Whee, what hot weather! You have to get out early or late, midday is too much. However, remember all that snow we had last winter. You can’t win.
THIS WEDNESDAY is the Chamber social at The Stone Cup. Always a big crowd. We will hear if the Chamber did well at the Good Old Days (some said they had to order more beer, so that is a good sign). Everyone seemed to enjoy the 34th annual Lyons Good Old Days. Lots of past residents came to town and enjoyed seeing their old classmates. Chamber hosts are: The Stone Cup, Mayama Movement Studio, Ohm Salon + Gallery, The Lyons Outdoor Market, Ralston Antiques, and The White Lion. To join the Chamber contact 303-823-5215.
GOOD OLD DAYS
We always hear, “we went in the hole.” What do we count, the cash or the camaraderie; the history, the friendship, seeing old pals, giving the past residents a time-to-get-together, a class reunion or two, the great pancake breakfast, honoring our pioneers, the fact that Mr. Weaver’s pioneer collection is all finally printed, the carnival rides, the 5K run, the kid games, the ballgames, etc. Personally, I think it is worth it. I feel the town owes its residents a yearly celebration, thus the Lyons Good Old Days,” which is a time to celebrate what our town means to us!
How do they count “going in the hole?” There are many ways to figure it in cash. Do the employees charge their hourly wage against the Good Old Days? Do all of us volunteers charge for our hours against the Good Old Days? Do we count what we lost when we had no crafts/art vendors; lost due to charging double and the economy? Do we count what the carnival would have taken in if they had a wrist band and gave the kids all the rides for the whole night for say $20, instead of $3 to $4 a ride? Yes there are things to be ironed out, but it was still a great celebration. We really enjoyed the music and sitting out in the cool of the evening. It was enjoyable. Plan to attend the next year’s Good Old Days, the last weekend in June.
THIS WEEKEND is the Centurion Cycling, starting on Sunday at 7 a.m. with three bike rides; 25, 50, and 100 miles. A fundraiser for non-profits; 2,500 bikers, cars, people, streets one-half closed, bringing people to town. Sit back and enjoy the day.
For every 25 volunteers the Lyons Community Foundation and other non-profits will receive $500. For 100 volunteers they will raise $2000. You are invited to give credit to the LCF. You can volunteer on-line: Go to www.centurioncycling.com, click on volunteer, and then on Colorado volunteering, which will show the jobs that are available. Enter the Lyons Community Foundation as a group or organization. A great way to support the LCF, which supports Lyons non-profits.
A LARGE CROWD OF SQUARE DANCERS enjoyed dancing to caller Dave Guille, of Cheyenne, and cuer Bill Holm, from Pascoe, Washington, last Saturday night. Dancers were from 25 Colorado towns, plus Casper, Larimer, and Cheyenne, Wyoming; Scottsdale and Mesa, Arizona, and Lincoln, Nebraska. The Wonder Yonders RV Club from Wyoming camped at the Longmont Fairgrounds (Meadow Park only has nine camping spots) and they enjoyed a tour of Coors Field, a picnic at Gary & Nell Coffey’s, and a great square dance. Welcome, Wyomingites! Featured caller for this Saturday, July 17, will be Jerry Junck of Wayne, Nebraska and Mesa, Arizona, and cuer Arlin Sample, of Greeley. All modern western square dancers are invited to attend. Due to floor maintenance and construction at the Lyons Elementary School gym, the square dances from Saturday, July 24 thru Labor Day will be held at the Longmont Recreation Center, 910 Longs Peak Avenue, Longmont.
THE LYONS PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION held their regular meeting Monday evening, with Pam Barnes, LaVern Johnson, Reed Farr, Dawn Weller, and Veronika Gila present. A discussion was held on the Outdoor Games, which were trounced by the weather, but the kayaking and silent auction were successful. Big plans are being made for next year, with hopes of good weather. Future plans of the Parks and Recreation Department were discussed, such as: upcoming trails, parks, building fees, charge for RV dumping, and for parking in at Bohn Park. Also discussed; more things for kids, a future recreation district, weed spray, the Outdoor Games, the Good Old Days, hosting other events, more volunteers, etc. The Commission wishes to thank Ken Jackson - caretaker, the park hosts, the Parks & Recreation Department, Town staff, and all volunteers.
SAVE YOUR NYLONS AND YOUR HAIR CLIPPINGS to help sop up the oil spill in the Gulf. Call The Lyons Mane and get a hair cut 823.6736.
THE BLUE MOUNTAIN RANCH HANDS will be playing On the Rocks’ Tejas Cabin this Friday, July 16, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. All invited.
WATCH FOR THE QUARRY GALS, a group of eight Lyons ladies who practice each week to bring us those old-time and new songs. Very enjoyable. Contact Cindy Moffitt, 303-823-5172 if you want to host a program of delightful songs.
STOP BY THE STONE CUP
Live Music will be held this Friday, July 16, with the Prairie Scholars from 6 to 9 p.m. Charge is $5. On Friday, July 23, with Taarka, at 10 a.m., free, on Saturday, July 24, with
The Fairwell Drifters (appearing at Rocky Grass) from 9 a.m., free, and on Sunday, July 25, from 9 a.m., with Todd Patrick Livingston & Trucker’s Daughter, also free.
