Holiday Mountain Market Thanks

Serene Karplus, Nederland.  Last week we thanked the hundreds of shoppers who shopped local at the Holiday Mountain Market and supported the microbusiness artisans/crafters and a handful of nonprofits, keeping $40,000 circulating in our local mountain economy and generating over $1,300 in taxes for the Town of Nederland.

Hundreds of people produce this big show and we can’t quite thank each and every one of them by name – we just don’t know the names of every choir member and dancer in every group and the supportive friends who help haul and set up artisan displays. The many hours of work developing skills and producing items and performances to create a festive holiday presentation for the market pulls together an extraordinary event for everyone. Thank you for your gifts to our entire community!

Thank you Artisans/Crafters and Fellow Nonprofits: Rod & Lesli Anderson (Fineline Woodworking), Helene Arendt (CSB Metalsmith), Phylleri Ball (Three Sisters Weaving), Kate Baumhover, Melody Baumhover (Melody’s), Tracy Bellehumeur (BeeFarmGirl), Emily Bloomfield (Imaginings & Magical Things), Christin Blue (CBlue Photo), Tamara Borchardt (Fire and Water Perfumery), Corrie Bradley (Keep It Clean), Linda Caldwell (On the Verge Machine Embroidery), Joanne Cole (Gold Hill Goo & Where Did You Get That Hat?), Jodi Connelly (Silver Raven Arts), Tania Corvalan (Wandering Blue Studios), Mary Curcio (Tungsten Toffee), Wendy Dennie (Wendy Dennie Fine Art), James DeWalt (8500 Light Lab), Donna Eberle (Apron Wings), Carol B> Elmore (Silvertree Jewelry), Gabrielle Gewirtz (Gabart), Robert Hamburger (NedGear), Catherine Hewins (Photos Belles Images), Mark Hill (Lougheed Design), Lynn Hirshman (Handknit by Lynn), Laraina James (Cajunmtngirl Creations), Candace Johnson (Never Summer Jewelers), Jennifer Johnson (Mountain Moon Glow), Lianne Johnson (Lianne Johnson Ceramics), Serene Karplus (Skyesilk), Linda Knappenberger (Play It Again Gram), Pam Leland (Pam Leland Collages), Mia Lucero (Poco Leon Studio), Beth Martin (Coldshed Designs), Jennifer Martin (Two Sisters & Needles), Terry Martin (Terry Martin’s Pots), Lara Mastro (Savvy Soaps & Lotions; Rocky Mountain Baby Booties; Ned Hens), Peggy McCarty (The Muse Knits), Kate Miller (Dynamic Roots High Altitude Herbals), Linda Mohling (Mohling Designs), Jacquelyn O’Brien (Hippie Geek Studios), Herb Pugmire (Moose Mountain Creations),  Michelle Quigley (Essoya Nederland Candles), Mimi Ritter, Maggie Simms(Scarlet Montana Unlimited), Melisa Snyder (Eldora Creations), John Staple (Tribal Threads), Peggy Stewart, Rocky & Cathy Stiers (Rocky Stiers Jewelry Design), Janette Taylor (Sockwood Press), Annie Thayer (Rocky Knb Design), Fanny Toorenburg (Hill Road Merino Clothes), Mindy Wales (Cab Fairies), Joy Weinstien (EnJOYables), Amnesty International, Cub Scout Pack #170, Mountain Forum for Peace, Nederland Community Library Foundation, NMSHS Woodworking Class.

Thank you Volunteer Performers:  Angela Delsanter and her Mountain Movers young dancers, Fiona Higgins, Desmond Blake, Cindy Haxel and Yard Art, Mike & Bonnie Coats in The Tune Farmers, Brittany Mahoney and the students of Wildflower Voice, Gea Franklin and her dance class students, Willow Tye, Burth Rashbaum, CBD Trio, Ted & Nina Zychlinski and the Revelation 19 choir, Liz Evans and the NMSHS Choir Camp. Special thanks to Brightwood Music for supplying the sound system!

Nederland Area Seniors is also most grateful to the hundreds of donors who contributed items and gift certificates to our silent auction, our biggest fundraiser of the year, and to over a hundred people who purchased the items there. We will send these businesses and individuals a personalized thank you by mail, but offer you a big hug here.

Thank you, everyone!  Happy Holidays!

All adults are welcome at all Mountain MidLife and Nederland Area Seniors events, attended mostly by folks over age 50. Everyone is invited to luncheons every Monday and Wednesday, breakfast on most second Saturdays, and dinners on third Fridays in fall at the Nederland Community Center. Please call two days ahead for reservations (further ahead for dinners and breakfasts, if possible) to 303-258-0799. (Missed the deadline? Call anyway.) Cost shown lists first the over-age-60 requested contribution, then the cost for under-age-60.

Monday, Dec 19, Noon, $4/$8.25: Baked Macaroni & Cheese, WW Roll, Spinach Salad, Mixed Fruit

Wednesday, Dec 21, Noon, $4/$8.25: Beef Tips in Gravy, Steamed Broccoli, Egg Noodles, Apples

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.