Art, Entertainment & Lifestyle Winter2017-18
The Round Up Bar, Red Ram,
and Little Bear Saloon
A Legendary Vocation
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Looking Back at the Ties That Bind...
The Round Up Bar, Red Ram, and Little Bear Saloon
Through the years, the Round Up Bar and the Red Ram have contacted him and said he needed $5,000 for Ellington to play in
been the topic of many nostalgic conversations about Evergreen, Evergreen. “The amount was simply out of the question for us,”
Colorado. But not everyone knows of said Denny, “but the booker eventually settled on $1500.”
the strong connection between these
bygone neighborhood bars and Ever- “I had to build a stage for a 15-piece band and get a grand piano
green’s still-popular Little Bear Saloon. and have it tuned,” Mintle said. “I remember Ellington walking in
What is it? The answer in two words the front doors and standing there, looking around the room and
is…Denny Mintle. shaking his head… I guess the place wasn’t what he expected; but
he gave a great performance—and kept in touch over the years.”
In the late 1930s, drug store/dance
hall owners Prince and Maude Mc- In addition to Ellington, Mintle signed contracts with jazz
Cracken sold their downtown Ever- clarinetist Buddy DeFranco from Glenn Miller’s band, Count Basie
green (Hwy 74) building/enterprises and His Band, as well as drummer/bandleader Buddy Rich, and
to Colorado oil magnate/cattle baron bandleaders Woody Herman and Stan Kenton.
Darst E. Buchanan and family.
Denny Mintle “Seeburg’s and Roderick’s ‘Red Ram of America’ franchises
mostly had a toehold in college towns like Mankato, Minnesota
The Buchanans, who added the “Round Up,” bar to comple-
ment the dance hall, sold the building in 1964 to Ross Grimes. Just and Lincoln, Nebraska where Bill
about that time Iowa-born Denny Mintle came to town and quickly Seeburg knew a lot of jocks with
became a regular performer there. He earned his “Music Man” nick- money. I would put a bunch of
name from his honky-tonk piano-playing college days at Waterloo’s musicians together here in
Golden Garter where he connected with University of Iowa basket- Evergreen and we would go open
ball player Bill Seeburg and friend Ron Roderick. each franchise and then I’d hire
bands for them.”
Wanting to franchise the Red Ram Bar in Georgetown, a hot spot
for skiers, Seeburg and Roderick eventually suggested Mintle buy Piano/trombone player Denny
it. The western saloon owned by Bill and Julie Holmes also served Mintle eventually scouted musi-
authentic German food prepared by German-born Bill from his cians for his own band who could
family’s recipes. Denny and wife Patty did meet with the couple,
but Denny lacked enough money to complete the deal. — Continued page 12
Glenn Miller band performing.
Thereafter, Denny and Patty Mintle bought the Round Up in
1966. Forming the corporation, Round Up Bar and Restaurant, Inc.,
they soon teamed with Seeburg and Roderick as the franchised
“Evergreen Red Ram,” and worked hard to turn their franchise, the
precursor to the Little Bear Saloon, into a popular musical venue.
“All Red Rams had to
have a balcony,” Denny
stated. “We had to cut a hole
in the roof, remove the ceil-
ing, and put in a restaurant.”
He explained he built the
balcony using old building
lumber from Commerce City
scrapyards and hauling it to
Evergreen piece-by-piece in
his El Camino.
“Once we completed the Buddy Rich at Little Bear
live music portion, we were
the only bar playing music Duke Ellington
to till 2:00am every night. I
hired bands to play during
the week, and I played with
other musicians on the week-
Within six months of opening, Mintle’s booker friend in Chicago
contacted him about bands wanting to play at his saloon. Soon the
Evergreen Red Ram’s reputation for loud, live musical entertain-
ment hit a high note everywhere.
In 1968, Duke Ellington, who had a Denver gig already lined up, Club in the 1960s
was looking for another venue to fill an open night. Denny’s booker
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Steve Friesen - A Legendary Vocation
Steve Friesen years scouting for the U.S. Army and fought in several significant
battles in the Indian Wars.
