Cathy Walton-Smith: When some get daffodils, we get mud |

Cathy Walton-Smith: When some get daffodils, we get mud

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

Welcome to the new Monday edition of View From the Lake. From now on, Ill be trying to fill you in on events in Grand Lake for the week ahead and even some advance notices. Of course, I cant help but also throw in my opinion on all thats going on. Now that my deadline is moved up to the Friday before, Ill be counting, more than ever, on getting the scoop from you. Please send your e-mails to me at you enjoyed our little heat wave last week. Even though Mother Nature was just teasing, it was our first sign that spring is just around the corner. It was also a reminder that we get mud when others get daffodils. Of course, we can pretty much count on having our great meltdown during the time our community plays host to snowmobile professionals from around the world.The Snow Shoot 2010 is in Grand Lake once again for the third year for the next couple of weeks. This is a private media event hosted by our town and the Chamber of Commerce. Although most of us will not be allowed to participate in the actual event, there are many opportunities for us to show off. All businesses are encouraged to stay open extended hours. There will be magazine and other media representatives here writing about and photographing Grand Lake, and we need to show our best side. It is anticipated that several hundred people will participate in this event and they will all be in town to shop, eat and even stay for awhile. Please dont hesitate to introduce yourself and tell one of our stories.March is snowshoeing month in Rocky Mountain National Park. Meet at the Kawuneeche Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. on these Saturdays: March 7, 14 & 28, to get in on the fun. Call 627-3471 for more info.The next Full Moon Ski is 5-9 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Grand Lake Golf Course Touring Center. Enjoy an evening of cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and tubing. A unique opportunity to enjoy the stillness of night just the sound of you swooshing along. Relax at the campfire or in the lodge by the fireplace. Complimentary hot chocolate and marshmallows. Also offering warm, tasty chili at the lodge. Trail passes from 5-9 p.m. are $10 for adults and $5 for children 17 and under. Rentals are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 17 and under.On Saturday, March 21, plan to join the Grand Opening celebration of the newly renovated Grand Arts Center on Park Avenue in Grand Lake. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with facility tours, silent auction, door prizes, food, libations, and a free concert. An Original Americana Hootenanny. Kort McCumber knows, writes, plays, and sings good songs steeped in tradition, honed over a musical lifetime and brought to life in the present. Americana at its best, equal parts folk, country blues and bluegrass with a healthy dose of something fresh. Good songs well rendered. You dont want to miss this one.New doctor Theres a new doctor whos set up shop in Grand Lake. Its been awhile since weve been able to get medical advice and treatment in town. Dr. Beau Ellis has opened a Wellness Center on Pitkin Street right near the Kauffman House Museum. He seems to be taking the old fashioned approach dropping in on folks around town and getting to know us all I like that. His approach seems to be from the direction of staying healthy which I also like. Please take the time to visit with him and learn what services he offers our community. You can call Dr. Beau at (612) 860-6832 or go to his Web site at youre out and about this week ask Dinah Brown about rearranging furniture … ask the Grand Lake Brewing Company how they recycle their used grain … and ask Keith Lawson if hes delivered all his Girl Scout cookies.HomebuyersView my real estate blog at Choose blogs from under the opinion tab. Read the latest on the current state of real estate in the Grand County area. Check it out and send me your comments to You can also use that e-mail address to send news for this column.

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