Village Read

Celebrating its third year, the Greenwood Village Cultural Arts Program has once again partnered with Arapahoe Libraries to present the "Village Read". The idea encourages adults of all ages to read one book and participate in thought-provoking discussions and activities derived from the chosen book. The goals of the program are to encourage leisure reading, create community conversations and bring the community together through literature.

This year the group has chosen the book "Rush" by Colorado author Jayme Mansfield. In "Rush", Mary, a single mom, tries to strike her claim in the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1893. In competition with desperate homesteaders, ruthless land seekers and a sheriff determined to see her fail, Mary thrusts her flag in the dirt to claim 160 acres of her own. But with that claim, she risks more than she ever could imagine. Mary is faced with a past riddled with loss, hardship and reminders that a woman isn't capable of surviving on her own. Will Mary's stubborn and independent spirit keep her mired in the past? Or will she find forgiveness and love in the wild plains of the Midwest? 

This year's program will begin with the Mayor's Kick Off on August 1nd at 6pm at Koelbel Libraries. Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowski will interview the author and give his insight into this year's book. Books are available for purchase or check out at the Curtis Center for the Art and Koelbel Library. All events will take palace in August. Check the Greenwood Village website for a complete listing of events and activities. 

All events are free and open to the public. 

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Village Read Events

August 1- Village Read Kick off with Mayor Ron 6-8pm Koelbel Library

Join your neighbors and friends to meet Rush author Jayme H. Mansfield. Mansfield will be joined by Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowsky, who will kick off the month-long festivities celebrating The Village Read. Enjoy dessert, great conversation and a chance to get your book signed. Books will be available for purchase. For adults.

August 3 and 15 - Historical Fiction Writing- Bringing the Past Alive  8/3 11am Southglenn Library and 8/15 6:30pm Castlewood Library

It’s true that fact is sometimes stranger than fiction. Historical fiction weaves events, people and places of the past into memorable characters, intriguing plotlines and impactful themes. Join author Jayme H. Mansfield as she shares how her great-great grandmother’s participation in the 1893 Oklahoma Land Rush became her well-loved novel Rush. For adults.

August 3- Concert in the Park with the Colorado Honor Band and the Colorado Wind Ensemble 6pm Curtis Park (2349 East Orchard Road)

Come and take in the warm western air with this classical concert featuring The Colorado Honor Band and The Colorado Wind Ensemble. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. For all ages.

August 5- Focus 50 Plus- Author Discussion 9:30 am Curtis Center for the Arts

Join the Greenwood Village Focus 50 Plus group for a captivating discussion of Rush with author Jayme H. Mansfield. Open to adults ages 50 and older.

August 5,17 and 20 Active Minds- History of Railroads 8/5 7pm Koelbel Library, 8/17 1pm Kelver Library, 8/20 1pm Smoky Hill Library

May 2019 marked the 150-year anniversary of the Golden Spike that secured the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad. Join Active Minds as we dive into the rich history of railroads in the United States. All aboard as we explore the role railroads played in building a young country and the industry titans that emerged. For adults.

August 10 and 17- Painting Workshop with the Author 10am- 4pm Curtis Center for the Arts

Join the author of this year’s Village Read book, Jayme Mansfield,  for this one-day painting class that will overflow with vibrant texture, exciting color, and surprising outcomes as we work BIG and BOLD with floral abstraction. Using a variety of techniques and tools, we’ll create individualized and intriguing paintings that stem from mindfulness, creative permission, and spontaneous expression. Registration required at www.greenwoodvillage.com/art .

August 13- Legendary Ladies- Women Who Forged the Frontier 6:30pm Greenwood Village City Hall (Community Room)

Travel back in time to hear stories of real women who made a significant impact on the West. Meet Lady Catherine Moon, Josie Bassett, Calamity Jane, Dr. Susan Anderson, Augusta Tabor and Anne Evans as they tell the tales of how they helped influence the western frontier  

August 21st- Stories From Colorado History- Influential Pioneers 6:30pm, Greenwood Village City Hall (Community Room)

What made pioneer women hopeful, optimistic and resilient? Join author and historical re-enactor Corinne Joy Brown as she shares narratives of influential women who left their mark on Colorado’s history. Representing the Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation, Brown’s storytelling, inspired by Jayme H. Mansfield’s novel Rush, will give you a peek into the Scottish and Victorian influences in our state’s rich culture. For adults. 

August 22- Panel Discussion 7pm Koelbel Library

Join other readers to discuss this year’s Village Read book, Rush, by Jayme H. Mansfield. Bring your questions and feedback about the book. 

On Your Own- Explore these additional activities on your own time.

Four Mile Historic Park (715 S. FOREST ST., DENVER, CO)

See what home life was like in the late 1800s. Nestled on the banks of Cherry Creek, Denver’s oldest standing structure, the Four Mile House was the last stop coming west to Denver along the Cherokee Trail. Visitors can tour the historic house, say hello to our horses, goats, and chickens, learn about the craftmanship of the historic barns and outbuildings, or just spread a blanket under a shady tree and enjoy a beautiful day.

Plains Conservation Center ( 21901 E. Hampden Ave. Aurora, CO 80013)

Take a trip back in time to Colorado’s high plains and pioneer life in the mid-1800s. The Plains Conservation Center is a true-to-life homestead stretching across 1,100 acres of dedicated open space. Visitors can hike along rolling trails and may see rattle snakes, prairie dogs, pronghorn, coyotes and red-tailed hawks.

All Colorado Art Show (Curtis Center for the Art 2349 East Orchard Road, Greenwood Village M-F 8:30-4:30, Sat 10-4)

This exhibit will showcase some of the best artists in Colorado. Over 50 artists in all mediums will be on display. This exhibit will also feature artwork from Jayme Mansfield, the author of this year’s Village Read book, Rush.

Byers House (1310 Bannock Street, Denver, CO)

Explore a new exhibit at the Byers House, Women/ Work/ Justice which explores strong women in Colorado history. This important exhibit analyzes the intersection of human, civil and economic rights for women. It explores complex and timeless issues through the stories of Colorado-based women groups and movements that pioneered local and national workplace shifts between 1914 and the 1980s.