Cathy Walton-Smith: Plan to spend Winter Carnival in Grand Lake |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Plan to spend Winter Carnival in Grand Lake

Cathy Walton-SmithView from the LakeGrand Lake, Colorado

Well, I think we can finally say that winter is here. I think I got two feet of the fluffy white stuff at my house this past weekend.Driveways and roads are getting narrower from the snow piling up, and the snowmobilers are having a heyday both in town and on the trails. Everywhere you look, its a winter wonderland.Im thinking that all this snow represents job security for town workers and heavy equipment operators. As I watched them picking up the huge piles with front-end loaders and hauling it off, I wondered arent they just going to bring it all back again next week for the snow sculptures? Right now Im looking at Mt. Everest and wondering how much work it will be to turn into a tropical island.Winter Carnival is upon us in another week and were all getting in the mood. The theme of Pirates of the Caribbean seems to be inspiring us all with visions of treasure chests and tropical sunsets. Feb. 7 is the big day, and I suggest you plan to stay in Grand Lake all day. There are several events you might want to start pre-planning for now.Teapot Curling — 9:30 a.m. Teams of four will hurl (or curl) their ice-filled tea kettles down an icy course toward a target area while teammates with brooms help to polish the pathway. Put a team together and sign up for free, and maybe youll win the pot. For more information, call Scott Munn at (970) 627-9697.Snow Sculptures — Claim a spot along Grand Ave. and order a big pile of snow from the town and go for it with a little water, paint, shovels and a large dose of creativity. Stay with the pirate theme and add music and lights and you just might win the big prize. Enter for just $10 by calling Kathy Lewis at (970) 627-8580The Bed Sled Races are the big event of the day. Build your own creation from old skis and a bed frame. Decorated bedsleds are the feature of the parade, but a good team of 3-4 runners and a lightweight in the bed could bring home the trophy. This year there will be different levels of prizes and divisions and challenges amongst the racers. Plus, I hear there are even some extra bedsleds for last minute entrants. Enter for just $25 by calling Amy Frutchey at (970) 531-1049.Flag Football is a new event this year and folks are forming teams. Sponsored by the new mens club, plan to show up in the park a 2 p.m. with your teammates and join the game.Candidates for the King & Queen contest will be out and abut this week actively 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, and Audrey Warner + Aaron Etten @ The Waconda.There are some Businesses that would love to nominate somebody, but have no willing candidates. More couples are welcome to run just call Doris at (970) 531-0099Tickets are now on sale for the Mardi Gras Dance at Pancho and Leftys, 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. Plan for a fun evening.The Kauffman House Museum will be having an open house Feb. 7, in conjunction with Winter Carnival. Come and see a collection of vintage valentines and enjoy some light refreshments. The museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation.The new artist organization Art Out of Thin Air will be meeting at the Riverside Inn in Hot Sulphur today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All artists are invited to attend and find out what this group is all about. Call Patty Alander at (970) 627-0517.Out of that entire restaurant list last week, there was (to my knowledge) only one mistake. FYI — Waconda Lodge (970) 627-8312 Everyday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bar Food After 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. or closing.The Grand Arts Council is proud to feature Real Snowflake Photographyby Karla Jean Booth at Caroline’s Cuisine for cash bar and appetizers onFriday, February 6th, from 5 to 7 p.m. As Seen On 9 NEWS and Winter Park Ski Area, over 50 different snowflakes will be available for purchase and serious closeup examination. Galleries where you can find Karla work: Grand Lake Art Gallery (970) 627-3104 and Elk Horn Art Gallery 7-11 Center Winter Park (970) 726-9292.Karla is available for projects for individuals wanting Exclusive one of a kind snowflakes. You can view a portion of her work online at and a bottle of rum!

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