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Cathy Walton-Smith: Winter’s here, snow’s flying " time to make ice cream

Cathy Walton-Smith
View from the Lake
Grand Lake, Colorado

Well, I hope you’re happy . . . we got snow. We won’t be seeing the ground again until sometime in April. But, we wouldn’t all be here if it wasn’t for the fluffy white stuff. Here is one yummy thing you can do with it that’s fun with the kids at this time of year ” Snow Ice Cream.

Make sure all ingredients are very cold and use a large metal bowl and mixing spoon. Mix together 1 cup cold milk or half-and-half, 1 large egg – beaten, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla and a pinch of salt. Mix in clean, fresh, snow one cup at a time until all liquid is blended in. You need to work fast. Eat immediately.

The next few weeks are filled with Olde Fashioned Christmas activities in Grand Lake. Make time on these dates to join in the fun.

This Saturday, Dec. 6 ” Grand Chorale ” famous barbershop chorus, 7 p.m. at Grand Lake’s Community House.

This Tuesday, Dec. 9 ” The annual “Delicious Dishes” fundraising dinner Christmas Project at the Daven Haven Lodge from 5 to 9 p.m. with music by Steve Cormey.

Don’t miss this great chicken and biscuit dinner. A $10 donation will get you a great dinner followed by a desert and craft auction. For more information and to donate to the auction, call Kathy Lewis at (970) 627-8580. All funds raised will be given to the Mountain Family Center.

Juniper Library Adult Programs continue through December. Next Thursday, Dec. 11, 12:30 p.m., join the Brown Bag Book Group in reading The New Year’s Quilt, by Jennifer Chiaverini.  “A seasonally-themed Elm’s Creek Quilt tale finds (a) master quilter…tackling a new quilt for her reluctant daughter-in-law that depicts holiday memories of Elk Creek manor.” ~annotation from the publisher. Holiday lunch and book exchange- call Edie at Juniper Library, (970) 627-8353 for details.

On Saturday, Dec. 13 ” Breakfast with Santa ” 8 a.m. at the Bears Den, celebrate holiday fun with prizes, a delicious family breakfast, photo opportunity with Santa himself, and more. Breakfast is $10 – adult and $5 – child, 10 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the Grand Arts Council. Call (970) 627-3385 for reservations. Fire engine rides with Santa ” 11 a.m., Town Park. Christmas Festival of Music! Community Cantata ” 6:30 p.m. at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, followed by Candlelight Caroling, ending up at Trinity Church in the Pines for hot cocoa and cookies.

Sunday, Dec. 14 ” Christmas Pageant Musical program ” 6 p.m. at Grand Lake’s Community House, featuring the local talent of Peggy Mann, Brad Pregeant, High School Swing Choir, Elliott Family, Joe Rooyakkers, Stillwater Praise Team, Delia Bell, and JR Faivre. Live Nativity, indoors, immediately following.

Holiday Melodrama Dec. 26 to 31 ” Tickets are now on sale for “Stop That Villain” . . . or “Have You No Shame Rip Roquefort?” You can get tickets at Never Summer Mountain Products in Grand Lake and at the Granby Mini-Mart (gas and bus station) and Elk Horn Gallery in Winter Park. Show dates are Dec. 26 to 31. Adults – $15 each, kids under 12 – $8, a benefit for the Grand Arts Council at the Community House 8:00 p.m. each evening.  

The new art organization “Art Out of Thin Air” will hold its next meeting at Seven Trails Grille at the base of the Sol Vista Ski area tonight, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  They’ll be talking about upcoming shows and a few things they have in mind for the future of the coalition.  

I’ve finally got my official “blog” going online at Check it out under the Opinion tab. Since I can talk endlessly about buying and selling real estate in Grand County, that’s the basic topic. Take a look.

While you’re out and about this week ask Carla Booth what it’s like being on TV . . . ask Scott Turan if it’s colder in Minneapolis . . . and ask Bernie McGinn how to repair a broken Christmas tree.

New Year’s Eve ” Fireworks over Grand Lake at Midnight.

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