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 July

Evenings of Engagement with Rupert Wates

Wed. July 10th @5:30pm

Rupert Wates was born in London, England and studied at Oxford University. He has been a full time singer/songwriter since the late 90s after he signed a contract with Eaton Music Limited. In the fall of 2006, he made his way to the U.S. and is now based in both New York City and Colorado. Since his arrival here, he has won more than 40 performance and songwriting awards. His music is an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/folk featuring flavors of jazz, vaudeville and cabaret. He has released nine solo CDs and their featured tracks have been played on radio stations all over the world.
Don’t miss this unique performer!

Sensational & Super Seniors @ your library

Wed. July 10th @ 1:30pm

Please join other Eagle Valley Seniors from around the county at Vail Public Library (VPL) in the Community Room for Edible Volunteer Garden Weeds. Plants that grow in our gardens without being planted are often termed weeds, but sometimes they are lightly called volunteers. Learn about plants that serve as edible and medicinal garden volunteers here in Eagle County. Five native and non-native plants, namely amaranth, lambs-quarters, purslane, red clover and dandelion will be discussed. The session includes recipes, and perhaps a few samples!

Evenings of Engagement with Mike Blakely

Wed. July 17th @5:30pm

As a singer/songwriter, Mike Blakely has released 13 albums, has performed all over the U.S. and has done 16 tours throughout Europe. His songs have been recorded by Alan Jackson, Gary P. Nunn, Red Steagall, Flaco Jimenez and Raul Malo, John Arthur Martinez, Randy Brown, Geronimo Trevino III and Johnny Rodriguez, Johnny Bush, Jon Chandler, Bill Barwick and more.
A native Texan, Mike served in the U.S. Air Force in Albuquerque, N.M., and later earned his degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. He released his first novel in 1988 and his first CD in 1995.
Mike is now a three-time winner of the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award – once for Best Western Novel of the Year, and twice for Best Western Song of the Year. His career as a novelist has lead to many non-traditional concerts at book stores, libraries, writers conferences and book clubs. This performer is sure to impress!

Summer Lecture Series – An Evening of Cowboy Poetry presented by Peggy Godfrey 

Thu. July 18th @ 5:30pm

In collaboration with Betty Ford Alpine Gardens (BFAG) Education Center, Vail Public Library (VPL) will give our patrons the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest minds in agriculture. Peggy Godfrey, an acclaimed poet and rancher, will share with us an evening of poignant and colorful cowboy poetry. A resident of the magical San Luis Valley of Colorado, Godfrey will also answer questions about ranching in the shadow of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.

Evenings of Engagement with Rebecca Folsom

Wed. July 24th @5:30pm

Rebecca Folsom’s music is about liberation. Her songs crack open hearts and inspire hope. Her world-class voice traverses a near-four-octave range. Even more, she brings both a pure vocal quality reminiscent of old Appalachia as well as a Blues prowess. Beyond her career as a recording artist and national touring musician, she is a published author with two books of poetry. She is also an oil painter with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and has shown her work in numerous galleries. Don’t miss out on this true artistic talent!

Medicare 101 Seminar

Wed. July 31st @ 5:30pm

Join us! for a free seminar entitled, Medicare 101, presented by Pam Beaudin of Medical Claims Advocates, LLC.  During this educational event, Pam will provide an introduction to Medicare-related topics such as:

  • What to expect when you turn 65.
  • The differences between Medicare Parts A, B, C, D.
  • The differences between Medicare and Medicaid (and how to remember which is which)
  • When do you qualify and what do you do? 
  • What happens when you have an employer plan. 

Previous Guests and Presentations

June 2019

Evenings of Engagement with Flagship Romance

Wednesday, June 5th @5:30pm

As the Truth or Consequences, NM-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.

Sensational & Super Seniors @ your library

Wed. June 12th @ 1:30pm

Please join other Eagle Valley Seniors from around the county at Vail Public Library (VPL) in the Community Room for a presentation on Serviceberry, Chokecherry & Wild Rose, beautiful Colorado shrubs. Learn about their history, identifying characteristics & where these lovely natives live! Create your own fresh flower vase to take home! Enjoy light refreshments & the company of good Friends.

Evenings of Engagement with Bettman & Halpin

Wed. June 19th @ 5:30pm

Their concerts combine high-energy upbeat bluegrass/roots inspired compositions, beautiful ballads with soaring vocals and heartfelt lyrics, and groovy feel-good songs that audiences will be singing in their heads for weeks thereafter. Interspersed between these songs and instrumentals, they tell stories.

