Spring is here! Finally. It has been a long, cold winter, and we are glad to see it. However, it is no sign we will not have some snow now and then. Spring is fickle. We never know from one day to the next, what the weather will be!
In talking to some of our new and old residents, they enjoy it here: sunshine, no deep snow, warm days, and rain. Enjoy the weather; it will soon be too hot!
THE MAIN STREET CELEBRATION was indeed a success, and with good publicity brought a lot of folks to downtown.
Thanks to the Lyons Chamber of Commerce and event coordinator, Ellen Hine, for starting off the summer season with a bang! It even brought Mark and Pam Browning from Austin, Texas, specifically for the event. They have purchased a home, and spend their extra time here, and are really taking part and getting acquainted. We welcome them.
THE OUTDOOR MARKET opened which was a big plus with 28 vendors displaying their wares. Some extra and inviting merchandise, an enticement for those tourists whizzing by to stop and see what is happening. They state there are only one or two vacant buildings on Main Street. Yes, things are looking up!
The Lyons Town Staff will take next Friday as one of their furlough days – which will give them a four day weekend. You can’t beat that!
JOHN JOHNSON FIELD
This is a special time to honor Coach John Johnson, Lyons’ history teacher, football and track coach, who died this past February.
He taught and coached at Lyons from 1972 to 1992, and brought two State football championships to Lyons – 1974 and 1987 – besides being a mentor to all our students. He brought out the best in them. They tried hard for him, and they won!
His sons are football coaches too: Joe at Thunder Ridge and Doug at Longmont High, and they have won. Joe’s team a couple of times and Doug’s team was second last year. We need to say a Thank You to Ginger, John’s spouse-the best cheerleader ever! John Johnson, a wonderful man, who is sadly missed...
CONGRATULATINS TO LYONS TRACK TEAM who won the boys and girls titles at the Class 3A Region 4 track and field championships Saturday at Weld Central High School. The boys received 2l7.5 points with Erie second with 142.5, and the girls received l69 points with Erie second with 137.5. (Scott Leiding of Lyons is Erie’s Track Coach) OUR CONGRATULATIONS (see separate article).
MAY IS HISTORIC PRESERVATION MONTH with a special history program to be held this Sunday, May 23, from 2 to 4 p.m., with various folks giving some history of the area. We will let you chime in on your family history. Plan to attend. This is the month to enjoy our roots, to review how we got to Lyons, Colorado, to remember our heritage, and to appreciate it. Join us this Sunday.
THE BAR-N-DANCE WILL BE HELD MAY 26, at Oskar Blues, from 8-11 p.m, featuring square dancing with live old-time music, with Two Thin Dimes and Friends, an old-time string band. The dance will be called by Chris Kermiet and Ellen Klaver. Kids are welcome until 9 p.m. No experience or partner is necessary, and no charge. For an evening of great fun, plan to attend.
We hope you are enjoying the banners with an elegant picture of Steamboat Mountain on them, each listing an amenity in the Town of Lyons – shops, restaurants, museum, trails, parks, square dancing, festivals, etc. Twenty-four in all, when they get installed. A project of the Lyons Economic Development. Thanks, Jacque and all...
The one thing missing is the Visitors’ Center being open seven days a week. Please send in your donation to Visitors’ Center, Box 49, Lyons, Colorado.
With thousands of visitors stopping by for information, we need to help them and encourage them to stop and shop! We have the potential customers, let’s not turn them away. Volunteers are also needed. Give an hour or two a week of your time – Help the Lyons economy. Call Dave at 303-823 8250 to voluteer.
Members of the Lyons Historical Society attended their annual interview with members of the SCFD board (Scientific and Cultural Facilities District) who award the yearly grants. Funds come from the 1\10th of 1% Sales Tax collected in Boulder County as well as six other counties. The Boulder County SCFD Committee usually has around $400,000 to dole out to around 165 non-profit agencies for Art, Theatre, Scientific events, and History.
The Lyons Historical Society is a recipient of some of the funds for the operation of the Lyons Redstone Museum. These funds help pay the heat, telephone, fire phone, monitoring, insurance, repairs, and various things to keep the museum going. We appreciate the funds: Last year we received $2,000; the year before $2,500; the year before that $500 for the Museum and $500 to celebrate the 50th year of Saturday, summer square dancing in Lyons. We all pay this very worthwhile small tax, which greatly helps the non-profits.
OTHER SCFD GRANTS
Some of the projects in Lyons that have been funded by SCFD since it was formed in 1993, have been: stone fountain, etched sidewalks, map in entryway of the Visitors Center, the three stone bedstead benches (that are out for repair) all in Sandstone Park, the sandstone entryway at the South St. Vrain Trail at 3rd Avenue, the large Indian painting housed in the museum, funds for the video history project, community concerts in the summer and Old-Time Dances in the winter, plus museum operations the past several years. Now you know that your sales tax goes to good use.
