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Old world Christmas charm

Artists Ed Newman, left, and Patricia Lenz talk about a piece of Lenz's work as they set up for Step Up on Broadway Show and Sell at the Trade and Commerce Building on Thursday afternoon. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

The weather over the last few days is making its mark on a new tradition in Superior, but it's not going to defeat it.

Now in its fourth year, the Christkindlmarkt planned for the Broadway Community Garden will delay opening a day, but it will open Sunday and run Dec. 14 and 15 next week.

Wind knocked over and damaged two of the huts that were set up in the garden for the event, said organizer Heike McDonald.

While the outdoor Christmas market won't be open Saturday as originally planned, the Northland Gallery in the Trade and Commerce building will be open, said Patricia Lenz of the Superior Council for the Arts.

The gallery is planning special events to run in conjunction with the outdoor market and will be open this Saturday, Lenz said.

The Superior Council for the Arts started the Superior artists' show and sale to run with the outdoor market.

Sunday, the corner of Hammond Avenue and Broadway Street will be the place to be to add a little old world charm to your holiday shopping.

A Christkindlmarkt -- also known as Christmasmarket or Weihnachtsmarkt -- is a street market associated with the Christmas celebration during the four weeks of Advent.

A variety of vendors are available in the outdoor market, along with a bonfire and hot cider to keep shoppers warm.

Santa will be at the outdoor market as well, McDonald said.

Across Hammond and Broadway, in the Trade and Commerce Building, about 15 to 20 artists offer moderately priced works of art for holiday shoppers on the second floor of the building that houses Red Mug.

There will be some familiar artists along with some new ones in the region.

On Dec. 13, the whole building opens up, Lenz said. Everyone in the building is open and there will be a band, Lenz said. On Dec. 14, there will be an open house.

Items available include handmade candles, tie-die Lake Superior t-shirts and a host of items.

"Wear warm clothes; it's only winter," Lenz said. "This is something they do in Chicago regardless of the temperature ... and in Germany, which can get pretty cold."

The Christkindlmarkt runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 15, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Broadway Community Garden.

The Step Up on Broadway Show and Sell in the Trade and Commerce Building runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 14; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday through Christmas Eve. The sale and show continues during regular hours through Jan. 7.

For information, call 715-392-6007 or visit www.superiorcfta.org.

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