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December 16, 2011
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Holiday market returns to downtown Minturn Saturday

The only thing that would have made it feel more festive was a few snow flakes. Last weekend's Minturn Winter Market bustled with carolers, children making holiday ornaments in the craft tent and roasting s'mores at the fire pit, a visit from Santa Claus and more. Smiling vendors sold everything from hand-knitted scarves and photo cards to jewelry, crepes, fresh-baked bread and plenty of other products that are either edible, wearable and/or giftable.Lucky for you, you have a second chance at checking it out, in case you missed your chance last weekend. The market will take place again Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Minturn. "It's very festive because there are firepits and activities for the children," said Bonnie Gehrmann, an Eagle-Vail resident who sells Grammy's Jam and Marmalade at both the summer and winter markets. The most popular flavors of jam last week were blueberry-lemon marmalade, triple berry, hot pepper and "anything with cranberry," Gehrmann said. "I think there will be a few more vendors this weekend," Gehrmann said. "And the weather is supposed to be nice."Local musician Kevin Heinz, a singer-songwriter who just released his album called "Kevin Heinz & Friends" will perform from noon to 2 p.m. today.The new Minturn Mutts Calendar, benefiting the Minturn Community Fund, will be for sale. Nearly 40 vendors are expected to sell their wares at today's market, including Eagle resident Alithea Doyle, who sold her brightly colored finger-woven hoop scarves at last week's market. She learned how to finger weave back when she was a young Girl Scout and recently picked up the hobby again, she said, weaving classy, beautiful scarves that come in a wide variety of colors. Doyle will be sharing a booth with her friend Carrie Calvin, who sells hand-crafted jewelry, and Eagle County-based photographer Courtney Shaw, who sells cards that feature her retro, Polaroid-style photos. "The market is a nice place to get handmade gifts and stuff from Colorado," Doyle said. "There's honey, soap, toys, kids' clothes, jams and jellies, pottery, lots of textiles and, of course, scarves."If you've still got Christmas gifts to pick up, here's your chance. High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or

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