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Historic barn coming alive with community dance

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By Sandy Barnes

The historic barn at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park will be the scene of a community dance with live music this Friday, Oct. 12.

Caretakers John Erlandson and Pandora Reagan are opening the doors of the barn to the public for the first time in years for the event, called Boogie at the Barn.

 “We’re so excited,” said Reagan. “John has always wanted to do a barn dance.”

Something Underground will be the featured band during the evening, performing a blend of rock, reggae and folk music.

Consisting of brothers Josh and Seth Larson on vocals, bass, guitar and keyboards, and Trevor Mariotti on drums, the band members are known for their support of charity organizations, dynamic performance and loyal fans. 

Erlandson, a local musician and concert producer, decided to hold the dance as a way to bring life back to the barn and involve area residents, said Reagan. 

“We want to be doing things to build community,” she said.

Erlandson will be part of the opening act at the dance, performing with a group dubbed the Roughnecks who will play a mix of rock and country tunes.

Erlandson and Reagan are working in partnership with the Evergreen Park and Recreation District to host the event. Park district employees have cleaned out the barn to make room for the event.

The barn is more than 100 years old. The log portion was part of the original Hester Homestead dating from the 1850s. The traditional timber-framed portion of the barn was built in 1900 and later expanded by Hank and Barbie Alderfer in the 1970s.

In 1985 Jefferson County Open Space acquired the property, which the park district now manages and uses for storage.

“The Alderfers are tickled about the dance because they want the barn to be more than a storage space,” said Erlandson.

Proceeds will go toward restoration of the barn and the fox house on the property. 

“We want to do a minimalist fix-up,” said Erlandson. “It’s nice to be able to collaborate with the park district.” 

The evening also will have an artistic flair courtesy of Stoneheart Galley. Six original paintings of the barn were created by local artists for Boogie at the Barn and will be sold at the event. 

The paintings by artists Laura Mehmert, Judith Brunko, Chris McAllister, Jam Wong, Heather Arenas and Julianne Miller can also be viewed and purchased in advance at the gallery in downtown Evergreen. Proceeds from the paintings will go toward the restoration of the barn.

Boogie at the Barn is sponsored by Colorado Serenity and Intero Real Estate.  

A limited number of advance tickets are available for $5 at Everbean, Ice House Cafe, Java Groove and Susie's Cafe — and at EPRD's Wulf and Buchanan recreation centers, or by e-mailing John Erlandson at  HYPERLINK "mailto:john@johnerlandson.com" \t "_blank" john@johnerlandson.com. Tickets are $7 at the door.

The dance begins at 6 p.m. and lasts until 11 p.m. The park is at 30299 Buffalo Park Road.

 

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