Trick or Treat on Mainstreet

As the air turns a bit crisper and leaves begin to crunch underfoot, it’s a sure sign that fall has arrived with the fall season comes one of Parker’s most beloved annual events. This year, Halloween falls on a Tuesday, and that means that Tuesday, October 31st,”boo-tiful” downtown Mainstreet will shut down for traffic, and open up for the 2017 Trick-or-Treat on Mainstreet!

Local businesses and community groups will be lined up and down Mainstreet, manning their trick-or-treat booths, ready and willing to make this year’s event the most Spook-tacular one yet! Trick-or-Treat Street on Mainstreet is a fantastic way for kids of all ages to visit and fill their bags, cauldrons and sacks to the brim with goodies. If you are interested in having a booth for your business or group to be one of those filling goodie bags, go to www.trickortreatonmainstreet.com to download the booth request form. Groups and businesses can hand out as much candy, goodies and promotional material as they’d like, but no retail sales are allowed at this event. A basic 10×10 space is FREE! Many sponsorship levels are also available; find out more about how your business can support Trick or Treat on Mainstreet by following the link from their website.

Volunteers are the key to running an event as popular and as large as this one. Adult and teen volunteers are needed before, during and after the event to assist with setup, take down, dressing as costumed characters for the event and general help where needed. The link to sign up as a volunteer can also be found on the website.

This free family event is hosted by the Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker and presented by Rapid Housing Solutions. Be sure to head to Mainstreet this Halloween between 3:30 and 7:00pm; Trick or Treating on Mainstreet is so much fun, it’s scary!

For more information about Trick-or-Treat on Maintstreet, visit www.trickortreatonmainstreet.com or find them on Facebook, www.facebook.com/trickortreatonmainstreetparker

Local Haunts of Colorado

Come Trick or Treat season, people start scoping out where to find the best corn mazes, pumpkin patches and, if they enjoy a bit of a thrill, the best haunted houses. You don’t have to wait until Halloween to find some great haunts; turns out, Colorado has some great destinations that will add a little spooky to your next weekend day trip.

The Molly Brown House Museum (Denver)
The “Unsinkable” Molly Brown was a one-time local who famously survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. She once lived in this Victorian Denver home, built in 1889. Since then, it’s served as a private residence, an apartment for young men, and a home for wayward girls. It’s also a place associated with numerous eerie tales, including tales of hauntings by Molly herself. Today, in addition to frequent visitors by paranormal investigators, it serves as an educational outlet and offers historical tours. www.mollybrown.org

Museum of Colorado Prisons (Canon City)
Royal Gorge is not the only thing to check out while you’re in town. “Stop by and do time” at the museum, which shares a stone wall and armed towers with the prison that has been in continuous operation since 1871. Explore over 140 years of history including the two story cell house, with 30 inmate cells on the upper level and archival storage, the original kitchen and isolation cells on the lower level. Documentation of famous riots and exhibits of famous inmates, including Alfred Packer (convicted cannibal) and Antone Woode (convicted 12 year old murderer) are just some of the creepy artifacts on display. With all that happened within those prison walls over the last couple hundred years, the spookiness level is definitely high. Prisonmuseum.org

Hotel Colorado (Glenwood Springs)
The Hotel Colorado was built in 1891 and hosted such famous guests as Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft, Molly Brown, Al Capone and even notorious gambler Doc Holiday (although his visits to the Hot Springs preceded the existing hotel, his presence forever links him with the beginnings of the Hotel Colorado.) It was converted to a hospital in WWII, hosting as many as 500 injured military personnel. The giant ovens in the basement, rumored to have been used as crematoriums. There are still 131 of the original rooms available to guests, but visitors to the hotel aren’t limited to paying guests. Guests and staff alike have reported lots of activity, especially in the pre-dawn hours. Elevators moving floor to floor without passengers, wafting smells of cigar smoke and perfume in the lobby and sounds of dishes being moved in the Devereaux Dining Room have all been reported. A young girl in Victorian clothing has reportedly been seen playing ball on the grounds as well. Check in and see what you might see at the Hotel Colorado. hotelcolorado.com

