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Cathy Walton-Smith: Start thawing your turkey on Sunday

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

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and here’s a little tip from Martha Stewart: You can’t cook a frozen turkey. If you don’t get that bird out of the freezer and into the refrigerator on Sunday, there’s a good chance it will still be frozen on Thanksgiving. If there is no room in your refrigerator you can take your chances and put it on your deck railing. However, that is pretty risky when you add coyotes and the neighborhood dogs into the formula. Also, you could get a serious stomachache if this heat wave keeps up.

I have never tried thawing a turkey with a hair dryer. However, I have resorted to soaking them in warm water. That works pretty good if you have time to keep changing the water. Unless you have a really small turkey, it won’t fit in the microwave. Just do the right thing and put it in the fridge on Sunday. That way, it’s a no brainer.

Thanksgiving weekend marks the kick-off to Olde Fashioned Christmas with several major shopping events. The Craft Bazaar will be held in the Elementary School gym on Friday and Saturday will be filled with our counties best selection of hand made items. There will be several new additions this year including a booth for the Grand Arts Council with some great holiday items plus tickets will be on sale for the drawing for the latest quilt, hand made and donated to the Grand Arts Council by Linda Carlson. 

The Kauffman House Museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 28 and 29. Come to see the Chistmas decorations, including more than 100 angels throughout the museum. Refreshments will be available in the gallery, along with some special music provided by an 1870 Polyphone. Admission is by donation, as usual. The great decorations should put us all in the mood for the holidays.

The Grand Lake Art Gallery and artist Annie Surbeck are requesting your help for the Mountain Family Center Food Banks in Hot Sulphur Springs and Kremmling. Annie has donated a beautiful framed original watercolor (valued at $150). To be entered into a drawing for a chance to win, please bring two canned food items to The Grand Lake Art Gallery. Fill out the entry form and await your chance to

win the painting. A drawing will be held Jan. 2. Any non-perishable food items are appreciated but much needed items include: Peanut Butter, Tuna or Chicken, Soup, Fruit, Vegetables and Noodles. For more information, contact the Gallery at (970) 627-3104 or stop by 1117 Grand Avenue in Grand Lake.

The annual “Delicious Dishes” fundraising dinner Christmas Project is coming up on Dec. 9 from 5 to 9 p.m. with music by Steve Cormey. Mark your calendars for this great chicken and biscuit dinner at the Daven Haven Lodge. A $10 donation will get you a great dinner followed by a desert and craft auction. For more information and to donate to the auction, call Kathy Lewis at (970) 627-8580. All funds raised will be given to local families in need.

The Grand Lake Trailgroomers are looking for volunteer Trail Hosts to patrol the extensive snowmobile trail system west of Grand Lake. These volunteers provide visitors to the trail system with information and assistance. An informational meeting will be held at the groomer’s shed on County Rd. 4 this Saturday at 10 a.m. Coffee and donuts will be served up along with an opportunity to see the grooming equipment and discuss this volunteer opportunity. For more info call Steve Armstead at (970) 627-1741.

Tickets are now on sale for the Independent Sports Club Holiday Gala to be held at Caroline’s Cuisine on Saturday, Nov. 29. Cocktails are at 6 p.m. with a full buffet dinner at 7 p.m. Dance to the music of 3rd Time Luck and bid on both silent and live auctions items or win a door prize. The cost is $50 per person and tickets are available at all Grand Mountain Bank locations or by calling Dee at (970) 627-5078 or Laura at (970) 887-1282. Black tie is optional.

The Chamber is gearing up plans to dramatically expand Western Weekend/Buffalo BBQ.  Ideas being discussed include expanding the event to three days, expand the number of food vendors, moving the event to the lakefront, hosting a “parade” of lighted boats, adding country western musical acts and adding a Ferris wheel, other carnival rides and other activities for kids. If you would like to be part of a committee to help plan an expanded Western Weekend, join chairwoman, Karen Wood (Grand Lake Brewing Company) on Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. at the Grand Lake Visitors Center for the first planning meeting. Contact Brad Taylor at the Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, 627-3402 if you have any questions. 

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