ALL ABOUT COMMUNITY
When she talks about Eagle, Kensinger targets that "surprise" factor the House Method cited.
"It's hard to find the quality of a little town like Eagle. The beauty and the people are really what makes it so special."
After graduating from Eagle Valley High School in 1975, Kensinger has lived in Denver, Grand Junction, the Bay Area of California, Maine, Colorado Springs and Monument.
"Eagle is the best of all those places," she said. "I had forgotten how truly beautiful it is here."
Kensinger's affection for the community isn't unique and she recently reached out to a number of like-minded neighbors to form a new group called Friends of Eagle.
"Our mission is to build community in the town of Eagle," she said. "We are trying to meld everyone together in this great little town and we want to have fun doing it."
The group's first event was a rousing success — the Our Community Table dinner celebrated in late August. Eagle residents were invited to share a meal with their neighbors at tables set up the length of Broadway, Eagle's main street. Everyone was asked to bring and share their own food and the event did not seek out sponsors but it did ask for donations to cover the cost of renting and setting up the tables. "Our donors were so gracious. We get amounts ranging from $25 to $500," Kensinger said.
"We were hoping to get 300 to 400 people. We ended up with between 800 and 900 people," Kensinger said. "We were just over the moon."
That turnout is indicative of the community, she said.
"People here want to get together. They want to know the history of the town and contribute."
SOURCE: Vail Daily