Central City Masonic Cemetery and Creepy Crawl (Central City)
Nothing says creepy weekend haunt like an old cemetery. Just above the mining towns of Central City lies this graveyard that was started in the early 1860’s. Rumor has it that every year around November 1st, the ghost of a woman dressed in black appears to visit the grave of John Edward Cameron. There’s also stories of the ghost of a young boy that may follow you around the grounds. As they say, there’s safety in numbers, so if you chose, you can visit the cemetery with the Gilpin Historical Society during the Creepy Crawls around the city each October and take in Paranormal Night at the Museum. www.gilpinhistory.org

Hotel Jerome (Aspen)
Aspen is known for being a luxury ski resort destination, but this particular hotel has quite a different reputation. Jerome B. Wheeler built the hotel in 1889, less than a decade after the mining town of Aspen was established. The town and the hotel were booming until Aspen’s “quiet years” with the mines beginning to close. At that time, people paid $10 for a month of residence at the hotel, including meals, and the Hotel Jerome became the social center of town. Hauntings at the Jerome are rumored to include visits from the ghost of a little boy who tragically drowned in the swimming pool as well as a maid who fell ill and died after falling into an ice-cold pond. Brave enough to book your stay? Hoteljerome.aubergeresorts.com

Stanley Hotel (Estes Park)
The Stanley, arguable the best known spooky Rocky Mountain destination, is famous for being the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining. The hotel is home to endless ghost stories, including those of no less than 4 spirits regularly roaming the halls, most notably, Lucy, Paul, Eddie, and Elizabeth. In the concert hall, lights have been known to flicker, laughter and footsteps echo off the walls and unexplainable, chilly drafts greet guests from time to time. During the spookiest of seasons the Stanley offers more than just their famous Evening Tour; join them for Murder Mystery Dinners, The Shining Ball on October 21st, and Halloween Masquerade Party on October 28th. Book your stay with the Spirit Adventure Package for tickets to the spirited night tour, a Stanley “squishy” ghost, REDRUM mug and accommodations of the most infamous 4th floor. stanleyhotel.com

Field House Fright Night

So Much Fun,
It’s Scary!
Fieldhouse Fright Night

Put those Halloween costumes to good use; give them a test run at the Fieldhouse Fright Night. Saturday, October 21st, kids of all ages can get a head start on the holiday fun at the Parker Fieldhouse. Your little caped crusaders, pirates, princesses and creepy creatures can take part in all sorts of Halloween festivities at Fright Night. They will be able to collect their fill of treats as they take a trek down the Trick-or-Treat Street set up inside the Fieldhouse hall. Out on the turf field, some ghoulish games will be taking place throughout the evening.

Of course, you don’t want to miss out on the fun on the rink either. Be sure to bring your skates and join in the Spook Skate! Then there’s the climbing wall, you don’t have to be dressed as Spiderman to test your scaling skills! There’s also the Fright Night Haunted House to navigate; see if you can make your way around the creepy crawlies and zombies within.

After careful consideration and sometimes weeks of planning, those meticulously selected Halloween costumes can win Fright Night attendees best of the best recognition. One of the best parts of Fright Night is the much anticipated Costume Contest! Starting at 7pm on the inline rink, judges will pick the winners in several age groups as well as the family costume contest. Little ones (2-4) will compete for Most Original and Cutest Costume, kids 5-7 and 8-10 will vie for Most Original and Funniest Costumes, and the older kids 11 and up will be crowned Most Original and Scariest. Families dressed for the event will be judged at the same time.

Fieldhouse Fright Night is free for non-skating, non-climbing parents and children under 2. All others gain entry for just $6 to get in on all the spook-takular fun!

Volunteer opportunities are also available for this event. If you are interested in being a part of Fright Night, or would like more information about the event, go to www. ParkerRec.com/FHFrightNight. Sponsorship opportunities are also available, contact Jaime Vollersten at 303.805.3267 or email jvollersten@parkeronline.org.

