Celebrating summer with music and art

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Fourth fete draws families to the lake for fun, tunes

By Sandy Barnes

A cool breeze at Evergreen Lake and clouds floating in sunny skies enhanced the kaleidoscope of activity at the Evergreen Music Festival and Art Show on July 4.


Youngsters were all around, climbing on sculpture and gingerly jumping in the bouncy castle at the Lake Park.

“For us, it’s a little bit of kids getting together,” said Jenny Kozel as her 14-month-old daughter, Grace, toddled across the grass.

Families gathered around picnic tables and rested on blankets in the shade while listening to the stirring sounds of the Denver Brass and the Celtic Colorado Pipes and Drums, which performed late in the morning.

As the two groups blended their musical talents, the Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers performed to “Megalomania,” which featured the signature “Highland Cathedral” passage. With graceful footwork and raised arms, the dancers wove intricate patterns, their skirts gently blowing in the summer breeze.

Accompanied by members of the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, the Evergreen Chorale sang a jazzy version of “Blue Skies” in their afternoon performance. The chorale also had prepared “Singing in the Rain,” just in case, said Christine Gaudreau, artistic director of the group.

The chorale also performed a patriotic medley saluting the military and the country, beginning with the Army’s “The Caissons Go Rolling Along” and ending with “America the Beautiful.”

Traditional and original folk tunes also wafted through the festival air, courtesy of Evergreen musician John Erlandson and the Mostly Pretty Random All Stars.

“Raise a glass for the working class, and for the promise of the promised land,” the trio sang to the crowd, along with Bob Dylan’s classic “Blowing in the Wind.”

Inside the Lake House, artists displayed their works and their expertise as they created paintings and sculptures. Evergreen sculptor Gail Frasier was showing two youngsters how she makes a vase from clay.

The art show featured a variety of works from jewelry to images of flowers, wildlife and landscapes in eclectic styles.

Out on the lake, Scott Robson, executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, and his son were among stand-up paddlers and other non-motorized crafts making their way across smooth waters.

The park district co-sponsored the event with Evergreen Newspapers and Intero Real Estate of Evergreen.


Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com or call 303-350-1042.