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You may have heard about the medieval gothicbrvillage that exists up I-15 in Pleasant Grove. It is a real 14thbrcentury village with the architecture style you would expect. Much of it hasbrbeen imported from Europe at considerable expense to make the 50 or sobrresidents dressed in various forms of medieval period clothing comfortable. Forbrvillage guests it is a total immersion into a different time and place, rightbrdown to the dialog of the village residents.

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My wife and I have visited Evermore Park threebrtimes since it opened, and we have been amazed and entertained to our delightbrevery time. However, the park has matured a lot since our last visit in Januarybr2019. That is what you would expect, and they now have a map you receive at thebrentrance to the village.

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There are 21 major features shown on the map,brincluding four places to eat that were not available on our last visit. Theybralso have several hourly features that you should ask about when you enter,brsuch as the reptile and bird show in the Notting Glass House.

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Security staff were evident, and bags werebrchecked at the entrance. Guests have been encouraged to come in costume,bralthough face masks are not allowed. The night we visited about 20 percent ofbrthe guests where in costume.  The villagebrseems to be developing a regular following as several people we talked to werebrrepeat visitors.

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Evermore celebrates the seasons and the fall isbrthe season of Lore, which opened Sept. 6 after being closed for two weeks tobrprepare for the new season. A good size crowd of people were waiting at thebrvillage gate for the 6 p.m. opening. Most striking as we entered the village werebrcarved pumpkins everywhere in Evermore. Thousands of them of different sizesbrand shapes, all carved with facial expressions. As the evening grew dark, theybrhad a small light inside of them to show off the many pumpkin emotionsbrthroughout the night.  

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Shortly after entering the village we werebrgreeted by a couple friendly residents and welcomed with a small gold nugget. Abrshort distance further four residents were entertaining visitors with song andbrdance that captured our attention for almost 30 minutes.

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We strolled on through the Faerie Garden to thebrCrooked Lantern Tavern. The owner and proprietor, Suds McBride, always hasbrinteresting tales to tell. What is amazing about the tavern is its old Englandbrauthenticity, and appropriately so since most of the interior features werebrimported from antique searches in the old country.

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As we continued our walk around the village,brNettleton Mill is an interesting old piece of architecture in the village. ThebrCatacombs were dark and a bit scary. The Court of St. Michael is a largebrsculpture, attractively lit at night and is another example of imported artbrfrom the old country.

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Next we found an area devoted to game challenges,brsuch as hatchet throwing and bow and arrow archery practice. All along the waybrwe kept meeting villagers to chat with and that is part of the fun experiencebrof visiting Evermore.

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As we were ending our evening with a cup ofbrdelicious premium chocolate ice cream, two small young ladies with pet dragonsbrstopped to visit with us. It was a great way to conclude an interesting andbramazing evening.

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We would encourage everyone to visit the 14thbrcentury village of Evermore in 21st century Pleasant Grove, just offbrI-15 on 382 Evermore Lane. For more information check out their website at www.brevermore.com or call (385) 323-5135. (Helmick is a Serve Dailybrcontributor.)

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