Another week gone by. It has been nice weather, but we do need snow! I always like spring snows myself; in that respect, they don’t last as long, are not so
cold, and the moisture does a lot of good. The first day of winter is Dec. 21, no doubt we will get our “dues.” It’s a worry to be so dry, especially with the forest fires.
Whoever is doing the vandalism about town PLEASE STOP! Our town and its people do not deserve having our parks, Post Office, elementary school, and museum trashed, and why? You will get caught! I hate to think of the amount of damage you are going to have to pay for, plus the hours of scraping the paint off, and getting a bad record, which you will regret as time goes by! Please, enough is enough!!
PARENTS ARE YOU CHECKING ON YOUR KIDS? ARE THEY USING YOUR PAINT CANS AND CLIPPERS TO VANDALIZE THIS PROPERTY? YOU CAN FIND OUT WITH A LITTLE CHECKING: LOOK FOR PAINT UNDER THEIR FINGERNAILS, CHECK ON WHO THEY ARE HANGING AROUND WITH, AND WHY ARE THEY OUT LATE AT NIGHT? THIS HAS GOT TO STOP!
JUDGING FOR THE WINNERS IS THIS WEDNESDAY for the “Best” of Lyons Business and Residence Christmas lights. In a drive around town, we have many beautiful places, which were indeed a lot of work and took many hours to decorate. We all appreciate the beauty of the lights, which brings Christmas spirit to us all. Happy holidays!
BENEFIT FOR CHAD HAAKENSON this Thursday, Dec. 16, at The Outlaw, 6 to 8 p.m., with $10-Buffet, and Silent Auction.
Hearing of the illness of Chad Haakenson, Lyons classmates - Tyra Sutak and Georgia Angelo have arranged a benefit for him.
The public is invited to the buffet and silent auction held at The Outlaw, from 6 to 8 p.m. People can take silent auction items to the corner back room by the entrance to the restaurant, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday. For pickup, call Tyra 303-859-3228, so she can get a tag made up for it. (See story in this issue)
Christmas break starts this Monday, December 20 thru January 5.
LOOKING FOR IDEAS FOR HOLIDAY GIFTS?
Give the gift of memories, purchase a yearbook and receive a gift certificate for the gift. Call Ann Marie Stryzyz 303-823-6631 this week. Yearbooks are on sale for $50 through January 21, and will go up to $55 after that. Place your order now!
HIGH SCHOOL PLAY
“The Canterbury Tales, or Geoffrey Chaucer’s Flying Circus, will be presented after the first of the year. Watch for the dates!
Congratulations to Meagan Chriswell and Claire Stark for their successful audition for All State Choir. The concert will be held February 8 in Denver at the Wells Fargo Theatre at 7 p.m.
A set of timpani drums is on its way to the Lyons Band Room, at the cost of over $10,000. Please thank Rob Berry, Director of Fine Arts and Athletics with the SVVSD ,for his support of the purchase.
The CHOIR AND BAND both held their concerts last week and were great, as usual. I was unable to attend, (Monday, a Town Board meeting and Wednesday, grandson Randall’s 17th birthday).
THE MIDDLE SCHOOL EXPLORATORY DRAMA CLASS presented Vignettes last weekend, which was indeed great, different, and very entertaining.
Here the production was entirely student directed, choreographed, and arranged. Some of the acts were: Little People from Les Miserables; Part of your World from The Little Mermaid; Who’s on First? (a Laurel and Hardy skit); You’ll Find A Way from Fame; It’ll Make a Man out of You and Lesson Number One from Mulan; You’re the One That I Want from Grease; It’s a Hard Knock Life from Annie; Everybody Wants to be a Cat from the Aristocats; The Perfect Nanny from Mary Poppins; A Whole New World from Aladdin; The Work Song from Cinderella; I’m Late from Alice in Wonderland; Fame from Fame. Glad I attended! Thanks Drama Class.
A large crowd enjoyed the Lyons Jazz band at Oskar Blues on Monday evening – here you could eat while you enjoy the music.
The Jazz Band is outstanding, and was honored to have the assistance of Stirling Bowlick, 2010 Lyons Graduate from UNC.
Lyons is very fortunate to have such talented instructors, Dr. Karen Gregg for Band, and Brenda Kyzer for Choir and Drama. Everyone certainly appreciates these talented instructors, as they certainly bring out the best in our students. Our thanks!