Dia de los Muertos

Inspire Creative Theatre Company’s Día De Los Muertos Event
Saturday, October 21st 6:00pm – 1:00am
Studio @ Mainstreet – 19604 E. Mainstreet – Downtown Parker
www.Inspirecreative.org – 303.790.0875
TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE

Celebrating its 10th year of operation, Inspire Creative Theatre Company (ICTC) is an artist directed, local theatre company bringing the best of big time theatre to the heart of our Parker community.

Since its beginning, ICTC has performed over 100 fully produced stage musicals and provided teaching and training in the performing arts for all ages. Casting both professional and amateur actors from around the nation, they continue to be a local favorite, reaching audiences of over 200,000 in their 10 years of operation. They have provided over 2,000 students opportunities to receive training in musical theatre, dance, singing, and acting. For the last three years, they have been the co-producing theatre company for the Town of Parker. If you’ve seen any of the recent musicals at the PACE, including Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast, and Spamalot, then you are familiar with Inspire Creative’s incredible work. This fall, Inspire Creative brings Rogers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific to what will likely be another round of sold out audiences at the PACE Center.

Each year, Inspire Creative Theatre Company hosts a themed event to raise much needed funds for their education programs, performance season, and company expansion. This year’s theme is Día De Los Muertos and is sure to be an extravagant and delightfully perfect October evening.

The Día De Los Muertos event will be hosted at Parker’s newest event space – the Studio@Mainstreet at 19640 E. Mainstreet. Located in the old Action Auto Service location, this converted service garage will be an intimate and unique venue for this year’s fundraiser. Guests will enjoy delicious catered food and drinks, and be entertained by a selection of musicians, comedians, and performers. Party goers can dress up in their favorite Día De Los Muertos costume and face painting will be available to perfectly finish the look for the evening.

Additionally, guests will be invited to bid on live and silent auction items including custom “Día De Los Muertos” sugar skulls painted by celebrity artists.

Tickets for the Inspire Creative Theatre Company’s Día De Los Muertos event are available for just $25.00/per person or $45.00/per person for VIP packages. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.Inspirecreative.org or call 303-790-0875.

Local Business Spotlight – Hair Genius

Hair Genius Barbershop
11211 south dransfeldt rd suite 128
Parker, CO 80134
Wefixcheaphaircuts.com
303-805-5348
Open 7 days a WEEK

DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS
We specilaize in traditional haircuts, beard sculpting, hot shaves, kids, hair styling, mini-facials, men’s coloring and exotic hair art.

Why did you choose to open your business in Parker?
The Town of Parker was in need of a real traditional men’s barbershop where haircuts are amazing and the atmosphere is welcoming to all ages! Our goal is to provide Parker’s men and boys with detailed styles. Hair Cuts are back in style in this day and age. Got a bad haircut? No problem at Hair Genius…We fix cheap haircuts!

Why did you get into this type of business?
For the past 10 years it’s been about cutting some good hair!

What makes your business “unique” or different?
We are trained professional barbers with experience to ensure the best services and styles. Each employee is properly trained to execute the best haircut experience that you have ever had. We also have an atmosphere which you will enjoy. From traditional haircuts to modern styles, we do it!

What do you like most about owning your business?
Giving employees the opportunity to grow is the best part of a growing company that treats all the employees like family. It’s also great to provide the community with not only a great haircut but a life time barber.

What is the single most important thing someone should try at your shop?
FULL SERVICE OF COURSE. Full service you will get the opportunity to experience the HAIR GENIUS.

What advise would you give someone wanting to open a business in our community?
Get involved with the community of Parker. Hands down Parker is a great strong supportive community!

The Bookends – October 2017

in a dark, dark wood
By Ruth Ware

Twenty-six year old Nora receives an unexpected invitation to an old friend’s hen do ( a British bachelorette party). Nora hasn’t spoken to Clare in ten years so ignores the email for a few days. Why would Claire, a childhood friend include Nora in her prenuptial party? Nina, a mutual friend is the only other familiar name on the list and the two make a pact to attend this event together. After hours of driving to the countryside, they arrive at a modern glass walled house in a dark wooded area. The cell reception is poor, there is no internet or landline and the other guests seem to feel equally uncomfortable. Forty-eight hours later Nora wakes up in a hospital bed. Badly bruised and bloody, with no memory of what happened.

