Cathy Walton-Smith: Get outside to enjoy the full moon |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Get outside to enjoy the full moon

Cathy Walton-Smith
View from the Lake
Grand Lake, Colorado

Tomorrow is the last full moon of the year ” and we’ve got just enough snow to make it spectacular. On these clear, crisp nights, the world turns into a black velvet painting … straight out of the ’80s. The moonglow lights up the snow in a purpley/blue light you can almost read by. Headlights are optional.

I highly recommend a romantic drive along Highway 34. Pull off at one of the turn-outs and enjoy. Bring a blanket, a thermos of hot cocoa and someone to cuddle. Or drive down one of the county roads where all the trees have been cut, and bask in the reflective glory.

But, here is the best thing of all you can do tomorrow night at the height of the full moon. The Grand Lake Touring Center is hosting a Full Moon Ski with hot chocolate from 5 to 9 p.m. A trail pass is just $5 and your ski’s-boots-poles are just $10 to rent ” or bring your own. For more details or to reserve your equipment call (970) 627-8008. There might even be a camp fire to push back those single digit temps we’ve been enjoying this week. Dress warmly.

Then, on Sunday, the Grand Lake Touring Center is hosting a free day of cross-country skiing for locals from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Your trail pass is free, as well as equipment rental and chili while supplies last. Call (970) 627-8008 if you have any questions ” but what part of FREE needs an explanation?

Here we go with the most fun-packed weekend of Grand Lake’s Olde Fashioned Christmas. In addition to free skiing on Saturday there’s Breakfast with Santa at 8 a.m. at the Bears Den. Celebrate holiday fun with prizes, a delicious family breakfast, photo opportunity with Santa himself, and more. Breakfast is $10 – adult and $5 – child, 10 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Grand Arts Council. Call (970) 627-3385 for reservations. Then take the kids for a fire engine ride with Santa starting at 11 a.m. in the Town Park.

Take in the full moon again at the Christmas Festival of Music Community Cantata at 6:30 p.m. at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, followed by Candlelight Caroling, ending up at Trinity Church in the Pines for hot cocoa and cookies.

On Sunday, there is the Christmas Pageant Musical program starting at 6 p.m. at Grand Lake’s Community House theater, featuring the local talent of Peggy Mann, Brad Pregeant, High School Swing Choir, Elliott Family, Joe Rooyakkers, Stillwater Praise Team, Delia Bell, and JR Faivre. The traditional Live Nativity will be held on stage, indoors, immediately following the music program. And it’s all FREE.

Tickets are now on sale for “Stop That Villain” . . . or “Have You No Shame Rip Roquefort?” for shows Dec. 26-31.You can get tickets for this melodrama at Never Summer Mountain Products in Grand Lake and at the Granby Mini-Mart (gas and bus station) and Elk Horn Gallery in Winter Park. Show dates are Dec. 26 to 31. Adults – $15 each, kids under 12 – $8, a benefit for the Grand Arts Council at the Community House theater at 8 p.m. each evening. No doubt our hero will save the sweet young thing from the villain once again this year. Get your tickets early, many nights will be sold out.

Congratulations to the Grand Arts Council on the recent opening of the new Grand Arts Center on Park Avenue in Grand Lake. Many of you will recall how this old Band Camp building, empty and deteriorating for a decade, once hosted high school marching bands from around the state ” parading up and down the streets of the town all summer long.

Take a detour down Park Avenue and check out the transformation. For now, only the lower level is open. But with it’s new entrances off the main road, and plenty of parking this facility promises to bring groups large and small into Grand Lake for their events. 

Tour the facility yourself over the next few weeks at one of the open houses. Dec. 27, noon to 1 p.m. ” Dec. 27, 2 to 4 p.m. ” Dec. 29, 1 to 3 p.m. ” and Jan. 3, Noon – 1 p.m. Enjoy some goodies, sign the guest book and contribute your ideas for classes and events you’d like to see offered in Grand Lake . . . now that there is space. For information on rates call Barbara Ahrens at (970) 627-3097.

To do list ” write obligatory Christmas letter … in between parties.

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