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Cyndi Palmer: Clocks changed, nightlife still ticking

Cyndi Palmer
A Face in the Crowd

The times sure have changed, especially in Grand County. But there is no need to fall back into some sort of winter hibernation. Grand County’s nightlife is serving up several delectables to fill up on each and every season.

With the sun down a little earlier and our clear Colorado skies, time is at an optimum for night-sky viewing. Plus there’s a new moon starting tonight. Local astronomy guru Guy Larson has put together a telescope program for youth at the Granby Library Thursday, Nov. 15. See the calendar listings for more information.

Also in the stars is the kick-off concert for the Grand County Concert Series. Guitarists

Masakazu Ito and Jeff LaQuatra rev up Grand County Concert Series’ 2007-08 winter schedule with a classical duo performance Nov. 9 in Tabernash. This is Ito and LaQuatra’s second performance in the county and the duo is excited to return to where they first performed together. A reception with light refreshments is scheduled to follow the concert. The Series also offers five more concerts. Season tickets went on sale this week.

Two more performances of the classic musical “Hello, Dolly!” will be staged at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 in the Middle Park High School auditorium in Granby. Almost 50 students make up the cast and crew. The play is about riches and romance and is set in the late 1800s with extravagant costumes. The score is filled with uplifting songs and lyrics with classic musical numbers to include “Put On Your Sunday Clothes,” “Ribbons Down My Back,” “It Only Takes a Moment” and “So Long, Dearie.” Tickets are only $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Time has been kind to Joy-Ha and Irina Threats who run the Stage Coach Bed and Breakfast in Hot Sulphur Springs. I learned this week that, just shortly after they announced opened their cafe to the public for breakfast and lunch, they are now also open for dinner. The menu is intriguing and the place is worth a visit. The couple is pleased to announce they are offering live music each week as well, by such musicians as Bart the Artist and Rik and Emily Johnson.

Many residents and visitors enjoyed the Grand County Blues Society’s Big Food Drive and Tab Benoit benefit concert for the Mountain Family Center last Saturday.

About 250 people came to support the center and see the show. More than $1,000 in cash donations and 1,000 pounds of food was donated for the good cause.

“There has never, ever been so much food brought in (to the center),” said Jill Korkowski, executive director for the center. “It’s stunning. It’s cool how the arts can reach out and help people who are struggling. This isn’t a community, it’s a family.”

So far this year, the Mountain Family Center has helped 14,500 people and continues to collect and offer assistance during the upcoming difficult holiday seasons. Food baskets are available for those who are interested. The Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce also continues to collect donations for the center up until Thanksgiving. To help out or receive assistance, call (970) 725-3257.

For those who missed the blues sounds of Tab Benoit this time around, I just got word that he’s returning for a concert on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008. Lucky us. I don’t know about you, but I’ve already marked next year’s calendar for the event.

Other future events to look forward to include the monthly murder mystery dinner parties at the Bears Den in Grand Lake. The next program is scheduled Dec. 29 and the Bears Den is also hosting breakfast with Santa Dec. 8 and a cowboy jamboree on New Year’s Eve. Don’t forget the owners will also customize a murder mystery dinner for customers, with costumes also available for loan for the event. To keep up, visit http://www.thebearsdenrestaurant.net.

The fall up here in the Rocky Mountain area is one of the most beautiful times to take in every moment and breathe in what Colorado has to offer. Before we know it, it will be ski season. For all you clock watchers out there like me, we have less than one week before the Winter Park Ski Area opens (Wednesday, Nov. 14).

That means the teams at Winter Park Resort have about 120 hours to kick those snowmakers into high gear. As for me, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the real white stuff and encouraged everyone else to do the same.

Maybe through our collective wishing, there will be fresh powder next week.


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