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Walton-Smith: ‘The Birds’ make their annual visit

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

Every year at this time we experience a real live scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” at our house. Hundreds of swallows flock to our eves in an effort to build their mud nests.

I don’t know why they are so persistent. They have never been successful. They swoop and dive as one, circling the house, depositing their bits of mud, and chirping a steady conversation with each other. Every couple of days the General hoses it all down and they start over.

They’re supposed to be repelled by owls. We have two big plastic ones that the birds just ignore. In another week or so they’ll give up and go somewhere else. In the meanwhile, war is declared.

The Junior Golf Program at the Grand Lake Golf Course has started up for the season from 9-10 a.m. on Thursdays this year. This is a free program for golf lessons and all ages are welcome. For more info call the Golf Pro Shop at 970-627-8008.

I can’t believe this weekend is the Fourth of July holiday. We’re more than half way through the year, and having a fabulous summer. Stop by the Grand Arts Center on Saturday, July 3, and check out the Paris-Type Flea Market and Farmer’s Market. There promises to be a wide selection of merchandise ranging from store sale items to antiques to artisan’s creations mixed in with culinary delights and farm fresh fruits and vegetables. Doors will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you wish to be a vendor at this or future events, call Craig Cranston at 970-531-8842.

Visit the Kauffman House Museum and see the display of over 70 Vintage Hats. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission by donation.

Upcoming Juniper Library Adult Programs for July include the following programs: Thursday, July 8, 12:30 p.m., Brown Bag Book Group at the Juniper Library. This month’s book discussion is Escape, by Carolyn Jessop. Then on Wednesday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m. enjoy the free program Mountain Lions and Bears at the Juniper Library presented by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, with Kirk Oldham. This is a free program.

You don’t want to miss the fireworks the night of July 4 at 10 p.m.-ish. Please stop to make a donation when you pass through the stop sign on Main Street, even if it’s just the loose change in your ash tray. Thanks to the generosity of everyone who donates (and the people who donate their time to stand and collect) we manage to have spectacular show every year. Expect another great one this Sunday night.

– 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.

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