Cathy Walton-Smith – Top o’ the morning, green beer and all that |

Cathy Walton-Smith – Top o’ the morning, green beer and all that

Cathy Walton-Smith / View from the LakeGrand Lake, CO Colorado

It seems that St. Patrick’s Day is more celebrated in America than in Ireland. It’s the perfect holiday for us, whether there’s Irish blood in our veins or not. Just mix up any combination of the following: Green clothing, parades, Irish blessings and toasts, fiddle music . . . add green beer or Irish whiskey . . . and let the fun begin! With the big day falling on a Wednesday this year, expect a full week of festivities.Grand County’s favorite Irish band, Claddagh, will include Thursday night at the Circle H in it’s weeklong schedule of shows. All winter long, this venue for performance and fine art has been such a treat. Owner April Hilton is working on some special attractions to help the Irish and their friends celebrate. Check out the Claddagh website at following week closes the winter events with a performance of a local couple from the Fraser area, “Ali & Brian Grayson.” Having heard rave reviews from many locals, it should be another special night. Tara Smith, painter and Middle Park High School art teacher, will be the featured artist.St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 signals the annual spaghetti feast fundraiser for the Grand Lake Fireworks. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. at the Bears Den and will go on into the night with entertainment by Steve Cormey and the Grand Chorale. There will be a live benefit auction and lots of good food, including corned beef and cabbage. Admission is $12-adult and $6- kids under 12, and it’s for a great cause. To donate items for the auction call Doris at 970-531-0099.The Grand Lake Women’s Club will meet on Thursday, March 18, at the Fire Station at 1 p.m. The guest speaker will be Marilyn Binkley, who will talk about winter birds. All women are welcome to attend.Believe it or not, the ’09-’10 Nordic ski season at GLMRD is nearing an end already. Weather permitting, they will be open through Sunday, March 21 and then will officially close for the season. So, don’t wait – get out and enjoy a few more glides, the spectacular views and the crisp Rocky Mountain air – before the season ends. For more information call the Nordic Center at 970-627-8008.If summer theater is your thing, sign up now for The Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre auditions for guest artists on Sunday, March 21, in the Grand Lake Community House. This season, guest artist roles are available in Carousel and Thoroughly Modern Millie. There are a number of children needed for Carousel. Everyone should bring their own sheet music in the right key. Appointments are needed, call the RMRT office at 970-627-5087.Attend a free workshop from 5:30-9:30 p.m. next Monday, March 22, at the Granby Community Center. Are you thinking about buying a home, but not sure how to get started? You’re not sure if you can qualify for a loan in today’s market? This class will help prepare you to become a successful homeowner. Find out if you qualify for down payment assistance or special loan programs or new tax credit programs that are available. Call the Grand County Housing Authority at 725-3071 or register online at Signs of spring: Daylight Saving Time!

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