Dad has a rich lifetime on which to reflect |

Dad has a rich lifetime on which to reflect

Cathy Walton-Smith / View from the LakeGrand Lake, CO Colorado

This week my Dad turns 85. He’s doing well, driving around Florida in his silver convertible. Looking back, I wonder how a person reflects on their own lifetime. What were the highlights?For my Dad, here’s what I’ve come up with: He turned 20 fighting the Germans in France in WWII … at 35 my parents discussed the need to build a bomb shelter … his 50th birthday included a trip to visit us in Alaska where we gardened in the midnight sun … the milestone in his 65th year was open heart by-pass surgery … my Mom passed away right before his 80th birthday. Through the years there have been love and heartache, depressions, recessions and abundance, world travel and stay-at-home vacations … but through it all, I’ve seen a very good life. Keep on keeping on, Dad.Tickets are now on sale for the Rockies/Braves baseball game on Aug. 23. Peggy Mann will be singing the National Anthem at that game, and a block of seats behind third base has been reserved by the Grand Arts Council so that all of Peggy’s fans can sit together. In addition, the Rockies are generously donating half of each ticket to the Grand Arts Council.The Independent Sports Club (ISC) of Grand Lake is seeking “gently used” item donations for its annual garage sale. Please call Merrie Coolen at 970-531-9307 before Aug. 20. The sale will take place Aug. 27-29 at the northwest corner of Highway 34 and Golf Course Road. This year, they are not accepting clothing or computers.The ISC was founded in 1981 with a mission to provide the youth of Grand County with opportunities to promote, support and sponsor their educational, athletic and social experiences. Since that time over $300,000 has been raised to help with scholarships and individual/group athletic programs.Today, be sure to stop by the Grand Lake Juniper Library at 6:30 p.m. for “The Power of Magic.” Erica Sodos presents magic, mind reading, & mystery, a fun evening for the whole family.On Thursday 6-8 p.m. there is another FREE Concert in the Town Park Gazebo. Playing: Jubilant Bridge – Folk Music w/ dulcimer & guitar: vocal harmoniesDon’t forget that every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. there is Bingo at the Heckert Pavilion In Town Park. This is fun for the whole family sponsored by the Grand Lake Rotary Club and Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce.Aug. 1-8, is Grand Lake Yacht Club Regatta Week. Bring your camera and come watch those beautiful sailboat races on the lake.On Aug. 7, celebrate History Day at the Kaufmann House Museum where costumed characters will bring history alive from 1-5 p.m. On Aug. 7 & 8, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., vintage style photos will also be taken at the Historic Cottage Court on the corner of Vine Street and Lake Avenue. This is a fundraiser for the restoration of what may be the oldest “motel” in America. Sponsored by the Grand Lake Historical Society.Then, on Aug. 9, the Grand Lake Historical Society presents renowned log “guru” Alan Pape speaking about Restoring Log Homes. Meet at the Grand Lake Fire Station at 7 p.m.There will be a Flea and Farmer’s Market at the Grand Arts Center on Saturday and Sunday, Aug.7-8. There promises to be a wide selection of merchandise ranging from store sale items to antiques to artisan’s creations mixed in with culinary delights and farm fresh fruits and vegetables. Doors will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.- If you would like me to pass on information about what’s going on in Grand Lake, you need to make sure I know about it. Please email me at

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