April 2019

Cuéntame un Cuento/Tell Me a Story – One Book One Valley Writer’s Workshop with Author, Denise Chávez, at the Antlers at Vail

Wednesday, April  3rd @ 1:30pm

Denise Chávez, author of this year’s One Book One Valley selection, “The Last of the Menu Girls,” will be hosting a writer’s workshop at the Antlers at Vail. Entitled, “Cuéntame un Cuento/Tell Me a Story,” this workshop is designed to include a variety of hands-on storytelling exercises. Please RSVP to Sandy Rivera by Mon., Apr. 1. You can reach her at 970-479-2331 or srivera@vailgov.com. The cost of the workshop is $10 and is due at the time of registration. Attendance is limited to 20 participants, so early registration is encouraged. We hope to see you there!

One Book One Valley Finale Event – Author Visit with Denise Chávez at CMC

Thursday, April 4th @ 5:30pm

Join us! at the Colorado Mountain College campus in Edwards on Thu., Apr. 4 from 5:30 – 7pm to meet Denise Chavez, author of “The Last of the Menu Girls.” This is an amazing opportunity to discuss the year’s One Book One Valley selection face-to-face with the author. You won’t want to miss out! (Free tickets to the author event are available at the library, you must have a ticket to enter; seating is limited).

Sensational and Super Seniors – Tales of Astor City

Wednesday, April 10th @1:30pm at Avon’s Eagle River Presbyterian Church

Please join other Eagle Valley Seniors from around the county at Avon’s Eagle River Presbyterian Church on Wed., Apr. 10 at 1:30pm. Come hear the tale of our area’s legendary first town, Astor City, said to be named after John Jacob Astor, a once famous fur trader. This story involves O.W. Daggett, a settler from Gypsum and editor of the Red Cliff newspaper who advocated for religious equality. In addition to this, he sought to improve the Red Cliff area. It is said that Daggett had a true passion for both Astor City and the Mount of the Holy Cross. Legend has it that Daggett climbed the mountain eleven times in his lifetime. To find out more about this incredible story, Join us! at Sensational and Super Seniors.

Evenings of Engagement Concert featuring Matthew Gurnsey, “The Kilted Man”

Wednesday, April 10th @5:30pm

Matthew Gurnsey delights audiences all across the country with his traditional Irish and Scottish musical performances. He captures his audience with his charm and wit and then sweeps them into tales of wayward voyages, unrequited love and the vibrantly colorful lives of the every-man beloved of Irish tales. His unique talents with traditional Celtic instruments such as the concertina, bodhran, bones and mandolin, add an air of authenticity to each piece and his stirringly rich bass voice provides the foundation for the hauntingly beautiful melodies. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Evenings of Engagement Concert featuring Jerry Barlow

Wednesday, April 17th @5:30pm

Vail Public Library is pleased to once again welcome acclaimed Celtic finger-style guitarist, Jerry Barlow, in concert. Jerry Barlow is a virtuoso musician, a warm, humorous and accessible performer as well as a world-class storyteller. His repertoire is composed of a synthesis of traditional music from the British Isles and his own original Celtic-inspired compositions. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Evenings of Engagement featuring Local Historian, Dave Lively

Wednesday, April 24th @ 5:30pm

Dave Lively is a well-known local historian and engaging storyteller. Even more, he is a Certified Interpretive Guide and Certified Tour Guide at Rocky Mountain National Park where he has been a volunteer for 12 years. Join us! for his story called “Who was the Sculptor in Buckskin?” about a man named Alexander Phimister Proctor who was a sculptor and artist of the Colorado mountain wilderness in the 1870s. After spending much of his youth hunting and sketching in the wilderness, Proctor’s talents took him to Europe. Described as a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather as well as confidant to many prominent figures of his day, Proctor’s story is sure to leave you feeling inspired! This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

March 2019

Evenings of Engagement with Harper Powell

Wednesday, March 6th @5:30pm

As a native of Salida, Colorado, Harper Powell is a proud Coloradan who attributes much of her musical inspiration to her upbringing. At age 9, Harper began performing at open mic nights at the Salida Café. She has gone on to perform at a number of venues, including High Mountain Hay Fever, Bluegrass on the Arkansas, the Salida SteamPlant and Swallow Hill Music. Harper and her sister, who plays the fiddle, began performing together, playing a mixture of fiddle tunes and folk songs by some of their favorite artists. Harper, currently age 19, is a sophomore at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her first CD with her sister contains 17 songs that cover a wide variety of material in the Americana genre. Harper was one of the top 5 finalists of eTown’s Handmade Songs Series in the spring of 2016. This musical guest is sure to impress!

