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Cathy Walton-Smith: Summer is almost over – have you taken advantage?

Cathy Walton-Smith
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All year long, we pine for the summer months. Our season for boating, fishing, cookouts and more time to play and have fun. Here it is August and there is only one more month until the end of summer. Have we taken advantage of our beautiful summer? Most of us have been busy working ” making sure all our visitors have a great summer. But, try not to see it as having only one month left to get it all in. Relax, take a breath, and remember we live here.

Grand Lake is ours all year round. Living here is better than just about anywhere else. We get to choose anytime during the year to do all the things our visitors try to do in a weekend or a week. Our fun happens every day in everything we do. It just doesn’t get any better than that.

If you’re not too busy, there are some great activities going on elsewhere in the county this week. Load the kids into the car and take a drive over to Kremmling for the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo. The big events include the Junior Rodeo tonight at 6 p.m., Demolition Derby tomorrow at 7 p.m., Rodeo, concert and Livestock sale on Saturday, and the big CPRA Rodeo on Sunday at 1 p.m. The kids will love visiting the animals and you will be impressed with all the local talent displayed in the exhibit hall.

Take a step back in time at the Medicine Waters Mountain Man Rendezvous at Snow Mountain Ranch/YMCA of the Rockies. It’s free, and open fro 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Sunday. The event includes authentic trading tents (with cool stuff you can’t buy anywhere else), encampments with real Indian tipi’s, a working blacksmith shop, black powder demonstrations and historic reenactments. This is an experience not to be missed.

Everything old is new again. There is a new convenience store now open on Highway 34 where many old time residents remember there was one in a “blue building” over 20 years ago. Jerry Pound and Diana Chika are the owners of Indian Spirit Trading Post ” where you can trade your dollars for the things you need without having to drive to one end of the road or the other. They’ve got a little bit of just about all the necessities from milk to beer and bait to lottery tickets. They’re open every day from 7 a.m. ” you can get a breakfast burrito ” to 7 p.m. Fill up your propane tank for the barbecue. How convenient is that?

The next Grand Lake Art Walk is Aug. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. Stop by the Grand Lake Art Gallery for some light refreshments and view local artist Patty Alander demonstrate the fun art of creating jewelry with Precious Metal Clay. This unique material is made up of powered fine metals and an organic binder. You create pieces as you would if you were using clay, they’re dried and fired and you’re left with .999 fine metal jewelry. Other locations on the Art Walk are ” Rustic Urn, Howard Neville, Mine Design and Jack Straw. Start at any one of these locations ” it’s free.

The Brown Bag Book Group will meet at the Juniper Library next Thursday, Aug. 14, at 12:30 p.m. They will discuss “Love in the Time of Cholera,” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. You still have time to read this Nobel Prize winning work and bring your lunch and join a lively discussion.

Memorial Weekend is just around the corner. Save Sunday, Aug. 31, for “Tombstone Tales.” Tickets will be going on sale soon for this annual re-enactment of historic characters at our own Grand Lake Cemetery. Shows are starting earlier this year in an effort to avoid the risk of a downpour. The starting time is moved up to 11:00 am., with a new show starting every half hour with the last show at 2:30 p.m. The Grand Lake Art Gallery is selling tickets or call Barbara Ahrens at (970) 627-3097. This year’s former citizens will be James W. Mitchell and his wife Polly Yarger Mitchell; Doc Duty, Carolyn Pratt Holzworth, Henry Schnoor and Teina Lehman.

Today we celebrate the 15th anniversary of year the General and I tied the knot. It’s a mystery to me why he’s stayed all these years.

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