Cathy Walton-Smith: Interesting visitors wander streets of Grand Lake |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Interesting visitors wander streets of Grand Lake

Grand Lake can be such an interesting place in September. People who dont like crowds and mingle with the locals seem to show up. While the General and I sat enjoying a pizza the other night, there was also a group of guys on a motorcycle tour of Colorado, riding from place to place and stopping for the night to visit with the locals or enjoy a football game on television in a public place. They were engaged in a lively conversation with a fellow traveler who was on a walking trip from Canada to Mexico. After bringing out maps and comparing experiences, the bikers left to go find the game and the walker hoisted on what appeared to be at least a 40-pound backpack, picked up his walking stick and headed down the boardwalk. Whether he, too, found the football game, enjoyed a free beer offered by mayoral candidate Glenn Harrington, or received a free sandwich offered by mayoral candidate Judy Burke, Im sure he went on to have a very interesting evening in Grand Lake.Yes, there is an election on Sept. 23. Its kind of interesting, during this presidential year fraught with the differing opinions of the Democrats and the Republicans we dont seem to care what party our mayoral candidates are affiliated with we just want to choose the best leader to move Grand Lake into the future. 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 Juniper Library continues its adult programs. Next Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m. there will be an Historical Character Program of Doc Susie at the Juniper Library. One of Grand Countys most beloved citizens is portrayed by Kathy Naples. Doc Susie arrived in Fraser in 1907 as a semi-invalid. Trained as a doctor, she nevertheless had to prove herself by treating a horse before the locals would trust her as their doctor. When you compare the photographs of Doc Susie to Kathys character, the resemblance is incredible. The event is free with light refreshments.The Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce members have been working hard organizing the Fall Festival coming up on Sept. 20 and 21. There will be music, food, beer and other vendors. The final volunteer meeting before the Fall Festival will be held next Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. in the conference room of Grand Mountain Bank (please enter from the alley door). New volunteers are also encouraged to attend.Contact Brad Taylor at (970) 627-3402 phone or check out the chamber Web site at 20 promises to be a very busy day. Annie Surbeck, a Colorado Artist, will beteaching a free watercolor workshop.Join herany time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Pavilion across from the Kauffman House Museum. No sign up is required, as it is a very casual event.If you have any questions, please call the Grand Lake Art Gallery at (970) 627-3104. Later that day, join The Grand Lake Art Gallery between 5 to 7 p.m. to 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, sponsored by the Grand Arts Council.Tickets are now on sale for A Night in Morocco, fundraising dinner and show, sponsored by the Grand Arts Council. This years event is Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. at Carolines Cuisine. This is the fifth year for this fabulous evening of authentic Middle Eastern food prepared by chef Jean-Claude, plus exciting entertainment by a bevy of belly dancers featuring Rafiah of Denver and Kysheema of Grand Lake. 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. Dinner guests are encouraged to dress in keeping with this fun an exotic theme.Sign up now for Team Grand Lake Race for the Cure in conjunction with Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Rance for the Cure in Denver, coming up on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m. The start and finish line will be at Pancho & Leftys in Grand Lake. Registration forms are available at Grand Lake Town Hall and at the Coldwell Banker Grand Lake office or at Kremmling Memorial Hospital Radiology Dept. For more info contact Carolyn Jennings at (970) 627-3056.Happy birthday to Donny Summers. Isnt the view great from the top of the hill?

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