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Home for the holidays

Winter sparks community traditions

Kelly Silva

With numerous national holidays peeking around the corner, interior and exterior dr have become just as important as holiday recipes or gifts for some.

These same decorating traditions whether it is crafts, hanging ornaments or centerpieces abound in Routt County during this time of year.

Last Friday’s United Methodist Church Fall Fare is one example of how the community has come together to enjoy the anticipation of the holidays.

Although that craft fair has quickly gone by, yet another has landed on the front doorstep. This upcoming weekend will offer a plethora of new craft shows where people can pick up holiday odds-and-ends and food.

Beginning today, the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Guild of the Concordia Lutheran Church hosts the 18th annual Christmas Cupboard, which consists of a bazaar, Cookie Caper and a brunch from 9 a.m. to noon at the church on Maple Street and Amethyst Drive. Money raised at the event will benefit missions throughout the country and the world.

Judy Anderson, organizer of Christmas Cupboard, said the event is branching out this year to feature not only holiday

decorations, but gift items as well.

“We’ve added Christmas tree skirts this year that we think are quite pretty,” Anderson said.

Along with the skirts, people can find angels, Santas and snowmen for those that collect such items. Painted glass ornaments, light bulbs and candlesticks are spread throughout the church this year.

The tag theme for this year’s Christmas Cupboard is Christmas balls which are original oil hand-painted.

Anderson said people of Concordia Lutheran Church handmade all the dr and gift items. They also made the cookies and candies for the Cookie Caper where people can find painted glass jars with goodies inside and buy cookies by the pound.

“These are wonderful little items,” Anderson said.

Judy Plumb organized the brunch this year and spiced things up a bit with Holiday

Morning French toast, sliced ham, a warm fruit compote and hot cider and coffee.

“(The French toast) seemed like a great holiday menu item because it has dried cranberries in it,” Plumb said.

The Yampa Elementary School also hosts an arts-and-crafts fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the school in Yampa on Main Street.

Linda Yackey, secretary of Edith Chapter No. 61 Order of the Eastern Star, said the non-profit organization has sponsored the event off and on for years. Proceeds from the event will benefit the local chapter and will then go toward other community services.

“We are a benevolent organization,” Yackey said. “Everything goes back into the community.”

In the 21st year of the arts-and-crafts show, Yackey said about 50 booths will be set up with various local and out-of-town artists.

“I would say about 98 percent of the items are home- or handmade,” Yackey said. “One year I bought a Christmas tree made out of coat hangers and they put mini lights in it.”

Yackey said she also bought her husband a sandstone knife sharpener.

“It’s fun just to walk through but there’s something for everyone,” Yackey said.

Between 2:30 and 3 p.m., Santa Claus will show up at the school with sacks of toys and candy for the children.

Lunch will be served about noon for $5, which includes Sloppy Joes or hot dogs, chips, a drink and a slice of homemade pie.

Holy Name Catholic Church also has the fourth annual Work of Human Hands Holiday Bazaar Saturday and Nov. 18. Hours of the bazaar are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 9 to 10 a.m. Nov. 18 at the church in the Perish Hall basement at 504 Oak Street.

Items sold at the event are handmade from low-income people around the world. Work featured is from more than 70 countries and proceeds go back to these same people.

Tina Salazar, first-year organizer this year, said the event hosts an array of typical Christmas gifts, but also an abundance of non-holiday-oriented crafts as well.

“There will be baskets, beadwork, carvings, stonework and different cultural instruments, music and books,” Salazar said.

With Christmas just around the corner, she said a lot of nativities scenes, different styles of crosses and angels and ornaments will be present.

The Holy Name Catholic Church has a partnership with Serrb International Catholic Relief Services that allows people living in low-income lifestyles to earn money through bazaars all over the world.

Salazar said the event will feature countries such as India, Peru, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Philippines, China and Mexico among many others.


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