Grand Lake: Mountains, lake provide scenic backdrop for arts, crafts fair |

Grand Lake: Mountains, lake provide scenic backdrop for arts, crafts fair

The Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the return of its annual Fine Arts and Crafts Fair this weekend in the town square.

The event hosts more than 25 vendors from in and around the Colorado area. It is also a chance to enjoy Grand Lake’s summertime splendor along the Continental Divide, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Colorado’s largest natural lake, which gives the town its namesake.

Katie and James Barrett of O’Harra’s Jams and Jellies is among the food vendor list. Other food booths will be hosted by Anita Criticos of 2 Hot Chili Peppers.

Textile crafts to be on display include fiber creations from local artist and writer Janet Day of Day Dream Crafts, jewelry and non-metal items by Donna Drabousky of Mountain Gems and Jewelry, jewelry and metal work by James Haas and Stone Age Jewelry, fiber work by Julie Hicks of Snowoolies, ceramics by Tara Miller Claywork, quilts by Terry Moore of Moore and Co., non-metal jewelry by Jodi Niksic and Juliene Marquis, non-metal jewelry by Amy and Art Richard of Art Arabesque, woodwork by Linda Sander of The Curiosity Shack, ceramics by Leonard Carlens, stone work by Gary and Brenda Smith and Mountain Feathers, glass by Marion Whitmore and business Window Shopping, glass jewelry by Amy Rankl of A. Leigh Designs, jewelry by Nadia Baughman of Nadia’s Designs, ceramics by John and Barb Burnett of Burnett’s Pottery, stained glass work by Kremmling artist Brenda Helton of The Glass Window, and woodwork by Geoff Cleveland of Cleveland Creek Log Furniture.

Darlene Cotton is bringing paintings to the fair from Raesfeather Art, Cecilia Eidelmiller will offer drawing graphics with Portraits by Cecilia, Larry Glass will showcase a variety of photography, Coleen Veraldo of Sudsations will offer soap products, and Maryann Perlee will have a Wild About Flowers booth set up in the town park.

There’s also a free concert Saturday in the town park, put on by the Grand Arts Council. The performance is the first of GAC’s Concert in the Park series this summer. Kort McCumber and McCumberland is set to play equal parts folk, country, blues and bluegrass “with a healthy dose of something fresh” 1 to 3 p.m. in the Grand Lake Town Park gazebo.

McCumber classically trained in piano and cello, learning from his mom who played for the Jacksonville Symphony for over 20 years, and has also honed skills playing guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica and Irish bouzouki (his favorite).

For the past decade, he’s played more than 1,000 live shows throughout the states and Europe. He released his sixth album, “Lickskillet Road” this past October, named after the steep road in Boulder where he lives with his wife and his dogs.

The project features appearances from Vince Gill, Sally Van Meter, Don Conoscenti and several other well-known musicians and his writing partner Kevin DeForrest said it is proof that if one stays true to their passion, great things will follow.

Colorado is a huge inspiration to McCumber and he said his new CD makes references to it on about half of the songs. He has been playing in the Fraser Valley since 2003 and said he loves to perform in Grand County. He hopes audiences have a great time at this weekend’s show, leaving with the feeling that they got to know him a little bit through his music.

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