Life in Evergreen


Evergreen's reliance on nonprofits dates way back

Written by Linda Kirkpatrick on .

Recently, I took part in preparations for the Nonprofit Module of the Leadership Evergreen class of 2017, putting together the following piece, which was read to the class in my absence.  I thought I'd share it with readers who haven't been around long enough to understand the roles nonprofits play in our community.

A Brief History of Nonprofits in Evergreen

Nonprofits have played an integral part in the development of the Evergreen community, as people gathered together to meet critical needs as they arose.

Every effort costs money, and in the absence of a local government, which might have funded some of these needs with tax dollars and personnel, citizens had to pool together their own funds and provide free manpower.

In time, many of these groups officially applied for nonprofit status to make their donations tax deductible and to reduce the costs of doing business by getting preferable rates or, at a minimum, not having to pay taxes.

The Mountain Parks Protective Assn. – formed in 1925 when summer cabins were so popular – provided a service by year-round residents who patrolled unoccupied buildings (often on horseback). It also inspected and treated trees for beetle infestation.

Our volunteer Fire Dept. formed after the fire in 1926 that nearly wiped out Main Street. – locals had formed a bucket brigade while a tanker truck came up from Denver.


LIFE IN EVERGREEN: Lack of enthusiasm this Election Day

Written by Linda Kirkpatrick on .

As we sit here holding our collective breath this Election Day, awaiting results, I had to comment on the distinct absence of political signs throughout the neighborhoods in Evergreen this year. The signs for supporting 4B for SCFC stood out as if they’d invested millions for publicity in our community alone.  At least voters were enthusiastic about something!

At the last minute, I resurrected an old "Vote for Cheri Gerou" sign and pressed it into the ground just for laughs. 

For the past two election cycles (prior to this one), I preached civility. People were so outspoken and obnoxious eight years ago that my husband and I seriously thought about moving. I conceded that it might be even worse wherever we might relocate.

Greg Dobbs wrote an editorial in the Post in the past week that reflected his disappointment with at least one friend who’d crossed the line via email by expressing distasteful feelings about a candidate he supports. But I think even he would agree this year few had the enthusiasm to proclaim their allegiance to either political party candidate. People here in Evergreen were relatively quiet. Relatively.

So, as we wake up Wednesday morning and tune into reality, I’m hoping we can all find a way to support whomever is elected to lead our country.

Or I may be preaching civility once again!



LIFE IN EVERGREEN: Be part of making history in Evergreen this Saturday!

Written by Linda Kirkpatrick on .

It’s all the buzz….

With our community spirit, don’t even try to imagine yourself not taking part in breaking a world record for the longest picnic table this weekend at Buchanan Park. Anyone who’s part of Evergreen needs to be there!

There will be a variety of food trucks – not just the usual ones you see at local events – one including wild game and seafood selections.

Starting Thursday afternoon, volunteers will be constructing well over a hundred picnic tables, ensuring they are interlocking, as the Guinness Book of World Records mandates that they can’t simply be end-to-end and they can’t just be “connected.” The table really must be one long table! So, even though it starts with “well over a hundred” kits, the kits are being modified to meet requirements.

The exact length of the table is a well-kept secret, as the record keeps being re-set – four times in fact since the Leadership Evergreen Class of 2015 took this on as a class project. The current record is 638’ 9.35” set in Kuwait earlier this year.

It’s their way of feeding the needy. How? you might ask. Leaders are supposed to come up with innovative ways to do things. Money raised from the event – $10 per person general admission – will be distributed amongst four area groups that provide food to people in the “needy” category: Seniors’ Resource Center, Loaves & Fishes, EChO, and Life Bridge.