Cupid’s Corner offers local fare, wares in Fraser on Saturday
February 8, 2008
While shoppers are out and about this weekend possibly searching for that perfect gift for their valentines, they might want to stop by the Middle Park Land Trust’s Fourth Annual Cupid’s Corner on Saturday.
The event takes place at the Fraser Historical Church with vendors open for business 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and booth fee proceeds benefit the MPLT, which celebrates its 13th year helping preserve private lands in Grand County.
Almost two dozen local business owners and individuals will be showcasing a variety of gifts. Francie DeVos, who owns Frank Expressions and began the event privately four years ago, is scheduled to have several items on display for purchase including gourmet chocolates, petit fours, her famous candy bouquets, as well as some fun, feisty “adult” items in her infamous “Love Shack.”
DeVos said the MPLT “is a very important aspect to our community.”
The event, which began as a way to help other home-based business owners get out into the public, has become something locals and visitors look forward to each year.
Other vendors include the Elizabeth Kurtak Gallery with hand-made Valentines, Hot Sulphur Springs Soap Company with handmade soaps and gift baskets, Earth Enchanted jewelry, crystals, angel prints and bath salts, Wishes and Dreams Come True and Heidi’s Bead Works jewelry, Grand Stampers and Stampin’ Up hand-stamped items, Showboat Catering and Shawn Nohl with baked goodies, Juice Plus vitamin supplements, Heritage Makers online storybooking and scrapbooking books and materials, CommuniAction coaching services, Martha Hut’s hand-dyed and printed scarves and fabrics, Hand Maid’n knitted/felted purses, gloves and decorated wine bottles, Day Dream Crafts quilted and wall art, Erin Life and Joanna Meyeraan and Arbonne International and Mary Kay spa and luxury skin care products, Taste of Home and Wildtree dishes and all-natural non-perishable foods, Grand Chorale signing up customers for their singing valentine visits, and Streamside Art supplies and prints.
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The Middle Park Land Trust will also have a booth at the Cupid’s Corner, with representatives present to answer questions about land conservation throughout Grand County. They are also set to have snacks and beverages, desk calendars, photos, and maps.
The MPLT, whose mission is “to help Grand County landowners preserve scenery, agriculture, water, wildlife and biodiversity for today and the future,” is a non-profit organization. Last year the group organized 19 easements on more than 1,700 acres “which was a record year for us,” said Adam Cwiklin, MPLT conservation specialist.
One of MPLT’s biggest accomplishments last year was when a group of contiguous landowners the MPLT calls “The Granby Five” worked to designate their properties in the meadows south of Windy Gap as protected open space.