Cathy Walton-Smith: Grand Lake dresses up for Halloween |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Grand Lake dresses up for Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner. This holiday is fast becoming the most decorated holiday of the year. The only one where we actually decorate ourselves. Martha Stewart is an expert, with plenty of ideas on line for cooking up spooky concoctions, creating a multitude of decorations with black paper and scissors, or making costumes from items found in your closet and some face paint. Hallmark has even convinced us we need to send greeting cards.

Scarecrows and pumpkin head figures are lining the street along Highway 40 from Empire to Granby. A majority of businesses are getting on board and even competitive as to creativity and humor in building a scene with these goofy figures. What about Grand Lake? At last count, I spotted two ” out in front of Main Street and The Sagebrush. Come on people. We need to get with it. There are all kinds of benches, fences and lampposts to decorate, and we’ve got a week to get it done. Let’s not be outdone by Tabernash. Dig out those old jeans, jackets and bales of hay and see what you can do.

Businesses up and down Grand Avenue will be welcoming trick-or-treaters next Friday afternoon. Participating businesses will have candy, prizes and clues to a scavenger hunt. After the trick-or-treating, the Elementary School will be having a Halloween party for all the kids.

The Daven Haven Lodge is not waiting for Halloween. This Saturday, attend the “It’s All About You” Little Black Dress Affair and an evening of pleasure from 6 to 10 p.m. $25 per person includes Welcome Champagne, tapas, give-a-ways and dancing. The evening features the culinary talents of chef Frisco and musical entertainment of Brad Pregeant. Women are encouraged to enter the Sexy Witches contest. Also, sexy Halloween attire is just fine. Call Daven Haven at (970) 627-8144 for more information or to buy your ticket. “It’s Not What You Wear – It’s What You Feel Like Wearing.” It’s amazing the number of the people who want to dress up for a night – whether its a dress or just chaps and a hat!  Singles, couples and trios are welcome. They are also running lodging specials for the night at 50 percent off to offset drinking and driving. 

Five dollars of each ticket goes into a hat for some lucky person to walk away with at the end of the night. It might not be much, but it may buy a bag of groceries or a tank of gas. Leave it to Sheila to get us all dressed up.

Another chance to dress in a costume comes this Sunday. Plan to join in the fun at the Firecracker Fund Bowl at Grand Lake Lanes. Help raise money for the Grand Lake fireworks fund and have a good time, too. Bowling sessions are at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. with eight, five-member teams competing per session. Sign up today at the bowling alley for just $20 per bowler per session. Get your teams together and sign up today. Lots of prizes will be awarded, including for patriotic and firecracker costumes.

Mark your calendar for holiday melodrama tryouts Nov. 2 and 3 at the Grand Lake Community House from 6 to 8 p.m. Performances are the week between Christmas and New Year’s with rehearsals three evenings a week starting in November. Show your true talent and be a part of this annual production. Parts range from one line to starring roles. You choose the level of involvement.

The Grand Arts Council is seeking volunteers to help make some fall/Christmas craft items to sell at the Holiday Craft Bazaar. Linda Carlson is scheduling a ‘sewing bee’ to make and assemble table runners and holiday napkins.  

Below is a description of what needs to be done. 

1.  Most of the work needed to be done is sewing strips together.  Need sewing machine and basic sewing supplies. 

2. Also need applique pieces cut out with fusible web.  Easy to do.  Need sharp scissors. 

3. Need to have someone to iron seams and iron on fusible web. All materials will be supplied. A lot of this work could be done at home if anyone has the time. Give Linda a call at (970) 627-3895.

The Grand County Colorado Tourism Board is always looking for tourism-related events to include in their online and print calendars. The GCCTB online calendar receives numerous visits each month assuring your event a wide exposure.

Additionally, travel writers continually contact the GCCTB’s Public Relations liaison, Gaylene Ore, looking for interesting events. To make it easy, they’ve created an on-line form to submit events and assure a higher probability of search engine success for internet surfers. Visit, click on the “Calendar of Events” page and then click on the link at the top of the calendar. Photos and Web site links are also welcome.

The Grand Arts Council, Central City Opera and CU Opera present “Opera Rocks the Rockies” on Saturday, Nov.8, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students at the Church of the Eternal Hills in Tabernash. The Central City Opera and CU Opera will be perfoming scenes from La Boheme, Candide, A Little Night Music and Lucia di Lammermoor. This is the third time the GAC has been able to sponsor opera in Grand County and we feel honored that they are coming. You can pick up tickets at the Grand Lake Art Gallery, Elk Horn Art Gallery in Winter Park and Streamside Art in Granby. Don’t miss this super event.

There’s always something to do in Grand County.

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