The All Saints Lutheran Church in Cory hosted its annual craft fair the mornings of Nov. 3 and 4. Crafts, artwork, and embroidery were both on display and available for purchase. The selections included paintings, quilts, handcrafted toys, banners, clothing, jewelry, and decorations. The fair also offered holiday decorations and gifts. In addition, guests at the fair could purchase lunch and baked goods, and participate in a silent auction.
The craft fair also featured seamstress Alice Spika, whose embroidery and other artwork was on display. She has crafted church banners, quilts, car covers, and collaborated with daughter and designer Sandi Spika on dresses for well-known music artists, including Reba McIntire's famous red dress and gowns for Taylor Swift and Faith Hill. Her daughter designed the dresses while Spika pieced them together and embroidered them.
Spika is a member of the All Saints Lutheran Church and was recognized at the craft fair as its "Featured Artist," as well as its "Artist of the Year." She has been sewing almost her entire life and has developed creative ways to improve upon her projects -- incorporating new methods of embroidery for Christmas decorations and church banners.
All Saints Lutheran Church is located in Cory off Highway 65, and hosts the craft fair every November. Artists and craftsmen work on their projects the entire year leading up to the fair. Church members run the event, which is open to the public.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.