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Literary Festival another sell-out

Written by Linda Kirkpatrick on .


The second annual Rocky Mountain Literary Festival was every bit as good as the outstanding first festival a year ago, with accolades going to co-chairs Linda Lovin and Colleen Skates. The one-day event – another sell-out – pleased the 200-plus attendees at Mount Vernon Country Club on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

The author selection committee – 10 members who each read books by approximately 30 authors before selecting 5 – were happy with their picks. Their research included watching video clips of previous presentations to gauge authors as captivating speakers. All of this takes place more than 14 months prior in order to book the popular authors a year in advance.


Carolyn Campbell celebrated as Arts Person of the Year

Written by Linda Kirkpatrick on .

Seldom does one run across an artist whose creativity is as diverse as that of Carolyn Campbell, whose time in Evergreen has been highlighted by writing poetry, books and a play, complete with her own original music and libretto; oil painting; and teaching classes in poetry and creative writing.

On Saturday, October 15th at El Rancho Brewing, Center for the Arts Evergreen put together An Evening in Paradise: A Tropical Escape to honor her as Art Person of the Year.  

The event was colorful, just as Carolyn Campbell is colorful in all she does and has done.  Her abstract paintings reflect a Latino influence in a whimsical way.  Her writings are colorfully written.  Her life has been anything but dull.  Read a profile on Carolyn written specifically for JustAroundHere.com by clicking here.



Meet Laurie Ward

Written by Anne Vickstrom on .

Evergreen has seen a lot of people come and go over the past years, so when you see someone who has stuck around and made our community a special place, it’s comforting – to say the least.

Laurie Ward, co-owner of Village Gourmet with her husband Tim, moved to Evergreen in 1975. “One of my co-workers at the time and Tim hit it off. He was remodeling a home on Upper Bear Creek Road, so we would come up and see it. We knew we wanted to be in a community with a small-town feel, so we moved here.”

Laurie was born and raised in another small town, Cañon City. After studying math, accounting and tax, she worked independently as a CPA , as well as at Ernst and Young, and in the oil and gas industry.