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Looking forward to “Mud Season”

Suzy Alcott and Elaine Benson
Inside the Chamber
Suzy Alcott
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While the grip of winter is continuing, “mud season” is surely not far away. We are not sorting seed packets yet, but the thought is there. We have begun to look forward to planters on our city’s corners instead of mounds of snow in varying shades of off white.

February really was fun with the X Gamers exploring our town, and Ski Spree made the local celebration of winter a community event. Valentine’s weekend merging into Presidents’ Day weekend brought an increase in fun activities with playing in and on the snow plus eating, drinking, soaking and shopping, too. The chamber pulled out all of the stops for its annual gala honoring the best of Glenwood. Congratulations to all the award winners for jobs and services well done. Goodness, there was nothing drab about the dull days of winter.

In March we will be looking forward to the arrival of “Spring Breakers” and our neighbors from flatland America to the slopes of Colorado. Each new wave of visitors, including winter enthusiasts from south of the equator, has its unique enthusiasm for our town. And they all come hungry — that is a good thing.

Thanks to CMC Central Services allowing public use of their employee parking garage after 6 p.m. weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday; we have lots of guests and locals coming downtown for dining.

At the Visitors Center we are prepared for questions on the new bridge and weekly construction updates along with maps providing information on alternate parking and downtown pedestrian access. We at the Chamber certainly have begun our own personal preparation for the GAB (Grand Avenue Bridge) project with “recon missions” to find alternate routes in and out of downtown and some alternate modes of transportation.

As we adjust to the new “temporary” norm and find our flow through town, we notice our downtown residential streets with new eyes. Quaint and lovely homes and landscaping on the streets where we live make this town special. Spring flowers will soon find their way through the snow, and that scent of new growth will be in the air. Respect our neighborhoods if you are driving, and revel in the atmosphere when we walk. This may become a time of discovery for us all.

“Just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snows, lies the seed that with the sun’s love in the spring becomes the rose.”

— Bette Midler, “The Rose”

Suzy Alcott and Elaine Benson are visitor information specialists at the CMC/Glenwood Chamber Visitor Center.

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