Sensational & Super Seniors

Wednesday, March 13th @ 1:30pm at Eagle River Presbyterian Church

Come hear the tale of our area’s legendary first town, Astor City, said to be named after John Jacob Astor, a once famous fur trader. This story involves O.W. Daggett, a settler from Gypsum and editor of the Red Cliff newspaper who advocated for religious equality. In addition to this, he sought to improve the Red Cliff area. It is said that Daggett had a true passion for both Astor City and the Mount of the Holy Cross. Legend has it that Daggett climbed the mountain eleven times in his lifetime. To find out more about this incredible story, Join us! at Sensational and Super Seniors.

One Book One Valley Movie Showing – “Cesar Chavez”

Wednesday, March 20th @ 5:30pm

Directed and produced by Diego Luna, “Cesar Chavez” is a 2014 Mexican-American biographical film about the life of American labor-leader, Cesar Chavez (Michael Peña), who co-founded United Farm Workers. John Malkovich also stars in the film, portraying the owner of a large industrial grape farm who seeks to defeat Chavez’s organizing efforts. The film premiered at the Berlinale Special Galas section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival and has received positive reviews. Enjoy delicious freshly made popcorn, the company of friends and a chance to discuss with us whether or not you liked the film.

One Book One Valley Cuentos de Atzlan (Tales of the Homeland) with Angel Vigil

Wednesday, March 27th @ 5:30pm

Angel Vigil is the author of six award-winning books on Hispanic and Western arts and culture. He is also a successful performer, theatre director and educator. He acts as the Colorado State Heritage Artist for Hispanic storytelling, specializing in the traditional stories of the Hispanic Southwest and Mexico. He has performed in a variety of settings, most notably, in the National Storytelling Festival, TED Talk, Keepers of the World Festival, the Kansas City Ballet and more. Angel performs stories from his award-winning books: “The Corn Woman,” “Stories and Legends from the Hispanic Southwest,” “The Eagle on the Cactus,” “Traditional Stories from New Mexico and Riding Tall in the Saddle” and “The Cowboy Fact Book.” This gifted performer ends his storytelling shows with this heartfelt closing: “So I give these stories to you with a saying I remember from my own childhood – Buenos.” 

February 2019

Black History Month Movie Showing – “Hidden Figures”

Wednesday, February 6 @ 3:30pm

In Academy Award nominated “Hidden Figures,” three brilliant African-American women at NASA—Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world. Despite their ingenious advances to space technology, they face constant racism and sexism among their white, male cohorts at NASA. This ground-breaking film is an homage not only to their contributions at NASA, but also to their contributions to American history. This event is free and open to the public. Popcorn and beverages will be served.

Sensational & Super Seniors

Wednesday, February 13th @ 1:30pm at Eagle River Presbyterian Church

It’s that special time of year when Valentine’s Day is drawing near. Please join other Eagle Valley Seniors from around the county at Avon’s Eagle River Presbyterian Church on Feb. 13 at 1:30pm, in celebrating the shortest month of the year with love stories, love songs and Valentine’s Day history. For more information, please contact the library at libinfo@vailgov.com or 970-479-2187.

Chinese New Year Celebration at Vail Public Library

Tuesday, February 19th @ 1:30pm

Join us! for a 2019 Chinese New Year Celebration at Vail Public Library. Chinese New Year is by far the most exciting cultural event of China and its people. Enjoy performances by Vail Mountain School’s Chinese students and participate in authentic Chinese activities such as dumpling-making, paper-cutting, calligraphy and traditional painting. Even more, you will have the opportunity to make your very own Peking Opera mask, guess a lantern riddle and even play fun Chinese games! This event is free and open to the public.

Timeline:

  • 1:30 – 2:30pm: Parade from Vail Public Library to/from the International Bridge
  • 2:30 – 3pm: Cultural Performances by Vail Mountain School students
  • 3 – 5pm: Cultural Activities

Huichol Yarn Painting – One Book One Valley Event

Wednesday, February 20th @ 5:30pm

As part of this year’s One Book One Valley (OBOV) programming, we are offering a night of Huichol Yarn Painting, a tradition belonging to the Huichol (pronounced Wee-chole) people of Mexico. Until recently, the Huichol people did not have an official language and rather, communicated through such mediums as their artwork. Famous for their beautiful yarn paintings called nierikas, (pronounced near-eekas) the Huichol people have been known to create them using a natural glue, often made from tree resin and beeswax. Once the glue is applied to a board, yarn is pressed on and left to harden. The designs made by the Huichol people typically depict their myths, stories and daily activities. Their designs also depict their belief that human beings are firmly connected to nature. Come Join us! and make your very own nierika! This event is free and open to the public.

