Janet Day – Grand towns well on their way to bagging a win for the planet | SkyHiNews.com

Janet Day – Grand towns well on their way to bagging a win for the planet

Janet Day / Talk of the ValleyFraser Valley, Colorado

In the Bag. Way to Go Winter Park. (And Fraser, Granby and Grand Lake) We’re thus far the winning community in the Colorado Association of Ski Towns Reusable Bag Challenge. Hooray for us.Reports out of other western resort communities show us in the top spot followed by Basalt, Summit County and Telluride as the friendly green-living competition reaches its half-way mark. The challenge has 31 communities vying to see who can reduce plastic bag use the most by September.So let’s keep taking those re-usable bags to the stores and remembering to get credit for them at checkout so we can win cash toward a solar panel installation at a public school. .Free Fun. Free is about as good as it gets and this year’s Summer Concert in Winter Park makes it even better when the free July 11 show includes Delbert McClinton, one of my favorite singer/songwriters.McClinton has become a legend by combining country, blues, soul and rock & roll for nearly five decades. He’s also an amazing harmonica player. There’s a great urban legend that has him teaching John Lennon how to play the harmonica, but it’s sadly not true.Some of you may only recognize his one Top 40 hit, “Givin’ It Up for Your Love,” but his music is about so much more. Emmylou Harris had a hit with McClinton’s “Two More Bottles of Wine.” His songs were covered by country performers, rock performers, even the Blues Brothers. Seeing the show at Hideaway Park requires only downloading a ticket. Details to come.Valley Views. Even if you don’t golf, check out the new Pole Creek Golf Course clubhouse. It’s gorgeous – larger than the old one, definitely more attractive, elevated to improve the view, constructed of subtly colored mountain materials and still boasting the building version of “new car smell.” The patio has always been one of my favorite places to enjoy a late-afternoon glass of wine with a view, but the new deck and window-surrounded Bistro 28 restaurant make it even more enjoyable.Some of nature’s most amazing artwork is much smaller than a mountain view. All of this rain has had the up side (perhaps the only up side) of sending wildflowers into overdrive. Everything is blooming or ready to.White Ground Phlox, yellow Arnica and purple Lupine are all in bloom, as are some flowers I haven’t seen in a long time – little close-to-the-ground violets and the delicate pink Fairy Slipper, which I’m told is a threatened species.Enjoy art of a more enduring kind at the Elk Horn Art Gallery in downtown Winter Park when Fort Collins pastel and oil painter Clive R. Tyler hosts a demonstration on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. His display at the gallery, June 26 through July 12, kicks off Elk Horn’s Summer Arts Show. I’m rather fond of Tyler’s landscapes that include cattle.Speaking of cattle, does anyone know if it’s any kind of violation to put a salt lick in a backyard to attract things other than cattle, things like moose, deer and others? Seems to me it unnecessarily and wrongly brings wildlife into a developed area and reduces their fear of human activity.- 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/DayDreamCrafts.

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