Sitting in his office atop Lookout Mountain, Steve Friesen,
director of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, looks back on his Even though he was only in his twenties, his already amazing life
career with an amusing awe. in the West was soon popularized in dime novels and newspaper
Having decided to retire this year after 22 years at the helm,
Friesen says, “I didn’t expect to get here. I didn’t have a plan.” He In 1872, at age 26, he appeared in a play called “Scouts of the
may not have had a plan for his career but he laid the groundwork Prairie,” a play written by dime novelist Ned Buntline. The show
with degrees in History and Social Sciences from Bethel College was a success and although he was criticized as a bad actor, he
and an MA in American Folk Culture from State University of realized the appeal of the stories of the West and his talent for
New York. He came to the Buffalo Bill Museum with 20 years of showmanship.
experience at various museums, including director of the 1719
Hans Herr House in Pennsylvania and director of the Molly Brown Buffalo Bill’s Wild West opened in 1883 and its influence on
House in Denver. American culture over the course of its 30-year history cannot be
overstated. In its prime, the exhibition featured 650 performers, over
Steve enjoys laughing, cracking jokes, and talking with people a hundred of them Lakota, Arapaho, Pawnee, and Crow Indians
and he believes Buffalo Bill did too. Friesen adds, “And if I couldn’t who were encouraged by Cody to speak their own language and
have done those things, I couldn’t have lasted 22 years.” preserve their culture. The 1,400 performances across the U.S. and
Europe were seen by millions and were the basis for how the world
“But more importantly,” says Friesen, “if I didn’t believe in perceived America and the West. The show also made Buffalo Bill
Buffalo Bill as not only a cool guy but also a good guy, I wouldn’t one of the most famous people in the world.
have stayed here. He’s the kind of guy I like to talk about, the kind
of guy I’d like to be, someone who believes in women’s rights and That fame allowed Cody to speak out for causes he believed in,
Indians’ rights, saving the buffalo, saving the environment. Yes, he causes that were antithetical to his early experiences. For instance,
screws up. Yes, he was a creature of his day. But taken in his totality, he spoke out about the mindless slaughter of the buffalo even
he was the kind of guy I’d like to be known as when I kick it.” though he was credited with shooting 11,000 in his career as a
hunter. He fought for Indians’ rights and gave them opportunities
That guy was born William Cody in 1846 in Le Claire, Iowa. they wouldn’t have had otherwise even though he had battled them
At age 11, Cody was tasked with providing for his family after in the Indian Wars. And, he spoke out for equal pay for women at a
his father was stabbed for speaking out against slavery. He made time when it was unheard of to do so.
money herding cattle, driving a wagon train, fur-trapping, riding
in the Pony Express, and even sought a fortune at age 13 in the Friesen loves to
Colorado Gold Rush. After serving in the Civil War, he earned his share stories about
famous moniker as a buffalo hunter providing food for the Kansas Cody and talk about
Pacific Railroad and the U.S. Army. “Buffalo Bill” then spent six the man’s contradic-
tions but admits that
academic inquiry is
the fun part of his
job. Like trying to
figure out if Cody
really did ride in
the Pony Express or
if the military tank
that was parked on
his grave was there
to protect him from
grave robbers from
Cody, Wyoming, a
town that also claims
his body is buried
When Friesen ar-
rived at the museum,
the story of Cody
as a good guy was
beginning to be told
but there was a lot
of apologizing on
topics like killing
buffalo. Friesen says,
Steve with his wife,
Monta Lee Dakin
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he knew it was important that he knew the facts and second, to get Steve with many friends and co-workers at his retirement party in September.
the facts out into the world. He shared those facts in 2010 with the
release of his book, Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary and triguing character of the Old West. Friesen says he’ll miss the
again this year when his book Lakota Performers in Europe was amazing view from his office and just might join the group of
published in collaboration with his friend, and Western collector, retirees who enjoys breakfast every morning in the gift shop.
Friesen’s wife, Monta Lee Dakin, will also retire this year as
One of the most impactful contributions Friesen has made as Executive Director of the Mountain and Plains Museum Association.
director is the digitizing of the museum’s collection. His predecessor Between them, they have over 80 years of combined experience
began a cataloging project but it was not up to 21st Century in the world of museums and will put their expertise to good use
museum standards. Friesen hired several people who spent ten consulting with small museums on strategic planning, exhibit ideas,
years digitizing everything in the museum including Wild West and improving educational programs.
costumes, Sitting Bull’s peace pipe, and the head of the last buffalo
shot by Cody. The cataloging has proved invaluable, not only to And, there’s even another book in the works. Sounds like a great
researchers and historians who come to the museum, but also to way to ride off into the sunset.
Friesen himself who recently needed just a few minutes to find two — Lisa Langley
specific images and email them to a researcher in France.
