Several holiday events were held during the December Second Saturday Shop in Hotchkiss Day. The Creamery Arts Center offered workshops. Live music was provided by The Three Tinkers.
At the Church of Art, curator Mary Hockenbery offered a workshop in making cigar box shrines in honor of Dec. 12 as Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Day.
At Heritage Hall, the Holiday Marketplace doubled as a fundraiser for the North Fork Ambulance. Organizer Jen Ludwig said all 29 booths were spoken for. Had two businesses not been absent, "it would be full."
This is only the second time the event has been held, "but hopefully it keeps going," said Ludwig, who already has plans and interested vendors for next year. The object this year was to avoid repeat themes in selecting booths, said Ludwig. "We try to make sure we have a pretty good variety."
Booths offered custom jewelry, woodwork, antiques, ceramics, and more. Kelly Katzdorn's "Birds, Bees and Botanicals" booth offered beeswax candles, soaps, lotions, jams, jellies and fruit butter. Katzdorn raises the bees on her 10-acre property and makes all the items by hand. Joe Mendoza offered handmade clocks and decorative wood objects, and Hetty and Larry Todd displayed numerous antiques.
Future Farmers of America students also volunteered their time to provide a lunch of chili, soups and pies. Food was all donated, and Don's Market, City Market and Walmart donated gift cards to purchase ingredients. Cookies and brownies were donated by Annie's Country Cooking and apple cider was courtesy of Big B's Juices in Hotchkiss. Door prizes were given away throughout the day, and drawings were held for gift certificates and two cell phones donated by Boss Cellular.
Ludwig anticipates this year's event will raise between $1,500 and $2,000 for the NFA. "That's pretty good, considering we only charge $20 a booth."
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.