Friday, April 25, 2014

Bits & Pieces: Snippets of Life

Last week, I mentioned that I was spending my first anniversary in Grove shooting pictures of some snazzy kidlets attending prom.

Let's just say, our high school juniors and seniors "clean up" well.

From glittery gowns to snazzy tuxes, Grove High School students shined as they walked across the red carpet into the evening world of "Paris After Dark."

Kudos to the team of volunteers who worked hours to turn the gymnasium into a glittery wonderland of lights - complete with a giant Eiffel Tower. It looked simply amazing.

We've started uploading images from the "Red Carpet" to our website gallery ( As of last count more than 80 have been loaded - with more than 300 still needing to be edited. We'll try to get the rest up this weekend for your viewing enjoyment.

We are also in the process of uploading a variety of cute kidlet pictures from the various Easter Egg Hunts. By Friday we should have the complete collection uploaded online in the gallery.

Looking ahead

This weekend the Grove Education Foundation for Excellence or GEFFE for short, will hold its annual fundraising gala.

I've heard it's a ritzy affair, filled with lots of glitz and glamor for adults (hum is this the parents' prom?).

I've also heard it's an amazing tool, that helps Grove teachers fund a variety of projects each year. A preview of the event, along with a listing of the spring grant recipients, can be found inside today's issue of Grove Sun.

Har-Ber Village

This weekend, the press will roll once again at Har-Ber Village, during the opening of the newly remodeled "print shop."

If you've never seen an "old press" (aka the line-o-type press of our ancestors) run, it's a sight to behold. It's one of the many renovations visitors will see this year, as the 2014 season kicks off.

Kudos to Har-Ber Village for finding ways to make history come alive for visitors. I remember visiting the village as a middle school/high school student with my parents. I love watching the new things - especially the living history events - take shape because it truly does give us a window into the past.

Har-Ber Village is a gem that is starting to shine again on Grand Lake. If you haven't been in a while, take some time in the near future to check it out. The upcoming Agricultural Days in May would be an excellent time to visit.

Flip Flops and more

I know the weather has been crazy - one minute it's sweater weather, the next we're dodging hail and rain.

I don't know about you, but I'm ready for summer sun, flip flops and maybe finding a piece of Grand Lake I can pull up next to, to soak up some piece and quiet.

Here's to the start of flip flop weather. You know it's coming, next weekend marks Harbor View Marina's annual "Burning of the Socks." I'm looking forward to "officially" starting my annual "farmers tan" on my feet.

So here's to the bits and pieces of life that make up Grand Lake. Have a bright and shiny weekend.

Editor's Note: This column appeared in the April 25, 2014 issue of The Grove Sun.

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