BECKY Reese Witherspoon is developing this book into a movie. How do you think this story will play out on the big screen?

PAM I had not heard about this becoming a movie! With the quirky characters and the dark twists and turns, this could be great on the big screen. When Nora makes the decision to attend the hen, she leaves her quiet and orderly life behind and delves back into the drama that she left many years ago. She hopes to determine why Clare would want her to attend the hen when she has not been invited to the wedding. Nora is nervous about seeing her old friends and meeting new people and struggles with her past. Were you able to relate to Nora as the author introduced the reader to her?

BECKY Nora was an interesting character. From the beginning we see that she is a bit of a recluse and prefers her quiet lifestyle. There is also a hint that she has some baggage from the past. As interesting as this sounds I didn’t connect to her quickly. I think that this will play out much better in the theater with an actress to give us some visual connection to this character. However, as the story progresses I found myself connecting to her and caring about her story. Yet I couldn’t understanding her desire to go away for the weekend to celebrate with someone she hasn’t spoken to in ten years? Maybe a lunch but a whole weekend! The story slowly unfolds as we meet a curious group of ‘friends’ that share this weekend celebration. Do you feel like all the characters were developed well or was it just the top few?

PAM I completely agree, Becky! I felt that it wasn’t very plausible that a recluse like Nora that had put her past behind her would agree to this weekend with new and old acquaintances in a place she had never been. There was not as much character development as I typically like in a story, especially for a couple of the new acquaintances. Do you think the author did this purposefully to try to create a feeling of unease and mystery for this suspenseful story?

BECKY It’s possible that was the author’s intent but it missed the mark for me. I enjoyed the book but I did not find it to be a scary story, as Reese Witherspoon suggests. It was a good mystery and once again, I think that with the right acting it could play out very well in the theater. The first chapter starts out with Nora in the hospital with no recollection of the weekend. Did the beginning pull you into the story?

PAM I was quickly pulled into the mystery, although I struggled to connect to Nora and felt that parts of the story weren’t very plausible. I still found that I wanted to unravel the story and discover what really happened that night. I agree with you, Becky. I would not call this a scary story, but a mysterious one. Did you feel that the beginning, with Nora unable to remember, added to the air of mystery?

BECKY I like that we didn’t go through a few chapters of fluff to lead up to the inevitable discovery of a murder mystery. However, with that style of writing we miss out on some character development. It could have been accomplished in the alternate chapters that focus on the past but the characters stay one dimensional. It is a good, quick read but it didn’t keep me up at night to finish the last few pages like The Black-Eyed Susans, by Julia Heaberlin. Ruth Ware has a book that is recently released, would you consider reading this author again?

PAM I would consider reading another work by this author if the story line grabbed me, but with the understanding that I probably wouldn’t be seriously invested in the characters. We will explore another mystery next month, but one that is sure to take us on a very different journey. Jillian Cantor takes us back to 1938 and 1989, as we unravel the mystery of an old love letter that connects generations in her book, “The Lost Letter.”

Local Author Spotlight – October 2017

Return to the Scene
by Carmella Gates

Liliana Martelli Delaney dreads returning to the Massachusetts farm where she grew up and recently inherited. She hated the farm and everything to do with farm life! She hopes that sorting out the detritus of the 250-year-old house, once an inn, and the outbuildings will help resolve her anger and animosity. She plans to sell the place, and put an end to that negative portion of her life.

But Lily and her family discover evidence of some shady dealings by former owners who operated the inn and tavern during Prohibition. Rumors and stories she heard as a child about bootlegging and a missing Revenue Man may have had some truth to them. She becomes determined to solve the mystery!

Lily’s story is often poignant, and sometimes frightening, but her adventurous spirit, loving heart and ability to see a little humor in any situation make this book a must read!

