Here’s to lazy, not hazy, days of summer |

Here’s to lazy, not hazy, days of summer

Officially, summer begins on June 21. Glenwood residents have already gone out in the yard to play. The winter was plenty long and, besides, we didn’t get to have a lot of fun last summer.If the days of sodas and pretzels and beer arrive early, all the better.Sixteen days from today marks the one-year anniversary of the Coal Seam Fire. The blaze broke out on a hot and windy Saturday afternoon, causing thousands of visitors and locals to flee the city. More than 12,000 acres burned and some 30 structures were destroyed or damaged. It took weeks to return to some level of normalcy.The wildfire in Glenwood Springs received regional and national news coverage. People stayed away. Businesses suffered. Sales and accommodations tax collections plummeted. The summer remained hot and dry with drought conditions plaguing ranchers and homeowners alike.Thankfully, Glenwood and the nearby communities appear to be poised for a summer that will be, dare we say, less eventful than last year.Top Ten Reasons Why Summer in Glenwood will be Fun in 2003:10. Water. The ground is damp and the runoff is high. Although water conservation is always recommended, this summer, hopefully we won’t need to adhere to watering restrictions or anguish over the parched landscape and nonexistent streams.9. Doc Holliday will rest easier. Volunteers will spruce up the Linwood Cemetery, ensuring a more pleasant resting place for all residents, including the famous gunslinger.8. Explore Glenwood. The Chamber Resort Association recently provided interactive training for employees who work in the tourism industry. Our guests should feel welcome and appreciated.7. Wining and Dining. The old favorites are there and new favorites have opened. Enjoy.6. We have invitations to at least two birthday parties. There is the “Birthday Bash and Splash” at the Community Center on May 30 and the Hotel Colorado will celebrate its 110th the week of June 7 & 8. Everyone’s invited to the ice cream social on Sunday.5. Outdoor activities abound. Bicycling in the canyon. Running races. Softball leagues. Golf clinics. Day hikes. The list is endless and the scenery magnificent.4. There will be dancing in the streets and parks and outdoor concerts. The 18th season of Summer of Jazz is just one of many musical opportunities. 3. Strawberry Days. Always a reason to celebrate, the theme this year is “Strawberries in Paradise.” Did someone say “Strawberry Margarita?”2. We have our own gondola. The Iron Mountain Tramway and the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park are spectacular. Some locals are reportedly riding on the gondola more frequently than they are reporting in to work.1. We deserve it.

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