BUY IN LYONS
Those that purchase books from the Lyons Historical Society can include their receipts toward Lyons Holiday 2010 Buy Local Campaign.
The Lyons Historical Society has had a very successful book sale including the three Weaver books: Lyons 1800’s; Double Gateway to the Rockies-Lyons, Colorado 1900’s; and Piecing the Town Together-Lyons Pioneers, as well as several others, plus DVD’s on the History of the Quarries, Geology of the Quarries, and What To Do and See in Lyons. All are great Christmas gifts. Call 303-823-5925 for more information.
Donations are coming in to purchase the 20 Stereo Views of 1900s Lyons. Found at an antique sale, the owner hopes they will find their home in the Lyons Redstone Museum. So far we have collected $860 of the $2,200, so any large or small donations will be greatly appreciated. Its a way to display the history of our town. Send check to Lyons Redstone Museum, P.O. Box 9, Lyons, CO 80540.
THIS SATURDAY, December 18 - The Blue Mountain Ranch Hands will be finishing up their chores early and heading down to Oskar Blues to create a ruckus. It starts at 8 p.m. They’re looking forward to having Drew Horton (mandolino rojo caliente) back. They’ll provide lively western swing music and some country tunes too. We sure hope you’ll come out and celebrate the holiday season with them!
CHRISTMAS ART AND NOTE CARDS
In our midst, we have Veronica Gaia, a retired schoolteacher from Connecticut, who spends a lot of time enjoying and photographing the beauty of the area. Veronica is a professional photographer and has created beautiful scenic posters and note cards of the Rocky Mountains and local scenes (such as “Water in the St. Vrain River”) for sale.
For unique Christmas gifts, access her website http://www.peacemakersart.com/Photography.Blog/ to see what I mean.
MCGUCKIN’S HARDWARE was featured on Channel 9 this morning, celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the owner’s 80th birthday. The establishment has something for everyone. If you need it, and can’t find it, they have it. Yes, we have all made a trip to McGuckin’s for that “needed” item.
We learned that the hardware store is operated by the McGuckin’s daughter and son-in-law, who is still on hand at the store to greet his customers. He states that the first week of business they took in only $165, and asked each other “Will we make it?’ They surely have. We were honored when the son, Ron, and wife, Monica McGuckin, moved to Lyons a few years ago, and have become involved in the town-Lyons Arts and Humanities, Economic Development Committee, Lyons Community Foundation, to name a few. Ron is a contractor. Congratulations to all!
HIGH STREET CONCERTS last Saturday with Honey Don’t and Swing State was very enjoyable. The group comes from Paonia, and even had a song about the High Country Times interns, who come from the east during the summer to work on the monthly environmental magazine. Very interesting and entertaining.
FEDERAL FUNDS FOR MUSEUMS
All the museum folks are sending notice to their Legislators – Mark Udall, Michael Bennett, and Jared Polis, to support the $50 million budget request of the Institute of Museum and Library Services this Tuesday, which is the primary federal agency that supports the nation’s 17,500 museums, of which the Lyons Redstone Museum is one.
There are over 850 million visits per year to American museums with 541 million visits via the Internet. Teachers, students, and research benefit from information, which is especially important when geographical distances prevent travel. Museums spend more than $2.2 billion annually on educational programs, and receive 90 million visits each year from school students. Museums are stepping in and serving new community needs every day. Small museums, like in Lyons, benefit from the Federal Museum Agency in accessing information and learning what others do with help through publications and grants.
A lunar eclipse will light up the solstice sky on December 21. The first day of winter, the day will be short, the night long, and the moon a bright shade of red. All of this will happen because the winter solstice and a total lunar eclipse will be a package deal this year, both occurring on December 21. Viewers should begin to look to the skies on Dec. 20, around 11:15 p.m. to see the eclipse. At 11:33 p.m., the moon will begin to go into the darker, central shadow from the earth, and from 12:41 a.m. to l:53 a.m. on Dec. 21, it will be completely eclipsed.
Half of the world, where it is night, gets to see a total lunar eclipse. A total lunar eclipse is when a full moon and a path that takes it through Earth’s shadow happen at the same time. The moon can glow any color from red to turquoise from one to three hours as it passes through. The next total lunar eclipse visible from North America will happen Dec. 10, 2011.
FISKE PLANETARIUM on the CU campus is hosting a free event, complete with telescopes and binoculars and a 45 minute presentation on what to expect with an eclipse. Doors will open at 10 p.m. on Dec. 20.