Cathy Walton-Smith: It’s tough to be far away from Day as Father’s Day approaches |

Cathy Walton-Smith: It’s tough to be far away from Day as Father’s Day approaches

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

As Father’s Day approaches this weekend, I get in the frame of mind to think warm and fuzzy thoughts about my Dad. He’s getting up there in years; managing the day-to-day is getting a little harder for him and takes a little more time.He’s living the good life in Florida, like so many. Warm days and nights, beautiful beachfront sunsets, deep-fried seafood restaurants on every corner – yes, it’s all good. But I’m so far away. And I miss him.I was just there to see him in May, but I’m already ready to go again. I’ll be making that Sunday morning phone call this week like so many others here and around the country. Happy Father’s Day, Dad – I love you.The Sagebrush has expanded with a new room. They can now seat up to 100 guests. It has a working fireplace that will be in use on our cold days year round. The entire room or a section of it can be booked for private parties. Contact Brenda at or 970-531-6841. Don’t miss the fifth annual “Tops of the Rockies” Sunday, June 20, at the Grand Lake Yacht Club. This Juniper Library fundraiser, sponsored by Friends of the Grand County Library Inc., begins at 5:30 p.m. Creative tabletops will be auctioned off, as well as other fine items and services. Guests will enjoy wine tasting and light hors d’oeuvres. Advance tickets at $55 are available at or at the library, POB 506, Grand Lake. Tickets at the door will be $65.The Junior Golf Program at the Grand Lake Golf Course has started up for the season from 9-10 a.m. on Thursdays this year. This is a FREE program for golf lessons and all ages are welcome. For more info call the Golf Pro Shop at 970-627-8008.Don’t forget to sign up for the 24th Annual Independent Sports Club Golf Tournament on June 26 – 27. The Independent Sports Club provides the youth of Grand County with opportunities to promote, support and sponsor educational, athletic and social experiences. This is a multi-day event that features much more than golf. Full details about the tournament are available by calling the Golf Pro Shop at 970.627.8008 or toll free 800.551.8580. There will be a lot of fun activities going on in Grand Lake that weekend. The Grand Arts Council annual Art & Architecture Home Tour and Sixth House Dinner is on Saturday, June 26. This year there are some great homes lined up, many on the lake, for you to OOOOH and AHHHH at. Ticketsare available to purchase on line at or at the Grand Lake Art Gallery, $25 for the tour or $150 for the tour and the gourmet dinner prepared by Caroline’s Cuisine. The schedule for the day is: Tour, 1-4 p.m.; Tour Gathering, Bears Den 4 – 6 p.m. with light appetizers and a cash bar; 6th House Dinner, 6:30 Cocktails, and 7:30 dinner.In support of the Grand Lake Fire Department Scholarship and Community Assistance Fund, our local firefighters are once again hosting the annual State Chili Cook-off co-sponsored with the Colorado Chili-Pod in the town park on Saturday, June 26. In addition to the chili cook-off and tasting, there will be live music, crafters, beer sales, BBQ, and NEW this year a large garage sale instead of a silent auction. They are asking for your donation of valuable garage sale items. No clothing please. To make a donation, please contact the station at 970-627-8428.Visit the Kauffman House Museum and see the display of over 70 Vintage Hats. The museum is open 11-5 daily. Admission by donation.Don’t forget to check out the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre show schedule. The curtain is now up for the season.- If you would like me to pass on information about what’s going on in Grand Lake, you need to make sure I know about it. Please email me at

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