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Cathy Walton-Smith -So many good causes, so little time

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

This is the time of year for fundraisers and events. So much so, that we are now compelled to choose between several causes that we all wish to support.This past weekend, we saw four different charity events in Grand Lake alone, competing with the blues festival in Winter Park. I think none of them was as successful as they could have been if they’d just coordinated their dates a little better.Since we don’t have a “Society Page” in this paper, I will attempt to report here on the event I attended – the Soire d’ Elegante gourmet dinner hosted by the Gardners in their lovely home in Mountain Shadow Estates to benefit the Grand Arts Council. We sat at tables of six and 10, perfect for conversation.Caroline’s Cuisine catered the fabulous six-course dinner served with an array of complementary wines. Dean served, Tara poured and Bob Scott offered a compelling description of each course. At my table, we were treated to delightful conversation, ranging from world travel to the best contemporary novelists, with the Pankeys, the Readys, Ms. King and myself. A delightful time was had by all.Now for the big 4th of July weekend. All Weekend – There will be sales in all the boardwalk shops and entertainment in local establishments. And as in the past Grand Lake will celebrate on the 4th.American flags will fly everywhere, but if you put one out remember this bit of etiquette – whether you display the flag horizontally or vertically – the stars should be displayed in the upper left hand corner.Here is the event schedule for Saturday, July 4th:• Mid-day – Colorado National Guard fly-over (no definite time, just look up when you hear them coming.)• All day – Shopping, eating, fun on the beach, and who knows what else.• 7:30 p.m. – BINGO in the Town Pavilion (there’s BINGO every night).• Dusk – Fireworks over Grand Lake; gather at the beach.Remember, however, the parade is in Granby for this holiday (we let them do one). There are always a few who wait patiently along the Grand Lake boardwalk for the parade that never comes.Volunteers will be standing at the stop sign to collect donations for the fireworks. Please give each time you drive through, or call Doris Braun at 627-5099 if you just want to write one big check. This is the only way we can put on our great fireworks display.July becomes a confusing month with parades, barbecues, craft fairs and music festivals going on around the county. I always miss something that I really wanted to attend. To help with your scheduling, log on to the Grand County Colorado Tourism Board Web site at http://www.grand-county.com for a listing of all events around the county, or to http://www.grandlakechamber.com for Grand Lake events.Pancho & Lefty’s is now open for breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday – Monday.Caroline Cuisine’s has a new menu – complete with a portrait of Jean-Claude on the front – painted by Lynnea Godfreaux. Please also note the special for Tuesday through Thursday starting on June 30 – Duck leg confit, house salad with choice of dressing and choice of house special desserts. Yumm.Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre opens the third show of the summer this Friday with All Shook Up, featuring 24 of the greatest Elvis Presley songs. Follow the tall, dark and handsome roustabout into a quiet Midwestern town through this entertaining love triangle and laugh-out-loud comedy. Tickets are $28-adult and $15-kids 15 and under.Wear your colors and wave your flag.


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