When asked what he thinks drives the world’s fascination with
the American West, Friesen responded, “What do you think is the
most fascinating period of England’s history? It’s Robin Hood, King
Arthur, and the Knights of the Round Table.” Friesen said.“Just like
seeing a castle in England, people are interested in the mythical
period in America, which was the American West. It’s not the
colonial history or the Revolutionary War, it’s the American West.”
This year was the 100th Anniversary of Buffalo Bill’s death and
burial and Friesen thought that it was as good a time as any to
The museum will certainly miss their director’s passion for the
subject and relentless pursuit of the facts surrounding such an in-
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Small Museum…Big Discoveries!
“I show dead monsters to children.” the Glenrock Paleon Museum in Glenrock, of famed geologist and Colorado School
That’s how Matthew Mossbrucker, Director Wyoming giving participants “the fossil of Mines professor Arthur Lakes, who, in
and Chief Curator of the Morrison Natural expedition experience of a lifetime.” 1877, began discovering the first fossilized
History Museum, describes his job. The remains of Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus and
museum, housed in a 2,000 square feet cabin The weathered soft rock of this area of Diplodocus within the Dinosaur Ridge
offers an intimate experience. Visitors can Wyoming makes finding fossils relatively formation near Morrison. In addition to
get up close and personal to the collection easy, which makes it fun for those willing to discovering actual bones and skeletons,
making it unlike other museums that brave the hot, windy, and gritty conditions. Lakes painstakingly noted, sketched,
usually have a strict, no-touch policy. and painted what he found. Lakes is
Mossbrucker says, “The best thing about The section they work in is part of the considered one of the founding fathers
our museum is that you can touch the Late Cretaceous Lance Formation, which of American geology and his incredible
fossils and have a close encounter with a recorded the last big dinosaur ecosystem collection, housed on the west campus of
T. Rex or a Triceratops with the knowledge that went extinct 65 million years ago. Yale University has proven invaluable to
that these are local animals and being part Discoveries in the area have included duck- Mossbrucker who uses the collection to try
of Colorado’s story makes it even more billed dinosaurs, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus and make connections between what Lakes
interesting.” Rex, and raptors. found in Morrison 140 years ago and what
has been found more recently.
The bearded, 37-year old “hipster Although the fossils found on the digs
paleontologist” says although his obsession stay in Glenrock, participants are excited When asked about the most significant
for dinosaurs started around age eight, because not only are they contributing to fossils found since he’s been at the museum,
it was when he visited the museum as a science, but they get credit for their finds. Mossbrucker recounts that about ten
14-year old that his fascination took hold. years ago the museum was called in at
Soon after visiting, he became a volunteer Mossbrucker likes to dig in this part of the eleventh hour to remove some sand-
and started digging for fossils and he’s Wyoming because the rock is soft and the stone boulders from Dinosaur Ridge. The
basically been hanging around ever since. fossils are so close to the surface unlike boulders had been moved aside when the
His curiosity about what lived in the ancient fossils buried deep in the hard rock of Work Projects Administration originally
American West is what motivates him Jurassic Morrison. In fact, because of the constructed Alameda Parkway about 80
today. dense vegetation that obscures the ground, years ago and because of some additional
it’s difficult to see any clues hinting at what work being done on the road, the boulders
Matthew Mossbrucker might be buried beneath. So, in order to needed to be removed.
find out where to dig next, Mossbrucker
When he was asked to take the helm ten often visits the Lakes Collection at the — Continued page 10
years ago, the museum was suffering from Peabody Natural History Museum to look
low visitation, a lack of volunteers, expen- at what’s already been collected.
sive overhead, and uninspired exhibits.
After writing a few grants, developing some The collection he is referring to is that
new training programs, and coming up
with new exhibits, things have improved.
In 2017, the museum expects 17,000 visitors,
up from just 6,000 in 2007. That spike in
visitation is crucial to the operation since
ticket and gift shop sales make up the
majority of the museum’s funding.
