Local crafters, from left, Heather Philmon, Sandi Nelson, Tibby Speare and Joanne Churchill, are just a few of more than 35 vendors participating in this year’s Holiday in the Rockies craft show. The event takes place all day Saturday at Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Depot Art Center.

Photo by John F. Russell

Local crafters, from left, Heather Philmon, Sandi Nelson, Tibby Speare and Joanne Churchill, are just a few of more than 35 vendors participating in this year’s Holiday in the Rockies craft show. The event takes place all day Saturday at Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Depot Art Center.

Steamboat artisans craft 'family boutique' for Holidays in the Rockies

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Holidays in the Rockies craft fair

  • Saturday, December 10, 2011, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Strawberry Park Elementary School, P.O. Box 774368, Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / Free

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— This time of year, Joanne Churchill wakes up at 4 a.m. to make hundreds of handcrafted bars of soap in her home, which also is known as the Mountain Soap Factory. She takes 20-minute catnaps to replenish her energy before she packages and ships her olive oil soaps to stores across the country.

Heather Philmon and her mother Sandi Nelson are busy as elves in their Fixins Kitchen, working late every night assembling tens of thousands of Cider Fixins mulling spices to sell locally and nationally.

And Tibby Speare’s family has gotten used to having only half of a dining room table as she takes over the space for her handmade jewelry business.

Despite the work, the four women aren’t too exhausted to share their excitement for a local holiday craft show they’re taking part in this weekend.

“It’s the people, the community. … It’s so much fun,” Speare said about showing off her wares at Holidays in the Rockies on Saturday. “You get to show new things you’ve been working on.”

Speare has been showing her work in the annual Steamboat Springs Arts Council-sponsored event for about 15 years and every year looks forward to seeing fellow crafters, friends and neighbors.

This year’s craft show takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Depot Art Center, bringing the longstanding event of more than 20 years back to downtown Steamboat after last year’s location at Christian Heritage School.

Steamboat Springs Arts Council artistic director Park Myers said this year’s two locations will create a festive art stroll on the west end of town in the hours before the Merry Mainstreet celebration.

More than 35 vendors will be spread across the two locations, and there will be live acoustic music at both sites.

Almost all of the vendors are local or regional and will be displaying wares ranging from clothing to crafts.

“You’ll go from someone showing rock geodes to someone who makes feather hats,” Myers said. “Every vendor has something unique about them.”

Churchill said she chose to show her wares at Holidays in the Rockies instead of attending a larger show on the Front Range this weekend. She said that even during the economic recession, Routt County supports its local artisans.

“It’s incredibly supported by the community,” Churchill said. “Everyone knows they’re going to see their neighbors there.

“It’s a family boutique environment, and that’s why it’s so well-received.”

— To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@SteamboatToday.com

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