Another hot week. It is supposed to rain a little this week, which will help cool things off.The Centurion Bike Race went well. There were nearly 750 racers. The event set-up activity started on Second Avenue around 4:30 a.m., with some residents awakened very early. It was declared to be a
huge success. The bikers were highly complimentary of Dave and Marissa of the Parks & Recreation Department, as well as the organizers of the event, and expressed thanks to Dorothy Pellouchoud of Steamboat Mountain Natural Foods Market for rounding up the bounteous food, as well as to volunteers (100 or so) who helped see that things ran smoothly. The town coffers should have benefited from this new event from the sales tax generated by this special event. So thanks to all!
LYONS IS A BUSY PLACE
This week is the Music Academy topped off by the RockyGrass Festival this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Very enjoyable to all. The Town still encourages all festival-goers to park in Bohn Park ($2 a day; $5 for 3 days), to jump on the shuttle to the festival and enjoy the day. Yes, it would be nice if they would park in Bohn Park where they are supposed to and relieve the residents from the “hub bub” of putting up “No Festival Parking” signs, and from their parking in the driveways, etc. No doubt the “No Festival Signs” in your driveway will be necessary!
SATURDAY, JULY 24, 8:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M. is the pancake breakfast by the Golden Gang at the Walt Self Senior Center. A great breakfast for only $5, be sure to stop by!
NEXT MONDAY IS THE LIONS CLUB GOLF TOURNAMENT at Lake Valley Golf Course. The cost is $100 for range balls, cart, and prizes. Call Walt, 303-823-0181 or Ken 303-823-6925. A great fundraiser for the Lions Club!
MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC
Besides the RockyGrass Festival there is music at the Lyons Farmette, The Stone Cup, and Sandstone Park.
THIS THURSDAY, JULY 22, AT 6:30 P.M. is the first Concert-in-the-Park, with Steamboat Zephyr. Next week, July 29, is “Uke Fest” with Gadzukes. The public is invited to bring a picnic, chairs, blanket, dancing shoes, and enjoy the evening. An event sponsored by the Lyons Parks and Recreation Department. Held every Thursday night in Sandstone Park. See you there!
LYONS OLD-TIME COMMUNITY DANCE
Mark your calendar for next Saturday, July 31, for an old-time dance where all ages can dance.
A music jam/potluck dinner will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. and the old-time dance will begin at 6 p.m. at 1908 Apple Valley Road. Chris Kermiet calls with Chad Yost and Friends Old-time band
There will be a small charge: $6-adults;$3-child/senior; $12-family. Call for more information 303-823-081 or 303-823-6496. Plan to attend.
RED ROCK RAMBLERS SATURDAY SQUARE DANCES have had to move to the Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave., due to floor maintenance and construction at the Lyons Elementary Gym. Dan Nordbye, caller, from Mesa, Az., will be featured and Cuer is Ed Glenn of Louisville. All modern western square dancers invited to attend. Rounds at 7:30 p.m. and Squares from 8 to 10:15 p.m. Dances will be held in Longmont the rest of the season: Saturday, July 24, 31, Aug. 7, 14 (No dance-USA West held in Greeley), 21, 28, and Labor Day, Sat., Sept. 4 and Sunday, Sept. 5.
A BIG CROWD enjoyed square dancing to Jerry Junck of Neb/Az last Saturday with Arlin Sample cueing. Dancers attended from twenty-nine Colorado towns and Cheyenne, Wyo., Rapid City, SD, Scottsdale & Mesa, Az., Arnold, Ne., and Albuquerque, NM. The Fort Collinaders Club of Ft. Collins were the hosts.
THE LYONS HISTORICAL SOCIETY will receive $2250.00 from the Scientific and Cultural District for 2011. The funds go toward operations costs (utilities, maintenance, supplies, displays) at the Lyons Redstone Museum, to help toward keeping it open and available to Lyons residents and visitors.
PAM AND MARK BROWNING of Austin, Texas, spent last week at their home in Lyons. Pam has joined the Lyons Garden Club, which has spent its time and grant funds from the Colorado Garden Club making Lyons beautiful. The Brownings report they had some prestigious company last week: Retired Admiral Sigurd Hess of the German Navy and NATO Command and his wife, Gertrude, visited last Saturday. They enjoyed a town tour and the tubers on the river. Pam teaches third grade and Mark works for the State in Austin, Texas. They plan to retire in Lyons.
THE LYONS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE held their July social last Wednesday at The Stone Cup, with Janie Rhode of Bank of the West, President, presiding.
New directories will soon be out (10,000 Lyons directories will be dispersed at area Visitors’ Centers, Chambers of Commerce, and various businesses). The August Social will be held on Wednesday, August 18, at the Lyons Farmette, east of town, with Betsy Burton and Mike Whipp hosting.