LYONS HISTORIANS will be interested in the upcoming program on Isabella Bird to be held at the Estes Park Museum this weekend. Hosting Kyoto University professor Kiyonori Kanasaka’s U.S. premier of Isabella Bird: Adventures in Twin Time Travel, will be held this Friday, July 16, from 5 to 7 p.m., with a second presentation on Saturday, July 17, at 2 p.m. Kanasaka describes the process of researching Bird’s writings, drawings, and photographs that document her travels across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, North America and Oceana in the late nineteenth century. Bird, a Victorian traveler, is widely acclaimed for her detailed letters and sketches, published in multiple books and describing her travels, in “A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains” published in 1879. Here, she makes the first deliberate account of a tourist’s experience in Estes Park and what would later become Rocky Mountain National Park. On Monday, July 19 and Tuesday, July 20 at 2 p.m., Kanasaka will make himself available for informal gallery tours of the new exhibit. The display will be in the Estes Park Museum’s National Park Service Headquarters building (located east of the Estes Park Museum) from July 16, 2010 to January 16, 2011. The exhibit is designed for the enjoyment of all age groups.
THE STORY OF ISABELLA BIRD is that she rode a horse through Lyons to Estes Park, stopping at the cabin of Rocky Mountain Jim, east of what is now Estes Park. Her report came from letters to her sister in England. Through time, a jealousy arose between Rocky Mountain Jim and Griff Evans (homesteader of the stagestop, now known as Planet Bluegrass). Griff who is said to have shot Rocky Mountain Jim, which eventually caused his demise. Interesting note: Craig Ferguson’s son, Griffin, is named after homesteader Griff Evans.
LYONS CONCERTS-IN-THE-PARK held each Thursday, start next Thursday, at 6:30 p.m., July 22, featuring Steamboat Zephyr. Then July 29 - Uke Festival with Gadzukes; August 5 - Romano Paoletti Band; August 12 - Blue Canyon Boys; August 19 – Rue; and finally August 26 - Blue Mountain Ranch Hands. Bring picnic dinner, blankets, chairs, families, and enjoy the evening.
NEXT WEEKEND IS THE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL AT PLANET BLUEGRASS
An enjoyable time with folks coming from near and far for the music school, all week; the festival Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, bringing business to town.
THE GOLDEN GANG’S PANCAKE BREAKFAST IS NEXT SATURDAY, JULY 24, 8:30 to 11 a.m. Be sure to stop by for a great breakfast. The date is changed to accommodate the festival goers.
A LYONS OLD-TIME DANCE will be held on July 31, at the home of Drew Biel and Lyn Gregory, with an outdoor dance, pot luck and an old-time music jam at 1908 Apple Valley Road, with callers Chris Kermiet and the old-time band of Chad Yost and Friends. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for child/senior, $12 per family. Potluck is 4 to 6 p.m., dance 6 to 9 p.m. Public invited.
ROCK YOUR SENSES
Eat in Lyons. Five Lyons restaurants offer generous discounts to patrons who present a Rock Your Senses coupon.
Coupons can be picked up at the Chamber office, Visibility, or the restaurants themselves: Barking Dog Café, Ciatano, On the Rocks, The Stone Cup and Sushi Matsuri. Let’s patronize these restaurants.
LYONS LIONS CLUB 16TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT will be held at Lake Valley Golf Course on Monday, July 26. Registration is over, but they may be able to “squeeze” you in. Cost is $100 each, which includes: range balls, golf cart, lunch, and prizes. Call Walt at 303-823-0181, Lonni 303-823-6531, or Ken 303-823-6925.
A BENEFIT to help Jerry and Debbie Tabor recoup from their tragic house fire will be held on Sunday, August 8, at On the Rocks from 2 to 5 p.m., with food and music. Silent auction items are being solicited. Contact 303-823-6816. Brent Boland’s band “Water Tower” will be featured for the afternoon. Plan to attend. It has been determined that the entire house has to be torn down and replaced anew.
LYONS VISITORS’ CENTER STILL NEEDS FUNDS AND VOLUNTEERS
Contact Dave at 303-823-8250 to volunteer or send funds to Box 49, Lyons, Colorado. With the town sales tax being $63,000 down from last year, keeping the Visitors’ Center open more, to answer inquiries as to what to do “uptown” is one of the answers. We are asking that all Lyons businesses contribute a little to the Visitors’ Center to help out the cause!
THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM is open daily, June thru September.Hours are Mon. thru Sat. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sun., 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
CONGRATULATIONS to Byron McConnell, who has retired from over 30 years of working as an electrician. The most years for Spurgeon Electric, at IBM. The “gang” held a surprise dinner for him at a restaurant in Denver. Good Job, Byron!
We are sad to learn that our good friend Elsie Sheldon, age 107, passed away in her sleep last week. She was a dear lady, also uplifting with good advice to all. A while back she broke her femur bone, but recovered from it. All family and friends say she was a joy to be around up to the last day. She will be sadly missed by her daughters, her grandchildren, great grandchildren, caregivers and many friends.
We extend our sympathy to the family of William McKelvey, of Spring Gulch, who passed away last week.
The Spring Gulch Firehouse was named in his honor for his work getting the Fire District started there. We also thank him and his wife, Gladys, for their efforts, about 15 years ago, with the Spring Gulch community, for stopping a large quarry that was proposed up there, which would have brought a semi-truck full of rock through Lyons every six minutes, seven days a week, for thirty years!
And to the family of Eugene W. Dickes, Sr., who passed away July 6, at the age of 83. He was a WWII veteran, and retired with a rank of Lieutenant. Wilma, his wife of 63 years survives him, as do a brother, four children, ten grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. Services were held last Friday at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, with military honors.
And to the family of Ronald Rouze, age 51, who died, last week. He was the son of square dance callers, Don and Margie Rouze of the Denver/Boulder area. His service was held last Thursday at Carroll-Lewellan’s Funeral Home. We extend our sympathy.