Glass sales to help flood victims

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Jane Watkins, a longtime Littleton resident, is co-owner of Watkins Stained Glass, located in Englewood and formerly on Littleton’s Main Street. For a number of years, she has created a new “Main Street Miniature” glass Christmas ornament to sell at the annual Friends of the Littleton Library/Museum Craft Show (happening Oct. 5 at Ketring Park).

The 2013 edition has an image of pouring rain and part of the proceeds from her sales will be donated to a relief fund for the many flood victims in Colorado.

“We own the very first cabin on the St. Vrain River in Boulder County,” she said, “and we feared the worst. However, we were able to get up there when some roads opened last weekend to find the cabin safe and undamaged.”

Earlier generations of the Watkins family preceded Phil as Colorado stained glass creators (Brown Palace, First Unitarian Church …) and are part of Colorado’s history.

Their Bernese mountain dog Henry wandered into the photo she shot of the roaring river, carrying bits of debris to help with cleanup.

“We were so fortunate and I would like to do something to help the flood victims. … I do this fair only because it is a fundraiser for the Littleton Library and Museum. Watkins Stained Glass made the stained glass window in the Children’s Room and it feels good to help the library in whatever way we can.”

She now has eight different designs, including the 2003 blizzard, 9/11 sunset, starry nights inspired by Van Gogh — and pouring rains and floods. As she has in the past, she wrote a “Christmas on Main Street” poem and she will presumably have copies at the craft fair.