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

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.


Previous Guests and Presentations

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 @ 5:30pm

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 @1:30pm, 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 @5:30pm

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

December 2018

One Book One Valley Kickoff Event @ The Bookworm of Edwards
Monday, December 3rd @ 6:00pm

What if everyone in Eagle County read the same book at the same time? During the next few months, Vail Public Library, The Bookworm of Edwards, the staff of Colorado Mountain College and the local high schools are encouraging the community to do just that by participating in the Annual One Book One Valley community-wide reading initiative. The book selected for 2019 will be officially announced during the kick-off party at The Bookworm of Edwards. All are welcome to attend!

Evenings of Engagement Concert featuring Natalie Spears
Wednesday, December 5th @ 5:30pm

Natalie Spears is a folk music vocalist who also plays a variety of instruments including the bass, banjo, and piano. Raised on Jazz, Blues, and Folk music, her own music is a reflection of these diverse styles. Learning to play the piano at the age of 5, Natalie’s love of Old Time music would later flourish into a full-fledged passion and a rewarding career. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact the library at  libinfo@vailgov.com or 970-479-2187.

Evenings of Engagement Concert featuring Holiday Harp Music by Margot Krimmel
Wednesday, December 12th @ 5:30pm

Join us! for an evening of holiday harp music with soloist, Margot Krimmel. An award-winning musician, Margot began her music career right here in Vail, playing the harp for the guests of the Sonnenalp Hotel. She now resides in the Boulder area and teaches this unique instrument to over 25 students. This session is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact the library at libinfo@vailgov.com or 970-479-2187.

Family Fireside Holiday Party
Thursday, December 13th @ 5:00pm

Join Vail Public Library and Santa himself for our annual Family Fireside Holiday Party, starting off in the Fireside Lounge. This fun-filled event is open to children of all ages who wish to visit with Santa Claus. While waiting to meet with Santa, kids are welcome to participate in making arts and crafts. Santa takes his time with each child who visits with him, so patience is of the utmost importance. This event is free and open to the public.

Traditional Piñata Workshop
December 18th, 19th & 20th @ 4:00pm

As part of Vail Public Library’s program in cultural diversity, we will be hosting a three-day Traditional Piñata Workshop. The goal of this fun, engaging workshop is to give the public an opportunity to learn about one of the many fascinating Mexican traditions. In this three-day workshop, participants will gather in teams of 4 members to create piñatas made from such materials as clay pots, newspapers, gloss and tissue paper. Space is limited. Reservations are required. For more information, please contact Sandy Rivera at 970-479-2331 or libinfo@vailgov.com.

Evenings of Engagement Concert featuring Fireside Music by AWE (Alpine Wind Ensemble) Chamber Trio
Tuesday, December 18th @ 5:00pm

The Vail Public Library once again welcomes musical guests, the AWE Chamber Trio. 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 Trio seeks to include Classical, Baroque, Romantic and Contemporary ensemble pieces in its repertoire, accommodating just about every type of music enthusiast. The trio will perform seasonal classics 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.

The Dickens Carolers
Wednesday, December 19th @ 6:00pm

Vail Public Library proudly welcomes the Dickens Carolers for a night of traditional Christmas caroling in our Fireside Lounge. These talented carolers will even be wearing Victorian era costumes, many of which are made by the singers themselves. This event is sure to help spread “Holiday Cheer.” This event is free and open to the public.

Evenings of Engagement Concert featuring Mountain Harmony Acapella
Thursday, December 20th @ 6:00pm

Join us! for an Evening of Engagement featuring Mountain Harmony Acapella. Singing a variety of holiday music, this local acapella group is sure to bring the joy of the holidays to Vail. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the library at libinfo@vailgov.com or 970-479-2187.

November 2018

Evenings of Engagement with Zane Zirkle
Wednesday, November 7th @ 5:30pm

Zane Zirkle-  classical guitarist / Lute and composer, has performed in the United States and Europe. Mr. Zirkle brings his unique style of classical guitar arrangements to the forefront oforchestral reductions of works: Styles ranging from Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Wedding Music, Romantic, German Beer songs, Italian songs, Christmas Music, Halloween Music, Cowboy Western Music, Pop, Top Hat, 1920s, Jazz and Frank Sinatra.

