Cathy Walton-Smith: Grand Lake has transformed into a Kincaid Christmas scene |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Grand Lake has transformed into a Kincaid Christmas scene

Welcome to Wonderland. It’s everywhere you look. The village of Grand Lake has been magically transformed into a storybook setting. Those impatient for the snow to arrive have been silenced.

Looking around, you’ll see a living version of a Thomas Kincaid Christmas scene.

There are bustling shoppers in fur coats and hats, buildings with icicles dripping from the eves and roofs frosted with the fluffy stuff. At night, the magical scene is even more spectacular with colored lights outlining the village stores and shining through the ice and snow. The lighted tree in the center of the street sets the theme. Even the streets twinkle as the lights from our vehicles hit the tiny ice and snow particles. The pine trees, some living and some not, have fluffy white clumps on the tips of branches, and the skeletal aspens have a fine ridge of white along every branch and twig.

This is the vision of white powdery fluff that’s been dancing in the heads of skiers.

Stick out your tongue and have a taste. Throw out some seed for the birds, shovel off the deck, and serve snow ice cream for breakfast.

Scoop up a big bowl of freshly fallen snow. In a separate bowl beat the following ingredients with a mixer: 1 cup milk, 1 egg, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 pinch salt. With a large spoon add now to liquid a little at a time, blending to make a creamy mixture. Keep adding snow until all liquid is blended in. Serve immediately.

The Grand Lake Women’s Club will meet today at 1 p.m. in the GL Fire Station meeting room for its Christmas party. Please bring treats to share and bring a $5 gift for the gift exchange. The Grand Lake Melody Makers from the grade school will entertain. All interested women are welcome and invited to join in the fun.

This week’s Olde Fashioned Christmas events begin the the Christmas Festival of Music at St. Anne’s church on Saturday at 6:30 p.m., followed by candlelight caroling through town. Carolers will end up at Trinity Church in the Pines for a cup of hot cocoa and treats.

On Sunday, it’s the annual Christmas Pageant, with an indoor musical Christmas celebration at 7 p.m. in the Community House theater followed by the Live Nativity Play, also indoors. For the first time in recorded history, this play, complete with shepherds, angels and the newborn babe, is coming in out of the cold. However, Mary may have to leave her donkey outside.

This month’s Full Moon Ski, next Saturday, Dec. 22, should be spectacular with all this new snow. Meet at the Grand Lake Touring Center from 5 to 9 p.m. to ski or walk the beautiful moonlit course and enjoy hot cocoa and roasted marshmallows around the campfire. For more details, call the Grand Lake Metro Rec District at (970) 627-8008.

The Kauffman House will hold its Holiday Open House on Dec. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with refreshments, museum tours and a great selection of books and historical photos for sale. This year, there will be a special display of old trains set up around the Christmas tree and elsewhere in the museum, from the private collection of J.R. Faivre. Admission by donation.

Tickets are now on sale for “Trapped in a Villain’s Web . . . or Weave Me A Loan,” this year’s Olde Fashioned Christmas Melodrama. Will the villain have his way with the sweet young thing? Or will our hero save her? $15 adults, $5 kids under 12, group tickets are $12 per person for parties of 8 or more. Now available at Never Summer Sports – Grand Lake, Mini Mart – Granby and Elk Horn Gallery – Winter Park. There will be 6 performances this year, December 26-31. Don’t miss it. Get your tickets early, it’s always a sell-out ” produced by the Grand Arts Council.

Who took the “e” off of Olde Fashioned Christmas? It’s a Grand Lake tradition, but am I the only one who remembers?

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