EXCERPT: …introduces new residents to Chamber members and services, and businesses, and encourages everyone to support and buy from Chamber members…
NEW RESIDENTS: Back then and today, the Lyons Chamber invited RESIDENTS! to come to one of their Social/Meetings to meet the owners of local businesses. You will also get a Welcome Bag, with coupons and information on the member businesses. Be sure to contact the director so that she will have a gift bag ready, and give you a chance to briefly introduce yourself during the very short business session. www.lyons-Colorado.com Generally, you qualify if you are a “new resident” in Lyons within the past year, and have never been to a Chamber meeting before.
Back then Christy Crosser was the Chamber director, and she worked for the Town as a grants specialist. Today (after a few other positions in Colorado) she is again a grants specialist, but for the Town of Estes Park.
EXCERPT: Please join the Songbirds in Sandstone Park on Sunday for an early evening under the trees with reggae and folk songs inspired by nature!
SONGBIRDS: The 2012 event included music and many other fun activities. It was free, but donations were welcomed to pay for the stage rental. You may look at the photo of the kids dancing and think it is about Mayama Movement programs, but it was the adult female Songbirds music group consisting of locals: KC Groves, Annie Sirotniak, Shannon Johnson, Ashley Johnson, Julie Adair, and Nature. The group no longer exists, but some of the members are still singing today.
Today, KC Groves is still singing in Lyons and elsewhere. She joins different groups and/or sings solo, from friend’s backyard to on public stages, including the Planet Bluegrass festivals. She performs as part of the RockyGrass Sunday Gospel show. She performed as part of Uncle Earl in 2014 and 2022 on the RockyGrass stage.
Julie Adair sings in a (non-Lyons) band called Citizen Dan (a Steely Dan cover band), which performed in a few concerts this summer. She says, “I actually formed the Songbirds along with Shannon Johnson and Ashley Johnson. One of our shows was called Roots and Wings… We invited Annie, KC Groves and Nature to join us as musicians. Shannon and KC and I do still perform together! We performed last Easter at the program at Planet Bluegrass; and the three of us also performed two songs at the Mayama recital at the high school.”
In addition, Shannon Johnson sings classical music with Ars Nova, Boulder.
EXCERPT: It felt like “Halloween Came Early” in Bohn Park over the weekend, as hundreds of costumed runners descended upon our little hamlet for the second annual Lyons 5K Devil Dash. Since the theme of the obstacle course was the “seven deadline sins,” many of the runners were dressed as good…or bad…estimated 1,600 to 2,000 runners took part in the two-day event.
DEVIL DASH: this event brought runners to the two-day run, for all to enjoy the music, beer, food, and vendors. I could not find a listing for this race in Colorado in 2022, with the closest name being: Devil on the Divide, which is in Empire, CO. Their Devil Dash website is now run by a German company (in German language) and is about cars. But we still do have plenty of races in town!
AD: You will note an ad for Dave’s Diner, which was in the building where Western Stars Gallery and Diner Bar is currently located… and various restaurants were to follow. Can you name all the bar/restaurants that have been in that spot? It was the Vasquez family who put in the gorgeous red sandstone patio and stage, and it was called the Outlaw Saloon.
Dave Rodefer owned Dave’s Diner, a Family Restaurant, and this announces his “new location” next to the Outlaw Saloon. He had a faithful following, who not only came for his traditional breakfasts, but for lunches of burgers, Bratwursts, sausages, Vienna hot dogs, homemade soups, and salads. Kids under five could eat for free!
LaVern Johnson and I put on a big fundraiser for the Lyons Redstone Museum there one year. We took over the whole restaurant and had a food buffet and a sale — she was having a garage sale at her home’s barn on Evans Street, and some of the items were too expensive for a garage sale, and were better displayed and sold in the lovely restaurant setting… such as a thick, leather $100+ motorcyclist’s outfit to wear in the rain, and a tv console.
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