pines this Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Historic Grand Lake Community House theater. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, this month’s performance is Jerry Barlow, Celtic guitarist. He plays an expressive arrangement of lively jigs, spirited reels and hauntingly beautiful airs. Plus, he’s got great hair. You can even enjoy a glass of wine with the show, thanks to the Grand Lake Art Gallery. Admission is $10 for adult and $5 for kids under 12 at the door. Bring your smile.

Lately, it’s been a little inconvenient driving along Highway 34 with the traffic delays caused by the dead tree removal. Have patience, this will soon be over. They seem to be removing the trees along the highway right-of-way at an amazing speed.

Please be aware of the speed limits imposed in the immediate area where they are working. They are serious about fines doubled for speeding and there are plenty of state and county cars on patrol to dole out citations.

The annual Spaghetti Feast fundraiser for Grand Lake fireworks is coming up this Monday, the day after St. Patrick’s Day. It will be at the Bear’s Den starting at 5 p.m. The fun goes on all evening with live music by John Brown and Sam Elliott. There will be a live auction, costume contest, Irish music all night, green beer, and lots of prizes.

This year they will also serve more corned beef and cabbage. The cost is a donation of $12 for adults and $6 for kids under 12. Don’t miss it. All proceeds will benefit the Grand Lake Fireworks.

Cabin Fever Follies is coming up on April 26. Start polishing your act and get ready to be in the program. Give Jan Sears a call at (970) 887-0339 if you want to perform, or if you can help with sound, lights or backstage. This world renown Grand Arts Council talent show is always a sell-out.

Ladies, if you feel the need to shed a little of that winter layer or just want to work on being in better shape. There are opening in ongoing Belly Dance classes in Grand Lake on Mondays and Granby on Thursdays at 6 p.m. Call me for details.

Happy Birthday to Laura Summers who begins the second half of her first century this week. Oh, my.

Last year, we had the first Mountain Bluebird of the season spotted this week. Come on people ” report in. You can leave me a message at (970) 887-2995 or e-mail me at

“To wish you the luck o’ the Irish, begorra. Not just for today, but for every tomorra.”

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