The ‘eyes’ have it for Halloween |

The ‘eyes’ have it for Halloween

Cathy Walton-Smith

The frost is on the pumpkin and the holiday for crazy people is on the last Thursday of the month.Halloween provides otherwise sensible and mature adults with the opportunity to immerse themselves in childhood fantasy. At Halloween the one time of year when the grotesque, gruesome, and horrifying are worth aspiring to take the opportunity to express your holiday spirit with just the sort of drink Dr. Frankenstein might have enjoyed during cocktail hour.With medium-size radishes and olives, you can create creepy ice cubes that appear to contain eyeballs ideal for a macabre martini on the rocks or in a ghastly glass of flavored seltzer.Trim the stem and root ends of a radish (make sure its small enough to fit the individual section of an ice-cube tray), and use a paring knife to scrape off most of the red skin. Leave just enough red to give the radish a veined appearance. Rinse the radish off, and use a small melon ball scoop to cut 1/2-inch-diameter hole into the radish. Fit an olive, cut side out, into the hole, and place the radish in the ice-cube tray. Repeat this process until the tray is full, then pour water over the eyeballs and freeze.Just exactly when we will be hosting this merriment is unclear, with Halloween falling dead center in the middle of the week next Wednesday I expect there will be parties on both weekends.The Grand Lake Elementary School PAC is hosting the Annual Halloween Carnival on Friday, Oct. 26. The carnival will open at 5:30 p.m. for the little ones and 7 p.m. for the grade school kids. Parents are encouraged to dress in costume along with the kids. If you would like to help out, please call the school and talk to Kathy at 627-3466. If you are a high school student who needs community service, this is a great way to fulfill your requirements.The Bears Den is holding a coloring contest for elementary school kids for Halloween. Kids should get their pictures to the restaurant as soon as possible for patrons to vote on by Halloween. The child in each class who receives the most votes will win a $25 savings bond. For more info call 627-3385.The Grand Arts Council is busy organizing the Christmas Craft Bazaar. Applications have been mailed out to crafters for the event to be held on Thanksgiving weekend. To reserve booth space, call Barbara Ahrens at 627-3097.If youre busy knitting and crocheting items to sell at the bazaar (or for any other reason), think about joining the Pine Needlers every second and fourth Wednesday evening at the Juniper Library in Grand Lake. Bring a project to work on and enjoy the inspiration and conversation with others in the group. For information, call the library at 627-8353.Auditions for the Grand Arts Councils Holiday Melodrama are Nov. 4 & 5, 6-8 p.m. at the Community House. Our production, Trapped in A Villains Web . . . or Weave me Alone, has nine female and five male roles, including several small roles perfect for novice actors of all ages. Join in this fun production the week of Christmas to New Years.Ladies, you can shape up before the holidays. A new session of Belly Dance for Beginners will start next Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Granby Rec Center. This will be a four-week session for $35 running every Thursday in November except Thanksgiving. For more info call 887-2995.We all miss our local hamburger stands once the summer season comes to an end. But this year, theres good news. The Trail Ridge Grill on U.S. 34 and Golf Course Road is staying open just for us. Check them out or call in your to-go order at 627-8182.Get your flu shot.

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