It’s always nice to hear a compliment and the one I’m copying here came in to our website comment section. I want to share this note with all our Grand Lake area businesses and visitors.

Hello,

Last weekend I and three friends had a long girls-weekend trip to Grand Lake. We stayed in Grove at Lee’s Resort. I just wanted to say thank you for the great time we had and if possible put out a few special thank you. First of all, we would like to say thanks bunches to Russ and the gang at Elk River Landing for having the patience to help four women get a boat in and out of the water!!! You didn’t have to be so nice and helpful to us, but you were, and yes… we left the 20 bucks on the counter. Thanks to Jerry at Cedar Point Marina for helping us get our battery charged and for taking us for a ride in a new Crownline while the battery was charging and not charging us! Lastly, thanks to a wonderful gentleman named Bob who was also at Lee’s who took the time to help us get the boat into the slip and teach us how to tie it up properly. The people we met in town were wonderfully nice and no one was ever too busy to not carry on a conversation or ask us where we were from and that meant the world to us. Thanks again for the great time and we will definitely try to get back again.

  So now I’d like to add my thanks along to those people mentioned and the many more busy workers around the Grand Lake area who always go out of their way to make our visitors feel welcome. Here at the Visitor Center, our staff hears first hand from folks praising the friendliness they receive at the lake. So again, thanks for making friends with our visitors – because of your efforts, word of mouth advertising will go a long way, further than any dollars spent on advertising.

  Again, this past Fourth of July was a spectacular fireworks show in Duck Creek. Joe Harwood, Donna Belt, Brent Howard and the rest of the committee, you outdid yourselves. Kudos not just from me but everyone else that enjoyed the whole experience; you keep topping yourselves year after year.

  The phones here at GLA were ringing off the hook with people calling for accommodations. We kept a waiting list with names and needs and as our member resorts called with cancellations, we filled them up. We still had many disappointed lake fans that we couldn’t find accommodations for. If you are an accommodation business and weren’t full, it must mean you are not a member of the Grand Lake Association. For dues of only $150.00 a year, we make sure you have all the paying visitors you can handle. Maybe it’s time to think about becoming a member. Call me, Deborah, or speak to any of our staff and we’ll tell you about the great things we do for your success. The phone number is 918-786-2289 or toll-free 1-866-LUV-GRAND which is really fitting since we all “love Grand Lake.”

  Our event calendar is full for this coming weekend. Take in the presentation of “Forever Plaid” at the Coleman theatre this Friday at 7:30 p.m. This is a show you won’t want to miss as all your favorite oldies will be performed by a talented group of musicians, singer and dancers. Call the Coleman at 918-540-2425 for more information on this show. Then on Saturday evening the Coleman will feature Tanya Goodman Sykes at 7:30 p.m. another great event at this beautiful theatre.

  Also on Friday evening the very talented Johnny Lee will be in concert at the Royal Bay Marina event center. There’s still time to reserve your tickets. Just call the ticket office at 918-786-4386. And, don’t forget, it’s time to take a ride on the “Cherokee Queen.” This is a wonderful way to show off the lake to first time visitors as well as those of us who live here and still haven’t had this great experience. For the Queen tour schedule, call 918-786-4272.

  This Saturday is a Grove Downtown “Second Saturday” evening event. Beginning at 6:00 pm be downtown for great live entertainment, arts, food and tons of fun. I’m always amazed by the good tasting free food that the merchants put out. If you haven’t made a Second Saturday you’re missing some good hometown fun.

  Have a hankerin’ to learn Square Dancing? On Saturday you have the opportunity to watch some of the best dancers take the floor at the Grove Community Center and possibly learn a step or two. The Green Country Square Dancing Club is stepping out at 7:30 pm and the public is welcome. For more information call 918-786-7637.

  Again this Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the Grand Lake Sail and Power Squadron will be conducting free vessel safety checks. This time they will be at Thunder Bay Marina. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get the extra sets of eyes going over your watercraft and giving you safety tips. These men and women devote many hours to making sure we’re all safe out there. Stop by and say thanks.

  Of course, the biggest event taking place this weekend is Rocklahoma in Pryor. The GLA will have staff there to welcome the thousands of fans and pass out our Visitor guide as well as cards for our upcoming Grand Lake Motorcycle Rally. Now if you’re a business, wouldn’t you have liked this additional opportunity to have your name in front of all the fans? If you were a member with the Grand Lake Association (GLA) your name would have been in our visitor guide. Might want to think about it for next year. Advertising is being sold now, so contact Diann at 918-786-2289 for the rates and deadlines.

  Till next week; enjoy the Grand Lake region and all it offers. Stay safe and remember to “preserve, protect and promote Grand Lake.”