THE VISITORS’ CENTER has thousands of visitors throughout the summer and still needs volunteers and/or funds to operate it from 9-5 each day. The Town of Lyons pays for help on the weekends and the rest is up to volunteers or donations. Contact Dave Cosgrove 303-823-8250 to help out. Send checks to P.O. Box 49, Lyons, Co. 80540
THANKS TO THE LYONS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, who supplied a grant for the Kids History program held at the Lyons Redstone Museum last week. A very enjoyable learning experience led by Kathleen Spring. Kathleen, director of the Lyons History Video Project, has interviewed over seventy pioneers, thus becoming an expert on Lyons History. Thank you, Kathleen, as well as to those that attended.
VISIT THE ESTES PARK MUSEUM to view the photo exhibit of Isabella Bird’s travels.
Besides coming to the United States in 1879, she traveled across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, North America and Oceana, and has written multiple books on her travels.
Kiyonon Kanasaka, photographer from Japan has followed her route, taking pictures, and has an interesting, extensive exhibit, housed in the National Park Service Headquarters at the Museum, through January 16, 2011.
ROCK YOUR SENSES
Eat in Lyons. Several 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, City Chicks Food & Flicks, Ciatano, On the Rocks, The Stone Cup and Sushi Matsuri. Let’s patronize these restaurants.
FIRE BENEFIT to help Jerry and Debbie Tabor recoup from their drastic 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.
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.
“Piecing a Town Together-the Families of Lyons, Colorado” is selling well. It includes 376 pages of pioneer families of Lyons, Colorado, from 1859 when the Pederson family (grandparents of Jackie Ribble) came to the Boulder Junction, and Christopher Columbus Wise to McCall Lake, to the arrival of the Montgomerys, Billings, Reeses, Loukonens, Ohlines, Goransons, Colards, and information about Edward S. Lyons, founder of the town, to name a few.
You will enjoy reading about the pioneers who settled our town of Lyons, Colorado. Books on the pioneer families, the “Double Gateway to the Rockies on the Town of Lyons-1900;” or “Lyons, Colorado-the Quarry Town-1900’s,” all sell for $24.95. Many other books on the area are available at the Lyons Redstone Museum and various Lyons businesses. It costs $3.00 to mail. Call 303-823-0708 or 303-823-5925 to order.
CONGRATULATIONS TO EMILY ROSE JOHNSON, who graduated from college in Babbitt, Michigan. She is the daughter of Bobby Johnson who lived in Lyons for several years. They returned to Michigan to be with family, where Emily Rose graduated from high school and now college. She and her mom visited Lyons last summer.
Mom and grandmother Sally Austin entertained her kids and grandkids last week with her yearly family reunion; an opportunity to get acquainted with them and they with each other, and for taking them on special events and activities. Lloyd Austin, his twin brother, Loyal, and their families moved to Lyons in 1964 to start their own construction company (building many white cedar log cabins in the area). They first set up business in the old Lyons depot that had just been closed. They quickly outgrew the depot and built a large new shop at the corner of Hwy. 66 and 36, which they eventually sold. Loyal married Sally in 1962, and had eight children. Loyal died in 1996. Sally is now married to Samuel Keene. Sally is known as the “Champion Food Processor” of the Boulder County Fair. It is always nice to have the Austin families return to Lyons.
Other visitors in town we hear about are: Carolyn Cinnamon, daughter of Ethel “Dude” Cinnamon, and sister of Gary and Gordon, and Ro Kinson and family from Georgia, who enjoyed their home at Shelley’s Cottages.
WITH SYMPATHY to the family of Wanda (Alps) Larson, of Greeley, Co., who died on Monday, July 12, 2010, at the age of 61. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister. She was born on January 4, 1949, in Greeley, to George and JoAnn (Compton) Alps, attended the Lyons/Longmont High Schools in the Class of 1965. She is survived by her husband, Tim, of Greeley, son, Russell (Patty) Tow, daughter, Christi (Allan) Taylor, both of Greeley, three grandchildren, her father, George Alps, twin sister, Waunita Trueblood of Davenport, Iowa, sisters, Georgetta (James) Johnston of Longmont, Annetta (John) Kreiger of Paonia, Betty Jo (Rob) Cole of Berthoud, Irene (Donny) Poteete of Loveland, and Dottie Rine of Berthoud, brothers, George (Kathy) Alps, Jr., Bill Alps and Clifford (Ann) Alps, all of Longmont. She was preceded in death by her mother, JoAnn Alps. A celebration of her wife was held last Saturday, July 17, at Greeley Wesleyan Church in Greeley. Memorial contributions may be made in care of Adamson Funeral & Cremation Services, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, Co. 80634. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.adamsonchapels.com..