Make Art in Vail with Alpine Arts

Thursday, February 21st @ 4:00pm

Alpine Arts Center is excited to offer art programs in partnership with the Town of Vail for a discounted price of $20 per person!
Events are fun, social and open to all ages unless otherwise noted (kids should be accompanied by a participating adult). The above mentioned price includes art materials and instruction.
Find event details and register for this class at alpineartscenter.org or 970-926- 2732.

Black History Month Movie Showing – “Hidden Figures”

Tuesday, February 26 @ 5:30pm

In Academy Award nominated “Hidden Figures,” three brilliant African-American women at NASA—Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world. Despite their ingenious advances to space technology, they face constant racism and sexism among their white, male cohorts at NASA. This ground-breaking film is an homage not only to their contributions at NASA, but also to their contributions to American history. This event is free and open to the public. Popcorn and beverages will be served.

Evenings of Engagement with AWE (Alpine Wind Ensemble) Chamber

Wednesday, February 27th @ 5:30pm

Vail Public Library once again welcomes musical guests, the AWE Chamber Duo. The principals have joined forces to further their love of various styles of music, presenting it to the Vail Valley in unique settings and venues. The AWE Chamber Duo seeks to include Classical, Baroque, Romantic and Contemporary ensemble pieces in its repertoire, accommodating just about every type of music enthusiast. The duo will perform in the Fireside Lounge, so pull up a chair, open a good book and enjoy! This session is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the library at libinfo@vailgov.com or 970-479-2187.

January 2019

Evenings of Engagement with Kyle Donovan

Wednesday, January 2nd @ 5:30 pm

Join us for the first concert of the year!!!

Kyle Donovan is a folk singer-songwriter rooted in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. He’s captivated hushed audiences during bare-bones house concerts in quiet backyards, rallied raucous crowds nestled deep within the Rocky Mountains, and inspired individuals across the country with his heartfelt, acoustic music.

Performer lodging generously provided by

Sensational & Super Seniors

Wednesday, January 9th @1: 30 pm, at Eagle River Presbyterian Church in Avon

Please join other Eagle Valley Seniors from around the county at Avon’s Eagle Valley Presbyterian Church on Jan. 9 at 1:30pm to join in a discussion of the 10 Best Books of 2018.

 

10th Mountain Division Presentation with Tom Duhs

Wednesday, January 16th @5:30 pm

During this 90-minute lecture on the 10th Mountain Division, Tom Duhs will take his attendees through a series of power point slides that explain, in depth, how the division operated. Tom’s presentation will delve into such topics as the war years, how the division recruited its servicemen, training at Camp Hale, and finally, how and where they fought in Italy. Pete Seibert, the founder of Vail Ski Resort, was a 10th Mountain Division soldier during World War II. Tom Duhs has been giving this lecture twice per month at libraries, museums, ski clubs, climbing and ski shops, and even Colorado Mountain College for the past 2 years. This event is free and open to the public.

Breath Workshop with Twyla Gingrich
Thursday, January 17th @ 5:30pm

As a part of the Healthy Lifestyle Series, learn how to manage your stress more effectively by controlling the breath. Learn practical breathing-based techniques, which relax your body and mind as well as reduce symptoms of anxiety, anger, insomnia and depression. This workshop will be leaded by Twyla Gingrich.

OBOV-Family Loteria Night
Thursday, January 24th @ 5:30pm

Lotería is the Spanish word for lottery. The deck is composed of a set of 54 different images, each one in a card. To start the game, the caller (cantor, or singer) randomly selects a card from the deck and announces it to the players by its name, sometimes using a riddle or humorous patter instead of reading the card name. The players with a matching pictogram on their board mark it off with a chip or other kind of marker (many Mexican people traditionally use small rocks, crown corks or pinto beans as markers). The first player with four chips in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal row, squared pattern, any other previously specified pattern, or fills the tabla first shouts “¡Lotería!” or “¡Buenas!” and is the winner.

Evenings of Engagement with A. J. Fullerton
Wednesday, January 30th @ 5:30pm

Playing solo, and in local bands throughout his mid-teens, by age 19 he was playing full-time supporting his rapidly developing solo career. His style of playing falls somewhere between the finger picking & slide of Country Roots music, and the groove based uptempo sensibilities of Blues and Rock & Roll.

In the few short years of his professional career, A.J. has won a number of awards & accolades. In 2016 he was the winner of the Colorado Blues Society’s “I.B.C Competition” ,  as well as winning the following Colorado Blues Society “Members Choice Awards”  for;  Best Slide Guitar (2016), Best Acoustic Act (2016),  Best Young Performer (2016), & Best Duo Act [A.J. Fullerton ft. Nic Clark] (2016)

Performer lodging generously provided by

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