Another week gone by, and here it is time for the Lyons Good Old Days celebration. It is sad to say “Day” when it used to be three-days! What happened to all the helpers? A big thanks to Marissa and the Town staff for putting what we will have together, and I am sure all will enjoy it. There will be a good variety of events to enjoy!
THURSDAY, JUNE 28 – Free Concert in Sandstone Park with Jesse Garland and Good Manners. You will enjoy this. Also, there will be food, vendors, dancing, etc. You all come and enjoy.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, JUNE 29 7 30 – Gwynne's Greenhouse will hold their going out of business sale. Thanks Gwynne for all your hard work, beautiful plants, and flowers over these many years. We will all miss you. Happy retirement.
SATURDAY, JUNE 30 - The Red Rock Ramblers Square Dance Club will feature Arlin Sample, cueing the rounds at 7 p.m., and Lynn Strobbell of Miles City, MT calling the squares from 7:30 to 10 p.m., at the LES gym.
At last week's square dance there was a plaque, stories, cards, and pictures to say farewell to cuer Leroy Shade, who is moving to Arizona. He has been cueing and teaching rounds 56 years and will be missed. The Wonder Yonders RV Club from Cheyenne were hosts, camping at the Riverside Trailer Court in Loveland (not being able to make reservations at the Lyons campground! Dancers came from Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming, and 21 Colorado towns. The Red Rock Ramblers are celebrating their 60th summer season with 60th posters (by Priscilla Cohan), 60th badges, and stickers on their napkins.
The 67th annual National Square Dance Convention was held this weekend in Kansas City, Missouri, with nearly 5000 dancers attending. The USA West Square Dance Convention will be held this August in Reno, Nevada.
LYONS GOOD OLD DAYS will be celebrated this Saturday, June 30, in and around Sandstone Park. You are invited to attend the history program at 1 p.m., at the Lyons Redstone Museum to honor our three long-time business owners: Donna Boone of the Hair Company, Dr. Joe Meckle of Lyons Chiropractic, and Raul Vasquez of Blue Mountain Stone. Also being honored are five of the 2018 LHS graduates who are from pioneer families: Keegan Bean (Davies/Brodie), Ethan Burton (Austin), Shaeli Herman (Steel), Joe McCain (McCain/Freeman/Pigeon), and Raven Moe (French), as well as the LJHS Class of 1968 for their 50th class reunion. They are: John Carter, Crustal Crumb, Stephen Gereaux (dec’d), Richard Hirschfeld (dec’d), Ronald Johnson, Karen Jones, Doris Lee, Robert Meyers (dec’d), Daniel Monroe, Carol Moores, David Noyes, Sharon Pfeifer, Connie Poe (dec’d), Vicky Perdue (dec’d), Steven Secrest, Cheryl Tabor, Melissa Temple, and Michael Tow. There are usually a lot of runners in the 5K run, with our LHS cross country students. And there will be a neat car show. You will enjoy the kid games and Mayama dancers, and at 7:15 p.m., hear a welcome from Mayor Connie Sullivan and be introduced to the history honorees. Then you can listen or dance to various bands from near and far, or stop by the square dance at the LES gym, celebrating the 42nd annual Lyons Good Old Days. The Chamber will sponsor the beer garden tent. Volunteers are needed to serve, watch the perimeter, etc.
NEW THIS YEAR at the Good Old Days celebration will be artisan and vendors booths, the Dizzy kids area, Jeff & Page at the Vasquez Stage, as well as for kids, face painting and a balloon artist, and of course live music throughout the day by Marc & Amy, Jade Egg, Von Haddad, and Joe Kuckla. See you there!
Gary and Sandy Secrest from Roswell, NM, write they are getting lined up to celebrate their 50th class reunion for the LHS Class of 1969 next year. They want all class members to “Save The Date” for picnics, a banquet, tours of the schools, and more, on Saturday, June 29, 2019.
