Grand Lake gears up for holiday |

Grand Lake gears up for holiday

Cathy Walton-Smith
View From the Lake
Grand Lake, CO Colorado

Oh the weather outside is frightful . . . but the fire is so delightful . . . and since we’ve no place to go . . . Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Well, we couldn’t ask for better snow. It’s clean, and white and bright in the sunshine, and a foot or more deep where it counts. The skiers are hitting the slopes and the rest of us are tuning up our snowmobiles.

‘Tis the season to make up a quick batch of snow ice cream for the kids. Mix together one cup of whole milk, one beaten egg, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla and a pinch of salt in a metal bowl that has been chilled. Add snow a little at a time until all liquid is blended in. Eat immediately!

The Grand Lake Trailgroomers are looking for additional volunteer Trail Hosts to patrol the extensive snowmobile trail system west of Grand Lake. These volunteers provide visitors to the trail system with information and assistance. An informational meeting will be held at the Groomer’s Shed on County Road 4 this Saturday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. Stop by for coffee and donuts and an opportunity to see the grooming equipment and discuss this volunteer opportunity. For more information or directions to the Groomer’s Shed, call Steve Armstead at 627-1741.

The Grand County Library District is hosting Denver Bronco All-Pro player and motivational speaker Karl Mecklenburg for his presentation called “Six Keys to Success.” This event takes place this Tuesday, December 15th at MPHS from 7- 8 p.m. in the Middle Park High School Auditorium. For more information, check out the library’s website, . Book sales and signing will be available after this free event that is open to the public.

The Grand Lake Women’s Club will meet on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m. at the Fire Station. We will be entertained with singing by the grade school children. Please bring a goodie to share and a wrapped gift for exchange.

Tickets are now on sale for the Holiday Melodrama, “Peril at Pumpernickel Pass.” This annual Grand Arts Council Production will be held once again at the Grand Lake Community House theater at 8 p.m. nightly, Dec. 26-31. I’ve seen some of the rehearsing, and this promises to be one of the best shows ever! Tickets are available at Never Summer Mountain Products and on line through PayPal at Will the villain foil the day? Will the sweet young thing find her own true love? Will our hero save the day? Don’t miss this year’s production.

The Grand Arts Council has been the lucky recipient of this beautiful painting titled “Islands” by Marjorie Cranston. She has generously donated this limited edition geclee print, and you can win it! Tickets for the drawing may be purchased for $5 each or $20 for 5 throughout the Holiday Melodrama. Stop in at Jack Straw Gallery to view the painting and purchase tickets prior to opening night. The winner will be drawn at the melodrama on New Year’s Eve. (You need not be present to win.)

The folks at the Grand Lake Nordic Center are excited about the snowfall. The trails are now open. The Nordic Center is open every day to sell season passes or provide information about the upcoming season so be sure to stop in. Season pass prices will remain the same as last year. To purchase a pass, stop by the Touring Center or send in your registration by mail, or visit: What a great Christmas gift!

Gift cards are a handy way to give a very nice gift this season. Both the Sagebrush and Caroline’s Cuisine have gift cards for purchase. Gift certificates are available at most of our local restaurants and shops. Tingle Massage Therapy has a gift certificate special of “buy two, get one free” through December. Check around for more good deals locally.

For the second time this year, a number of Grand Lake Chamber Members have collaborated with local television Channel 17 – Mountain TV to produce “Discover Grand Lake.” The commercial will run throughout the winter months on Comcast Cable in Grand County along with being shown at all Winter Park Resort properties. Check it out on the website at

If you are considering submitting a grant application to the Grand County Tourism Board in 2010, the deadlines for submission are as follows: First Quarter, Jan. 7; Second Quarter, April 1; Third Quarter, July 1; Fourth Quarter, Oct. 7. Detailed information on eligibility and process can be found at

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