This year, the museum decided to expand
its offerings by co-hosting fossil digs with
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When they inventoried the boulders back at the museum, they Exhibit at Morrison History Museum
expected to find Stegosaurus bones because the first ever Stegosau-
rus skeleton was found on the same site. Although these particu- whether they’re professionals or just curious people.”
lar boulders didn’t reveal bones, they did reveal traces of turtles,
air-breathing lung fish and, most importantly, tracks of adult and It’s undeniable that Mossbrucker’s curiosity for dinosaurs has
infant Stegosaurus, a very rare find. In fact, according to Moss- led him to the job of his dreams. When he walks around this 2,000
brucker, these tracks are the only infant Stegosaurus fossils that exist square feet treasure trove he says he feels humbled and privileged
anywhere in the world. He explains that the boulders were part of to watch people hold a fossil in their hand for the first time. “The
an old stream clogged with sand, mud, and parts of already dead most instantly gratifying situation that I find myself in is when I’m
dinosaurs. As the water and sand settled, it created a surface to col- watching someone else make that connection.”
lect footprints too. Finding bones and tracks in the same place is un-
usual because the conditions that are ideal for preserving tracks are If you want to make a connection to the ancient past, visit the
generally not ideal for the fossilization of bone. Mossbrucker adds, Morrison Natural History Museum, 501 Colorado Highway 8,
“Putting the tracks in context with the habitat we find them in, we Morrison, CO or www.mnhm.org.
can for the first time catch a glimpse of the habitat Stegosaurus — Lisa Langley
would have grown up in because that is a dark spot, terra incognito
that we don’t fully understand. Participants at one of the digs in Glenrock, Wyoming 2017
In paleontology, context is everything. It can reveal things like
where the animals lived, how they competed for limited resources,
their interaction with one another, and who was eating what and
whom. For example, dinosaurs are known to grow teeth throughout
their lives shedding the old ones as new ones emerge. Mossbrucker
says that bones and shed teeth of a particular crocodilian species
have been found in the ancient Cretaceous ponds and swamps of
Wyoming indicating that the species lived and ate in the same place.
But in Morrison, only two skulls have been found without any shed
teeth nearby leading researchers to conclude that the species not
only didn’t live where they were found but were actually washed
downstream as carcasses. Without considering the context in which
these teeth were found, the larger understanding of the habitat
would be lost and a completely different conclusion might be
While recent technological advancements such as 3D printing, 3D
modeling and CT scanning have made it easier for paleontologists
to study fossils and reach better conclusions, Mossbrucker is more
excited by what social media has done to link his profession to the
public. “That barrier between museum and museum scientist and
the general public is gone
now. I get emails, tweets,
and Facebook messages
from kids and adults from
all over the place.” He
says people contact him
regularly to identify their
“The connection to mu-
seums that people can get
now through these various
social media platforms is
wonderful. That is, I think,
the single greatest advance-
ment. This technology is
bringing people together
allowing them to participate
in discovery and participate
in paleontology in ways that
I never thought possible ten
years ago. Technology is
just giving us more arrows
in our quiver to discover,
visualize, and communi-
cate these animals to folks
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Denny Mintle and his Evergreen
Dixielanders in 1960s
Denny Mintle and his
daughter, Jenifer in 2017
— Continued from page 5 Little Bear 2017 The demise of the Red Ram franchises
play by ear—and in any key. He tried out “There were about 8 Red Ram franchises forced Denny and Patty Mintle to find a
various players, including Billy Graham, a in various states and they lasted around 4 new name for their business. With their
trumpeter who had played on the original years,” Denny explained. “Locally, besides bar located just a stone’s throw from Bear
recording cut of Bing Crosby’s “White mine, there was one in Colorado Springs Creek, Patty Mintle came up with the new
Christmas.” By 1968, his band, The and Larimer Square, the last one they name — “Little Bear.”
Evergreen Dixielanders, consisted of: Dale opened up. I think that Larimer Square
Wall (electric bass), Derwayne Stoner, also broke them and made them all go bust in Shortly after Red Ram’s name change
from Waterloo (banjo), Dick Voorhees (horns 1970.” to Little Bear, Bob and Mary Chaplin
and vibes), Don Grant (guitar), Dawn approached Mintle about him buying their
Arlene (drums) and George Young Lakeshore Inn (formerly Eddie Ott’s by
(trumpet). In 1970, Mintle and The the Lake). Located on Upper Bear Creek
Evergreen Dixielanders recorded a “live” Road in what is now the Lakepoint Center
LP Album at Evergreen’s Red Ram. across from Evergreen Lake, the venue
served food/beverages and boasted a huge
Pace Setters‑Full Service Salon dance floor. Upon making the purchase, the
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Denny and Patty Mintle’s Red-Ram-era
303-232-2190 turned Little-Bear-legacy ended 10 years
after it began. Little Bear was sold to Kenny
Jeronimus in 1976—forty-one years later his
Little Bear Saloon is still rocking it!
