Cathy Walton-Smith: Don’t forget real reason for three-day weekend |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Don’t forget real reason for three-day weekend

Although, for us, Memorial Weekend is a three-day holiday, kicking off our summer season of welcoming guests to our community ” the official holiday is Monday. It is a solemn occasion for us to honor our war veterans ” those who have risked their lives to protect our freedom, prosperity, and the American way of life.

Displaying the “stars and stripes” is one way to do that. The official protocol for Memorial Day is to honor those who have passed away by displaying the flag at half-staff until noon only, then raise it to the top of the staff in honor of all those still living who have served our country. Many of us who do not have a flag pole will be displaying the flag from deck railings and the sides of our buildings. If you choose to do that, just remember the stars must always be on the left and the stripes on the right (whether they run vertical or horizontal). The same is true when you photograph the flag, make sure the stars are on the left.

To learn more about other proper ways to display the American flag for various occasions, visit the American Legion Web site at

Congratulations to everyone who helped out during clean up days. We’re looking good.

We’re all chomping at the bit to break out into our summer activities, and this weekend is just the beginning. The Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce is organizing the traditional Memorial Day Parade on Monday with the line-up at 10 a.m. behind Sombrero Stables. The parade will start as soon as all are assembled. If you are a veteran, please plan to march in the parade ” in uniform if you still have it (and if it still fits). Anyone may join in the parade, please call the chamber at (970) 627-3402 for more information.

Doris and Egon at the Waconda have swept off the patio and scrubbed down the grill and will be open for burgers at noon through the long weekend. There will be open air entertainment beginning at 2 p.m., featuring Steve Cormey on Saturday and Peggy Mann on Sunday. The Gateway Inn and Grand Embellishments are hosting the Second Annual Turkish Carpet Exhibition, this Saturday, May 24, from noon to 6 p.m. It’s at the Gateway, featuring over 200 carpets and kilims direct from Istanbul. Be sure to stop by for this visual treat and a little wine and cheese.

June is ready to bust out with some great upcoming events. On June 3, the Welcome Back Party for the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre cast will host an event at the Daven Haven at 5 p.m. For a $10 donation at the door, you’ll meet cast members, enjoy an appetizer or two and be entertained by cast members. This exciting event is always a treat. Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre is participating in Chamber Mixer Nigh in Grand Lake on, June 25, and offering a special discount to all Grand County Chamber of Commerce members for the 8 p.m. performance of “Urinetown.”

Chamber members will receive a 20 percent discount off the regular $25 ticket. Both the Bear’s Den and The Brewery are offering drink specials to Chamber members to add to the festivities. Don’t miss this evening in Grand Lake.

Opening Night of Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre’s 40th season is right around the corner. For the sixth year, friends at C Lazy U honor the memories of longtime theatre supporters, Peg and Clark Murray, by hosting an evening of camaraderie, fine dining and a sneak preview of the RMRT season presented by the 2008 actors and musicians. Seating is limited and tickets go so very quickly for this fundraiser, Saturday, May 31, 2008, cocktails at 6:00, dinner at 7:30, $150 donation admits one, call (970) 627-3421.

The Grand Lake Elementary PAC invites you to buy and sell merchandise at their June 14 Flea Market. Anyone is welcome to rent a table for $25 in the Grand Lake Elementary parking lot from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 14, to sell their “stuff.” Proceeds will go toward local youth programs and help pay for a truck to pick up unsellable items at the end of the day. If you have any questions, please call Schelly Olson at (970) 627-9402.

Tickets are now on sale for the Art and Architecture Home Tour, Saturday, June 28, from 1 to 5 p.m. This year’s tour also offers a Sixth House Gourmet Dinner catered by Caroline’s Cuisine. The tour only is $25 per person. The tour of Sixth House and dinner is $150. Advance reservations can be made now by calling Barbara Ahrens at (970) 627-3097, or get tickets at the Grand Lake Art Gallery or Elk Horn Gallery in Winter Park. This tour is limited and is always sold out.

Happy birthday to Feliepe at the Waconda, who was born on Memorial Day.

Let the games begin.

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