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Grand Lake: Bazaar a perfect venue for holiday shopping

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

Grand Lake’s Olde-Fashioned crafts bazaar, put on by the Grand Arts Council, has been a mainstay for at least a quarter of a decade in the small mountain village.

Residents and visitors are invited to peruse the items for a little early holiday shopping 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Grand Lake Elementary gymnasium. The location is new this year, moving from the Historical Community House a few blocks away.

More than 25 artists and craftsmen are scheduled to be there, displaying fabric crafts, Christmas ornaments, scarves, hats, knit clothing and other sewn accessories; jewelry, stained glass works, calendars, photographs, Christmas wreaths, note cards, kids shoes, dog bandanas, iron work, woodwork items, calligraphy, pine cones for creations, lamps, baskets, “Corn Critters” and applique. Plus, other crafter applications are still coming in to be included in the popular event.

“We’ve got a lot of the same people (as years previous),” said Barbara Ahrens, Grand Arts Council president. She said there are several non-profit organizations participating, and she expects the event to be “smashingly popular this year.”

Lunch items and other foods will also be available at the event. Food gift items available at the bazaar include soup and bread mixes and various jams and jellies.

The Grand Lake Women’s Club, which was founded in 1912 and has about 35 members, will also operate a food booth for at least the 10th year, this year serving “Walking Tacos” as well as their famous home-baked goods (including tea rings, breads, cookies and cinnamon rolls), and a variety of beverages for purchase.

Cleta Leinbach, long-time member of the Grand Lake Women’s Club, has pieced and hand-sewn a quilt to be raffled at the event. The quilt, entitled “Mountain Retreat” is vibrant with butterflies fluttering here and there on select squares. It is the first hand-made quilt for the raffle in several years and took Leinbach the better part of the last year to create.

“I made it just for this,” she said. “I enjoyed it. I hope they (the raffle winners) like it. I wanted it to be bright.”

Raffle tickets may be purchased at the craft fair, three for a $5 donation, with the drawing to be held at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Proceeds from the Grand Lake Women’s Club booth and quilt raffle ticket sales support other Grand County organizations, including the Juniper Library at Grand Lake, the Mountain Family Center, the Public Health Nurse Office’s A.C.H.E.S. program, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, Rocky Mountain National Park (toward its campground renovations), Grand Lake Elementary’s Halloween Carnival, the U.S. Forest Service Adopt-A-Trail program, Grand Arts Council and Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. This is the only fundraiser for the Grand Lake Women’s Club each year. Its sole purpose is to help support these and other local organizations.

“It’s a chance for us to work together and be a part of the community,” said Kathy Means, president of the club. “It’s an annual event that we look forward to – to be able to support other local groups and Grand County activities.”

Booth rental proceeds from the bazaar will go toward projects to help finish the remodeling of the Grand Arts Center, specifically the first level. Projects in priority include new flooring throughout that level and finishing the drywall, followed by installation of bathroom partitions and fixtures.

For more information, call (970) 531-0804 or e-mail andrea@rkymtnhi.com.


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