Cyndi Palmer: Taking a leap of faith |

Cyndi Palmer: Taking a leap of faith

Now is the time to think forward and leap into action as season tickets and package deals go on sale tomorrow for Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre’s 2008 season of live theatre in Grand Lake.

This summer, the company presents the classic musical “Oklahoma!” (which opens June 13), musical comedy “Urinetown,” and “Big! The Musical.” Its fall production is “Why Do Fools Fall In Love?”

Guest artist auditions were held last weekend and the cast and crew will be announced soon.

For ticket information, call (970) 627-5087 or visit

Those reaping the benefits of taking a leap of faith include the Cedar Ridge Ramblers, who came out to showcase some of their talent during last week’s open mic competition at the Rocky Mountain Roastery in Fraser. Ali Grayson, the local musician who organizes entertainment for the coffee shop, said last Friday’s show was a lot of fun and 16 individuals/bands took the stage for the friendly challenge. At the end of the night, the audience voted for the Cedar Ridge Ramblers to come back to play a full show tonight. The group consists of four locals: Bill Schade, lead guitar and vocals; Jim Hoyhtya, banjo and vocals; Nick Schade, bass guitar; and Mike Crosby on the fiddle. (You might know the Schades from band Midnight Special.) The Ramblers’ sound encompasses classic old-timey music and bluegrass.

Another of this week’s musical highlights includes the Grand County Blues Society’s 100th concert, featuring Memphis blues legend Reba Russell and the Reba Russell Band. Not only is the 100th person admitted free, but GCBS is giving away a $50 gift certificate to have its moose logo tattooed on the winner at Wild West Tattoo in Granby.

Blues musician Eden Brent of Mississippi opens the show as the guest artist and, if you like what you hear, you can catch Brent among the impressive list for this summer’s Blues from the Top festival.

The Sky-Hi Daily News is a major sponsor of the Sixth Annual Blues from the Top music festival, brought together through the efforts of dedicated volunteers from the GCBS. This year’s lineup includes two days of blues headliners – Eden Brent, Jimmy Thackery, Joe Bonamassa, Jimmy Hall, Larry Garner, Deanna Bogart, Bob Margolin, Jason Ricci, Zak Harmon, Soulmate, John-Alex Mason, Tommy Shannon, George Rains and Johnny Winter (who was a main act at Woodstock and signed what is believed to be one of the biggest blues recording contracts in history in the 1960s).

The event, which runs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 28 and 29, kicks off the first series of concerts at Hideaway Park in Winter Park and is expected to attract around 2,000 music fans. A Prefest Party is scheduled to precede the celebration June 27 with Margolin and special guests at Smokin’ Moe’s.

Additional sponsors are being sought to help make the Blues from the Top VI and other GCBS programs all they can be. For more information, visit

On the culinary scene in the county, Ian Daugherty has things hopping at the bakery in Granby. He has added several new items to the menu, including biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos and parfaits. He’s also now offering delivery as far as Windy Gap to the west, the top of Coffee Divide to the north, and to the top of Red Dirt toward the southeast for only $2 extra. Can you imagine actually being able to have a couple gourmet pizzas delivered? That’s definitely a service in demand in these parts and it’s nice Ian is jumping in and fulfilling some of the demand.

The Pearl Dragon II is also scheduled to open its doors Saturday if everything goes well with the final inspection. The menu will be the same as what’s offered in Granby, except beer and wine will be available at the Fraser location.

Food for thought: “When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap.” – author Cynthia Heimel

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