Changing things up a bit at Downtown Market |

Changing things up a bit at Downtown Market

The Leonard Curry Trio, from left, Craig and Lorraine Curry and Elliott Leonard
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It rained quite a bit last Tuesday morning, and the grass at the park was very wet and subject to damage from setting up Glenwood’s Downtown Market, so it was decided most all the vendors and booths would be set up in the street at Ninth and Grand in downtown Glenwood. This change was also effective in revitalizing the scene, and all comments were in favor of keeping it this way. Someone pointed out that marketgoers will have more room to bring a blanket and settle with families and friends on the grass to enjoy the hot and cold food offerings and music. The music booth and cooking booth will stay on the grass, but most of the vendors will be on the street, and we will see how it’s received.

One of the changes I noticed right away was that Cliff Mansanares has many new pieces of copper and leather jewelry. He’s been over in the corner all this time, and his booth may have been missed. I’m not sure if I am less bothered by arthritis because I have been wearing copper bracelets, I just love the soft warm glow of the patina of the copper as it changes according the elements in my environment. Not being scientists or medical professionals neither Cliff nor I can claim medical benefits of wearing copper jewelry, but we do know that the copper does emit micro amounts of copper that has been recognized by the ancients and some naturopathic practitioners to have good effects on joints, blood and the heart.

Cliff is a copper and leather craftsman and artist who taps his native roots and pulls from his ancestry in creating the magnificent, powerful, yet simplistic jewelry pieces in his collection at his booth at the market. Cliff is a native Coloradan, raised in Del Norte and now making his home in Lakewood with his son. “I raised my boy, and now he’s raising me,” says Cliff. He is always one of the first vendors to arrive at the market, and he looks around to see what he can do to help anyone around who might need it. Cliff is just that nice.

There has been a cancellation in the cooking booth, so I am going to gather produce and peaches from the vendors and grill them to demonstrate how simple and easy it is to serve your fresh market produce purchases. The cooking demonstration booth is sponsored by the Pullman and town restaurants.

The Leonard Curry Trio will be bringing spirited musical mayhem to the market this week, sponsored by Fine Things Jewelry. The group incorporates a wide variety of styles, including folk, bluegrass, swing, Irish and Cajun. Band members Elliott Leonard and Craig and Lorraine Curry fuse their guitars, dobro, mandolin, bass and banjo to get the foundation groovin’ and top it off with tons of fine vocal harmonies.

Eugenia Bone is the author of “Kitchen Ecosystem.” She creates synchronicity that will change the way you think about food in an illustrated presentation of the Kitchen Ecosystem on Aug. 25 at the market. She will show how to integrate canning into your daily meal preparation and use the waste stream of foods to create a more efficient kitchen — particularly appropriate for those who garden or shop at farmers markets.

Come to Glenwood’s Downtown Market at Ninth and Grand Avenue; bring a blanket and stay for the music, fun, food and great selections of local produce, because it’s a nice place to be from 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday through the summer.

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