Cyndi Palmer: Early snows haven’t cooled down happenings |

Cyndi Palmer: Early snows haven’t cooled down happenings

Ah … the early snows have been beautiful and I love winter or I wouldn’t be here, but Steve Cormey’s song “Somewhere With a Beach” is striking a particularly strong chord with me already.

But it’s nice to see that the cold weather hasn’t cooled off the hot happenings around here.

The big-ticket item for this week is the Grand Blues Society’s Big Food Drive and Tab Benoit concert Nov. 3. The event, which includes monetary and food collections during the day at various locations, rounds out with what should be an incredible performance by Benoit.

The musician said he doesn’t really rehearse his shows, so each one is spontaneous and unique.

I got the opportunity to go to his Voice of the Wetlands benefit concert a couple years back and, sure enough, I was out on the dance floor with everyone else. The soft-spoken Southern boy is sure to brighten up the evening.

He’s becoming very popular, so I wouldn’t advise waiting too long to get tickets. Plus, the food you bring and the money you spend goes to a good cause ” the local Mountain Family Center.

See the story on page 4 for more information.

There’s also the Middle Park High School play “Hello, Dolly!” which starts Thursday.

I’ve had the opportunity to see it on the stage in Grand Lake with the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre and it’s really a cute, upbeat story line. Plus, you get to support about 40 local kids who make up the cast and crew.

There are quite a few local bands playing around the county to support as well.

The Lariat Saloon in Grand Lake hosts several bands on a regular rotation, including John Brown on Tuesday nights, Steve Cormey on Friday and Saturday nights, and Back Porch Light on Sunday evenings. This week’s highlight is Nine-Toed Bob and The Stragglers, who play on Thursday nights.

Nine-Toed or “Chocolate” Bob (because he used to run the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory) and the guys that join him on stage are incredible musicians.

I especially like their bluegrass-style covers.

Bob is pretty entertaining all by himself. I’ve seen him pour stacks of tumblers at a time as a bartender, and I just know there is a juicy story behind his lost toe ” the band’s namesake.

I hope everyone had a spooktacular Halloween. I couldn’t wait to see what all my friends and neighbors were dressing up as this year. I dressed up as a nun, a fail-safe in my costume collection.

My favorite costumes I saw this year included a Wheaties cereal box with a hole for the person’s face to appear, and Zoltar the Fortune Teller. I’m already thinking ahead for next year … and someday I will get my Oompa Loompa costume together.

As always, I encourage anyone to contact me about upcoming events.

We’ve got some big holiday seasons coming up and I want to include as many activities as I can on these pages and in the calendar.

Best way to reach me is through e-mail at

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