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Taste of Evergreen draws hundreds

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More than 300 people turned out to enjoy this year's Taste of Evergreen at the Lake House on Friday, May 12th. The weather invited many to enjoy their tastings outdoors.  Winners in the One-Bite Challenge were as follows:

  • 1st Place in the Bite Challenge: Lariat Lodge Brewing Company • Shrimp and Grits
  • 2nd Place in the Bite Challenge: MacNation Cafe • Lemon Garlic Crab Macaroni and Cheese
  • 3rd in the Bite Challenge: Blackbird Cafe and Tavern • White Chicken Chili Soup with Buffalo Bill Grilled Cheese Dunkers

1st in the One-Sip Challenge: El Rancho Brewing Company • Deez Nuts Coconut Porter

According to Betsy Hays, president of the Chamber, the event raised $1000 in the raffle with all proceeds of the raffle go to the Evergreen Chamber College Scholarship Fund, and funds raised from the ticket sales are used to promote our community and operate the Evergreen Visitor's Center.

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Taste of Evergreen this Friday

Written by Betsy Hays on .

This Friday, May 12th, will be the 5th annual Taste of Evergreen hosted by the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce. The event starts at 5, parking is free and there is a free shuttle from Christ the King Church if the lot is full.

DJ Chris King of Advanced Mobile DJs will rock the Lake House while the public enjoy a variety of delicious food and drink. Beer from Lariat Lodge Brewing Company and El Rancho Brewing, wine from Flights Wine Café and an incredible list of food vendors make for a fun party! Restaurants offering this year’s culinary delights: Blackbird Café and Tavern, Bistro Colorado, Lariat Lodge Brewing Company, La Cuisine Catering, For the Love of Food, Welcome Coffee Colorado, Mac Nation Café, Genesee Candy Land, Hemp Way Foods, Vivian’s Gourmet, The Big Chili Cookoff, Rocky Mountain High Restaurant and Bar, Passanante’s Home Food Services, Cutco, Renewal by Anderson and The Wild Game.

Once again we will host the “One Bite Challenge” competition. It will be beef wellington vs hemp burgers vs two varieties of mac and cheese and more! New this year will also be a best “Sip” of the Taste: beer vs wine vs coffee vs the Evergreen Sunset presented by Coyote Gold and the Chamber. Don’t miss this once a year community event!

Tickets on sale now, evergreenchamber.org or call 303-674-3412.

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It’s no yolk – “Art of the Egg” has become a cherished Evergreen tradition

Written by Beth Foster on .

Downtown Evergreen’s “Art of the Egg” project is everything it’s cracked up to be—a celebration of local art that involves professionals and amateurs alike, not to mention downtown businesses and dozens of intrepid egg hunters. This year’s egg-tivities culminated last Thursday in a thrilling finale party at Main Street Fine Art Gallery, where all the eggs, many of the artists, and an enthusiastic crowd of local art lovers were on hand to enjoy dinner and drinks donated by local businesses, vote for their favorites, and bid at the egg auction.

The 43 professional-division eggs were featured in a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the Evergreen Downtown Business Association (EDBA). What’s more, all professional entries were sponsored by egg-loving businesses and individuals, adding to EDBA’s treasury. According to association president Karen Belmont, owner of Go Paint!—which sponsored the event along with EDBA—all funds raised by “Art of the Egg” will go toward improving Evergreen’s historic downtown area and offering other events throughout the year.

The idea for Evergreen’s marvelous festival of eggs was hatched ten years ago by Lisa Wood, former owner of Go Paint!, and Gail Riley, owner of Highland Haven Creekside Inn. Back then it was called the Downtown Evergreen Egg Decorating Contest. Last year, when Belmont and Evergreen Gallery owner Beth Riser took over coordinating the event, they renamed it “Art of the Egg” to highlight the fantastic creations dreamed up by local artists of all ages.

“Our professional artists start thinking about their egg design for next year the day after the finale party,” Belmont laughs. “Their creativity and imagination is unbelievable—they use just about every medium on the duck-size ceramic eggs. Some even add light and sound! It’s such a sight to behold. The designs are truly egg-cellent!”

