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Celebrate the 4th early at Glenwood’s Downtown Market

Sharill Hawkins
Special to the Post Independent

Start celebrating the 4th of July early at Glenwood’s Downtown Market. Join us July 2 from 4-8 p.m.. in Centennial Park at Ninth and Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs.

Glenwood’s multi-talented musician Frank Martin will be joined by percussionist Aaron Taylor and bass player Doug Whitney at 5:30 p.m. to begin the musical entertainment. Our music sponsor for the evening is Balcomb and Green.

At 6:30 p.m. the Junior Dance Company from the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, under direction of Maurine Taufer, will perform Americana dances. Nina Aley, Anna Carrington, Bridget Carrington, Samantha Corcoran, Lily Dunne, Mady Plantz, Elle Yellico and Skylar McLaren, ages 10-13, will dance to “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Their second dance will be “The Virginia Reel.” Those who wish to dance will be invited to learn the “Virginia Reel.”



Frank Martin and friends will “strike up the band” so all can join together and dance to the band’s live music. The girls’ infectious enthusiasm is sure to make you smile and get you ready for a patriotic Fourth of July.

At 5:30 p.m. in the cooking tent, we’ll be preparing some “cool” drinks for the hot Colorado summer. The ingredients for the drinks will include fresh summer produce from the market and more. Recipes will be available so you can enjoy these drink ideas at your July 4th celebrations.



Kathryn and Madeleine Bedell from Roan Creek Ranch are new to our market this season. Their cattle and sheep are 100 percent pasture-raised and are antibiotic and hormone free. The cattle are raised for two plus years to enhance the flavor and ensure proper marbling. The pigs are fed a natural diet and remain in family groups and have room to play. They bring all their cuts to the market and also have smoked bacon, three kinds of sausage, brats and smoked picnic hams. All of their products are great for summer picnics and grilling, http://www.roancreekranch.com.

Next to Roan Creek Ranch at the market this year is Mark DeFelice of DeFleece Designs. Mark is joining us from Vail. Mark’s tent is filled with his handmade bandanas, Hot Bandits for winter and Road Bandits for summer and also Neck Coolers. The Neck Coolers and the Road Bandits both offer relief on sunny hot days. The Neck Coolers just need to be soaked in water for less than an hour and they will stay cool for days and reusable hundreds of times. The Road Bandits have two pockets sewn in the bandana that hold cooling gel packets that keep you cool and also hold the bandana down. Stop by Mark’s display to see his well designed products, some in red, white and blue.

In the market tent this week, we’ll have a discount card from our market neighbor, Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop. The card will give you 20 percent off on one bike rental with the Canyon Shuttle. The shuttle service is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It could become a holiday tradition to ride the canyon. We will also have free decorated cupcakes in the market tent and flags for your Fourth of July.

Let’s all have a safe and fun celebration in our community this year with family, friends and visitors to Glenwood Springs. Happy Fourth of July from Glenwood’s Downtown Market.


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