Winters in Kindling are brutal, and families throughout the San Luis Valley endure them in isolation. The weeks following the first thaw are often filled with bitter news, as people learn of the deaths of neighbors and distant loved ones. This mourning period concludes with the coming of the Spring Market.

The Spring Market Dance is sort of a collective sigh of relief breathed by the valley’s inhabitants. People eat and drink to excess and generally revel in being alive.

It’s a pretty good time.

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