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Summerfest ushers in Evergreen's annual Arts Aive

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From brews to bands, 10-day event promises creative fun

By Sandy Barnes

Summerfest and Arts Alive are on the way, flowing with creative juices and innovative events for those near and far.

This year’s Summerfest, which begins the nine-day Arts Alive festival, is taking on a new flavor, with a Palette of Brews beer tasting and Battle of the Bands offered this weekend at Buchanan Park.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, festival-goers can sample 16 Colorado microbrews while taking in the artistic creations of more than 120 artists at Summerfest.

The Battle of the Bands and Air Guitar contest will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday evening. The brain child of downtown Evergreen business owner Jim Sherwood, the event will highlight all the wonderful bands around Evergreen, said Steve Sumner, executive director of Center for the Arts Evergreen, which produces the festival.

Artists from throughout the country will showcase their paintings, sculpture, metal works, photography, fiber art and glass creations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during both days of Summerfest.

General admission is $2, and Palette of Brews tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the festival.

Summerfest is also adding to its food-tasting experience this year with vegan fare from Island Noodles along with traditional turkey legs, lemonade and shaved ice treats.

The weekend festival also has fun options for youngsters who can go to Cape City and create costumes based on a superhero theme. With help from volunteers, the kids will “save” the city in hero fashion.

The Snowflake Circus also will perform at 11 a.m., and 1, 3 and 4 p.m. both days. On Saturday at 11 a.m., the Evergreen Children’s Chorale will perform. On Sunday afternoon, the Maroon Bells Morris Dancers will kick up their heels at two performances.

Members of the Colorado Children’s Theatre also will perform on Sunday afternoon.

 

Other Arts Alive attractions

On Saturday, July 20, at 8:30 p.m., Movies in the Grove at the Hiwan Homestead Museum will present the “Great A and K Train Robbery,” a silent Western adventure filmed in Colorado. Pianist Hank Troy will accompany the film, just like in the good old days.

Arts Alive will also features continuing performances of the musical “Hairspray” by the Evergreen Players on Friday and Saturday evenings. For more information, visit www.evergreenplayers.org.

Culminating Arts Alive is the Evergreen Jazz Festival July 26-28 that features noted groups from New Orleans to Fort Collins.

Ten jazz bands will perform more than 70 cumulative hours of swing, Dixieland, blues, boogie-woogie and ragtime tunes. The jazz festival also offers educational and dance workshops to attendees.

For details and to order tickets, visit www.evergreenjazz.org, or call 303-697-5467.

While talking about Arts Alive and its beginnings five years ago, Sumner said a consultant originally suggested the idea while working with a local arts alliance.

“We knew how good we are and wanted others to know,” he said.

 The annual event is a major fund-raiser for the Center for the Arts Evergreen.

For more information on Arts Alive and Summerfest, visit www.artsaliveevergreen.org.

 

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