Barbara Lawlor, Nederland. It may not have been a record couple of days for DOW-Jones financials, but it was a profitable day for Nederland’s Holiday Market vendors, and for the shoppers who showed up to get great deals on local, handmade crafts and gifts and listen to a great music schedule, a different group every hour.
A group of seniors also spent two days over a hot stove, stirring chili, nuking burritos and tamales and browning hot dogs on the grill. The annual market is also one of the Nederland Area Seniors’ primary fundraisers and everyone was happy with the results. A delicious, somewhat nutritious lunch is just what a tired shopper needs, a second wind to make another trip, see if there’s something they missed.
The Silent Auction was packed with great gifts and inspiration. Big bags of animal goodies, jewelry, artwork, all kinds of services, massages, acupuncture, bed and breakfast deals. You may not have thought of taking a couple of nights off and heading to a lodge with a pool and a sauna, but hey, it was a good deal. So were the lift tickets to Eldora Mountain Resort.
There was also a $100 gift certificate for Christina’s lingerie that was filling up fast.
Santa showed up at Noon and soon his knee was busy making children comfortable as he asked them what they wanted for Christmas and told them they were nice instead of naughty. The kids and parents went home with a picture that will be rediscovered 30 years from now, much to the delight of their own children.
Also at Noon, Desmond Blake, 17 years old, entertained, his voice luring shoppers back to the stage to see who the singer was. All Hat No Horse entertained later. Known for their different take on classic country tunes, the duo, Alan and Jenee Tiefenback, had the audience singing along to songs they have known all their lives and enjoyed hearing.
Norah Curcio tended the Tungsten Toffee booth, a local favorite treat that had its beginning when she was in first grade, making Black Rose soaps. She is now in college and her soap company evolved into the family toffee business, which is going strong. Her mom does the work and she does the selling.
The apple chutney offered at the locally made pickle and salsa booth had people coming back for more as the hidden flavors came to life on their tongues.
Maggie Simms displayed her knit hats, her repurposed vintage jewelry and of course, the Gold Hill Goo, that makes everyone feel better.
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts sold chocolate and Santa jars filled with treats.
Lara Mastro intrigued many of the female shoppers with her new line of lotions made to help keep our mountain sun dried skin moisturized and replenished. She also owns Ned Hens and raises bees.
Mountain Movers had young ballerinas and more mature women performing an energetic modern dance.
The weekend was full of fine music, food, great deals, neighbors and friends and a warm holiday feeling as people greeted each other and enjoyed the market that so many volunteers helped to make successful.
(Originally published in the December 7, 2017 print edition of The Mountain-Ear.)