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Summerfest almost 360 degrees from its start

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When Summerfest relocated from Heritage Grove to Buchanan Park a few years ago, many were saddened to see the shift from the familiar, intimate setting. But being able to spread out on the ball fields has enabled the festival to become bigger and better.

This was the 38th annual Summerfest – started in 1979 just a stone’s throw from where it is now, the 11 acres that initiated the creation of the larger Buchanan Park. “Sterling Nelson headed up entertainment, and we had some Denver jazz names on a tiny makeshift stage that first year,” recalls Jenise Harper, organizer of that first event. “After the first year Sheila Clarke led the drive to rescue Heritage Grove (next to Hiwan Homestead) from development, and Summerfest was relocated to the grove the second year.”


The go-to book on the history of Evergreen is about to be released!

Written by Linda Kirkpatrick on .

A new book on the history of Evergreen is about to be released August 28th. Entitled simply “Evergreen,” this is a largely pictorial version with easily readable bits of history with each of the 205 photos that comprise this book. It covers 150 years – from 1859 – 2009.

“Evergreen” is written by John Steinle, former administrator of the Hiwan Homestead Museum, who had the benefit of knowing about many of the photos and stories associated with the development of the community.  

I had the privilege of working with John to proofread and help pull together photos for certain segments of time and, therefore, can speak to the integrity of the book.  Although I haven't seen it yet, I feel confident it will become the go-to historical reference for our community for many years to come.  It has a clean, crisp appearance; and I think you're going to like it!


Area politicians worth recalling

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This week, instead of a featured profile, I'm encouraging readers to take a look back at the area residents who have been elected to serve in governmental positions at either the state or national level.  

To read about them, simply click on their picture (in the carousel below) to be directed to a profile previously published in JustAroundHere.com.

The series includes:

  • Gary Hart, who served as a Senator from Colorado and ran as a candidate for President
  • State Senator Sally Hopper, who served in the Colorado Legislature
  • John Evans, Colorado's second Territorial Governor
  • State Representative Cheri Gerou, who served in the Colorado Legislature
  • State Representative John Witwer, also a member of the Colorado Legislature
  • State Representative Rob Witwer (John's son), who followed in his dad's position in the Colorado Legislature
  • State Representative Tony Grampsas, who served seven terms in the Colorado Legislature