The ties that bind Evergreen’s Round Up/
Red Ram/Little Bear, and Denny Mintle’s
role in it all, might have somewhat fallen
through the cracks, becoming hazy over
time… Nonetheless, it is local history worth
remembering—and a lifetime of memories
the “Music Man” Mintle can never forget!
— Jo Ann M. Colton
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When Is This Seller’s Market Going to End?
The quick answer is “not very soon.” This chart shows that
the seller’s market is four years old now and showing no
signs of ending. The steady in-migration to Colorado from
other states continues to exceed the number of new homes
being built, guaranteeing a continuation of high demand and
The blue line in that chart is the number of new listings going under contract. The higher average is the result of
coming on the MLS over the past five years. The green line is overpriced homes lingering on the market while correctly
the number of sales. The reason we’re experiencing a reduced priced homes sell quickly.
inventory of active listings despite a steady or increasing
supply of new listings is that the new listings are going under The good news is that even those overpriced homes are
contract quickly – but only when they are priced right. The selling eventually, although for less than their asking prices –
chart at right shows a wide discrepancy between average and often for less than if they had been priced right to begin
days before going under contract and median days before with. Don’t include your home is that statistic. I’d be happy
to send you a free valuation of your home, if you’d like.
Contact me at [email protected]
By the way, these charts are for all of Jefferson County, but
not for the full MLS. The source is REcolorado.com, the
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Music For Healing Pushing an office chair that nestles a harp, she states she is a “Certified
Music Practitioner” working for the hospital and asks if you would like her
Certified Music Practitioner, Phyllis Capron to play music for you. Upon your consent, the harpist plays your requested
Imagine you are in the hospital, feeling anxious, in more pain than you country songs and some sweet Irish tunes. She takes the time to ask how
you are feeling and patiently listens to your response before she continues
have ever known. Amidst the constant sound of beeping/buzzing medical to play some more.
instruments, nurses are waking you to check your vitals while technicians
clatter into you room with test equipment carts. There is not much in your After a while you begin to feel calm washing over you and your
environment to bring you comfort—until a petite woman with soft hair breathing relaxes. You probably don’t realize your breathing and heart rate
curling around a gentle face comes quietly into your room… match the meter of the music. The pain you have been feeling is becoming
less acute; the relief might cause you to smile and/or shed a few tears.
I shadowed CMP, Phyllis Capron, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood
as she made her rounds playing harp for patients in the Neuro/Ortho
trauma unit. Phyllis, a long time professional harpist, has been trained and
certified through the Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP)
to work with the medical community and individual patients. As a pioneer
CMP, she has been working for St Anthony’s Hospital for ten years. There
are now CMPs in many Centura Hospitals in Colorado as a part of their
integrative medicine team. The work of CMPs is also applicable in nursing/
memory care, and hospice facilities.
I had previously met Phyllis when she was playing harp at a professional
women’s luncheon. Being a musician myself, I always thank the musicians
playing at such events. We talked easily and got to know each other. I have
personally witnessed the healing that music can bring so I decided to visit
the MHTP website (www.mhtp.org) to learn more.
MHTP was started in 1994 by Martha Lewis and Laurie Riley MHTP
following in the footsteps of the Chalice of Repose Project begun in
1973 by Therese Schroder Sheker. Funded by tuition and donations, the
nonprofit, international, certification program teaches the skills and up-to-
date scientific research needed to administer healing music in healthcare
settings. Unlike Music Therapists who work with patients to attain long
term goals, Music Practitioners play acoustic music to meet the needs of
a patient in the moment and that person’s unique condition dictates what
music is played.
Neuroscience research has shown how live music affects the brain and
body. It has been shown to ease pain, lower blood pressure, stabilize heart
rate, and ease anxiety. Tempo, pitch, and volume affect the body’s functions
differently so the CMP changes the music to influence the patient positively.
The increased vibrational quality, as well as the compassionate presence of
the practitioner, affects healing more significantly than recorded music.
Reactions to hearing and feeling the harp music resulted in less anxiety,
a greater sense of peace and calmness, and asking Phyllis for a return
visit because the music had helped so much. My favorite response from a
woman experiencing intense pain and anxiety was that she was reminded
of angels, and she sang with the harp.
Because I witnessed art and science meld with integrative medicine, a
nice balm in a doctor’s bag; I am currently working through the program to
become a Certified Music Practitioner.