Return to the Scene is available online at amazon.com.

 

THE STONE OF MERCY
Book1 of the centaur chronicles
By M.J. Evans

Be it known throughout the land that the rightful heir to the throne of Crystonia will be the wearer of the Silver Breastplate with its four stones of light: The Stone of Mercy, The Stone of Courage, The Stone of Integrity and the Stone of Wisdom.

By tradition, the ruler of Crystonia will be the one in possession of the Silver Breastplate. Yet the rightful heir has not appeared and the throne that sits atop Mount Heilodius has stood empty for a century and a half.

The kingdom is being torn apart as the biggest and strongest races battle for control. Even the herd of peace-loving Centaurs has splintered into two factions, one awaiting the promised bearer of the breastplate, the other seeking power and control over the land.

Unbeknownst to all but a very few, the Silver Breastplate has been created. In due course, it is presented to a sixteen-year-old Duende girl named Carling, one of the tiny descendants of the fairies that once filled the land. But the Silver Breastplate is not complete. In order for its wearer to have the skills to rule the land righteously, the young Duende needs to find the four stones of light that are needed to finish this magical source of power and authority.

This is the riveting story of Carling’s quest. She, along with her friends, must risk their lives to save their land and fulfill the assignment given to them to complete the silver breastplate.

Award-Winning Author M.J. Evans takes the reader on another fantastic adventure. Immerse yourself in her fantasy world of Centaurs, Cyclops, Ogres and the Duende.

The Stone of Mercy is online at amazon.com.

 

Relay For Life

Relay For Life

SEPT 30 | 10AM-10PM | O’Brien Park

Join a team! Create a team! Volunteer! Donate! Cancer never sleeps, go to relay.acsevents.org and join the fight!

In May of 1985, Dr. Gordon “Gordy” Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours round and round a track at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, to help raise awareness and much needed funds in order to help save lives from cancer. Over thirty years later, Relay for Life events have become the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, with more than 5,200 volunteers coordinating events in 27 countries around the world. On Saturday, September 30th, from 10am-10pm at O’Brien Park, you can be a part of Parker’s Relay for Life, and a part of something so much bigger than yourself.

The Relay for Life is a team-fundraising event in which participants take turns walking a track or designated path, with a teammates collectively walking throughout the duration of the 6-24 hour event. The design of this event is significant, with one teammate constantly on the course, members of Relay for Life teams are a reminder that “cancer never sleeps” and those fighting this disease don’t stop because they are tired – and for one day &/or night, neither do those raising funds for a cure with Relay for Life. Teams will often pick a theme and set up themed sites at the event to continue their fundraising efforts by collecting donations for food, goods, games and activities. All money raised goes towards their overall team fundraising goal.

If this is your first Relay, expect to see all participants and teams welcomed, followed by the event’s kick off with the Survivor’s Lap. Cancer survivors and those currently affected by cancer will walk the track to the sounds of cheers and exuberant support from everyone in attendance. Next, the Caregiver lap recognizes those providing support for their loved one(s) during treatment. After the Survivors and Caregivers have completed their symbolic laps, the teams take the track to begin the celebration. Throughout the day and night, members of each team will take their turn on the walk, while teammates not walking participate in games, activities and entertainment. As evening falls, the decent into darkness is symbolic of the fear patients face upon receiving their diagnosis. After sunset, Luminarias will be lit to celebrate survivors, to remember those who are no longer with us, and remind those still courageously fighting that they are not alone. Closing ceremonies conclude each event, but Relay for Life will remain a constant year after year, until cancer is no more.

Thirty years ago, the $27,000 Gordy Klatt raised and the more than 83 miles he covered paved the way for what has grown into the Relay for Life, which has continued, year after year, raising funds for cancer research. Sadly, Dr. Klatt passed away three years ago from heart failure after battling stomach cancer but his idea helped shaped a movement that has since become a global event, raising over $5 billion dollars and bringing survivors and supporters together to form a support network like no other.

