swing. World-class performances take place in five uniquely intimate listening environments throughout town with shuttles transporting participants to where they need to be. Free dance lessons are
offered. Student musicians are given an opportunity to work with
accomplished, professional jazz musicians in student workshops.
On Sunday morning, a popular musical gospel service takes place at
Evergreen Christian Church.
Arts Alive! brings a wide variety of artistic opportunities in a
uniquely gorgeous small-town setting to a growing number of presenters and attendees every year. Pick your favorite arts event and
join in the fun! Delicious food choices abound at area restaurants
and a variety of bed and breakfast and motel accommodations are
available for overnight visitors.
IN NOOKS AND CRANNIES all over town, a variety of delightful
artistic creations greet visitors. Sculptures grace Evergreen Lake, the
library, parks and downtown businesses. Kids love “Bob the Dinosaur” and “The Bear Chair.” Viewers of all ages can’t help but smile
at “Polar Bears” and “Morning Spirits” or gasp at the beauty of lively
“Hard Right Turn: Sparrow.” Sculpture Evergreen, an Evergreen
group of sculpture supporters, began beautifying local areas with art
20 years ago. After installing its first permanent pieces at the Hiwan
Homestead Museum and Evergreen Lake House, the organization
began its popular Sculpture Walk. Every June, 15 new pieces of sculpture in a variety of mediums—from plaster and bronze to stone, glass
or recycled materials—are installed. Over the years the organization’s
number of permanently purchased and placed sculptures has grown.
Using an easily accessed self-guided tour brochure, art-lovers can
now explore nearly 50 installations. Their viewing experiences are
enriched when they use cell phones to access additional information.
Recordings reveal details about each sculpture, the artist’s inspiration
and intentions. Supported by a first Friday of each November fundraising event, grants and donations, Evergreen’s unique sculptures
provide viewers with an annually changing and growing art show in
a gorgeous mountain setting.
EAGER ART-LOVERS travel from near and
far to visit the studios of 30 Evergreen artists
in the Open Door Studios Tour on the third
weekend of September. The annual event, in its
fourteenth year, provides a rare opportunity to
meet artists face to face and to witness incredible art in the making. To plan their personal
tours, visitors pick up or download a tour book.
Then they follow roadside signs to individual
studio sites enjoying autumn’s changing leaf
colors and Evergreen’s exceptional mountain
scenery along the way. Artists working in a
variety of mediums participate. Works made
with all types of paints, pastels, clay, wood,
fiber, jewelry, bronze, glass, mixed media and photography are on
display. Fascinated tour-takers see the workplaces, materials and
processes involved in each artist’s creations and rave about their richly
rewarding and inspiring tour experiences. This nationally known, well-attended event has even been featured in articles in the popular magazine Southwest Art. Both the Friday night reception and Saturday and
Sunday self-guided tours are free and open to the public, brought to you
by generous artists, sponsors and advertisers. For collectors, extraordinary pieces of art are available for purchase and Evergreen offers
delightful dining and lodging options for out-of-town art aficionados.
Summer Concert Series
GENEROUS SPONSORS and the Evergreen Park and Recreational
District invite you to relax, unwind and have a great time at the
annual Summer Concert Series. Happening every other Wednesday
beginning in June and running through August, the free concerts
at Evergreen Lake House Park feature a surplus of diverse sounds.
Fourteen different local and out-of-town bands grace the covered
stage each season playing music from a wide range of genres—
country, bluegrass, rock, indie, reggae and more. Incredible performers
and a festive atmosphere in a beautiful mountain setting delight participants of all ages where outstanding talent, music and community
are all celebrated together. Sponsors, the District and hard-working
volunteers have been providing these popular concerts for 19 years.
Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and your own food to picnic outdoors
at the lake or take advantage of food, soft drink and merchandise
offerings from vendors on site. Concerts run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
and are never cancelled. Bands and concertgoers move inside the
Lake House when weather is unusually cold or wet. Schedules, paid
VIP parking and shuttle details are available on the website. No pets
Jane DeJonghe is a freelance magazine and newspaper writer focusing on
nature, mountain living and haiku. Several of her high country haiku were
included in the 2013 anthology Lifting the Sky, Southwestern Haiku and
Haiga by Dos Gatos Press. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melanie Warsinske working in her studio