POETRY Of LYONS
Tuesday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m. Come hear poems about small town life in Lyons at the Redstone Museum. Eight Lyons poets are going to read one of their own poems, along with a poem from an old timer going back many decades. Some of them include famous Lyons residents, like Rocky Mountain National Park Ranger Jack Moomaw, Buddhist monk Kunga, birdwatcher D. W. King's family, 1940s poets Evelyn Baber and Lucy McCain, historian LaVern Johnson, and Golden Gang's Vance French. And, popular poets published in the Lyons Recorder over the past years, including Martin Soosloff and Carol Pranschke.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 – The Lyons Area Chamber of Commerce social will be held at the Lyons Redstone Museum at 5:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, JULY 12 - “A Taste of Lyons, With a Splash of Blues” with Hazel Miller and her Big Band at the Wildflower Pavilion at Planet Bluegrass from 6 to 10 p.m. Catering provided by: Bella la Crema, Greenbriar, Greenspoint Catering, La Mariposa, Mojo Taqueria, Oskar Blues, Pizza Bar 66, SNACK soda fountain, and Spice of Life Catering. Tickets can be purchased at: TasteOfLyons.eventbrite.com, ($55 for individual tickets; sponsor tables for $750 or $1250).
LYONS SENIOR EVENTS
A delicious potluck dinner was held Monday evening with a split pea and ham casserole, mashed potatoes, salad, strawberry dessert. Hmmmmmm, yummy!
The July birthdays will be celebrated on Friday, July 27, at 12:15 p.m., after lunch. All those with July birthdays are invited to attend. You can eat lunch first, call (303) 441-1415 to make reservations.
On Monday the River Church will serve the dinner at the Walt Self Senior Center. The first Wednesday (4th of July) lunch at Oskars will be held on Wednesday, July 11 instead.
All seniors invited to the Monday evening dinners at 5:30 p.m., at the Walt Self. Boulder County sponsored Bistro Lunches (also at the Walt Self) are held on Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $3 for seniors 60 yrs+. You must call (303) 441-1415 to order by noon day before to ensure an accurate count.
FREE SENIOR EXERCISE CLASSES (ages 50+) on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m., at the Walt Self.
THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM is now open daily through the end of September. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Visitors this past week were John W. Scanlon, the son of Jack Scanlon, and his grandsons Brandon and Aiden of San Antonio, Texas who are the great grandson of M. J. Scanlon from Universal City, Texas; Jeff and Maria Rambert of Lyons, owners of Stone Mountain Lodge; Ken Pickett of Littleton, visiting family; as well as folks from Roseville, MN; Des Moines and Osceola, IA; Sloan BC, Canada; Aoerdeershive, Scotland; Grand Rapids, MI; West Olive, MI; Eldorado, Universal City, San Antonio, Austin, and Houston, TX; Centerton, AK; Surprise, AZ; Somersworth, NH; Owenton, Louisville, and Lexington, KY; Islip, NY; Columbia, MO; and Sarasota, FL; as well as several Colorado towns. Stop by
Garage sale “stuff” can be left at 306 Evans Street (Leave on the patio, no electronics!). This is a fundraiser for Lyons Redstone Museum to be held throughout the summer.
THE LYONS LIONS CLUB will hold their annual fundraising golf tournament on Monday, August 6. They are soliciting for golfers and hole sponsors. Pick up an application at Clark’s Hardware. Thanks to all those who have already sponsored a hole at the tournament. This is the Lions Club’s main fundraiser. The Lions Club invites folks to join their service club. See Lon Clark.
LYONS PARKS & RECREATION PROGRAMS
SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL games are keeping kids, parents, and friends busy this summer. A game or two every night in Longmont (We hope in Lyons soon!) making for many enjoyable evenings. (Call (303) 823-8250 to register)
OUR COMPLIMENTS to Tanya Daty, who was nominated as one of the Top 100 Citizens in the St. Vrain Valley for being involved in her town and school. The family moved here from a small village in France when Goggle bought out the hi-tech company her husband worked for. That brought them to the USA; first to Plano, Texas, then to Lyons. Her husband was transferred to the Boulder office in 2012. Tanya has volunteered at the Lyons Elementary School's PTO (on the Board for five years, and president for two). When she came from France, they would not let her work until she got her green card, so she started volunteering on the Jog-A-Thon event (they made $54,000 this year), and Casino Night (where they made $20,000 this year). This year the PTO is supporting a new program of Science and Leadership, for the children. Tanya is now getting involved in the “Meals on Wheels” program, Direct Financial Assistance and Resource Matching, and volunteers at the Lyons food pantry. In her spare time, she is trying to get transportation assistance for those who need medical help, and she plans to continue to help organize “Rave to the Grave,” a fundraiser for LEAF held every Halloween at Planet Bluegrass. Thank you Tanya for all your volunteering!
