Conifer Christmas Parade

The Conifer Christmas Parade has been celebrated for over 35 years.

In fact the parade is just the start of a day of Holiday Celebrations. After watching the parade all the local business open their doors, invite the public in and show off what they do.

This year we celebrated more than usual with a Chili Cookoff and play at The Venue Theatre.

Evergreen and Conifer are side-by-side unincorporated towns in the foothills of the Rockies west of Denver. They offer many of the amentities on big city life without the crowds of Denver.

In this area we have not one but four active theatres. And three of these theatres are primarily geared to youth. Kids can learn acting, singing and tech work in an actual theatre and then perform what they’ve learned.

We have far fewer amentities than the big city of Denver, but the fact we have four local theatres shows how important the arts are to people.

Conifer Community Church

Conifer Community Church is where a variety of local people with different Christian backgrounds come together because of their belief of God.

Part of their ministry is their outreach to the community as seen starting off the Christmas Season on November 30th at Small Business Saturday.

The church sectioned off areas for businesses to meet people, put on demos, talk about their products and generally get the message out.

My family enjoyed the event and had the opportunity to see one of our sons sing with other actors from The Venue Theatre to promote the arts.

Living in a small town I love the feeling of being a part of a community. Having lived in large cities most of my life I often felt as if everything is temporary. In a small town people have history.

Annual church event

This year was the 19th Annual Alternative Fair at Evergreen Lutheran Church. An event that puts many in the community into the holiday spirit.

This gift fair differs in several ways from other gift fairs of the season. The vendors are all charities. 100% of the proceeds goes back to the charity. Local churches come together to pay for expenses, and to volunteer their time to man the event.

I love going and hearing about different charities. I meet kind and caring people from around the world and in the local area. I’m amazed at the clever and thoughtful ways people help each other.

The love flows in all directions from the gifts I buy. The charity is stronger, and the person I gift knows I love them. I can hear the person that made the item, “I made this with love.”

Aspen glow

This year Mother Nature hurried to full color between the dry weather of fall and the prediction of a early snowfall. The yellows were bright, the reds just beginning when temperatures dropped drastically.

The beauty of the aspen is heightened by the contrast of the evergreen. It is impossible for the aspen to hide, they glow from within and shine in the shade. They are filled not just with color but with colored lights.

Driving up Squaw Pass Road towards Mount Evans the colors tease at first. Then appear more frequently along the road and in glimpses across the horizon. The road is full of curves and the line of visitors long making it difficult to pull into the small turnouts that quickly appear and disappear. Some turnouts are always filled by those that know the best spots because they make this trip each year.

Gratefully an actual parking area is not far up the mountain. People exit their cars and head through an open meadow towards groves of aspens that stand against the backdrop of mountain colors.

The area is large enough for everyone to enjoy the beauty while also having privacy. I leave my car with camera in hand to capture a piece of heaven to enjoy after the color is gone.

Once in the grove of aspens I can’t decide where to rest my eyes. Each bright color of leaves is gorgeous, the combination of colors side by side is gorgeous, and the stalk white and black bark is equally gorgeous. The entire tree fills me happiness.

Hopefully as the my yearly pilgrimages increase I will find more places to view the fall, and some of these places will become known to me as a close friend.

Denver Comic Con

Evergreen is less than an hour from downtown Denver. So going down the hill, which is what we call going into the city is easy. One of the annual events we enjoy is Comic Con. Being part of a huge group of people dressed up as fictional characters at the convention center it’s easy to reclaim the enthusiasm and fun of being a kid.

This year we went Friday, the first day, of Comic Con. It was wonderful because there were lots of people, but not so crowded that you had to weave down the aisles bumping into those you passed. You got to see everyone’s outfits and people could stop and pose for pictures.

Comic Con has no one type of character. There is every kind of character you can imagine. Just in our group we had: three evil looking medieval travelers, Wanda and Cosmos from the Fairy Odd Parents, a distinguished steam punk gentleman and a Pokemon trainer.

Walking to the convention center from a nearby parking lot the excitement starts to build as we see more and more costumes. As we walked in there was a group of minions and Gru. Following them were Star Troopers. Wandering around in his bathrobe was the Dude.

Batman and Spiderman were some of the best at posing for pictures. They didn’t just stand still, but struck an action pose and often even had little LED lights in the gloves for special effects.

In the food court it is fun seeing families or friends sitting together in coordinating costumes. They form little worlds of their own. Looking at all of the tables is like looking at a universe where you can see the inhabitants by just turning your head and looking.

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