Cathy Walton-Smith: Moving Grand Lake Western Weekend to lakefront a bold move that paid off |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Moving Grand Lake Western Weekend to lakefront a bold move that paid off

Cathy Walton-Smith
View from the Lake
Grand Lake, Colorado

If you managed to take in any of the Western Weekend events listed here last week, you know what a fun and successful event we all just experienced. Moving the venue down to the lakefront was criticized by the skeptics – until it happened. People walked the full loop of shops and restaurants on Grand Avenue, then headed for the beach and all the activities going on. Ongoing concerts at one end and kids’ activities at the other, made for plenty of opportunities for a very enjoyable experience. The Chamber of Commerce sure knew what they were doing by making this bold change from tradition. Perfect weather helped … but the backdrop of the lake itself, Baldy and Shadow Mountain made the location perfect. A good time was had by all.

Every Tuesday for the rest of the summer, there will be live music by the fire on the patio at the Waconda, starting at 6 p.m. On Thursdays, the great entertainment in the town gazebo has become something to look forward to. I love how Grand Lake has become the entertainment hub for Grand County.

Sign up now for the “Rally for a Cure” golf tournament, this Tuesday, July 21, at the Grand Lake Golf Course. Four person scramble, closest to the pin, longest drives and silent auction will guarantee a good time for all. In addition, Peggy Mann will give a presentation on the “I’m Just Breathing Retreat” and sing a couple of songs. To register or make a donation, call Coni Moore at (623) 238-2417.

July 23 to 26, the ISC (Independent Sports Club) will host a huge yard sale at 525 Grand Avenue (former Grand Eagle Real Estate office). Donations for sale are welcome Call Merrie at 970-531-9307 or just drop stuff off when you see somebody there. Please no computers or tires. The ISC was founded in 1981 with a mission to provide the youth of Grand county with opportunities to promote, support, and sponsor their educational, athletic and social experiences. Since that time over $275,000 dollars has been raised to help with scholarships and individual/group athletic programs. Be sure to stop by and let the ISC volunteers help you find that “special treasure” for your home while supporting the youth of our area.

Tickets are now on sale for “Get your Ship Together” a fundraising event for the Grand Arts Council. Johnny Sketch an the Dirty Notes will play in concert at the Davn Haven. In addition the evening will feature a Gilligan’s Island costume contest, a dinner special and a drawing to win the Hobie Sail Kayak, Year of Three Lake’s Boating and Puerto Vallarta Vacation. For advance tickets contact Jan Gamez at (970) 627-9454 or the Daven Haven at 627-8144. Proceeds to benefit the Grand Arts Council.

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The Juniper Library has some great activities coming up in August. On Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 6:30 p.m. enjoy a Historical Program. Grand County Historical Characters will present the story behind the Fourth of July shoot-out of 1883. This disastrous and sensational fight took place between three county commissioners, the sheriff and the under-sheriff over the proposed relocation of the county seat. Free.

Then, on Thursday, August 13, 12:30 p.m., join the Brown Bag Book Group at the Juniper Library for a discussion of “The Girl with Braided Hair” by Margaret Coel.

“In this 13th Vicki Holden mystery, Boulder author Coel continues to combine full-bodied characters, vivid landscapes, and snappy dialogue, and she builds suspense effectively… This series, with its expert use of western settings and Native American themes, remains among the best read-alikes for Tony Hillerman fans.” ~ BookList.

Bring your lunch if you want, and join in the lively discussion.

It’s “the summer of love” in Grand Lake.

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