COLORADO-WYOMING MUSEUM ASSOCIATION
Kathleen Spring of the Lyons History Video Project attended the Colorado-Wyoming Museum Association annual meeting in Laramie, Wyoming over the weekend, and received a $750 grant to set up an interactive oral history exhibit showing interviews she has taken of Lyons pioneers at the Lyons Redstone Museum. She also received a scholarship which paid her way there. This program will be set up in the museum sometime in July for viewing.
SOUNDS OF LYONS will consist of a weekend of music, art and history tours. Starting with the Studio Tour where Lyons artists will show their wares at various locations in and about town over the weekend. The area’s history will be portrayed at the Lyons Redstone Museum (open for the season-Sat 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sunday 12:30-4:30 p.m.)
Three concerts will be sponsored by famous violinist Mintze Wu of Lyons and co-horts. The concerts are at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, at Rogers Hall; 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 6, at Lyons Community Church, and at 8 p.m, on Sunday at the Wildflower Pavilion. An exciting weekend. You can attend all three concerts for $35 or just one for 15. Stay tuned.
LCF GOLF TOURNAMENT was Wednesday, May 19, with many teams of golfers on the course. It will be interesting to hear about the day and the winners. We hope it doesn’t rain. It is a fundraiser for the Lyons Community Foundation.
QUILTER PATTY HAWKINS, formerly from Lyons, is opening a quilt exhibit at the Estes Art Center, at 517 Big Thompson Avenue, from now thru June 10.
Patty shows the adventure and art of quilting. She has entered many area quilt shows and won many awards, and is one of the founding member of the Front Range Contemporary Quilters.
Front Range Contemporary Quilters was founded twenty years ago with six members and now has two hundred members. It is worth a trip to Estes to see this show. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
FOOD AND FLICKS is sponsoring their Annual Garage Sale/Flea Market on Memorial Day weekend – Monday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Shopping Center. The charge is $20.00, $15.00 goes to the Lyons Community Foundation and $5.00 to the Lyons Youth Baseball/ Softball Association. Call 303-823-6049 to register.
LYONS OUTDOOR GAMES on June 12-13 in Sandstone Park will consist of a beer garden, vendors, and food.
THE LYONS GOOD OLD DAYS – JUNE 25-27 is progressing, with various events to be held on High Street, Sandstone Park, and Bohn Park. Many events are hosted by the various nonprofit organizations, as a way for them to earn a few dollars and to help the weekend to be a big success.
The 34th annual Good Old Days event will open at 5 p.m. Friday, June 25, with food, carnival, vendors and music on High Street.
At 9 p.m. all pioneer families of the Lyons area will be recognized as Mr/Mrs. Good Old Days. The alumni classes of 1930, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 2000, and 2010 will be honored, thus giving them an opportunity to see each other, for picture taking, and comradeship. A special souvenir will be awarded to all.
The street dance is from 8-11 p.m. The softball tournament will begin in Bohn Park.
We hear that several of these alumni are planning to attend. It is a time to renew old acquaintances and talk of your high school days with your classmates. So far we have heard from Rethal (Sisk) Morris of Colorado Springs, who first married Shorty Scheidegger, Class of 1950. She is trying to round up her classmates. George Veith from New Mexico is planning to attend for the Class of 1960; Jerry Johnson and Jerry Tabor are trying to round up their Class of 1970; The class of 1980 (Rodney and Randy Svilar, etc) will celebrate in July; Jackie (McConnell Gunter) is rounding up her class of 1990. Some class member should take the initiative to round up your classmates and attend.
A special alumni reunion will be held at the stage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Another program will be held at the Lyons Redstone Museum, 1 p.m. to honor the book, Lyons Pioneers, and alumni.
On Saturday, June 26 Good Old Days starts with the pancake breakfast at the Firehouse. At 11 a.m., a celebration of life, dedication, and recognition ceremony of town employees and volunteers – Frances and Bill Brackett and Bob Doseoff will be held at the Lyons Visitors Center. Folks are invited to pay their respects and remember how much these folks gave to our town, and admire the sandstone benches installed nearby in their honor.
Fran spent 22 years at the Lyons Visitors Center, most of that volunteer work, plus being our first Lady Mayor, a member of the Fireflies, for operating the Lyons cemetery and the Lyons Oddfellows Hall. Husband Bill spent his life for the good of Lyons, a Mayor, Town Trustee, fireman, school custodian, Oddfellow, and numerous committees.
Bob Doseoff, a nephew of Alfred Hess, was so happy to live in Lyons, and gave of his time to volunteer and oversee the town restrooms, parks, and etc. Plan to attend. All are welcome.
