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Cathy Walton-Smith: Looking back on a milestone birthday

Cathy Walton-SmithView from the LakeGrand Lake, Colorado

Some folks proclaim to have learned everything they need to know about life in kindergarten – poor souls. There is so much more to learn. I may be a slow learner – it’s taken me some decades. But now that I am faced with one of those milestone birthdays, I think it apropriate to reflect on knowledge gained over the eons.In 1955, I learned that a new baby sister creates a whole new level of competition. In 1962, I learned that it would have been smart to have some rehearsals before kissing a boy. In 1966, I learned the truth at 17 That love was meant for beauty queens. In 1969, I learned I was too young to be married too late. In 1972, I learned that it hurts to give birth too late. In 1974, I learned to enjoy an adventure and moved to Alaska. In 1980, I learned how to get ahead in the corporate world. In 1985, I learned something about men too late. In 1988, I learned how great life is in Grand County. In 1991, I learned something else about men too late, again. In 1993, I learned how to be a cowgirl. In 1998, I learned how cool it is to be a grandma. In 2000, I learned to scoff at things like Y2K anxiety. In 2005, I learned to live without my mother. In 2008, I learned to delegate finally. And, most recently, I learned you’re only as old as you act.This is a busy week for things to do, places to go and people to meet. Tonight, there is a gathering of artists and musicians at the Circle H on Hwy 34. The doors and bar will be open at 5 p.m. and Peggy Mann will play at 5:30 p.m. The artwork of April Hilton will be featured. This is an event that will soon be ongoing on a weekly basis. All artists and musicians – both amateur and professional (including students) – are encouraged to get involved. For more, call April at (970) 531-1267.Tomorrow, the Grand Arts Council is hosting an artist reception of Real Snowflake Photography by Karla Jean Booth at Caroline’s Cuisine. From 5 to 7 p.m. enjoy the cash bar and appetizers while visiting with the artist. As Seen On 9 NEWS and Winter Park Ski Area, over 50 different snowflakes will be available for purchase and serious closeup examination. Winter Carnival is here. The theme of Pirates of the Caribbean is starting to show up all over town with decorations and the beginnings of snow sculptures. Saturday is the big day and I suggest you plan to stay in Grand Lake all day. Events run continuously starting at 9:30 a.m. and most are suitable for the entire family to join in.Here are some of the highlights – The parade down Grand Avenue starts at 12:30 p.m., after that begins the lineup for the bedsled races. New this year – last minute bedsled teams. There will be ongoing sign-up to get in on the fun, with spare racing beds available. Call Ami Frutchey at 531-1049.The Grand Arts Center on Park Avenue will be the location for several simultaneous afternoon activities starting at 3 p.m. Help build the big bonfire and warm up with a cup of hot cocoa or cider. Inside the center, there will be ongoing Bingo with the Grand Lake Rotary Club and face painting for the kids, starting at $1. Out by the bonfire, everyone can join in on a tug-o-war or gunny sack races.Candidates for the King and Queen contest will be out and abut all day soliciting your vote. Vote as often as possible for the candidate of your choice at $1 per vote. Winners receive two airline tickets and the money is raised for the fireworks fund. The slate of candidates is: Lynnea Godfriaux + Brad Pregeant @ Caroline’s Cuisine, Sandy + Ron Pirnie @ The Gateway Inn, Kelly + James Shockey @ Grand Mtn. Bank, Kim + Jeff Buckley @ The Lariat, Barb + Woody Koenig @ Pancho & Lefty’s, Jill + Dan Korkowski @ Town of Grand Lake, and Audrey Warner + Aaron Etten @ The Waconda.Closing out the day is the Mardi Gras Dance at Pancho and Lefty’s, Saturday, Feb. 7, at $10 per person. Back by popular demand is the band Mojambus. The evening will include drink specials, announcements of event winners, costume contest and more. Don’t forget about the pirate theme.

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