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Today's Features

  • At 810 feet, 8 and 3/8 inches, the world’s longest picnic table could seat a theoretical family of more than 800 people. A person sitting at one end would have to spend more than three minutes walking 300 steps to see her relatives at the other.

    And this theoretical family was, briefly, a reality as the Evergreen community came together to celebrate the Guinness Book of World Records’ confirmed longest picnic table ever.

  • By Kevin M. Smith, For the Courier 

    Live music, hula-hooping, children’s games and local artists filled Kittredge Community Park for eight hours Saturday for the annual Kittredge Canyonfest. 

    The event, hosted by the Kittredge Civic Association, has been a fall staple of the community for nearly 30 years, according to co-organizer Brenna Witt.

  • It wasn’t a typical Tuesday night crowd that started drifting onto the deck at Cactus Jack’s about 5 p.m. Sept. 13.

    On average the guests probably had a decade or two on the creek-side saloon’s customary clientele, and most of them rolled in on Subarus and Acuras instead of Harleys and Hondas. But if they wore more Lacoste than Levi Strauss, they’d come for a live jam just the same.

  • Each pot of chili told a different story. Some were old family recipes. Some were experiments with new recipes. Some had a kick that made eyes water; others evinced a sweeter side. There were pots of green and red; pork, beef, chicken and vegetarian. Each batch as diverse as the individuals who made and served it.

    Saturday’s Big Chili Cook-off at Buchanan Park drew thousands of people to spend the day outside listening to music, eating chili, and supporting six mountain area fire departments.

  • Today’s high school freshmen weren’t yet born on Sept. 11, 2001. The youngsters climbed anyway.

    Many who attended Sunday weren’t in New York, Washington or Pennsylvania on that horrific day, and don’t know anyone who was. And still they climbed.

    Some participants weren’t firefighters and didn’t have any connection to first responders. And yet they climbed as well.

  • Conservation was the common denominator for two Evergreen icons inducted into the Jefferson County Hall of Fame on Aug. 24.

    Sylvia Brockner, founder of what would become Evergreen Audubon and the Canyon Courier’s outdoors columnist for 45 years, and Dan Pike, an advocate for land conservation since 1976, joined three others in the induction.

    This is the third year of the Hall of Fame, sponsored by the West Chamber of Commerce and Lakewood Foothills Rotary.

  • By Kevin M. Smith, For the Courier

    Jeffco resident Mike Foster wrote the novel “This Above All” in a “fury of inspiration.”

    That was 18 years ago. He published the book this summer.

    Foster had experience writing research-based, nonfiction books and working with publishers. But he came up empty shopping around for a publisher to print this novel.

  • Members of Ascent Church put the “labor” in Labor Day on Sunday when they performed community service projects around Evergreen.

    Called Labor Day of Love, the event took about 75 church members to places such as Elk Run Assisted Living, Evergreen Christian Outreach and Evergreen High School. It replaced the usual 10 a.m. Sunday service.

  • For Evergreen visitors, the lawn in front of the Lake House on the night of Aug. 10 was full of strangers. But for locals, it was a field of familiar faces — friends, neighbors, acquaintances from church and the gym, fellow PTA parents, clients and classmates.

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District’s Summer Concert Series, as organizers and concert-goers agreed, allows the community to come together to enjoy a free, fun Wednesday night outside.

  • The bands might not be very well known, but the familiar intimate stage, theater seating and stories about the musicians’ songs and inspirations are making Conifer Loves Music a local attraction.

    The music series kicked off its second round of shows last weekend at StageDoor Theatre — headlined by Denver/New York City-based band The Winchester Local and Texas rock band Lindby.

    But before either band took the stage, Conifer’s Ben Powell opened the show, performing his music live for the very first time.