Friday, June 28, 2013

Bits & Pieces: Snapshots of life in Grove

When I interviewed for the job as managing editor of The Grove Sun, the folks answering questions talked about the "lake lifestyle" that gives Grove a bit of its rhythm.

I'm going to be honest. Either I didn't ask the right questions, or it never fully sunk in.

People in Grove (including Grand Lakers) like to party. A lot.

Frankly, I feel like a newbie when it comes to all of the action taking place around the lake—including all of the stuff centering around Independence Day (you can see a complete listing of the fun inside today's Grand Lake Magazine.)

Life certainly isn't boring, when you live on Grand Lake. Here are a few things I've been up to in the last few days.

The Lobsters are here!

Who knew that people would get excited over a UPS delivery truck (and driver). But excitement abounded last Thursday as more than 400 lobsters and 4,000 clams arrived from Rockport, Maine.

It was all for the annual Rotary Club of Grove's Lobsterfest.

That fundraiser, is unlike any I've attended in the past. Forget fancy duds and party shoes. Most were in casual "lake attire" and ready to party—and raise money for some worthwhile organizations.

It was a fun event to cover and attend. I'll admit it was the first time I've eaten an actual, straight from the shell lobster (because I'm pretty sure lobster at Red Lobster doesn't count). Thanks to my table-mates who a) put up with the girl who "pogos" - aka gets up to take pics throughout an event, and b) helped me figure out how to solve the "how to eat" a lobster dilemma. Y'all were true sports, and I appreciate your patience.

While the grand total of what was raised is still being tabulated, I saw first hand how this community can pull together for a good cause (and have a lot of fun doing it.)

Meeting Clint Walker

Put the word out that you're trying to find a local musician, and the next thing you know, you're invited to a CD release party.

That's how I spent Saturday. Stalking (I mean tracking) Clint Walker down through his Facebook page, and then landing an invite to the CD launch party hosted by Susie and Ray Holden.

I got a preview of Clint's musical style. He's performing both at the City of Grove's Independence Day Celebration on July 3 and at the Grand Lake Festival's Cajun Fest on July 4.

I also had a chance to take some of the firework photos you'll find in today's Grand Lake Magazine. I only had to "text a friend" once (think of it as today's version of "phone a friend" to get some last-minute tips.

The party was still going strong as I left (two nights of events wore me out), but it was certainly a blast.

We'll have a bit more about Clint, his new release, and the other artists taking part in both of those musical events in Tuesday's paper.

All things lake.

I can tell that I live on a lake, because well, I can't remember the last time I wore a real pair of shoes.

My flip flops (albeit the sparkly kind) seem to be a permanent fixture on my feet and I have the shoe version of a "farmer's tan" to prove it.

I'm in search of a great place to get a pedicure (a guilty pleasure at times). Anyone have a good recommendation?

I'm also finding myself wanting to learn more about noodling thanks to Colby Morrow. Frankly though, I'm still trying to figure out why someone would voluntarily stick her hand into a dark hole, hoping a catfish will bite.

That story, my friends, I'm sure will be continued.....

Kaylea M. Hutson is the managing editor of The Grove Sun. She can be reached at or 918-786-2228. This column originally appeared in the June 28, 2013 issue of The Grove Sun

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