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Preserving the bounty at Glenwood’s Downtown Market

Tricia Cleis
Marco* The Magician
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This week, Glenwood’s Downtown Market cooking booth is excited to welcome yet another author and guest speaker, Jodi Buchan, who wrote “Western Colorado Fruit & Wine — A Bountiful History.” This book has been called brain food for the wine enthusiast, fruit fan, agri-tourist, heritage tourist, and people who want to know more about what they are putting on their tables.

The book talks about the “visionary pioneers and ambitious town-builders (who) imagined an oasis in the semi-arid west” and planted a fruit culture that has been nurtured by generations of immigrants, migrants and winemaking hobbyists.

Buchan has written articles, poems and essays for regional, national and online publications including Aspen Sojourner, Northwood’s Woman Magazine, The Bark and Exceptional Parent as well as a blog called A Bountiful Heritage about food, wine and farm culture.

In the cooking booth, sponsored by The Pullman and Town restaurants, Jodi will be preparing culinary lavender, a relatively new crop to the Western Slope. Lavender is an ancient herb used by the Egyptian, Greek and Roman cultures for medicinal purposes. Lavender lends itself marvelously to cooking and brewing teas as well as in preparing desserts.

“Western Colorado Fruit & Wine — A Bountiful History” is available at the Book Train, and Jodi will sign it for you Tuesday.

Almost any Tuesday evening at the market you will find Marco* The Magician giving out his uniquely creative balloon figures and entertaining kids. Marco* has never charged for a balloon in his life. He’s worked in Hollywood films, radio and major network TV, so he has a lifetime of experience entertaining kids. Marco* lives a life he has created for himself based on his father’s favorite saying “If you love what you do you never have to work,” and he defines work as anything you do when you’d rather be doing something else.

Entertaining kids and the kid in all of us; Chris Kennedy of Ripple LLC creates raw skateboards for the skateboard enthusiast and those of us who wish we had the guts to do it. Chris and a buddy of his make the skateboards in their home shops, using raw materials, cutting, shaping, assembling and finishing the boards, but add no graphics. This is skateboarding in the raw.

The longer boards and high grade wheel systems are designed to go faster. The ripple design in their logo is meant to say that what we do and how we do things can create a ripple effect like in a pond of clear water, it sends a message. It also refers to the terms rip and shred, which certainly have meaning to skateboarders.

Chris’ Ripple booth also sells caps, and he is embracing the Colorado outdoors lifestyle. Chris has also been a lifelong snowboarder, rock-climber and boater.

The music booth is proud to have The Logan Brothers this week sponsored by Glenwood Cavern Adventure Park. The Logan Brothers were named the Post Independents’ Locals’ Choice award for 2015, and they have earned it by being a delightful band with great enthusiasm, terrific sound and a lot of fun. The Logan Brothers are a Glenwood Springs-based band that plays classic and folk rock, focusing on acoustic and electric guitar, harmonica and exceptional singing.

Ready or not, fall is in the air and we are thinking of the Oktoberfest celebration coming up from noon until 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. This event is fun for the whole family with music from the Alpine Echo band and guest musician Andy Grogger, our very own hot foods vendor. Please check with the board for available times if you can volunteer to help out with this event, or call Cindi at 970-618-3650 for more information.

Come to Glenwood’s Downtown Market this Tuesday from 4-8 p.m., be a kid again and join in the fun at Ninth and Grand Avenue in Glenwood.


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