Janet Day – All those little things add up to a community
Fraser Valley, CO Colorado
Little Things Add Up: A community is made up of all the little things that happen each day, week, month and year. We’ve had plenty of big things going on lately – Intrawest’s financial issues, Winter Park Resort’s 70th anniversary, a new recreation center, school district money woes and unnervingly low snowpack. But the little things are what keep people talking:
•Congratulations to Drowsy Water Ranch for being voted Trip Advisor’s number one all-inclusive resort in the world. Yep, in the world. Based on Trip Advisor’s reader reviews, the guest ranch near Granby beat out those swanky all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, the Caribbean and elsewhere. Pretty impressive. The quote used on the listing says Dowsy Water is “a true Western Vacation … The best time of my life.” The whole listing can be found at http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoiceList-cAllInclusive
• The moon is full on Saturday and that makes for great nighttime snowshoe or Nordic skiing adventures. Pole Creek Golf Course puts itself to winter use by opening up trails for all levels Saturday night from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Look for the complimentary hot chocolate and schnapps out on the course.
• Chicago-style hot dogs are coming to Fraser. You know the kind – loaded with pickle spears, hot peppers, onion, mustard, relish and tomato on a soft poppy seed-studded roll. Look for Fraser Hot Dog to open in mid-February.
• Last summer’s Adult Reading Bingo was such a success that Fraser Librarian Suzie Cruse is doing it again with “Warm Up with Winter Reading” Bingo. It’s easy to play: just stop by the library to pick up a bingo sheet, then start reading books in various categories. Turn in your completed form by March 31 to become eligible for prizes and a drawing for a $50 gift card.
• Proving that a little effort can go a very long way, funds raised by Melanie Stephens’ annual clothes swap for the Women and War project allowed her to renew sponsorships of women in Afghanistan, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo; sponsor five additional women in war-torn areas around the world; financially support other organizations working in conflict areas; provide two monthly bus passes to Iraqi refugees in the Front Range; and, closer to home, donate 15 bags of gently used clothing to the Mountain Family Center in Hot Sulphur Springs.
• Late January and early February are prime time for cabin fever to set in. Cooper Creek Square is hoping to get you out of the house this Saturday with all-day cabin fever specials and discounts, including drawings for prizes.
• I’m getting an increasing number of reports about thefts from outside homes and elsewhere. Two people I know have had the cords used to plug in their cars stolen out of their yards. One friend had old dog-walking snow boots taken off her porch. Another had re-usable fabric grocery bags taken out of her car. What’s going on here? Does it reflect the economy that such things are being stolen? Growth in the local population? A new generation that wasn’t taught right from wrong?
I don’t know the answer, but guess I’ll be locking the truck now.
– Keep in Touch: What’s got your attention around the area? Let me know. I’ll try to find the answer or spread the news. Send it all to JDayQuilts@msn.com. Follow me and local tidbits at http://www.twitter.com/DayJan or http://www.twitter.com/DayDreamCraft.
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