‑— Diane Levien
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Events Calendar Located in the heart of Downtown Evergreen
Arvada Center for the Performing Arts presents “Joseph and the Amazing Gifts • Jewelry • Home Decor • Souvenirs
Technicolor® Dreamcoat.” The best-selling holiday family musical for many years
returns to the Arvada Center stage this winter! Through -Dec 23 • Serving the mountain community since 1948.
For reservations contact: www.arvadacenter.org • Family owned and operated • Personalized service
• Featuring local artists • Free gift wrap • Open 7 days
Miner’s Alley Playhouse in Golden presents “A Christmas Carol.” This hilarious,
fast-paced adaptation uses only simple props and five actors to bring Dickens’ EvCerragfrteeerns
most beloved characters (from Scrooge and Tiny Tim to Bob Cratchit and Mrs.
Fezziwig) to life. Through -Dec 29 For reservations contact: www.minersalley.com 28076 Hwy. 74 • Evergreen, CO 80439 • (303) 674-3153
Arvada Center for the Performing Arts presents “A Year with Frog and Toad.” Join us on Facebook
Based on the award-winning books by Arnold Lobel, A Year With Frog and Toad
follows the adventures of two best friends: the cheerful Frog and the grumpy Toad. January 2018
Suitable for all ages. Dec 1-9 For reservations ontact: www.arvadacenter.org. Evergreen Lake Polar Plunge. Leap into the cold Evergreen Lake water on
Jan 1 for an invigorating start to 2018. For more information visit Evergreen
The Stage Door Theatre Senior Company (Conifer) presents the musical Park & Recreation at: www.evergreenrecreation.com
“Cinderella” A contemporary take on this fairytale, as you follow Cinderella on a Evergreen Park & Recreation District (EPRD) presents the 8th Annual Pond
journey to achieve her dreams. Dec 15-16 Reservations contact: Hockey Championship at Evergreen Lake. Jan 6 & 7 The tournament starts at 7:00
www.stagedoortheatre.org am each day. For detailed information contact: Lake House Recreation Supervisor
Brad Bednar at [email protected] or 720-880-1311.
Evergreen Players presents an Evergreen Players Studio One Youth Production of The Venue Theater (Conifer) presents “Urinetown” from 7-9:00 pm. Jan 12-20 In
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever—the musical” at Center Stage. Dec 17-23 a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led
For times/tickets/fees, contact www.evergreenplayers.org to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. Ticket prices vary so check the
website for details/show times at: www.thevenuetheatre.com
Evergreen Players presents Season’s Readings - A Christmas Carol at Center
Stage. A popular holiday tradition for the Evergreen Community and beyond, This
show opens on Sunday the 17th, and then runs again the following Friday and
Saturday only. For times/tickets/fees, contact: www.evergreenplayers.org
Free Legal Clinic, for parties without an attorney, will be held at Evergreen Library
on Hwy 73 from 3:30-5:00 pm. Dec 7 First-come-first served; appointments not
necessary. By computer link, volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out
forms, and explain legal processes. Call library for more info @ 303-235-5275.
Evergreen Chamber of Commerce presents “Sparkle and Shine 2017” Annual
Business Awards & Holiday Gala from 5:30-9:00 pm Dec 8 at The Wild Game,
1204 Bergen Pkwy, Evergreen. Join us for dinner, drinks, silent auction, raffles,
Business of the Year Awards and a holiday celebration! For fees/admission and/or
to register, visit: www.evergreenchamber.org or call (303) 674-3412.
VFW Post No. 12009 presents a Monthly All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast (every 3rd
Sunday) from 7:30-11:30am at Beaver Ranch, 11369 S Foxton Rd, Conifer. Enjoy a
great breakfast (eggs, potatoes, pancakes, biscuits, and more) & help support our
Veterans. Dec 17 For adult/children fees, contact Terry Lyons @ 303-838-8773.
The Wild Game (Bergen Park) presents Live Music in The Clubhouse at 7:30pm,
no cover. Dec 31 - The New Year’s Eve Show will feature Ryan Chrys and the
Roughcuts. For more info, contact: www.thewildgame.net or call 720-630-8888.
Skate the Lake at Evergreen Lake. DRIVE SMART is celebrating the 22nd
Anniversary of Skate the Lake! Dec 31 The New Year’s Eve event, family focused
and alcohol-free event, is scheduled from 6:00 pm to midnight. It features bands,
ice skating, marshmallow roasts and many other fun facets, with a fireworks display
at 8:00 pm. Evergreen Lake is rated by CNN and Sunset Magazine as one of the
world’s top 10 most beautiful outdoor ice skating rinks.
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