Holiday Mountain Market Thanks

An entire community shows up and supports local microbusiness artisans/crafters and nonprofits. Over $24,000 exchanges hands inside of 13 business hours. Of this amount, over $5,000 arrives in the coffers of small nonprofits or children’s groups, helping them to move forward, pay a few bills, or send kids to camp. The event provides an opportunity for groups to advertise their services to prospective new members. And NAS collects the sales tax to ensure our town receives its fair share.

Some local shoppers start and finish all their holiday shopping at the market; others make it a priority to skip Black Friday in favor of handcrafted items here.  It is about a great deal more than just shopping locally and circulating dollars in our own micro-economy. Here, people meet friends and neighbors, listen to the music of local performers, enjoy super low-cost festival foods, and revel in the biggest holiday party in the mountains.

Santa drew the lucky winning ticket of the Holiday 50/50 Cash Split Raffle.  Mountain resident Dr. Barbara Adams will enjoy a little heartier holiday season with nearly $350. We thank everyone who purchased a raffle ticket to contribute to Nederland Area Seniors. We host raffle drawings three times a year to share good fortune with our supporters and we encourage everyone to purchase tickets before our next drawing during Frozen Dead Guy Days.

Hosting an event which serves hundreds of visitors with food, entertainment, and dozens of micro-shops requires the diligent work of many contributors.  For anyone who can join us as we plan and prepare for next year’s market beginning in August, we would appreciate the help of enthusiasts of all ages – senior status not required. Please contact us at 303-258-0799 to find a way you can help our seniors manage this tremendous event.

This year’s market was the result of the hard work and love of  Margaret May, for an amazing Silent Auction and many other tasks; Jim Elder for the delicious chili and preparing the entire Café system; Betty and Dale Porter for signs; Marty Cheshes and Serene Karplus for publicity;  Dave Felkley for arranging visits from Santa; Doug Armitage of Brightwood Music for Performance Stage Sound Systems and assistance to every performing group; Dawn Baumhover and volunteers for decorating the Nederland Community Center and other hosting details; Matt Starr for vendor assistance and extreme cleanup; and Serene Karplus for market layout and vendor communications.

Many volunteers helped with Santa photos, Café service, cashiering, raffle sales, greeting visitors, and details galore:  Carl Arman, “Brock” Brocklehurst, Roger & Karen Cornell, Denny Dalpez, Jim Disinger, Jerry & Barbara Donahue, Marilyn Fagerstrom,  Janice Foster, Jerry Griess, Marianne Hill, Del Lynd, Frank & Susan Lutz, Judy MacDougall,  Larry & Kathy Pope, Betty Porter, Tom Roczen, Jeannette Smith, and Bette Ventrella,

Dozens of local performers graced our stage, volunteering to share their talents, and we thank them for their incredible gifts:  Roy Burkett, “Live Music” Band, Andre Mallinger Piano Studio, Mountain Classical Flutes, Mountain Movers, Nederland Presbyterian Church Choir, Peak to Peak Chorale, Planet Motion Dancers, Burt Rashbaum, and Revelations 19 (Cavalry Chapel) Choir.
We are grateful for the support of the many who donated to our fabulous Silent Auction and to the many who purchased items at it.  Thank you, Silent Auction Donors:  Anything Wood, Appaloosa Grill, Aspen Grove Preschool, Backcountry Pizza, Bear Mountain Trading Post, Bittersweet Botanicals, Black Forest Restaurant, Blue Owl Books, Bonnie’s Bangles and Dangles, Brightwood Music, Carousel of Happiness, Coal Creek Art Studio, Complete Canine, Cosmic Cowboy, Cottonwood Enterprises, Dam Liquor, Davis Creative, Dog House, Dr. Fix-It, First Street Pub and Grill, Gold Hill Goo, Heidi Kummli Designs, Indian Peaks Ace Hardware, Isle Hotel & Casino, Jacquie’s Pottery & Gifts, Kathmandu Restaurant, Kreations by Keri, Laughing Bear Photography, Le Peep Restaurant, Longmont Theatre Company, Medicine Springs Pharmacy, Mountain Man Outdoor Store, Mountain Moon Glow, Mountain People’s Co-op,  Mountain Rose Hair Care, Mountainjoy Quilts, Nature’s Own, Nederland Community Center Fitness Place, Nederland Community Library Foundation, Nederland Equestrian, Nederland Feed & Grain, Nederland Tai Chi Club, Nederland Veterinary Hospital, New Moon Bakery, On The Verge Machine Embroidery, Out of Sight Art, Patty Greer Films, Peak to Peak Imports, Peak Wine & Spirits, Photos Belles Images, Pioneer Inn, Rocky Knob Design, Rocky Stiers Jewelry, Silver Raven Arts, Silver Tree Jewelry, Sundance Café, TEENS, Inc., Thai Restaurant, The Alpaca Store & More, The Business Connection, The Deli @ 8236, The Mountain-Ear, The Renaissance Woman, The Shop, Touchstone Bodywork, Tri-Country Mountain Crafters, Tungsten Toffee, Two Mile Creek Specialty Foods, Whistler’s Café, Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center, Wild Mountain Smokehouse and Brewpub, Wild West Mercantile, Emily Bloomfield, “Brock” Brocklehurst, Betsy Buck, Glenna Carline, Marilyn Cheshes, Chellee Courtney, Wendy Dennie, Jim Elder, Marilyn Fagerstrom, Cheryl Fanelli, Laura Fisher, Dianne Fleming, Frank & Justine Irwin, Serene Karplus, Frank & Susan Lutz, Judy MacDougall, Giga Pellouchoud, Kathy Pope, Betty Porter, Anne Snow, Beverly Tinsley, Phyllis Utter, Bette Ventrella.

Our biggest thanks of all go to the many vendors who give up nights of sleep and personal commitments to create goods for the market and the hundreds of local neighbors who shop there to support them.  We look forward to another wonderful community gathering on the first weekend of December next year.  Happy Holidays to all!

Everyone is invited to the Nederland Area Seniors luncheon at the Nederland Community Center at noon.  A donation of $4 is requested from those over 60 years of age and $8.25 all others, but no seniors are turned away due to inability to pay.  Please make reservations by 4 p.m. Friday for Monday lunch and 4 p.m. Monday for Wednesday lunch at 303-258-0799.

Monday, December 23:  Baked Ham, Succotash, Scalloped Potatoes/WW Roll, Berries
Wednesday, December 25:  Holiday – No Lunch

Serene Karplus

About the Author: Serene Karplus – is the Executive Director of the Nederland Area Seniors, Inc. (NAS) which assists senior citizens in enhancing their quality of life, enabling them to live a life of respect and honor.  This is accomplished through the facilitation of nutrition, transportation, education, recreation, socialization and outreach programs for all seniors living in the Greater Nederland Area. Serene is a contributor to The Mountain-Ear with her Senior Scene column.

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