Cyndi Palmer: On catching some winks |

Cyndi Palmer: On catching some winks

Getting a good night’s rest can be a dream come true. Even though humans don’t hibernate, this down time in the Rockies called fall is the perfect time to catch up on some much-needed sleep before Grand County swings into its festive winter season.

After an incredible summer, with what seemed like back-to-back-to back weekend events, now’s the time to re-energize for the next lively season of entertainment. Tips to get a better night’s rest include daily exercise, staying away from eating late and doing various activities in your bed (aside from the bed-appropriate of course, wink wink), and setting (and adhering to) a certain bedtime.

The Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre can sleep a little easier now that it has raised $500,000 in the last six months to meet a $500,000 challenge gift from “The Residents of Grand Lake.” So far, the company’s “Raise the Curtain! A New Stage for RMRT” campaign has raised $2.4 million toward its $5.5 million new theatre project goal. RMRT is currently applying for foundation grants to continue the fundraising and the RMRT Board of Trustees is looking to reach the $4 million goal by the end of 2008. Coming up with the next $1.4 million by Dec. 31, company manager Chad Scott said, will allow the company to break ground next spring. He extends “a heartfelt thank you to everyone who is helping to make our dream a reality.”

Local musician Yaniv Salzberg should be back in town this weekend.

Tonight and tomorrow’s 8 p.m. shows of “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” are the last two RMRT performances of the season in Grand Lake, and Grand Theatre Company in Winter Park has just five performances of “Honky Tonk Laundry” (shows are at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19, 20, 25, 26 and the final show is Sept. 27).

Another artistic event that might catch your fancy is an art exhibition of John Lennon’s artwork entitled “Working Class Hero, A Look into John’s Life through his Artwork” presented by Legacy Fine Art Productions and Yoko Ono at a space located at 902 Pearl St. in Boulder. The exhibit is scheduled Sept. 26 to 28 and will feature hand-signed pieces and limited-edition prints showcasing Lennon’s messages of peace, hope and love and the internationally acclaimed exhibit includes the largest collection of Lennon’s work on paper ever assembled. Proceeds benefit the Emergency Family Assistance Association.

Also, keep an eye on band Outformation, which has been touring with local musician Stefan. Friends were excited to see him back this week in the county for about a month and to hear that keyboardist C.R. has been working on a song for late One Time keyboardist “Craigy T” Thompson. The band played the song, called “One More Time,” for the first time in Madison, Wisc. a couple weeks ago and it will be featured on a CD coming out possibly by the end of this year.

Food for thought: “Most people do not consider dawn to be an attractive experience – unless they are still up.” – Ellen Goodman

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