Montrose and Menopause
Along with many of our local residents and businesses, I’m anticipating an exciting weekend celebrating the birth of Montrose that occurred 100 years ago.
Organizers have planned a two-day celebration that includes everything from carnival rides to a barbecue – a nod to founders J. Frank Walters and Robert Walton who hosted a similar event back in 1913 to entice perspective property buyers to invest in this out-of-the-way hamlet.
If you’ve read the accounts by CVW columnist Mike Lawler regarding the original plans by Walton and Walters, you’ll know that they included Japanese gardens and a country club. Unfortunately, these lofty plans never came to fruition but I wonder if anyone felt short-changed. After all, with the mountains at their backside and a sweeping valley laid before them, I don’t believe lot buyers thought they were cheated.
One hundred years later, I’m sure Walters and Walton would not recognize the bustling yet quaint town that Montrose has evolved into. Even the landscape has changed, courtesy of the “Montrose Five,” a group of local businessmen who, after traveling to the mid-West to learn about the concept of an outdoor shopping park, incorporated what they discovered into what is Montrose today.
Walters and Walton had high hopes for Montrose. As publisher of this newspaper who wonders from week to week the best way to steer the growth of this enterprise, I can only ponder how proud they would be if they knew how successful their promotion campaign was.
The love of Montrose is far-reaching – check out the well-wishes by local business folks on page 14.
Give me a fan and I’ll share with you the joy of menopause.
If you think you detected a bit of sarcasm, you’d be right. At 52, The Change has definitely arrived for me, bringing with it an extra 15 pounds, a craving for red wine and chocolate, and (as my best friend Amy calls it) my own personal summer (a.k.a. hot flashes). But I celebrate the fact that I am not alone in this journey – in fact, I share the road with some fantastic women who I will be joining on Tuesday night when we head to the Alex Theatre for the limited engagement of “Menopause the Musical.”
We’d love to see you there, too. To win tickets to the Tuesday night performance (which includes a meet and greet with the cast), go to page 24 and enter the Menopause the Musical contest.