Cathy Walton-Smith – Getting ready to ring in another new year |

Cathy Walton-Smith – Getting ready to ring in another new year

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

On Thursday night we will gather with friends and family to usher in the New Year, 2010. At midnight, tradition has us lifting a glass in toast as we sing a verse of Auld Lang Syne – a song that literally has no meaning for any of us. Written in an old Scottish dialect, by poet Robert Burns (1759-96), the words somewhat resemble English, but made little sense until my Google search led to the translation of the words “auld lang syne” to “days long since.”

So, here is the verse:

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne? And the chorus: For auld lang syne, my jo, For auld lang syne, We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet

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For auld lang syne.

Here is the “translation” into modern English. There is no doubt that Burns did it better.

Days Long Ago, Should old acquaintances be forgotten, And never be remembered?

Should old acquaintances be forgotten, and days long ago. Chorus: For days long ago, my dear, For days long ago, We’ll drink a cup of kindness yet, For days long ago!

And so, as the old year draws to a close, we remember friends and loved ones who have moved on this past year … both in this world and to the next. By midnight we will be a little tipsy and the melancholy nature of the tune might bring a tear to the eyes as we remember. Then the moment will pass as we turn to that friend or loved one close by for a New Year’s kiss. And the Diamonds in the Sky midnight fireworks over Grand Lake makes it all worth staying up for. Happy New Year!

Tickets are still on sale for the remaining performances of the Holiday Melodrama, “Peril at Pumpernickel Pass.” This annual Grand Arts Council Production continues at the Grand Lake Community House theater at 8 p.m. nightly, through New Year’s Eve. I’ve seen it, the goofy jokes and antics are hysterical. This is one of the best shows ever. Tickets are available at Never Summer Mountain Products and on line through PayPal at Will the villain foil the day? Will the sweet young thing find her own true love? Will our hero save the day? Don’t miss this year’s production.

The Grand Arts Council has been the lucky recipient of a beautiful painting titled “Islands” by Marjorie Cranston. She has generously donated this limited edition geclee print, and you can win it. Tickets for the drawing may be purchased for $5 each or $20 for 5 throughout the Holiday Melodrama. The winner will be drawn at the melodrama on New Year’s Eve. (You need not be present to win.)

The winner of the quilt drawing at the Grand Lake Women’s Club booth at the Craft Fair was Nita Cole from Greeley, formerly of Grand Lake. It’s always good when someone we know and love is a winner.

The folks at the Grand Lake Golf Course are all ready for Spring, as 2010 Grand Lake Golf season early bird passes are now available. You have until March 31 to take advantage of the discounted price – but don’t wait – provide a bit of summer warmth this winter season to someone who is already thinking about playing golf again! The 2010 discounted season pass prices are $525 :: 7 day/all day, $325 :: 7 day/half day and $75 Junior Pass (17 and under). Rates apply to in district residents only, out of district residents add $20.

Gift cards are a handy way to give a very nice gift this season. And they just sweetened the deal at the Sagebrush. Purchase a gift card of $25 or more and receive a free gift card for yourself. Wow! The Terrace Inn now has $15 weekday dinner specials served Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be big New Year’s Eve Parties at Caroline’s Cuisine and Circle H. Be sure to call for reservations.

Juniper Library Adult Programs continue next year, beginning with Computer Tutoring on Monday, Jan. 11 at 10:30 a.m. Do computers baffle you? Come to a FREE tutoring session with a skilled volunteer. Please call 970-627-8353 to register (preferred), but come anyway even if you didn’t have a chance to sign up. Also offered Wed., Jan. 20, Thurs., Jan. 28, and Fri., Feb. 5.

If square dancing sounds like fun, the Never Summer Squares are hosting a free Chili Social and dance demo January 14, at 7 p.m. at the Granby Community Center. If enough Grand Lake people are interested, they will work on getting classes started in Grand Lake. For more info call 887-2302.

See you next year!

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