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‘Tis the season for craft fairs

SUMMIT COUNTY – If holidays seem too commercial these days, return to the traditions of Christmases past by giving handmade treasures from local artisans purchased from the upcoming mountain holiday fairs.No adults are allowed in the special kids’ section of the Snake River Community Holiday Fair in Keystone, where children can purchase gifts under $6 from the artists. Kids also can paint their own gift wrap to envelop the found gems.Thirty booths display works of artists from the Wine, Jazz and Art Festival, as well as such items as pottery, silver chimes, jewelry, crochet, metal sculptures, picture frames, handmade art books, hand-decorated eggs, barrettes, African art and black-and-white, color and hand-colored photographs. Shoppers also may commission pieces from the artists to receive in time for Christmas. All of the crafters hail from Colorado, and half of them live in Summit County.The Snake River Community Association usually sponsors music and arts events during the summer, but this is the first time it is presenting a winter show. The association will sell memberships for $10 at the show, which provide discounts at merchant shops at River Run and alert members of upcoming events at the Park Lane Pavilion.The Alpine Brass Trio entertains shoppers, and Keystone offers lunch, ranging from sandwiches to snacks from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Keystone Convention Center.If you don’t find the special gift this weekend at Keystone, the Leadville Arts Coalition presents 30 booths offering candles, fine art, ornaments, woodcrafts and jewelry. In addition, a photographer will be on hand to snap family and individual Christmas portraits. The craft fair runs from 4-7 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the National Mining Museum & Hall of Fame Convention Center, 120 W. 10th St. in Leadville.Copper opens its Christmas Market Dec. 7-8 as shops spread holiday cheer with special giveaways and promotions. Carolers, carriage rides and special holiday performances heighten the spirit of Christmas.Santa rides into Silverthorne for its holiday bazaar from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Silverthorne Pavilion. Carolers, a youth violinist and dancers entertain shoppers as they peruse 30-35 vendors offering items ranging from chocolate to leather goods. Plus, Santa lands at the pavilion from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7.The Frisco Historical Society hosts the longest-running holiday craft show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7-22 at the Old Town Hall in Frisco. The old-fashioned Christmas bazaar features 20 local artists’ work, including photography, woodwork and hand-painted wine glasses.Dillon’s Winter Bazaar, filled with speciality foods that make Dillon’s Farmers’ Market so popular, runs throughout the ski season beginning Dec. 14. Various artisans and crafters from around the state display such speciality items as candles, jewelry and crushed-flower frames. The bazaar runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 14 and 21, Jan. 11 and 18, Feb. 8 and 15 and March 8 and 15 at the Dillon Center.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.

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