Cathy Walton-Smith: Why, oh why, do I love Grand Lake? |

Cathy Walton-Smith: Why, oh why, do I love Grand Lake?

It ain’t Paris ” but I love Grand Lake in the spring time. I love Grand Lake in the fall. I love Grand Lake in the summer, when it sizzles. I love Grand Lake in the winter, when it drizzles.

Why, oh why, do I love Grand Lake? Because, the great entertainers at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre are back in town. I heard a sampling of some of the great talent in store for us this year earlier this week at the “welcome back party.” Get your tickets now, before they sell out. You won’t be disappointed.

Opening Night of Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre’s 40th season is next week, June 13, at 8 p.m. with Oklahoma! This all-time favorite showcases some of the most beautiful songs ever written for the stage and has something for the entire family. Season tickets are still available at the box office. Call (970) 627-3421.

Through a “Small Steps” grant received from the Colorado Arts Council, Grand

County Business Economic Development Association (BEDA) and Neville Studio are hosting the Appreciation of the Arts and the Creative Community event. The first day of the event to be held on Friday, June 6, 6 p.m. at the Waters Edge (1007 Lake Ave., next to Miyauchi’s Snack Bar) will highlight speakers Aleem Kanji, Director at the Creative Class Group from Toronto, Canada and Allison Sarmo, Cultural Arts Coordinator from Grand Junction, Colorado. Aleem Kanji will speak on “The benefits of incorporating a Creative Economy in your community and seeking out the ‘Creative Class’.” Allison Sarmo’s topic is “Creating a Grand Community through Public Art and Creative Industries.”

The second day of the event will be held on Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m. at Circle H (6732 US Hwy 34) to celebrate the opening of a new “Creative Industry.” April Lang an Off Hand Glass Blowing Artist has created a glass blowing studio and will demonstrate her talent. Other local artists will have their works on display and for sale at both events. Be sure to stop by and check it out.

Grand County and the Town of Grand Lake are hosting a public meeting to inform citizens about various topics that are of interest and importance to the public welfare. The meeting will be held at the Grand Lake Elementary School this Saturday, June 7, from 2 to 5 p.m. Topics for discussion will include forest health issues, water matters, emergency management plans and invasive mussel species. Sounds like a meeting we don’t want to miss.

These past couple of weeks, it seems like Grand Lake has become “party central.” In keeping with that theme, it’s Debbie Bahan’s birthday this Monday, June 9. The Waconda is hosting a potluck dinner in celebration, starting at 5 p.m. Bring a dish to share and listen to the music of John Brown (he’ll be there every Monday evening) and try a “Monday Night Mohito” drink special. And don’t forget to ask Debbie how old she really is.

Grand Lake’s historic Yacht Club will be the venue for the third annual “Tops of the Rockies” fundraiser for the Juniper Library in Grand Lake. Sponsored by the Friends of the Grand County Library, Inc., this evening of entertainment will also feature wine tasting and light hors d’oeuvres as guests mingle among the decorated table tops. Set aside Friday, June 27, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $55 in advance, reserved on line at For more info call (970) 627-0557.

Don’t forget: The anniversary special going on at the Rapids through June 10; the Grand Lake Elementary School garage sale June 14; the Art and Architecture Home Tour, Saturday, June 28.

While you’re out and about this week, ask Dave Kafer why he looks so dapper . . . ask Egon Braun to demonstrate proper burger flipping . . . and ask the next person you meet if it’s summer yet.

Because life here is Grand.

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