Also on Saturday, High Street will include music all day at the stage; the beer garden by the Lyons Chamber food; Alumni Jamboree and book signing by Denise Berg, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; KidSpace and BBQ at Lyons Elementary School playground, l0 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Open house at Lyons Redstone Museum, 12 to 4:30 p.m.; dedication of the new Lyons book, 1 p.m.; Talent show, 6 p.m.; Square dance, honoring longtime retiring Caller, Jerry and Sherry Haag, 7:30 p.m.; Street dance, 8 to 11 p.m.
THE BOOK! THE BOOK!
At long last and a big thanks to Denise Berg (author of the Welch Resort-Hidden Treasurer of Boulder County,) and to Frank Weaver, post humorously, who collected enough information on the Lyons area and families to fill three books. The long-awaited book “Piecing a Town Together – Families of Lyons Colorado” will be published, dedicated, and sold during the Lyons Good Old Days.
We owe a big thanks to Denise, who took the book, which was left in disarray after the sudden death of Frank Weaver in 1981, and has finished it.
It goes to print this week, and consists of 376 pages of information on Lyons families. Many are still here; others, you will read about.
The book will sell for $24.95 with 2500 ordered, should be enough for all the family. Kudos to Denise, for finally accomplishing this long-time dream on Lyons’ families.
The book contains the “roots” of the Lyons families, what they did here in the new town of Lyons, Colorado, started in 1881, and how they contributed to this beautiful town we now have! We spent the winter trying to get updates of the families, but did not get them all.
You will all want a book, which will be available during the Lyons Good Old Days and from there on at various businesses. The books can be ordered thru email: lavern921@aol; thru mail: LaVern Johnson, Box 9, Lyons, CO 80540; or call 303-823-5925, 303-823-6692, or 303-823-5271. Send $4 for postage plus the cost of the book.
MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM by William Shakespeare was presented last week by Lyons Fifth graders. It was fun and exciting. The students did well, and their costumes were great. This is the 11th year that Challenge Teacher Debbie Simms, Producer and Ron Ortega, Director have presented a Shakespeare play at the playground stage here in Lyons.
On Monday, May 17, they participated with other 5th graders of the St. Vrain District for the Shakespeare play day. Job well done!
GENEVA has been real brave with her broken arm, with a pink cast, and is having folks sign it.
Two small breaks in the right wrist make eating and dressing mighty unhandy. She will find out Tuesday if it is healing or if she needs surgery. All because of a stool being in the way.
Falling down is the curse of the population, especially those over fifty! Our bones break easier. However, with me the doctor said I “had good bones,” evidently from years of square dancing, so I didn’t have to be put in a cast.
We have to watch our step so we don’t fall!
CONGRATULATIONS to James Morton, Jr., who graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in December with an electrical engineering degree. He has been nominated for an award from the Colorado Engineering Council. JT Moore, President of the Scootbacks Square Dance Club is Chairman of the Council, and was really impressed at James’ accomplishments.
CONGRATULATIONS to Katie Lock, Class of 2006, who graduated from American University in Washington, D. C. on May 9. She received a bachelor’s degree in music theater. During her four years, she was cast in major roles of numerous plays, including Tartuffe, and Romeo and Juliet. She was twice named the school’s female actress to participate in the Irene Ryan collegiate acting competition in Philadelphia. She sang the national anthem at the School of International Studies graduation at American University the day before her own ceremony. Katie plans to stay in Washington, D.C. where she is working at two jobs and pursuing a professional acting career. She will be joined this summer by her sister, Sarah, who graduated from Lyons High School in 2008, and who will be an intern in Sen. Mark Udall’s Washington Office. Sarah completed her sophomore year at Metro State in Denver, where she is studying communications, and is contemplating going to law school. Katie and Sarah are the daughters of David (former Lyons town administrator) and Jenny Lock of Lyons. Our congratulations.
THANKS TO THE LONGMONT MAGAZINE, which featured Lyons Community Foundation and Square Dancing in Lyons and the area. Saturday square dances start in Lyons June 19, at the Lyons Elementary School gym, with the 54th annual State Square Dance Convention held at Keystone on June 13 and 14.
Janet Freeman has returned from Chicago, where she attended a grand niece’s baptism and visited friends and relatives.
Marissa and Jeremy Davis have returned from Davenport, Iowa, where they visited her mother, Cindy Mastellar Gravert. Lnnea Austin and husband have returned from Tennessee, where he graduated from Optometry school. They hope to settle in this area. Her brother, Jesse Austin and family have also returned to Lyons, and Amber (Austin) Burton and family moved from Pinewood Springs to Lyons a while back. Welcome back to Lyons.