It is time to accept our reality, foothills community…  it is cold here in the winter. And in the dead of winter, it can be downright frigid! We can grouse about it or we can embrace it! In the spirit of embracing our reality, your Evergreen Chamber is rolling out a day of fun for all on Saturday, February 4 called Chill Out Winterfest. What could possibly be fun in the dead of winter? you may ask.

How about a “Mushies Cup” using large inflatables, your team of two or four participants, and the frozen Evergreen Lake? Since we cannot use that inflatable unicorn in the lake in the summer, we are going to use it as the vehicle for fun and for transporting the members of your team around an obstacle course on the lake. Do remember that there must be someone pulling the inflatable. We will leave the dogs at home and allow the adults to pull their kids, or teenagers pulling their friends. All in the name of fun!

Have you ever watched “The Amazing Race?” How about trying the inaugural Evergreen Amazing Race meets Pub Crawl? Grab three of your friends and meet at the Stone House for the start of the race, which will include completing different challenges at each of the restaurants participating, consume a beer (anyone can decline the consumption) and receive your clue to the next location. Each of the challenges will rack up points, and the team with the highest number of points at the end will be the winner. Keep in mind that on your team of four, one of you will be the designated driver who can compete in the challenges, but not in the consuming. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.

Assuming Mother Nature works with us, the ice sculptures will be hidden around town for all to discover and enjoy. The theme of the ice sculptures this year will be “Love Is in the Air.”

The day will end with a Glow-Skate at the Evergreen Lake. Yes, it will be cold, but bundle up and come out to enjoy the full moon and glow necklaces to light the way. There will be music, s’mores, and lots of laughter to shake us out of our winter doldrums!

Look for details on and register for these events at Our goal is to offer something for everyone. Even if you do not wish to participate in any of these activities, I am quite certain that the people-watching at each of these events will be worthwhile. We live in such a beautiful area, but sometimes we fight the cold rather than embracing it. Join us, Evergreen, and Chill Out!

For all the information on these events and the rest of 2023, download the Everything Evergreen app on your cellphone or visit the community calendar at We look forward to seeing you around town.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7:30-9 am

Monthly Breakfast

Location: Troutdale Tavern. TOPIC: “The new health facility just down the hill.” Join us for 

$20 Members, $25 Not-Yet Members for Those Registered in Advance. At the Door: 

$30 Members, $35 Not-Yet Members

Thursday, Feb. 9, 5-7 pm

“Business Unplugged” 

After Hours Business Mixer

Location: Bear Creek Design for some fun and lots of networking. $5 Members/$10 Not-Yet Members. Register in Advance