The annual Minturn Winter Market returns Saturday |

The annual Minturn Winter Market returns Saturday

Caramie Schnell
Minturn CO, Colorado
Daily File Photo/Preston Utley

MINTURN, Colorado ” Carole Colletti is hoping to see suitcases at Saturday’s Minturn Winter Market.

“There was a woman and her son who came walking toward our booth one winter, and she was dragging a suitcase,” Colletti said. “They just started buying, buying, buying.”

Turns out the woman had visited the market the winter before and bought so much jam from Colletti, she could hardly carry it to her car. That’s why she came prepared, she told Colletti as she filled the suitcase with jars of homemade syrup and triple berry jam ” raspberry, blackberry and blueberry ” and dozens of other flavors.

“It was very cool,” Colletti said.

The annual Minturn Winter Market is from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Minturn. Colletti, one of the organizers of the event, said people can expect more than 45 vendors for the one-day event.

“This is amazing because I was going to be happy if we had 30,” she said. “All of a sudden, we have some really good vendors coming in at the last minute.”

While the town of Minturn handles the summer market and usually runs the winter market as well, town officials decided not to put it on this year, Colletti said.

In a previous Vail Daily article, interim Town Manager Gary Suiter said the reason the town pulled financial support was “strictly budgetary.” But the lack of town money isn’t all bad because, in a way, it’s bringing the winter market back to its grassroot beginnings.

“The town pulled out this year, and we wanted it,” Colletti said. “The original starters ” that’s Randy (Milhoan), Ty (Gillespie) and I ” decided we would do it,” she said.

And that they are. The team has assembled a smorgasbord of vendors selling handmade gifts and homemade food. Some of the standard summer market vendors will be present, along with some new faces. The lineup includes Harriett’s Soaps, Provence (they sell tablecloths and clothing), Mana Metalworks owner David Mayer with handcrafted jewelry and jewelry from Patricia Farrell. Food vendors include Columbine Bakery, Batter Cupcakes, Climax Jerky and Madame Pickle. Randy Milhoan’s art studio will also be open to the public.

The market is more than just vendors, though. Live music will be provided by the Dickens Carolers, the Mountain Harmony group and Jack Panter, who will play holiday tunes on his accordian. Santa Claus will visit the market from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aside from sitting on Santa’s lap, children can get an up-close look at a group of llamas being brought in for the event as well as roast marshmallows around a toasty fire pit. Local shops such as the Chili Willy’s, Yarn Shop and Minturn Cellars will be open for business.

Ty Gillespie, one of the original founders of the Minturn Summer Market and a part-time Minturn resident, will be at the cellars pouring wine from his Paonia-based winery and gallery, Azura Cellars.

“We’ve got merlot, pinot noir and pinot gris and maybe a cab franc, all sourced from grapes from Palisade,” Gillespie said.

The bottles range from $20 to $26, he said.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984.

What: Minturn Winter Market

When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., snow or shine.

Where: Downtown Minturn

Cost: Free

More information: Call 970-376-3211

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