THE LYONS MAMMAS have volunteered to help the Weed Posse pull weeds in area parks, etc. They are against the spraying of herbicides to kill the weeds. Thank you Mammas! This is something all Moms, Dads, brothers, sisters, neighbors, friends, and kids can all do. Take you gloves, a hatchet, a spade, or whatever, and pull, chop, and dig! It will be a great help to the Town’s budget.
SHINGLES SHOTS - It is time for me to remind you again to get your shingles shot. It is a terrible, painful ailment.
A free monthly non-narcotic care pop up clinic will be held on the third Saturday of each month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the National Guard Armory (1512 North Main Street) in Longmont. Available therapies are: Acupuncture, Cranio Sacral Therapy, and Healing Touch Therapy, also for Pain, Post Traumatic Stress, and Sleep Issues. Veterans are needed to keep this program going.
THE RAILROAD EXHIBIT at the museum opened on Wednesday, June 27. All Aboard! Railroads in Lyons. The Museum held an open house reception and a brief history talk about the railroads with an exhibit of Lyons Railroads. It wasn’t long after the 1881 founding of the Town of Lyons that the Denver, Utah, Pacific Railroad made its way to Lyons in 1885. Arrival of the railroad signaled a new era in the development of the town, making the shipping of sandstone more efficient and opening up the area to a bustling tourism industry. The new exhibit highlights the history of the railroad and the depot building. Come see photographs, ephemera, and artifacts from the museum’s collections, some of which have never before been on display. Stop by the museum to view “Railroads in Lyons,” or the displays on the 2013 Lyons Flood,100 years of Newspapers, Irving Hale, Swift Family, Parks, and more!
Looking for a Wanda
We have heard from Kathy (Gereaux) Werness who lives in California, and is retired. She is asking who a Wanda was in their class of 1964? Call (303) 823-5925 if you have any information.
We are saddened to hear about the Mary’s Lake Lodge in Estes Park catching fire; with $5 million in damage. The fire sprinklers saved a lot of the building, but 16 rooms were damaged.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Sharon McConnell, Jeana Johnson, Leona Forsberg, Tamara Haddad, Nick Harkalis, Monica McGuckin, Janet Freeman, Jason McGuire, Jade Greenberg, Cassie Walters, Rox and Bill Biazanz, Jeff Kloosterman, Brian Kofford, and Don Lamb.
BERENE ROSE (McCONNELL) SULLIVAN - A nice service was held last Thursday for my sister, Berene, who passed away at her home at the age of 93, on June 6. She was born May 21, 1925 to Bernie and Irene McConnell in Henderson, Colorado. The family moved to the McConnell family dairy farm in Lyons when she was 2 ½, with sister, LaVern, who was six months old. Berene remained in Lyons, graduating from high school in 1943, with classmates: David Colt, Charles Dunfee, John Goodman, and Robert Van Pelt, and then worked for Leo Niner at the Lyons Lumber yard until her marriage to Wm. C. “Drake” Sullivan.
Upon her marriage to Drake in March 1949 she moved to his family farm east of Boulder where she remained until her death 69 years later. She was mother to two children, Rosamond and Wm. Floyd and two grandchildren, Megan and Patrick. She was an assistant secretary at Douglas Elementary for several years. Because of her love of bird watching she spent several years banding birds for the government and doing migratory studies. She also became interested in health products and started her own business. Her biggest joy was doing genealogy, with her family being pioneers in the Lyons area.
She is preceded in death by husband “Drake,” brother Herb McConnell, and sister Violet Betz. Her family includes daughter Rosamond, son Floyd (wife Jill), granddaughter Megan, grandson Patrick, sisters LaVern Johnson and Sharon McConnell, brother Byron (wife Sharon) all of Lyons, and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Thanks to all who attended her memorial service last Thursday, June 21, at Crist Mortuary in Boulder with Chaplain Mary Moss presiding. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lyons Redstone Museum, Box 9, Lyons, Colorado 80540. Send cards to: Rosamond Sullivan, 8323 Valmont Drive, Boulder, CO 80301.