Cathy Walton Smith – The season is here: Snow or not |

Cathy Walton Smith – The season is here: Snow or not

Cathy Walton Smith/View from the Lake
Grand County, CO, Colorado

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas! As I sit writing this on Sunday morning, it’s trying to snow outside. The sky is overcast and a light, hazy snow is dusting the ground. Could this be the storm we’ve been waiting for? We’ve done the snow dances, said the snow prayers, and studied the signs in the heavens. By the time you are reading this, we’ll know if all that worked. If not, keep on dreaming.

Whether we have snow or not, we certainly have cold. And the schedule of events taking us through the end of the year in Grand Lake moves on. Here are some of those events:

Help others by attending the Delicious Dishes dinner benefit for the Mountain Family Center at the Daven Haven – this Thursday, Dec. 10 from 5-9 p.m. Delicious Dishes also needs donations of handcrafted Christmas items and other silent auciton Items (services, photos or artwork, holiday baked goods, or other items). They can be dropped off at Grand Lake Town Hall. Please put a “value” on each gift.

Breakfast with Santa takes place from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12 at the Bears Den. Celebrate holiday fun with prizes, a delicious family breakfast, photo opportunity with Santa himself, and more. Breakfast is $10 – adults and $5 – child, and 10 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Grand Arts Council. Call 627-3385 for reservations.

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Fire engine rides with Santa – 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 12 at the Town Park, or get onboard after breakfast at the Bears Den.

Grand Lake Elementary Christmas Program takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, cute, cute, cute; don’t miss this!

Holiday Melodrama, December 26-31, go to and pay through PayPal, wow!

Don’t forget the Diamonds in the Sky fireworks show over Grand Lake at precisely midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Tickets are now on sale for the Holiday Melodrama, “Peril at Pumpernickel Pass.” This annual Grand Arts Council Production will be held once again at the Grand Lake Community House theater at 8 p.m. nightly, Dec. 26-31. I’ve seen some of the rehearsing, and this promises to be one of the best shows ever. Tickets are available at Never Summer Mountain Products and online through PayPal at Will the villain foil the day? Will the sweet young thing find her own true love? Will our hero save the day? Don’t miss this year’s production.

Have you missed Moby’s singing and storytelling since the end of Summer? So let’s say you have 26 minutes and seconds before you gotta go somewhere…just go to You Tube and do a look up for mobyman… click on the playlist… you’ll get a short collection of songs and a story or two. Kinda relaxes you, no violence to speak of…no cussing…just relaxing…enjoy.

Thinking about helping a family this holiday season? The Mountain Family Center has a program that matches anonymous family sponsors with families who would not otherwise be able to celebrate Christmas this year. Call (970) 725-3257. And most importantly: If you know of a Grand County family that is struggling, please encourage them to call the Center.

Many of our favorite restaurants will be open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Check back here for details next week.

The committee has decided on an Olympic theme for Winter Carnival this year since the real Olympics start the following weekend. Winter Carnival will be on Saturday, Feb. 6. Imagine this: Opening Ceremonies – parade with torch and Olympic music. Games – envision all the event participants carrying on with the theme, representing a country of their choice with flags and costumes to match. Even make up a country if you want. Snow Sculptures – All the merchants in town need to get behind this one. The town should look like the Olympic International Village. With lots of flags outside and great snow sculptures. The restaurants could go with their country theme the week before and after with special meals and drinks of your country, etc. Closing Ceremony would be the dance with medals given for the events of the day. Keep thinking of more ideas and email them to Suzi Maki at

Keep doing that snow dance!

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