Cathy Walton-Smith -Grand Lake prepares for Annual Buffalo BBQ, 62 and counting |

Cathy Walton-Smith -Grand Lake prepares for Annual Buffalo BBQ, 62 and counting

Cathy Walton-Smith / View from the LakeGrand Lake, Colorado

WOW. This weekend is the 62nd Annual Buffalo BBQ and Parade (is there anyone out there who remembers the first one?).Organized by the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by an impressive group of businesses and organizations, this is Grand Lake’s premiere summer event. Volunteers are still needed to help out. If you can give some time call the chamber at 627-3402. If you’re planning to be in the parade, give them a call as well.Here’s a schedule:Saturday and Sunday, July 18 & 19• 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Used Book Sale – Juniper Library • 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday – Buffalo BBQ• Youth Theatre Workshop Performances – Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre – 2 – 4 p.m. – Grand County Characters • 7:30 p.m. – Bingo! – Town ParkALL DAY EVENTS at the LAKEFRONT• Kid’s Bounce Zone – Bounce and play all day for one low entrance fee• Kid’s Western Craft Classes – FREE• Kid’s Magic Shows and Western Balloon Art by “The Great Aragoni” – FREE July 18 only• 7 a.m. – Grand Lake Rotary Pancake Breakfast – Town Park• 8 a.m. – Buffalo 5K Run & Walk – Town Park• 11 a.m. – Raptor Exhibition and Educational Program -Town Park – Every 15 minutes until 2 p.m.MAIN STAGE PERFORMERS at the LAKEFRONT• 11:30 a.m. – Lynnea & Tight Like That!• 1 p.m. – The Jazz Cookers • 3:00 p.m. – Route 66• 5 p.m. – John Adams Band / A John Denver Tribute Band• 6:30 p.m. – The Peggy Mann Band• 8 p.m. – Mike Hammock Band / Nashville’s 2006 ICMA Entertainer of the Year July 19 only• BUFFALO PARADE – 1 p.m.. – Grand AvenueMAIN STAGE PERFORMERS at the LAKEFRONT• 9:30 a.m. – Peggy Mann, Grace Notes• 10:30 a.m. – Cowboy Church featuring Mike Hammock• Noon – The Jazz Cookers• 2 p.m. – Square Dance with the Newer Summer Squares• 3 p.m. – Claddaugh / Colorado’s Celtic Sensation Tuesday is Bastille Day – the day the French celebrate their independence just 13 years after American independence (I think we gave them the idea). Caroline’s Cuisine will be celebrating in its usual style with music, special menu and dancing Can-Can Girls – Oooo-la-la! Reservations are recommended for this fun night where all our local French friends gather. Call them at (970) 627-9404.The Grand Lake Women’s Club will be meeting Thursday, July 16th, at 1 p.m. at Trinity in the Pines Church in Grand Lake rather than the fire station. Bring a salad for a salad luncheon. We will be entertained by a few members of the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater.Every Tuesday for the rest of the summer, there’ll be live music by the fire on the patio at the Waconda, starting at 6 p.m.Sign up now for the “Rally for a Cure” golf tournament, July 21 at the Grand Lake Golf Course. Four person scramble, closest to the pin, longest drives and silent auction will guarantee a good time for all. In addition, Peggy Mann will give a presentation on the “I’m Just Breathing Retreat” and sing a couple of songs. To register or make a donation call Coni Moore at 623-238-2417.July 23-26, the ISC (Independent Sports Club) will host a huge yard sale at 525 Grand Ave. (former Grand Eagle Real Estate office). Donations for sale are welcome Call Merrie at 970-531-9307 or just drop stuff off when you see somebody there. Please no computers or tires.

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