Evenings of Engagement

Past, Present, and Future!

Join us in enjoying a few highlights from our Evenings of Engagement program.  Our goal is to bring exciting, interesting, and educational programming to the Library every Wednesday Evening (from 5:30-6:30pm).

Over the years we have hosted local and international musical groups, artists sharing their passion through workshops, living history actors, and educators.  If there is a subject or topic you’d like to visit during an Evening of Engagement, please contact the library and let us know!

Special Guests for the Month of April 2018

Wednesday April 4th, 5:30 – 6:30pm

Flagship Romance brings their blend of musical enthusiasm and harmony back to Vail Public Library on April 4th. Be sure to drop in and enjoy their infectious tunes and witty lyrics!

It may be that the famous English art critic Ruskin uttered these words well over a century ago, but they remain relevant today, perfectly describing the life of married couple Shawn Fisher and Jordyn Jackson.  As the Florida-based ‘Harmonic Alternative Folk’ duo Flagship Romance they live, work, and annually travel tens of thousands of miles together, deeply in love with each other and the process of bringing their emotionally powerful music to the people.  It is an inspiring union of hearts, minds and souls that entrances all who encounter them and their art.

Wednesday April 18th, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Join us! For an early Earth Day celebration by making a Worm Composter, made out of recycle material.Composting with worms (a.k.a. vermicomposting) is the proverbial win-win situation. It gives you a convenient way to dispose of organic waste, such as vegetable peelings. It saves space in the county landfill, which is good for the environment. It gives worms a happy home and all the free “eats” that they could want. For those that have gardens or even potted plants, homegrown compost is a great way to feed and nurture plants. Please RSVP to Sandy Rivera SRivera@vailgov.com or at 970-479-2331

Wednesday April 25th, 5:30 – 6:30pm

Return on April 25th for a performance by singer songwriter Kyle Donovan.  In 2017, his unreleased material was selected at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s Troubadour Contest, winning him a spot as an Alternate Finalist. He now plays in multiple projects across the Front Range, including Summerland Sun, The Constellation Collective, and Clandestine Amigo, as well as fronting his own band.


Previous Guests and Presentations

March 2018

Wednesday March 7th, 5:30 – 6:30pm

Join us for an evening of engagement with Linda Batlin as she brings to life the story of “Doc” Susie. The first woman doctor in Fraser, CO (practicing from 1907 to 1956) “Doc” Susie’s story is one of adventure, hard work, and commitment to the men and women of the Fraser Valley.


Wednesday March 21st, 5:30 – 6:30pm

Join the Vail Public library to enjoy the vibrant fiddle music of Grand Junction artist Lizzy Plotkin. Her mountain roots music is perfect for the whole family, and this evening of engagement is shaping up to be a fantastic night of music and fun!



Tuesday March 27th, 5:30 -6:30pm

Conversation Before the Crisis: Preparing for the future healthcare decisions

Vail Public Library, along with more than 1,000 national, state and community organizations, is proud to participate in National Healthcare Decisions day. The goal with ACP is to honor your wishes and leave a plan for your loved ones to follow, so as to not leave them with unnecessary burden and grief.

Wednesday March 28th 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Join us for a frank and friendly discussion of Medicare Parts A and B. Pam Beaudin will help us navigate the requirements and benefits of Medicare parts A and B. Light refreshments will be served and resources will be provided, making this an evening of fun as well as function.


February 2018

Wednesday February 7th, 5:30-6:30pm

Join Vail Public Library in welcoming back Kurtis Kelly!  On February 7th at 5:30, join us for a performance that explores one of the Old West’s most bizarre crimes.  In the winter of 1873, twenty-one gold-hunters from Provo, Utah set out for Colorado’s San Juan range.  Six weeks later, Alfred Packer emerged as the sole survivor.  Kurtis Kelly will don the mantle of General Charles Adams, and lead the audience through this true tale of desperation, murder, and cannibalism.


Wednesday February 21st, 5:30-6:30pm

Join Vail Public Library in an evening of musical engagement!  On February 21st at 5:30pm, the AWE chamber music trio will charm and delight music lovers of all ages.  Light refreshments will be provided.



January 2018

Wednesday January 10th, 6:00-7:00pm

Join us in welcoming back one of our best known guest speakers, Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame member Jeannie Thoren!  She will share her popular presentation, “Women are not Small Men,”and discuss  the evolution of women-specific ski equipment and the need for gender-specific equipment.  Light refreshments will be served, and everyone is welcome to attend what is sure to be a fascinating talk!


Wednesday January 17th, 5:30-6:30pm

Join us for the return of a Vail Public Library musical favorite! Matthew Gurnsey, better known as the Kilted Man, will bring his signature blend of humor and Celtic music back to our community on the 17th.  Light refreshments will be served and everyone is encouraged to attend!


Thursday January 25th, 5:30-6:30pm

Now in our third year, please join us in the next round of Common Cents for Colorado classes!  This class will help you create a “Master List Notebook” to assist your care givers and heirs as needed.  Its checklists ensure that your assets are discoverable and that your wishes are known and followed.  Please RSVP to 970-479-2186 or via email at mmcdougall@vailgov.com to ensure adequate supplies are available and to be entered into a drawing for a new Fit Bit!

December 2017

Dickens Carol Singers and Mountain Harmony Acapella

AWE chamber music trio


November 2017

Jackson Emmer

Jerry Barlow

October 2017

-no musical programming-

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