Thursday was busy with school and stuff, then I took Grace to the Colorado Water Trust’s Happy hour before Colorado gives day shindig. She got to meet the judges who said that her picture was lovely and they didn’t realize she was a kid when they picked it (not that there was an age restriction on the contest, but all other entries were adults.)
To get 2nd runner up out of 80 photos was pretty good, her picture looked lovely all blown up and matted.
She got a book about the Colorado river and a CWT tumbler.
Friday was James day off, but we didn’t have plans. We did school, went to lunch with him, then we went to the library for the Holiday sale co-op. It went great, there were 14 or so kids selling everything from stuffed elephants to wands to picture, comics, glitter tattoos, Lorax puppets, metal work and more. Grace was selling mini bracelets/necklaces for dolls some t-shirt scarves and para-cord bracelets. Hannah had bracelets, ornaments, 2 LPS customs and LPS bows.
I wouldn’t have thought it, but Hannah made $40 and Grace made about $20. The kids had a fun time selling and buying, I wish that more people had popped in, but we were there before school was out.
That evening we dropped Grace at a play with her friends and James and I went to see the Lakewood lights. Hannah and Bethany decided to stay home. James had never seen the inside of any of the places, I had seen a few, but most are usually closed when we come. We toured the exhibits in the main building, then went out to the grounds. The Heritage center is known as the building zoo, they take buildings from around Lakewood that would otherwise be demolished and find them a home on the grounds, raise money to restore the buildings and then open them to the public. The newest one open is a two bedroom motel with covered parking decorated in the 50’s style. It was a motor-in on Colfax and was going to be razed, the owner asked if the Heritage center wanted a set of rooms and – there you go.
Another building was a cleaners, then a variety store, then a husband/wife hair salon with women on one side and men on the other.
Outside a brass band was playing in the cold, I bet it’s hard to blow on those instruments when it’s that cold.
We went inside the old one room school house and they had a display of school related items.
It was chilly enough that the camera on my phone didn’t want to focus.
We thought this one house was closed, but it was just very dim inside due to the low wattage of the electric lights. We take our lights for granted, but back then the lighting would have been dim to the point of almost no light.
We also learned the history of Belmar. It’s named after Mary Bonfils and her mother (Belle.) Mary came up with the combo of their names and named her mansion Belmar. Now all that’s left are the Heritage center grounds and the iron gate that led to the mansion. We knew about the Bonfils family (and the testy fight the sisters got into after their parents died), but I didn’t know that Belmar was also part of the Bonfils legacy. Interesting stuff.