Holiday pivot — Vail Valley bazaar season starts this weekend
EAGLE — The Halloween candy has been distributed into outstretched pumpkin buckets and now its time to jump ahead to Christmas planning.
In the downvalley communities of Eagle and Gypsum, that means bazaar season is upon us.
There are four fair opportunities during the month of November, catering to shoppers who enjoy handing out hand-crafted gifts during the holiday season. The first two markets are scheduled this Saturday, Nov. 2.
Holiday Market and Artisan Fair
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2
Gypsum Creek Middle School
The Gypsum Middle School Parent Teacher Organization hosts this event, but it has a history that’s longer than the school’s presence in the community. This year marks the 34rd annual bazaar.
Organizers promise everything from crafts and holiday decorations to handmade pottery and jewelry to skin care and nutritional supplements.
Along with between 40 and 50 vendor booths, the event includes kids arts and crafts. The PTO will be selling concessions that include breakfast burritos and baked goods. Money raised at the fair goes to the school’s classroom fund, which pays for extra activities such as field trips or special supplies.
The PTO is also sponsoring a canned food drive for the event. Raffle tickets will be given to everyone who brings in a donation for the drive. Prizes will be awarded and winners do not have tyo be present to win.
Eagle Seniors Craft Fair
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2
Golden Eagle Senior Center in Eagle
For the third year, local senior citizens will sell their unique crafts during the special event.
According to Eagle County Healthy Aging Program Supervisor Carly Rietmann, the fair will feature a variety of hand-crafted items and home-made goods. Shoppers can expect everything from crocheted blankets to knitted caps to jams and jellies to baked goods.
“This gives the seniors the opportunity to show off their work and it gives the individual vendors some extra money to help with their own holiday shopping,” Rietmann said.
A Craftsman’s Christmas Market
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9
Brush Creek Elementary School
It’s a brand new venue for the holiday bazaar that’s known for its famed chicken noodle soup.
The Eagle Community United Methodist Women have been hosting this fair for more than 40 years and for all that time, they have met beforehand to stew chickens and roll out noodles for their famed culinary concoction. Along with the homemade chicken noodle soup, the ladies sell slices of homemade pie. The soup and pie lunch can be enjoyed on site or purchased to take home.
The fair features an array of hand-crafted goods from vendors from throughout western Colorado. Santa will be on-site for younger fair go’ers.
Winter Market and Holiday Fair
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16
Eagle River Center at the Eagle County Fairgrounds
The largest downvalley venue hosts this event, which will include homemade crafts, beauty products, food items and more. The fair is free and open to the public, but participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item donation for the Vail Valley Salvation Army Food Pantry.
Along with the booths, the event offers family and pet photos with Santa, a holiday coloring zone and face painting. Beer and wine will be served on site.
To learn more, visit eagleholidaymarket.com.
Jon Ross Asper, “Jon Jon” to most of us — a man so nice we named him twice — loved family, friends, firefighting and fermentation. Family, friends and firefighting were often interchangeable. Family is who you say it is. Jon Jon’s family was as big as his enormous heart and included anyone within the sound of his booming bass voice.