Cathy Walton-Smith: DNC has been great exposure for Colorado |

Cathy Walton-Smith: DNC has been great exposure for Colorado

Cathy Walton-Smith
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Thank you Democrats ” for bringing the biggest and best publicity event to Colorado. Every news channel on the tube is in Denver.

Local reporters are interviewing national reporters on the local channels, and “Denver” and “Colorado” are mentioned more often than “Obama”. What a party. I’ve been e-mailed photos of the crowds up and down the streets, everybody taking pictures of everything and everybody, vendors with buttons and flags in support of nearly every cause on the planet.

I’m excited. (I’m not a Democrat, but I’m still excited.) We may be hidden away in the mountains at 8,000+ feet in the air, accessible by only a two lane road (half of which is closed for 2/3rds of the year). But we are Colorado and we are Denver. People all over the country, and the world, are getting a chance to see us and see what a great place this is.

From my perspective, the political issues are secondary compared to the great public relations value this Democratic National Convention is bringing to Colorado. We’ve arrived . . . we’re on the map . . . and the publicity should bring in the visitors for years to come. And I say, Welcome.

Here we are at Labor Day weekend ” the last gasp of summer. This Sunday, Aug. 31, the big event is Tombstone Tales. Tickets are on sale for this annual re-enactment of historic characters at our own Grand Lake Cemetery. And every year there is a different cast of dead people. Shows will start earlier this year in an effort to avoid the risk of a downpour (I was a drenched dead person more than once) but the weather forecast is looking good. The starting time is moved up to 11:20 a.m., with a new show starting every half hour and the last show at 2:20 p.m. The Grand Lake Art Gallery is selling tickets at $10 – adult and $5 – kids under 12, or call Barbara Ahrens at (970) 627-3097. This year’s former citizens will be James W. Mitchell and his wife Polly Yarger Mitchell; Doc Duty, Carolyn Pratt Holzwarth, Henry Schnoor, and Teina Lehman. If the cemetery performances happen to be rained out, there will be a full presentation on stage at the elementary school at 1:30 p.m. But, in spite of a little dampness, there has never been a rain-out in all 11 years.

For all you Moby fans . . . Moby’s almost 60th birthday party (a couple years early) will be held at the Waconda Lodge in Grand Lake this Saturday night. Bring a hot dish or something to share, and join in an evening of local fun and music. On Aug. 24, Moby was the first comedian ever inducted into the Colorado Country Hall of Fame. Visit

The Grand Lake Juniper Library continues its adult programs in September. On Thursday, Sept. 11, at 12:30 p.m., the Brown Bag Book Group will meet to discuss “Lucia: A Venetian Life in the Age of Napoleon” by Andrea Di Robilant.

The New Yorker writes, “Drawing on letters of his great-great-great-great-grandmother Lucia Mocenigo, a Venetian aristocrat, di Robilant paints a vivacious picture of the Napoleonic age.” You’ve got a couple of weeks to read the book, then bring your lunch and join others for a lively discussion.

Artist Patty Alander has set up a series of silver jewelry classes using the relatively new medium of precious metal clay. I took one of her classes earlier this year, and can’t wait to do it again. Each 2 day class costs $95 all materials are included.

Please call Fraser Rec at 726-8968 to register for one or more of these classes: Tuesday, Sept. 23 and Sept. 30, 6 to 8 p.m. at Grand Mt Bank in Grand Lake, Sunday, Oct. 5 amd Oct. 12, 1 to 3 p.m. at Fraser Rec, Tuesday, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, 6 to 8 p.m. at Grand Mountain Bank in Grand Lake, Tuesday, Nov. 4 and Nov. 11, 6 to 8 p.m. at Grand Mountain Bank in Grand Lake (this class is focused on rings), Tuesday, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16, 6 to 8 p.m. at Grand Mountain Bank in Grand Lake and Wednesday, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, 6 to 8 p.m. at Fraser Rec.

The Grand Lake Post Office announced it has added another early morning outgoing Express Mail dispatch time to provide even better guaranteed overnight mail service from the Grand Lake area.

“Our postal customers, who drop off their Express Mail packages and letters at the Grand Lake Post in the early morning by 11:15 a.m., Monday through Friday, can now have those pieces delivered the next day, with the Postal Service’s guarantee on that overnight service, to many more locations throughout the country,” said Grand Lake Postmaster Diane Mahoney. Other delivery times for Priority and First Class

Mail should also greatly improve. Postmaster Mahoney said that the additional mail dispatch time was coordinated through regional Colorado/Wyoming Postal Service District officials. “We pointed out to them that there was a growing need for having this improved service for our customers,” she said. The Grand Lake Post Office is open for customer service retail hours, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

And the beat goes on.

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