Cathy Walton-Smith: Still clinging to the tiny pockets of Indian Summer |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Still clinging to the tiny pockets of Indian Summer

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

Everybody knows that my favorite season is summer. This time of year, we can mark the days and know that “summer” is about to end, but I can still find little pockets of it on any given day.

As I’m writing this, the prediction is for a foot of snow. But, I’m still feeling the Indian Summer and refusing to wear a coat. Trail Ridge Road is still open through Rocky Mountain National Park and I can’t remember when we could last say that in November. No doubt it will be closed for the year by the time this is in print. We said goodbye to daylight saving time this week, and I’m still getting used to darkness creeping up at 5 p.m. But it’s good to have that extra daylight in the morning. Take these few extra days of summer to put away the hummingbird feeder, clean up the trash, winterize your car and shake the dust off your winter coat. The ski slopes are about to open and we will have winter once again this year.

Although, if this is global warming, then I’m liking it.

We sure know how to have fun in Grand Lake. Halloween is just that kind of goofy holiday where everyone can get in on the fun. The scavenger hunt organized by Vicki at the Bear’s Den and all the other merchants was a huge success. Whole families were dressed in costume and making the rounds. The competition was hot for some amazing prizes with over 80 participants. First and second place winners were Katie and Kelly Helming, winning the grand prizes of a 20″ color TV donated by the Bear’s Den and a $50 savings bond from Grand Mountian Bank. Josie Gasner won the MP3 player from ERA and Brit Herndon won the tote bag from the Grand Lake Fire Department.

There were also several baskets full of toys, candy and other goodies donated by Mountain Food Market, Grand Embellishments and other merchants. Winners were Rowan and Damien Kern, Alissa Brown, Simon and Ruby Bertrow, Savannah Hickox, Rianna, Hilton, Chris Cox, Brittane and Garett Marr, Sebastian Smith and Garrett Robbins.

The board of the Grand Arts Council, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), has pledged over $100,000 in personal loans and gifts to help open the Grand Arts Center. Board President Barbara Ahrens said that while “the generosity of the board will bring us almost to completion of the interior, another $100,000 is still needed to create a facility of which everyone in Grand County can be proud. The main focus now has to be on the final touches inside and exterior improvements.” 

Judging for the Grand Lake Elementary Halloween art contest is on-going at the Bear’s Den. Stop by any time in the next couple of weeks and cast your votes (at $1 each) for your favorite works of art. All funds raised are for school activities. You’ll be amazed at the variety of artistic talent.

Renovations to the lower level of the Grand Arts Center on Park Avenue are nearly complete, made possible by support from individual donors, grants and fundraising by the Arts Council. Over 8,000 square feet of classrooms, meeting space and catering kitchen will be available to the community as a venue for concerts, artists’ shows and as an arts incubator, offering local artists affordable studio and classroom space. In addition, the building also will be available to the wider community for such gatherings as meetings, small conferences, wedding receptions and family reunions.

The Grand Arts Council is asking you to join them in beautifying the exterior of the building and adding the final finishing touches inside. For more information about donating money or specific gifts toward completion of this community gathering place, contact the GAC at (970) 627-3097.

The Brown Bag Book Group will meet at the Grand Lake Juniper Library next Thursday, Nov. 13, at 12:30 p.m. for a discussion of “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” by Khaled Hosseini. “This is one of those unforgettable stories that stays with you for years. All the great themes of literature and life are the fabric of this extraordinary novel” love, honor, guilt , fear, redemption.” Check it out today and join in the fun.

Congratulations to Marv Fischer on being awarded the Grand Lake Rotary Club’s “Citizen of the Year.” I hope Marv understands that he will now be required to ride in a convertible in all parades and be the master of ceremonies whenever the occasion arises.

The Grand Arts Council, Central City Opera and CU Opera presents “Opera Rocks the Rockies,” this Saturday night at the Church of the Eternal Hills in Tabernash. This 90 minute concert includes scenes from LaBoheme, A Little Night Music, Lucia di Lammermoor and Candide. We are seriously “opera deprived” in Grand County. Here is your chance to come and enjoy the music. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, available at the Grand Lake Art Gallery, Elk Horn Art Gallery in Winter Park and Streamside Art in Granby or at the door. Sponsors include Mountain Parks Electric, Real Estate of Winter Park, Grand Mountain Bank, Brad Taylor, Andrea Cox – RE/MAX Resorts of Grand County, Century 21 Winter Park Real Estate, Cathy Walton-Smith – Century 21 Grand Lake and US Bank.

Happy November birthdays to the boys on County Road 41 ” Scott Turan, Matt Woody, Jack Apking, and the General. Also, to Tim Thorpe and Tricia MacDonald.

All Grand County senior citizens are encouraged to join for lunch every Wednesday at noon, at The Bear’s Den in Grand Lake. The cost per person is just $5 and includes desert. They tell me I’m old enough.

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