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Walton-Smith – Don’t miss Grand Lake’s ‘Rude Awakening’

Cathy Walton-Smith / View from the Lake
Grand Lake, CO Colorado

It’s a good thing we don’t have tall buildings in Grand Lake. With the unending snowstorms of the past three weeks, I’m sure we would have had some jumpers.

The blue skies and warm temps have returned just in time. Now we just need the mud to dry up. But don’t get too comfortable in your shorts and sandals, there is still a whole month before summer officially arrives. As I have always said, we only have two seasons here … this winter and next winter.

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been celebrating the annual rite of passage into the summer season for 20 years. Daven Haven way. The Great Rude Awakening 2010 is Thursday, May 20, at 6-ish. Join community members, good friends and great music around the traditional bonfire. See you there.

This is cleanup week in Grand Lake. The Grand Lake Women’s Club will meet on Thursday, May 20, at 10 a.m. at the Grand Lake cemetery to clean up any trash, broken branches, etc. Bring gloves; plastic trash bags will be provided. Following the clean up workers and members will meet at the home of Muriel Johnson for salad. She will provide the greens and dressings; bring something to add to the salad. Directions to her house will be given at the cemetery.

The “official” Earth Day was last month everywhere else in the country. We had to move our Earth Day to MAY because of the weather. Town of Grand Lake Clean Up Day Volunteers are wanted for the Town-Wide Clean Up Day on Saturday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Volunteers are asked to meet at Heckert Pavilion (1025 Grand Avenue) to help clean up the public spaces of town. The Town will host a BBQ at Heckert Pavilion from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Business owners are encouraged to take this time to clean up the boardwalks and greenways in front of their businesses. Please contact the Town of Grand Lake (970) 627-3435 for further information.

In addition, there will be Dumpsters for trash and recycling at the Grand Arts Center on Park Ave., thanks to the Grand Arts Council, The Trash Company and Waste Management.

Please join elected officials from Grand Lake and Estes Park as well as park officials in the annual opening of Trail Ridge Road for the 2010 summer season. The event is scheduled for Friday, May 28, at 10 a.m. at the Alpine Visitor Center, weather permitting. A ceremonial red ribbon will be cut opening the road for the season. Light refreshments will be provided by Xanterra after the event. Please send an email reply to Kyle_Patterson@nps.gov if you plan to attend.

Tickets are now on sale for the Juniper Library Annual Progressive Dinner in Grand Lake on Wednesday, May 26, at 5 p.m. Enjoy a delicious sampling of the fare from our wonderful local restaurants. Benefits the Juniper Library. Seating is limited and reservations are required. $60 per person. This event is always a sell-out, so call today at 970-627-8353 for more information.

– If you would like me to pass on information about what’s going on in Grand Lake, you need to make sure I know about it. Please email me at waltonsmith@rkymtnhi.com. My computer recently crashed and I lost a whole bunch of contact info, so please send me an email.

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