By Mac Neely
The Absolute Bakery will hold its second annual Breakfast with Santa on Tuesday, Dec. 13 and Thursday, Dec. 15. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to greet the kiddies and answer their questions, and there will be yummy breakfasts for all. First-graders will be feted at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, and kindergarteners and home-schoolers will be feted at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15.
Several changes have recently taken place in Mancos. Jamie Bade, from the Goodnight Gallery, has left to become a beautiful cowgirl bride. Jamie, you were so involved with the Town you are already missed.
Veryl Goodnight has moved her sculptures a few doors down on Grand Avenue. Her studio will be open by appointment only. Stan Boyer has his photography shop in the rear of Veryl’s Gallery.
Kelly Kilgore Chilcott, who partnered with Jamie, will take over the corner gallery with her fantastic collection of authentic Native American art. When Kelly was a young girl, she lived on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, where her mother had a trading post. In 1981, Kelly and her mother opened a gallery on Fifth Avenue in Scottsdale, Arizona. Now in Mancos, Kelly will operate the gallery with the motto, “Come and see new discoveries along an old trail.” The gallery will feature American Indian art, Navajo rugs, beadwork, and much more.
Now, across the street to the Absolute Bakery for breakfast, where Mac table-hopped for 3½ hours. In the back room, Valerie and Melissa (both nee Blaine) were making a ginger cookie house to be donated to St. Barnabas Episcopal church for its annual auction to benefit Grace’s Kitchen. (It went for $800 at the auction on Thursday Dec. 8.) They made a large sheet of their famous molasses cookie dough and then cut a template of the “Ginger House.” Putting it together took more than 20 hours. They made icicles of egg whites and powdered sugar and used a couple of hundred dollars of candies: jelly beans, M&Ms, coconut, rock candy and sprinkles. As Valerie said, “It’s a work of the heart.”
As a designer on ET this week said, “There’s always another red carpet.” What a great attitude. See you next week.