Downtown Market hosts first-ever pie contest |

Downtown Market hosts first-ever pie contest

Sharill HawkinsGlenwood's Downtown MarketGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Illustration by Linda DrakeBake a pie for this week's Glenwood Downtown Market's first annual pie contest. Create a new recipe or use a family favorite, put on your apron and warm up the oven.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – It’s all about pies this Tuesday at Glenwood’s Downtown Market. The market will host its first annual pie contest. Everyone probably remembers the smell of their favorite pie taken fresh from the oven. It might be the memory of fresh fruit pies or a special holiday pie. Many pie recipes are passed along to future generations, written on well worn recipe cards. Nothing matches the sweet, tart and fresh taste of homemade pie. Enter your favorite berry, cream, specialty or exotic pie and help capture some special memories.The pie entries will be judged for appearance, crust and taste. Judges include June Robinson, longtime owner of Back in Time B&B, and Frank Norwood, owner of Main Street Galleries and past judge of Carbondale Mountain Fair’s pie contest. Also judging will be chefs John Little and Mark Fischer from The Pullman. Deliver your pie entry to Centennial Park, Ninth and Grand Avenue by 4 p.m. Give your creation a title and fill out an entry form. Judging will begin at 4:30. At 5 p.m. the pies will be served for $3 a slice. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third in each category and one grand prize winner. Join the fun by entering a pie or just enjoy a homemade slice of pie with friends and neighbors.Dish towels: Artist Linda Drake joined the market board this year. Her talents produced our apricot contest graphics and the pie contest poster. Both designs are available on dish towels in the market’s tent. Drake is also printing our market bags, towels and aprons with Mary Noone’s market painting. The pie contest judges will be presented with aprons designed by Drake. Her booth in the park is filled with color, humor and creativity. Each week new artwork appears on the walls of her tent. Drake says creating is a joy for her and as essential as breathing air. You can visit her website at aprons: If you don’t have an apron to wear in your kitchen or know a cook who needs one, stop by the nonprofit booth this week. The Reinisch-Salmen family will be selling unique aprons from Africa. The handmade “sister” aprons are created by HIV positive women of Mfangano Island, Kenya, using local African kitenge fabric and traditional Masaii blankets. The aprons are a product of the Sisterhood Exchange Program, a project of the Organic Health Response initiative founded by Chas Salmen during his work on Mfangano Island. Four treadle sewing machines, thread, needles and pins were donated by women in the Roaring Fork Valley to women on the island. Mfangano Island has no electricity or running water. It was this donation that provided the women the opportunity to learn the trade of sewing, beading and paper making. Purchasing a “sister” apron will help the women earn a life-sustaining income and find artistic expression and camaraderie while facing daily challenges. Read more about the project at Outreach: This community nonprofit will be at the market this week to inform market goers about their programs in Garfield County. They are reaching out to adults needing assistance with learning to read and write. Ask them about tutoring and Spellebration, an annual fundraiser and entertaining adult spelling bee.Music: The Currys will be performing in the music tent from 5:30 p.m. till dusk. Craig and Lorraine Curry are Glenwood Springs residents with incredible musical talent. They have a style that is smooth and easy to listen to. The music sponsor this week is Rocky Mountain NeuroAdvantage. Grab a piece of pie and a cup of coffee, settle into a chair and enjoy their music.Garden talk: Kasey Beckler and Marilee Rippy will be discussing shade gardening for this week’s garden talk at 7 p.m. in the park. Beckler and Rippy both have home gardens filled with a wide variety of annuals and perennials. They also serve on the Community Garden Board. Glenwood’s Downtown Market opens at 4 p.m. and is open till dusk every Tuesday through September at Ninth and Grand Ave. Join friends, neighbors and visitors for a taste of the season.

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