Friday, July 2, 2010

At The Park City Farmer's Market

by John Aldrich

The Farmer's Market is a popular weekly event in Park City during the summer months. In addition to farmers with their produce, many other vendors come to sell a variety of wares.

For the past 14 years ANE has maintained a booth at the market as a means of selling rugs and jewelry for our Elders as well as promoting the Program. During most of that span of time Linda has done all of the work by herself although in recent years it has become a volunteer activity so she now has more help.

Cheryl Wehmanen and Suzy Bagley are two of the volunteers who regularly help man the booth.  The cost of the weekly space rental, $40, is generously donated by Volker's Bakery.

Besides rugs and jewelry a variety of other options are offered to market-goers who might wish to support the Program in some manner.

On this particular market day there was an added attraction at the ANE booth. For several years three Elders from the Big Mountain area of the reservation have come with their families to spend the July 4th holiday with Linda. The market gives them an opportunity to make sales directly to people attending the event.

Here is May Shay with one of her rugs and some of her jewelry.

May's sister, Elsie, also holds a rug along with some of her jewelry.

Katie Furcap is a third sister who proudly displays one of her weavings.

One of Katie's daughters, Lena Cowboy from Chilchinbito, shows her jewelry to a prospective buyer.

Katie's other daughter, Darlene, has set up a beautiful table display of her jewelry.

Darlene's daughter, Patrina, made these spectacular beaded necklaces. Each one involved two to three weeks of work.

The Farmer's Market wasn't the only chance these artists will have to sell their wares. On Saturday July 3rd they will set up in front of the Park City Clothing Company on Main Street. This opportunity was made possible by the owner, Doug Hollinger, who is a generous donor to the Program and the Elders and is also an ANE board member.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful pictures as usual. The one of May is delightful as it looks like she is holding a candy stick! Very funny. Great to see the weavers with their rugs. The jewellery is exquisite. I hope to be able to buy some when I visit, although that is going to be dangerous for the bank account!