High Tea Embroidery Party  – Jane Austen Event

Tuesday, November 13th @ 4:30pm

Continuing with the celebration of Austen month, Join us! for a hot cup of tea and cookies while you create your own Embroidery design, based on Jane Austen.  Learn the most common andsimplest embroidery stitches used to decorate fabric. This program involves hand-stitching, but you don’t have to be an expert to participate. Discuss the book “Mansfield Park” and enjoy the company of good friends.

Sensational & Super Seniors @ your library
Wednesday, November 10th @ 1:30pm – Eagle River Presbyterian Church in Avon.

Join Vail Public Library & Eagle County Historical Society as they invite  all Seniors & Caregivers to join in learning about “The Mining Years of Eagle County” presented by Eagle CountyHistorical Society’s President, Kathy Heicher. This program will be held  at Eagle River Presbyterian Church in Avon.

Evenings of Engagement “ Mansfield Park” lecture by CMC Professor, Dustin Doss, M.A.

Wednesday, November 14th @ 5:00pm

Enjoy the beauty of nature through a window , and join in a discussion of the book of the month over light refreshments.  The selection for the month of November is… Mansfield Park  by Jane Austen.  Join us! during November’s Books ‘n’ Bites, For a special lecture given by English Professor, Dustin Doss, M.A . Graduated from University of Tulsa with a BA in English, History, and Women and Gender Studies, with focus in literature is Victorian Lit especially the Fin de Siécle in regards to gender standards in England.

Jane Austen Movie Night – “Mansfield Park” (1999 Adaptation)

Thursday, November 15th @ 5:00pm

Join us! for the movie showing of the 1999 film “Mansfield Park”. This is a 1999 British romantic  comedy-drama film based on Jane Austen’s novel of the same name, written and directed by Patricia Rozema. The film departs from the original novel in several respects. For example, the life of Jane Austen is incorporated into the film, as are the issues of slavery and plantation life. The majority of the film was made at Kirby Hall in Northampton shire. Decide for yourself if the book is always better.

Evenings of Engagement with Jerry Barlow
Wednesday, November 20th @ 5:30pm

Acclaimed Celtic fingerstyle guitarist, Jerry Barlow is a virtuoso musician, a warm and accessible performer, and 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.

October 2018

Sensational & Super Seniors @ your library
Wednesday, October 10th @ 1:30pm

Let’s all say, – hello FALL! 

Please join other Eagle Valley Seniors & caregivers from around the county at Vail Public Library, as we celebrate the arrival of Harvest Season in the company of great friends! Decorate your own pumpkin with glitter, paint, ribbons, fabric, etc. & the pumpkin will decorate your home. Enjoy a light refreshment & music.

We are hosting a special guest speaker, that is tied in with the caregiver education series. We will have Dr. Jon Kedrowski presenting information on how nature can nourish our bodies and souls. He is a world traveler and lecturer who lives in the area and graciously consented to offer this presentation. 3-4pm.

Scott Norman ” The Pumpkin Carver”
Wednesday, October 17th @ 5:00pm

Learn everything you need to know about pumpkin carving from The Picasso of Pumpkin Carving!

Scott S”tormin” Norman, who has appeared on America’s Got Talent, will demonstrate how to pick the perfect pumpkin, clean it with ease, design a masterpiece, and more!

The Library Show
Scott carves a pumpkin in front of an audience, lending helpful suggestions and advice while delivering the following information during this 1 hour program: How to select a good carving pumpkin, How to draw out the pattern you want to carve, How to empty out a pumpkin, “Pumpkin” science, Lighting a pumpkin, Shadowing, Knife safety, Other pumpkin craft options.

National Friends of the Library Week
October 21-27

Friends of Libraries groups have their very own national week of celebration! This year, the annual National Friends of Libraries Week is Oct. 21-27, 2018. To learn more about the Friends of Vail Public Library, please visit: https://vaillibrary.com/become-a-library-friend-and/. We are always looking for new “friends!”

 

Annual Scarecrow Building Contest
Saturday, October 27th @10am

Form a team of friends or family and come build a scarecrow to decorate the library.
The library will provide frames and art supplies. Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Store will provide clothes. Bring accessories to personalize your scarecrow.  Small parts, glue guns and staple guns will be used.  This creative day is appropriate for children 5 years old and older; all children must be accompanied by an adult.  Teens may work independently with librarian permission. Prizes for the most unique and creative scarecrows! For more information, call 970-479-2179 or visit www.vaillibrary.com

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