Friday, December 10, 2010

Market connects to Ketchum’s sister city

Bavarian Christmas event spreads holiday cheer


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

The Bavarian Christmas Market at Croney Cove features gift ideas in an Old World holiday setting. Photo by Willy Cook

Attending the Bavarian Christmas Market at Croney Cove is a chance to celebrate the holidays with a touch of Europe. For several years, Lisa Vierling has organized a holiday market at her Warm Springs residence, eight miles west of Ketchum at Croney Cove. Vierling gathers items from her travels through Germany to bring back to Ketchum to sell. In addition, Vierling raises money through the market to send Wood River Valley students to Tegernsee, Germany, Ketchum's sister city.

"We earn money through a raffle at the market to send a child over for a couple of weeks in the summer at the end of July," Vierling said. "We do an exchange and kids from Germany come here."

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The market at Croney Cove will take place Saturday, Dec. 11, and Sunday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. A $5 donation benefits kids who will visit Tegernsee. The donation is a raffle ticket, and items from the market will be raffled off throughout Saturday and Sunday.

The market includes several handmade Bavarian collectibles from Vierling's travels as well as several local vendors with food items, clothing, arts, crafts and holiday gift ideas.

"The event is so much fun and it's a collection of beautiful things," Vierling said. "The food is great and nobody has to buy anything. It's just a nice place to see people."

Sabina Dana Plasse: splasse@mtexpress.com




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