Cathy Walton-Smith: Learn the true meaning of ‘From Your Valentine’ |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Learn the true meaning of ‘From Your Valentine’

“Good morrow.

‘Tis St. Valentine’s Day

All in the morning betime,

And I a maid at your window,

To be your valentine.”

Today is Valentine’s Day, the lovers’ holiday ” celebrated with the giving of a small token of affection between couples in love. When I was in grade school, the giving and receiving of a Valentine from each and every class member was required. The anxiety was horrible.

Sending Valentines to everyone you know is not required. I send one to the General, and one to each of my grandkids. Jewelry stores have decided that this is the perfect holiday for giving diamonds or other expensive baubles. This is not true (although it is a very good idea). Traditional gifts include books, candy, romantic dinners and flowers.

In the fifth century Rome, the martyred Bishop Valentine (I don’t think anyone knows his first name) was beheaded for helping young lovers marry against the wishes of the mad emperor Claudius. Before execution, Valentine himself had fallen in love with his jailer’s daughter. He signed his final note to her, “From Your Valentine,” a phrase that has lasted through the centuries.

This month’s Concert in the Pines is this Saturday, Feb. 16, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Historic Grand Lake Community House. Enjoy a glass of wine with the concert. The Snot Dogs return to Grand Lake by popular request ” you may have heard them playing in the Town Park Gazebo this past summer. The Snot Dogs are a fun band of eclectic musicians with a music mix of country, jazz, rock and folk. Their sound is richly layered with a wide variety of instruments (guitar, mandolin, piano and flute) and vocal harmonies. Admission is $10/adults and $5/kids under 12 at the door.

The Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre will hold guest artist auditions this Sunday, Feb. 17. For more information about available roles and audition specifics, check out their Web site at I was a guest artist for “The Sound of Music” a few years past, and it was great fun.

Kevin’s Outreach for Local Emergencies (K.O.L.E.) announces the Sixth Annual Prime Rib Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Rapids Restaurant in Grand Lake. Seating is on the half hour with reservations recommended. Call (970) 627-3707. A tax deductible donation of $15 will be collected at the door with the proceeds going to benefit local cancer patients and families.

The Whispering Pines is a new gift shop recently opened where Cascades of the Rockies used to be. Stop in and welcome Michelle and check out all the good stuff.

Happy birthday to Penny Hamilton who will be (blank) on Feb. 18. My informant was vague about her exact age.

While you’re out and about this week ask Jimmy Peterson what went wrong with the weight machine. Ask Jamie Ransom if it’s OK to sleep at work, and ask Abbi, our new town planner, about life’s adventures in Grand Lake.

I think that I can credit the General and myself with the first sign of spring this year. A calf was born last week to one of our longhorn cows. Fortunately, she’s thriving and is very spoiled living in our basement through all these snowstorms.

There is a Grand Lake Town election coming up on April 1. There are three Town Trustee seats open along with the mayor seat. Maybe you should your part and run for office.

You need to be a town resident and turn in a petition with signatures from 10 registered town voters by Feb. 29. Stop by Town Hall to pick up a packet with full information or call Town Clerk, Ronda Kolinske at (970) 627-3435.

Be Mine.

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