Cathy Walton-Smith: Here’s looking forward to a great summer |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Here’s looking forward to a great summer

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

The warm and sunny Memorial Weekend was good for our hearts and souls. While we honored the brave men and women who have protected our freedom for over 234 years, we also celebrated the coming of the summer season.

There were people in town eating and shopping and playing … and, after a long, cold winter, it sure was good to see everybody out and about enjoying themselves. I have a good feeling about this summer … let’s make it happen!

Tonight we celebrate the return of our Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre with the annual Welcome Back Party at 5 p.m. at the Daven Haven. This event, sponsored by the Grand Arts Council, promises to be an exciting preview of the wonderful range of talent that will be on stage in Grand Lake throughout the summer. Admission is a donation of $10, which includes an evening of entertainment provided by the actors themselves, and a sampling of the best appetizers the Daven Haven has to offer. There will also be a cash bar. The fun begins at 5 p.m. – I’ll see you there.

Visitors from all over the world come to the Kauffman House Museum. They are greeted by volunteer guides who help them enjoy our Grand Lake history.

Volunteers are wanted to serve as docents at the Kauffman House Museum in Grand Lake. A sign-up and training meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 16, at the Kauffman House. If you’re interested in helping, come and choose to work one day a week, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. or 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. The Museum is open every day, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. If you need more information, call Nancy at 627-3469.

The Grand Lake Business Without Borders meeting is today, Wednesday, June 2, at Blue Water Bakery in Grand Lake from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Everyone attending gets an opportunity to introduce themselves to the group in (approximately) a 30-second intro (name, business, products/services offered, location). Everyone should bring enough business cards/fliers/brochures to display for others to pick up. More info on Grand county Businesses Without Borders is available at

There are some great adult programs this month at the Juniper Library in Grand Lake. On Thursday, June 10, at 12:30 p.m., the Brown Bag Book Group will meet at the library. This month, they are reading Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, by Beth Hoffman. Bring your lunch if you want, and join in the discussion.

Then, on Wednesday, June 16, at 6:30 p.m. enjoy A Touch of Home at the Juniper Library. Hear the story of the Vietnam Red Cross Girls, presented by Joyce Denke. A fascinating look at the Donut Dollies who provided a much needed respite from thinking about the war to the men in the field. Free; refreshments will be served.

Save the Date! Saturday, June 26, for the Art and Architecture Home Tour and Sixth House Dinner. This year there are some great homes lined up, many on the lake, for you to OOOOH and AHHHH at. Tickets will be available to purchase on line at; $25 for the tour or $150 for the tour and the gourmet dinner prepared by Caroline’s Cuisine.

Here’s some exciting news. Local entertainer Peggy Mann will be singing the National Anthem at Coors Field on Monday, Aug. 23, when the Rockies play the Atlanta Braves. It’s a 6:30 game. The Grand Arts Council has reserved a block of seats right behind first base for this game. Tickets are $30 each with the Rockies donating $15 back to the GAC. Go to the website: to purchase your tickets by credit card through PayPal. These are great seats and only 50 have been set aside … so don’t wait!

– If you would like me to pass on information about what’s going on in Grand Lake, please email me at

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