The legends of Glenwood’s Downtown Market |

The legends of Glenwood’s Downtown Market

Tricia Cleis
"Fresh Produce" by Mary Noone
Staff Photo |

Tuesday afternoons all summer long we can count on Glenwood’s Downtown Market to be on Ninth Street in Glenwood from 4 until dusk with an exciting lineup of events, music, vendors, demonstrations and fun. It is because of the women of the board of directors — legends in their own time — that this market is what it is today. After a decade of success Glenwood’s Downtown Market is entering its 11th year.

Let’s meet some members of the board of directors of Glenwood’s Downtown Market. Jan Harr is a Colorado native, born and raised in Grand Junction, and she spent many summers in Glenwood Springs at the Hot Springs Pool. Jan and her family moved to Glenwood Springs in 1989. She has a real passion for the downtown historic aspect of Glenwood Springs and wanted to promote it. Jan’s philosophy on the downtown market is simple: “If we are careful to create a strong sense of community in our downtown market, it will continue to survive and thrive regardless of what else happens. That is exactly what we are trying to do with the market — make it the place to be with our community of friends and support our local crafts people and growers.”

It was Jan who approached Cindy. Cindy Svatos is also a Colorado native who is originally from Ignacio on the Southern Ute Reservation, and she grew up in Leadville. Cindy came to Glenwood Springs in 1978. She worked for over 18 years as a medical transcriber for Valley View Hospital. She then worked for Glenwood’s City Parks and Cemeteries for seven years, where she became involved in beautifying downtown Glenwood, planting more than 10,000 flowering bulbs and rehabilitating all the downtown planters. It was time for a change, and the market was a great opportunity and outlet for her event-planning talents.

Sue Kuhn was quick to jump on board when she saw that this would be a perfect venue for music, her passion. Sue has been the director of the musical lineup from the market’s inception. Sue is a self-described “weekend gardener” with big plans for her “next life.” Sue, while born in Minnesota, was raised and graduated from college in Montana with a BS in biology and graduate degree in Medical Technology. She came to Glenwood Springs in 1978 and began working at Valley View Hospital, where she is still.

The market would not be possible if it weren’t for the sponsors who come through every year. One of our favorite sponsors is Mark Fischer who owns the Pullman and town restaurants, in Glenwood and Carbondale, respectively. Mark sponsors the Cooking Demonstration Booth at the market. The Pullman’s Josh Oakley will be in the cooking booth at 5:30 p.m. opening night, Tuesday, June 9.

Another favorite sponsor is Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse, featuring Frank Martin’s music. Frank Gayer Martin picked up the guitar and lifted his voice at the age of 13. He was hooked by the wounded charisma of Gram Parsons, which led to the taproots of Americana — Bob Willis, Bill Monroe, Clifton Chenier, Buck Owens and all things Hee Haw. Martin has released two CDs and won acclaim at Rocky Mountain Folk and Telluride Bluegrass Festival song contests. He currently performs with All the Pretty Horses, singing and playing guitar, lap steel and mandolin.

We will be featuring more members of the board in the ensuing weeks to keep readers and market goers informed about what to look forward to next. Glenwood’s Downtown Market will run every Tuesday through the summer at Ninth and Grand Ave. in downtown Glenwood. Call 970-618-3650 for more information.

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