Cathy Walton-Smith: Historic election for the nation and Grand Lake |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Historic election for the nation and Grand Lake

What a country. This national election is history-making with the possibility of a woman being elected Vice President.

Meanwhile, the local election of the century is this Tuesday as Grand Lake voters will, for a second time, try to elect the mayor who will keep us on track and steady into the future. This election is important to us all. I was in error last week when I reported free sandwiches offered by mayoral candidate Judy Burke (sometimes the word on the street isn’t correct). The sandwiches referred to were for an entirely different cause, and weren’t even free. And as Judy explicitly pointed out at the forum she “doesn’t buy votes.”

It has been less than 90 years since women fought for and won the right to vote in this country. Women picketing the White House were thrown in jail, beaten, starved and tortured for “obstructing sidewalk traffic.” We need to use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. To the few official residents with the responsibility to make this decision, be informed, meet the candidates and vote responsibly. The rest of us will give our opinions, but really just get to watch as this unfolds.

The Grand Lake Women’s Club September meeting will be at the Grand Lake Fire Station at 1 p.m. today. Ann Feucht is hostess. The program will be given by Edie Strate from the Juniper Library.

There will be a benefit concert and luncheon, tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the home of Patty and Chuck Wolf, 721 Grand Lake Lane. Peggy Mann will be sharing the songs she performed at the Gospel Music Association in Estes Park last month (where she was runner up in the vocal 2 category), as well as many of her new and old originals. A catered lunch will be served. All funds will benefit the Trinity Church in the Pines landscaping campaign (necessary for re-beautification of the church grounds once all the beetle kill trees were removed.)  Tickets are $75 per person and tax deductible as Trinity is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Please e-mail ( or call Deb Gahan at (970) 627-9809 to reserve your spot. Seating is limited to 60 for this event.  

This Thursday, Friday and Saturday are the final performances of the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre’s production of “Why Do Fools Fall in Love.” Get your tickets at the box office in Town Park or call (970) 627-3421. Don’t miss this, or else you’ll just have to wait for them to come back next summer.

The Grand Lake Fall Festival is this Saturday and Sunday in the Town Park. There will be live music, food, beer and many great vendors. Annie Surbeck , a  Colorado Artist ,will be teaching a free watercolor workshop. Join her anytime between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pavilion across from the Kauffman House Museum. No sign up is required. The final Art Walk of the season, sponsored by the Grand Arts Council, is from 5 to 7 p.m. At the Grand Lake Art Gallery meet Barbara Campbell and view her beautiful handcrafted pottery.  Light refreshments will be served. Be sure to pick up a map to see what other galleries and businesses are on the Art Walk.

A few tickets are still available for “A Night in Morocco” fundraising dinner and show sponsored by the Grand Arts Council. This event is Saturday at 6 p.m. at Caroline’s Cuisine. The evening of authentic Middle Eastern food prepared by chef Jean-Claude features entertainment by a bevy of belly dancers. Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple at the Grand Lake Art Gallery and Elk Horn Gallery in Winter Park or call me at (970) 531-3055.

Juniper Library has just scheduled another event for Saturday, Sept. 27, 1 p.m. ” Colorado Author Talk by author David Book. Newly published author David Book will talk about his science fiction book, “She Murdered Me with Science.” Book describes it as “Alternative history” with the flair and style of a ’40s or ’50s pulp novel. Come listen as he talks about the writing process and the road to publication.

Trinity Church in the Pines is organizing a community yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rent a table for $10 plus 10 percent of your sales. There is no limit to what you can bring for sale ” crafts, food or garage sale items. Donations will also be accepted. In addition, there will be a bake sale and free coffee for all vendors.

Weather permitting, tables may be set up either indoors or outdoors. For full details, call Deann Tibbetts at (970) 627-8538 or (970) 531-9348.

Ladies, get out your lipsticks and vote.

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