The amateur artists do their work at Go Paint!, using ceramic glazes to create their masterpieces; this year there were 65 eggs in the amateur division. All the eggs, professional and amateur, are displayed at Evergreen National Bank for a week, then move to local galleries where the public can bid and vote. Kudos and prizes are awarded at the finale party in late April, where downtown businesses provide not only food and drink, but fabulous gifts for prizes.

New this year was the wildly successful “Heart of the Egg Hunt.” Small green ceramic eggs, painted with hearts and the letters EDBA, were placed in businesses owned by EDBA members. Egg hunters scrambled to have their game cards marked off at each store as they spotted the special eggs, and everyone who finished the hunt was entered in a drawing for bags full of gifts donated by participating businesses. “The kids and adults who took part really enjoyed this ‘Where’s Waldo’-like scavenger hunt, and voted hands down that we should do it again next year,” Belmont said. “We definitely plan to keep this fun activity in the mix of the egg-citement.”

“Art of the Egg” Contest Winners

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION

  • Best in Show - Jeannette Stutzman, sponsored by Evergreen Mountain Village
  • 2nd place - Carol Newsom, sponsored by Main Street Fine Art Gallery
  • 3rd place - Hannah Claassen, sponsored by Seasonally Yours
  • People's Choice - Tom Newsom, sponsored by Main Street Fine Art Gallery

AMATEUR DIVISION

Adults - 14 and up

  • 1st place - Kim Egan
  • 2nd place - Chris Dunn
  • 3rd place - Angela Konigsbauer
  • People's Choice - Sara Purves

Tweens - 8-13 yrs

  • 1st place - Daphne LeClercq
  • 2nd place - Amelia Jarosz
  • 3rd place - Campbell Carlson
  • People's Choice - Cosette Saul

Kiddos – 1-7 yrs

  • 1st place - Veronica Joy Emmers
  • 2nd place - Vivian Ledgerwood
  • 3rd place - Mason Ward
  • People's Choice - Mary Grace Seward

“Heart of the Egg Hunt” Drawing Winners

  • River Cio-Pollack
  • Margaret Burrier
  • Sara Purves
  • Jacqueline Falco

Photos by Beth Foster

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Chamber shows off new location

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While the Chamber is usually out there promoting open houses at member locations, last Friday, April 21st, was an open house to show of their new digs at The Stone House on Highway 74 across the street from Buchanan Recreation Center.  Complete with a bright red door, new signage and a ribbon cutting, the occasion was festive!  The Chamber was located at the ReMax Building on Stagecoach Boulevard prior to relocating the end of January.

“We moved the Chamber to increase the visibility for the Chamber and by extension its members and all the things we have to offer the community," said Betsy Hays, president of the Chamber. "The Chamber of Commerce is tasked with promoting the community, creating a strong local economy, representing business with government, and providing opportunities to build relationships. The visitor center is full of information from hiking trails, maps to other Colorado destinations, restaurant menus, business services, county information and much more."

Betsy encourages you to stop in and see what they have and what they can do for you. They even have a free community bulletin board of upcoming events so you can be aware of what's going on in Evergreen.

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Eyesore on Main Street finally demolished

Written by Linda Kirkpatrick on .

The green cottage that was once home to Evergreen Crafters came down last week.  It was like saying goodbye to a beloved grandmother who'd just turned 117 and been on life support for 15 years.  The building had housed a number of enterprises over the years, but since the mid-1900s had been known as the home for Evergreen Crafters.  Everyone had favorite memories of the place, many recalling the cedar smell that permeated the air and created the perfect atmosphere for buying everything from moccasins to lamps and knives.

Evergreen Crafters had to vacate the building in 2008 when an infestation of raccoons reportedly made the building structurally unsafe.  The store, still filled with the treasures that made it a favorite, relocated across the street at the end of the big parking lot.

The building had been vacant for nearly nine years, changing from being the focal point of Main Street to being an enormous eyesore.  It was a slow and painful death for downtown merchants to witness, sporting the abandoned, disheveled look for eight years; parts of it were demolished in 2016, leaving just the portion that dated back to 1900.  A nod of appreciation goes to Jeff Bradley for finally pulling the plug.

According to an article in the Canyon Courier, the Ross-Lewis Trust plans to turn the corner into a park of some sort.  Current building codes preclude the ability to rebuild anything practical in that spot.

Photo courtesy of Beth Riser.