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Grand Lake columnist ventures into the bold, new world of blogging

Cathy Walton-Smith/View from the Lake

I have been invited by the newspaper to be a blogger. FYI ” a blogger is one who blogs. A blog is short for Web log ” kind of like an online journal or notes. I’m all set up on line at http://www.skyhidailynews.com ” and I’ve tested it with some trivial writing.

I wish it were called something besides “blog” ” that’s just too guttural for my liking and doesn’t make me think of the written word. But it’s too late ” they didn’t ask me. I will be blogging on a regular basis as sort of an augmentation of this column. I will try to post information that comes in too late to be included in this weekly column. I could possibly review events, shows or restaurants. The sky is the limit. If I think you should know it … it will be in my blog. Check it out.

While you’re there, explore the whole new Web site. It’s an amazing way to get the news and have fun at the same time. The cool part is how we can all participate in sharing our lives here in Grand County with each other. Besides reading the news without ever having to pick up a paper, you can also read and write letters to the editor, share your great photos and videos, comment on anything, place an ad and participate in many other ways ” or just read what’s posted by others. I promise you, once you start exploring this site, you’ll be hooked.

The organizers of the Grand Lake Fourth of July fireworks are looking for volunteers to collect money at the stop sign in Grand Lake from Friday, June 20, through the Fourth of July, anytime between 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Shifts are generally 2 hours or more and volunteers have a tendency to be somewhat flamboyant in their dress for duty. It can take some creativity to get people to give up a dollar or 20. Business owners should expect to hear from Doris Braun within the next 10 days about your annual donation, but why not just give her a call. For donations and to volunteer call Doris at 970-531-0099.

There is another Opening Night of Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre this Friday at 8 p.m. with Urinetown. (Lenny Brooks thought this was a mis-print.) In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown irreverently pays homage to the great American musical. Season tickets are still available at the box office. Call 627-3421.

The Grand Lake Historical Society will have a vintage apron and tablecloth display at the Kauffamn House from June 21 until July 21. (I have some in my own linen closet.) Stop in and check it out and take a tour through the museum while you’re there.

Don’t miss the Grand Arts Council Annual Art and Architecture Home Tour on Saturday, June 28, from 1 to 5 p.m. Tour five of Grand Lake’s most interesting houses and then come to a tour gathering at the Bears Den from 4 to 6 p.m. You’ll see one house on Grand Lake, one on Shadow Mountain Lake, one on the North Inlet River and two view houses out of town. Tickets can be purchased for $25 at Grand Lake Art Gallery and Elk Horn Art Gallery in Winter Park or by calling 970-627-3097.

Sponsored by Andrea Cox – RE/MAX Resorts of Grand County Inc., Donna Ready – Mountain Lake Properties, Grand Mountain Bank, Grand County Title and Boater’s Choice Boat Rental.

There are still six tickets available for the Sixth House Dinner, a gourmet, multi-course dinner catered by Caroline’s Cuisine at a sixth house with wine served with every course. Tickets are only $150.00 for the dinner and the tour together.

Grand Lake’s historic Yacht Club will be the venue for the third annual “Tops of the Rockies” fundraiser for the Juniper Library in Grand Lake. Sponsored by the Friends of the Grand County Library Inc., this evening of entertainment will also feature wine tasting and light hors d’oeuvres as guests mingle among the decorated table tops.

Set aside Friday, June 27, 5:30-8 p.m. Tickets are $55 in advance, reserved on line at gcld.org/topspayment.html. For more info call 627-0557.

Last year Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre launched its “Be a Fan, Bring a Can” food drive, bringing in nonperishable canned goods and cash donations for the Grand County Food Bank. Ticket holders and the public at large are asked to share their food and monetary donations during the hour prior to performances on the evenings of July 10th (Big: The Musical), July 17th (Oklahoma!) and July 24th (Urinetown.)

Please cut down your dead trees ” they are starting to fall down.


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