Cathy Walton-Smith: Spring is breaking out all over Grand Lake |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Spring is breaking out all over Grand Lake

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

Signs of spring are showing up everywhere. Here are just a few:

1. Mud.

2. I saw a small green leaf poking out from under a rock.

3. Dal is no longer wearing socks with his flip-flops.

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4. There are pussies on the willows.

5. The iceberg (nicknamed Titanic) is gone from my deck.

6. There is open water on Shadow Mt. Lake.

7. My car wears that brown Grand Lake protective coating.

8. The snowmobilers are gone.

9. There is only one week left in March.

10. More mud.

By now everyone has seen their first Mountain Bluebird. I actually saw two together ” they must be pairing up. Marilyn Binkley reports: “The Black-billed Magpies are building a nest in a neighbor’s tree, the Hairy Woodpeckers are showing mating displays, the Pine Siskins are trying to take strings for nesting material, and other woodpeckers are drumming on hollow/dead trees trying to attract a mate.”  Yes siree, Bob ” signs of spring are everywhere.

The fifth-graders at Grand Lake Elementary are raising money for their Camp High Trails Educational field trip. They are hosting a spaghetti dinner/silent auction at school on Thursday, March 26. There are two seating times, 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. You can purchase tickets from any fifth-grader. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for kids. Please come and enjoy a fun community event and support our fifth-graders. The fifth-graders thank you.

Art Out of Thin Air, a networking group of local artists, is meeting at Caroline’s Cuisine on Thursday, March 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Patty Alander will demonstrate how easy it is to start a blog. Those interested should bring a laptop if possible, along with some pictures for the blog that are saved on their computer or a disk. There will probably be plenty of people with no interest in creating a blog, too. Anyone who does any kind of visual art should come and find out what this group is all about.

Saturday, March 28, celebrate the release of Peggy Mann’s new CD “Grace Notes” at the Grand Lake Community House at 7 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at the Grand Lake Art Gallery. Be sure to purchase in advance as seating is limited. Be one of the first to own her new CD.

Because the first show is nearly sold out, a second show has been added on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Adult tickets are $12.50 each and youth tickets are $5. The CD was written and recorded in Peggy’s new recording studio called “Mann-Made Studios,” which will be open for business in the near future. The songs are all spiritually based and inspired by her own deeper spiritual walk with God.

Cabin Fever Follies is coming up in April. Don’t be a shrinking violet. Work up your act and make sure you appear in this local talent show put on in Grand Lake by the Grand Arts Council. If you want to be one of the acts please contact Jan Sears at 887-0339 or Linda Carlson at 627-3895 right away. The show time is limited and you don’t want to be left out. The show is April 25, so you need to start practicing now. You may also purchase an ad in the program. Contact Schelly Olson at 720-371-9358.

Congratulations to the Grand Arts Council on the extremely successful grand opening event held last Saturday night. More than 150 people attended the grand opening concert at the Grand Arts Center on Park Avenue in Grand Lake. The new facility is now open for classes, meetings and other community events.

May that old bluebird of happiness fly up your nose.

” Cathy Walton-Smith,

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