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Mancos heats up the town with annual Melt

Stopped by the Cattle Drive coffee shop on U.S. Highway 160 the other day where there’s western décor and an expanded menu. At each table is a deck of cards, and several board games are available.

Their hearty sandwiches are named for the big time heroines of the West, and a nice brochure at each table gives a short history of these famous women. Their ice cream is from Moose and More who have added ice cream pies to their menu. By April, there may be an outdoor dining area and perhaps live music. It’s a nice, clean, fun place for good lunches and breakfasts. And someone mentioned starting a weekly Scrabble club. The shop is next to the Hogan. Interested? See you there!

Driving east on U.S. 160, we came to Brown’s Country Store. Until April 1, they are keeping their winter hours (Sunday open by appointment only; closed Mondays). They are busy building another greenhouse for more veggies and tomatoes through Christmas. They’ve been busy birthing lambs and goats. Sadly, the lamb I fed was too small and not strong enough to bear the cold weather. I did get to see a baby goat, who tore a paper from my notebook, and tried to chew a hole in my sweatshirt. As we drove away, the baby goats were playing head-butting, jumping, knocking each other over, and having fun with no mother to stop them. Brown’s Country Store is the first house on the right after the bridge on U.S. 160.

St. Pat’s Day

The Lions Club had fun at the Senior Center celebrating St. Pat’s Day with a yummy corned-beef and cabbage meal, lots of games and prizes – T-shirts, green jewelry, and more. Thank you, Mancos Lions.

The Mancos Melt

Saturday was the Mancos Melt Putt Putt Golf Tournament. The weather was warm, the golf holes all enticing, and golfers eager. After playing the 17 holes, the winners were:

First: Rob and Jen Kirk, a round of golf at Dalton Ranch

Second: Ryan and Kerly, a round of golf at Hillcrest Golf Course

Third: Phil and Megan Russell, a round of golf at Conquistador Golf Course

Fourth: Linda James and Bonnie Bryant, $50 at Eolus.

Linda James and Bonnie Bryant won the first-place award for costume as The Bearded Ladies, and Mary Wilson came in second as a clown. Tim Hunter won the award for golf hole design, at the Mancos brewery.

Top it off with a hat

Last week, I suggested that while golfing at Artisans of Mancos, you should look at the new artist Karen Sizelove-Murphy’s hats and bows. Did you? I did today with a friend, and we both walked out with a hat. I hardly ever wear one, but this was a special bear hat, and I liked it. Karen and her husband, Harris Murphy, were there, and we spent a good hour laughing and talking and trying on her things. Karen and Harris volunteered at the VFW lunch. They are definitely good members of our community.