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.


Eyesore on Main Street finally demolished

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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.



Honoree Event slated for March 2nd

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Once again the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce will partner with Leadership Evergreen to honor some special people. People who put an amazing amount of effort into our community, not for money but for love. Nominations were gathered, online voting is open now, personal interviews are being conducted and the selection is taking place to find out who will be recognized as Leader, Nonprofit, Young Professional, Volunteer, Ambassador and Youth of 2016.

The passion and support brought to our world through the efforts and dedication of each and everyone one of our nominees deserves a special mention. Without their contributions to the fabric of our community our world would be drastically different. Nonprofits have been nominated for activities such as the Emergency Shelter Program, building a second community garden, the Guiness Book of World Records longest picnic table to the music park installed at the Stagecoach playground to so much more. The amazing nominees for 2016 are:

Nonprofit of the Year: AT HOME in Evergreen, Bootstraps, Drive Smart, Evergreen Christian Outreach, Evergreen Elks Lodge #2363, Evergreen Alliance for Sustainability and You, (EAS+Y), Leadership Evergreen and the Class of 2015, Mt. Evans Home Health and Hospice, Rotary Club of Evergreen

Volunteer of the Year (for service outside of their paid work): Lori Frease – Evergreen Christian Outreach, Melissa Baker-Gerou and Associates, John Erlandson-Pandora/John Properties, Beckie Mosch – EChO Jobs Center, Susan Stearns-Mt. Evans Home Health and Hospice Chamber

Ambassador of the Year: Caitlyn Dunbar, John Ellis, Ellen O’Connor, Penny Randall, Marisa Rodero Young Professional of the Year: Caitlyn Dunbar-Edward Jones, Kristin Ledgerwood-Vivian’s Gourmet, Colin Riebel-CH2M Concepts, Marisa Rodero-Roots Medicine Youth of the Year-Natalie Holley-EHS, Piper Richey-CHS

Leader of the Year:  Nominees are still in progress.

The Honoree Celebration will be held at the Evergreen Elks Lodge on March 2nd from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Tickets are $35 and the public is invited to celebrate with us! Our guest speaker will be Colorado State Senator Gary Hart! Ticket prices include hors d’voeures, complimentary cocktails and dessert. Registration is available online at The event does sell out so please reserve your spot today.

Thank you to Tom Carby, Carby Insurance Agency (303-670-2181) for being our Title Sponsor!


Nominations being accepted for leader, nonprofit, volunteer, young professional, youth and ambassador of the year awards

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The Evergreen Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Evergreen join together to recognize their best! The Honoree celebration is dedicated to honoring Leader, Nonprofit, Volunteer, Young Professional, Youth, and Ambassador of the Year. Evergreen Elks Lodge, Thursday, March 2nd 5:30-8:30 pm. To register, call (303) 674-3412. Deadline is January 26th to nominate.

We hope you will join us to honor Ordinary People doing Extraordinary things!

Please take a moment to nominate those who deserve to be honored at this special event.The Evergreen Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Evergreen join together to recognize their best! The 2017 Honoree Celebration is dedicated to honoring Leader, Nonprofit, Volunteer, Young Professional, Youth, and Ambassador of the Year.

The event will be held Thursday, March 2nd 5:30-8:30 pm. at the Elks Lodge. To register, please call (303) 674-3412. The deadline is Thursday, January 26th to nominate.

Click here to nominate.


New Year's Eve event at MVCC open to the public at MVCC

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The public is invited to ring in 2017 at Mount Vernon Country Club on Saturday, December 31st. At this Speakeasy-themed event starting at 6 pm, guests will enjoy appetizers and a full 4-course dinner as well as a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

Live band Chris Daniels and The Kings offers big band music for fun and dancing, all set against a backdrop of the gorgeous vistas from Mount Vernon Country Club’s perch atop Lookout Mountain. Prior to dinner being served, guests will munch on a deviled eggs “flight,” Waldorf salad skewers and lobster mac & cheese croqueies. The 4-course meal will include Chicken Consommé Popovers, a wedge salad, grilled NY steak and a delectable dessert.

The cost is $85 for adults, which includes a 4-course dinner and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Cash bar. Must RSVP in advance by calling the main desk at 303-526-0616.

A separate Kids Klub event will also be offered for kids ages 4 – 14, which will include pizza, snacks and beverages, a Wii dance off, games and movies all for $25 per child.