Cancer has tragically managed to get its grips on us all. Whether you’ve had a loved one battle this tenacious disease or you’ve faced it yourself, being a part of Relay for Life helps brings everyone together to fight the same fight. Join a team, create a team, volunteer or donate online – go to relay.acsevents.org

Guten Tag Parker! It’s Oktoberfest Time!

Guten Tag Parker!

It’s Oktoberfest Time!

Parker Oktoberfest
September 15th, 16th & 17th | O’Brien Park

Get your Lederhosen ready and make sure your Stein lifting muscles are toned – it’s time for the 12th annual Parker Oktoberfest! Prost!

What started as a cultural awareness event and fundraising opportunity twelve years ago has grown into a beloved annual festival, drawing well over 35,000 visitors over the course of the weekend, all of whom are all ready for some good ol’ Bavarian fun. Now in its 12th year, this year’s Oktoberfest promises to be the best fest yet. With German heritage as the central theme, Oktoberfest is all about the Paulaner beers, Der Weingartern, Schnapps (both Apple Schönauer and Benchmark Egg Liquor – yes you heard that right) and amazing food and world class entertainment. This free, family friendly event, will be held in O’Brien Park beginning Friday, September 15th (6pm-10pm), continuing through the weekend from 11am,-10pm Saturday, September 16th and wrapping up Sunday, September 17th from 10am-5pm. It’s a weekend full of German food, ales and wine, wares from numerous vendors, a wide variety of activities, live German music, Bavarian dancers, and numerous competitions – entertainment for everyone!

There are several new additions to the Parker Oktoberfest this year, including Maerchen Land (German Fairytale Land.) Sunday’s line-up includes a dachshund race and a dachshund costume contest will be part of the fun; make sure you sign up your four legged-friend. Got facial hair? The inaugural mustache competition will give you a chance to show off that ‘stache with flair. Additionally, there will be a silent auction and raffle give-aways. You won’t be able to miss the big tent near the family center were You Glow Bingo will be adding to the excitement on Saturday from 12pm-6pm & 8pm-10:30pm and again Sunday from 11am-1:30pm and 2pm-5pm. Saturday night’s big game is the Black Eyed Experience so be sure to wear your funky bright colors to shine under the tent.

The Colorado Council of Arts, Science & Culture (CASC) began the tradition of Parker Oktoberfest in order to celebrate German culture and raise funds for other important CASC events and partnerships throughout the year. With traditional food and ale, dancing, music and entertainment for the whole family, Oktoberfest is guaranteed to be Viel Spaß! (Much fun!)

For entertainment schedules and more information, go to parkeroktoberfest.com

Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer with Barker Days

Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer with Barker Days

Are you ready for a dog-gone good time? Parker Parks and Recreation presents Barker Days 2017 with Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply, Saturday, September 9th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Drive. This tail-wagging event will feature a temporary dog park in the O’Brien Park ball field and H2O’Brien Pool, canine activities and dog-related vendors.

One of Parker’s most loved annual events welcomes dogs to take a dip in the pool (closed to humans for the season and neutralized to be dog-friendly), chase balls and Frisbees on the baseball field, check out the agility course, hang out with fellow furry friends and rub noses with dog-related service and product providers. A separate play area will be provided for small dogs that prefer to play with pooches their own size.

In order to ensure a fun and safe event for all our four-legged friends, owners are asked to follow certain guidelines. All dogs must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older. Dogs must wear current rabies and ID tags at all times, which will be checked at the event entrance. View a complete list of guidelines at www.ParkerRec.com\BarkerDays.

Registration for Barker Days is $6 per Parker-resident dog and $8 for non-residents; their humans are free. Due to the popularity of this event, it is highly recommended that you pre-register at www.ParkerRec.com\BarkerDays. Registration the day of the event will be on a space-available basis. Dogs who pre-register will have expedited check in and receive a “doggie bag” of treats. For additional event information, call the Parker Recreation Center at 303.841.4500 or email mnakashima@parkeronline.org.

Barker Days 2017
SEPT. 9  |  9 am – 3 pm  |  O’Brien Park
Learn more and register online at www.ParkerRec.com\BarkerDays