Cathy Walton-Smith: Indian summer – our secret season |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Indian summer – our secret season

There’s gold in them thar hills. Yes, the aspens are starting to turn golden ” but that’s not all. Look around a little closer and you’ll notice the grasses are turning a beautiful honey color . . . the rose bush leaves are a dark red . . . and the willows are even a bright yellow.

The autumn equinox was this week and the first days of Indian summer are here.

There has been some of that frosty stuff on my deck these past few mornings . . . but never mind about that. Indian summer is our secret season, perfect for hiking, fishing, photography and campfires. It’s time for us to bring in the lawn chairs and hummingbird feeders, and load up on firewood and hay for the winter. We still have a month left of Daylight Saving Time. Use it wisely.

Tonight is “bring the family to school” night at Grand Lake Elementary, as well as Septemberfest. From 5:30 to 8 p.m. enjoy a free dinner, open house, games and a chance to talk to the teachers. This sounds like back-to-school at its best.

Grand County’s visual artists are getting organized. All artists and crafters are invited to this first organizational meeting at Maverick’s Grille in Granby, tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. Any and all types of visual artists are welcome ” whether you’re a full-time artist or doing it as a hobby. This is a brainstorming session, welcoming all ideas for education, networking, promotion and other ways to work collectively. What a good idea.

The Grand Lake Fire Protection District will be hosting an open house and community barbecue for all fire district residents on Oct. 1, to celebrate Fire Prevention Week, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Town Fire Station. There will be activities and giveaways for all ages. There will also be valuable information on wildfire mitigation, and hands on education from local agencies including Search and Rescue, Grand County

Ambulance, Forest Service and guest appearances by Smokey Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog. There will be hamburgers and hot dogs for all, so stop by and meet our Fire Chief, Mike Long, and get a full tour of the fire station. Call them at (970) 627-8428 if you need more information.

Now’s the time to plan a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park, where the elk are rutting. You can hear their bugling at dawn and dusk. Stop in at the Kawauneeche Visitor Center to learn where the best sites are for viewing them and bring lots of film.

This Saturday, stop by the Juniper Library at 1 p.m. for Colorado Author Talk by author David Boop. Newly published author David Boop will talk about his science fiction book, “She Murdered Me with Science.” Boop 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.

Congratulations to the Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. A grand total of 76 new members have joined the chamber so far in 2008. That represents a 79 percent increase in membership over 2007. More membership has allowed Grand Lake to increase both on-line and print advertising, host travel writers and other press people as well as expand the hours of the Visitor’s Center. Look for articles about Grand Lake in future issues of 5280 Magazine and American Airlines in-flight magazine. For a full report and year in review on all chamber projects and events, plan to attend the annual Chamber Dinner, Oct. 2, 6 p.m. at the Daven Haven Backstreet Steakhouse.

To secure your reservation, call the chamber at (970) 627-3402.

Enjoy the changing of the leaves.

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