Escaping the smoke, haze in the valley
By Margaret Melloy Guziak -
With all the devastation of fires, floods and earthquakes hitting other U.S. cities, we sometimes feel guilty about the beautiful area of Colorado where we live. We don’t have to go too far to get away from any “weather inconveniences” thrown at us. For example, we were able to escape the Valley’s summer heat and smoky haze by taking a Sunday afternoon drive up to the Grand Mesa, passing Powderhorn Ski area, then stopping at one of the lakes, before descending through Cedaredge, Delta and back to Grand Junction. You may want to do the same thing. Take a “breather,” and we mean that literally, by driving up to the high country. Sure, it will cost you gas money but some things are worth it. I’m reminded of the time when one of our sons moved away for the first time, and was on his own. When he phoned home, he commented, “Dad, everything costs.” “Right,” Ray replied, “now you’ve got it.”
Fruita Fall Festival Sept. 28-30
According to the local website, this is the 98th Annual Fruita Fall Festival coming up next week. That means since 1914, the local people have been celebrating the end of the growing season and the bountiful harvest it has produced with music, food, drinks and a parade. Each year by adding more vendors and repeating well-liked events such as the bed race and 5K run, the carnival rides, Pet and People talent shows, the September festival continues to grow, and everyone is looking forward to being downtown and having fun again this year for some of the three-day events, starting at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept 28.
Based on entries and suggestions, the Fruita Chamber of Commerce selects a grand marshal for the parade who has done a lot to benefit the community during the past year. To find out more about the events and scheduled days and times, go to www.fruitafallfestival.com or www.fruitachamberofcommerce.org.
In an earlier column, I suggested they pick one or more of the many wonderful volunteer ladies at the Fruita Thrift Shop who through their praise-worthy and labor during the year, continue to dispense hard-earned monies to non-profits and worthwhile groups in the Valley. I know other readers have told me they feel the same way, that their efforts should be recognized, so we’re hoping our choice gets selected this year.
Fall Festival is like Munich, Germany’s original Oktoberfest that is also celebrated in many cities all around the world, usually in late September or early October. Even the up-valley, elegant, sophisticated, Colorado mountain town of Vail held their annual September “Oktoberfest” celebration with beer, music, bratwurst and a parade earlier in the month. Other mountain towns are celebrating their town and their people.
Whether we call it “Fall Fest” or Oktoberfest, the Chamber of Commerce and a whole lot of people have worked on this project to make it a success. Notice the sponsors and thank them for helping host this party. So, take time out to have some fun. Say “hello” to your neighbors whom you’ll see downtown and patronize some of the vendors and the many food booths.
Young Eagles Fly from Mack Mesa Airport Sept. 29
Oh no. Did I mention rain? It never rains on Fall Festival Day, or does it? Anyway, if the weather is not fly-worthy, too windy or wet, the chapter will postpone it until Saturday, Oct. 13.
If you want your child aged 8 through 17 to take a free plane ride with certified EAA pilots starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, go to www.eaa800.org to get all the information to register him/her online. The ride usually lasts around 20 minutes, after which each child who flew will get a certificate and log book signed by their pilot. The purpose of the flights is to introduce children to the world of general aviation and the careers that will be available to them.
The EAA800 website will provide the parent or guardian with a list of things to take with their child to Mack Mesa Airport at 1048 R Road, Mack, after getting registered. If you have more questions, call Syndi Jochums, the EAA800 Young Eagles coordinator at 858-4261. The website also gives directions, but if you need more help, please ask.
There will be lunch and snacks offered for purchase and T-shirts in all sizes will be available for sale. Don’t forget your camera to capture the smiles on the kids’ faces when they land after their flight. They will have a whole new perspective and appreciation of the world around them. See you there.
Rest here a while pard’ner
Kessler Canyon Lodge in Debeque is featured in two magazines this month: “American Cowboy” and “Cowboys & Indians.” Go to www.kesslercanyon.com to view what is right here on the Western Slope. This definitely isn’t a “We’ll leave the light on for you” type hotel. The nightly rate posted today is $945 plus tax and fees. Read online and see pictures of the art there, both inside and out. It is fantastic.
A special note to our readers
Thanks to all of you who’ve told me that you like my column and read it every week. Every writer likes to hear that, and I love writing for this paper. Hope it shows! Stay tuned for future stories:
• Ella Moon and Moon Farm
• Celebrate Halloween in October at Moon Farm
• Prairie Lane Quilting – a new Fruita business
• Countdown for Young Eagles at Mack Mesa Airport on Sept. 29.