Friends old and new mingle at market
Author and Vail pioneer Dick Hauserman will be sharing his impression each week of the Minturn Market. It is no wonder both residents and tourists love the Vail area in the summer. There is so much to do and see. There is an abundance of activities to chose from and cultural events are of the highest quality.In recent years new attractions have become a must on weekends – the markets in Minturn, Vail and now Edwards. They are a great addition to the art festivals, rodeos, lacrosse tournaments, bicycle races and golf on the valley’s 17 courses.Minturn is celebrating its 100th year while the Minturn Market began just five years ago, starting a summertime trend. Artist Randy Milhoan, who has an art studio in the center of the market, has been helping with the market since it started.”It has grown dramatically from 25 booths to over 100,” Milhoan said. “We don’t want to duplicate too many vendors that are here. “Each year the quality of the market has improved,” he continued. “An interesting thing, people from miles around – Eagle, Denver, Colorado Springs, the Eagle River Valley – on Saturday. Everybody comes to Minturn. “One of the things I’ve noticed is the great friendships people make,” he concluded. “I’ve been around 35 years and it’s great to see those friendships develop.”I have been signing my book, “Inventors of Vail” – a tale of Vail Mountain’s origins – at the market. Now, Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter and I are becoming the Smothers Brothers of the market. We sit almost elbow to elbow enjoying the crowd. Scott’s new book, “For Spacious Skies” is a bestseller. It’s fun to watch the youngsters’ reactions when they shake hands with an American hero. This week, Scott’s houseguest was a man he met in Scotland at an IBM outing. Owen McGee and his wife, Helen, were very amusing, especially with Owen’s deep Scottish accent. Besides working for IBM, he was a champion oarsman in Scotland.Some others who stopped by were Morrie Shepard, Vail’s first ski school director. “It’s great to come and get your book and see Scott Carpenter and buy his book,” Shepard told me. “My best memories of life now are in books written by my friends.”Retired summer resident Gary Hoover loves the market. He said he enjoys the entrepreneurism that goes on. Gary worked in international banking on Wall Street and in Washington and is now an advisor working with the Department of the Treasury.Pam Timmins of Homestead comes nearly every week. “The Minturn Market is a wonderful connecting tissue for the valley,” she said. “You come and you see who is in town. You see all your friends, then you get down to the hard business of shopping.””I love getting fresh vegetables here for the week, but the most fun is just being here.”Sallie Fawcett, working a booth fo Vail’s nonprofit Interfaith Chapel, said, “I think it is terrific.” “I love the variety of the things they have and the food is incredible,” Fawcett said. “There are all kinds of people here. I see so many I know, it seems everybody comes to the market.””The Market is a great addition to the valley,” added Patrick Gramm. “The little town of Minturn has a lot of charm and history associated with it. We’ve been coming several times a years since it opened.”An entire truckload of fresh flowers seems to disappear from flower man Doug Clary’s booth in the first few hours. “I’ll tell you what – it is just fun selling my flowers to people with smiles on their faces,” he said. My hat is off to the many vendors who give so much to life in these wonderful mountains.