Christmas in the Rockies starts today |

Christmas in the Rockies starts today

Kelly Silva

— Strawberry Park Elementary will house more than 45 booths of holiday arts and crafts and photos with Santa today at the 12th annual Christmas in the Rockies.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. local and regional artists will display their favorite holiday crafts for gift ideas this holiday season. The event is free and open to the public. Steamboat Springs Arts Council sponsors the annual event with artwork, a pianist Mary Martin Stockdale during the mid morning and Greek food by Two Sisters & A Mom Catering from Craig.

Erin Gilbertson, organizer of the event with Kay Wagner, said although the event has occurred in Steamboat Springs for 12 years, it wasn’t always called Christmas in the Rockies. It also has been at several different locations in town.

Art, piano, food and photos will be in the arcade and gym of Strawberry Park Elementary, 5100 Amethyst Drive.

Hands-On! Children’s Museum will hold picture time for Santa and all the children wanting to sit on his lap. Hands-On! also will be providing a membership drive for those interested in purchasing a prorated membership to the museum through the end of March.

Gilbertson said Christmas crafts are not the only thing featured at the holiday craft fair.

“There will be ceramics and wood, a lot of fleece things and jewelry,” Gilbertson said.

Toni Raftopoulos, one of the sisters of Two Sisters & A Mom Catering, said the company will offer a meat-based chili, cinnamon rolls, coffee, soda and an array of Greek sweets including Baklava, Kourambethes, Thiples, Kataifi and Spanakopita.

“We did it one year at Soda Creek and one year at Strawberry Park but we didn’t do it last year,” Raftopoulos said. “Erin called us and asked if we wanted to do it this year and we said yes.”

Three sisters and a mom actually make up the family but Raftopoulos and Bia Peroulis-Reyes are the Greek catering sisters. The other sister who lives in Clark is Stella Peroulis and mom is Argie Peroulis.

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