Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Manitou Springs ghost tours partner with THEATREdART, plus more events this week

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click to enlarge ALISSA SMITH
  • Alissa Smith

“Ghost Stories of Old Manitou” Walking Tours

Tours start at 6 p.m., Oct. 25 and 5:30 p.m., Oct. 26, leaving every 15 minutes until 9:15 p.m.; start at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Ave., $12-$15,

Though the Manitou Springs Heritage Center’s mission is to preserve the town’s culture and history, the nonprofit certainly isn’t opposed to changing things up a little bit when it comes to their own traditions — such as the fun they’re planning to have with the 25th annual “Ghost Stories of Old Manitou” Walking Tours.

“You know, this is our 25th year. And for the last 24 years, [the actors have] been whoever we’ve been able to, you know, arm-twist into playing characters and spirit guides and so forth,” says Neale Minch, a Heritage Center board member. But audience feedback from previous years suggested that it would be nice to see them “step up” the acting a bit.

The Center decided to do just that, and employed local theater group THEATREdART to help bring the town’s historic dead to life.

“There’s around half a dozen or so locations, and each is a scene,” Minch says. “And each tour group has what we call a ‘spirit guide,’ who sets the scene up, and the scene is a story about a character — maybe embellished — from Manitou’s past.” In spite of the embellishments, Minch says the scenes are “as factual as we have facts for.”

Characters of note include famous suffragette Alice Paul, hotel owner Charles Barker (of the long-defunct Barker House) and of course Emma Crawford, the young Manitou Springs woman who died of tuberculosis in 1891, in honor of whom the Emma Crawford Coffin Races are held each year.

Directed by TdA’s Jonathan Andujar, these seven short stories of Manitou’s history feature about 15 actors, plus a whole host of spirit guides.

Minch believes this will be the best production in the tours’ history, and hopefully the start of an enduring partnership between the two organizations.

Science Riot

Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., $15,

Science professionals dive headfirst into the terrifying pond of stand-up comedy in this evening of educational hilarity. After a speedy introductory course in the art of stand-up, scientists craft a brief routine related to their field or subject of interest and perform it live before an audience. No topic is taboo, whether it tackles the strange mating habits of animals — or humans — or the hidden humor of mathematics. Speaking of which, science is frequently a far racier topic than one might think; the show is for ages 18 and older.

Pumpkin Carving and Jack-O-Lantern Trail

  • Courtesy Fountain Creek Nature Center
Oct. 26, 9 a.m. to noon and 5:30-7:30 p.m., 320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain, $5 for pumpkins, $4-$5 for trail,

With mere days left until Halloween, it’s time to frantically pack in as many festivities as possible before the winter holidays take over. Fountain Creek Nature Center is providing double the fun, with two pumpkin-themed parties. In the morning, pre-scooped pumpkins await, along with patterns and carving tools. In the evening, dress up in costume and head back to the center to take a jaunt down Jack-o’-Lantern trail. You’ll encounter your pumpkin and dozens of others all lit up for a delightfully spooky walk. You and the kiddos can make a cool craft, roast marshmallows, and even take your pumpkin home after 7:30 p.m.

Rampart Rager Gravel Fondo

Oct. 27. Registration, 6 a.m., race starts at 8 a.m., Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort, 2 El Paso Blvd., $55,

Ready to test your limits as a cyclist on some of the Pikes Peak region’s most incredible roads and trails? The Rampart Rager is described as “brutally fun” by organizers, and judging from the 73-mile course option with an estimated two hours of uphill time on the front end, they are not exaggerating. Despite its intensity, the race is sure to wow participants with panoramic views and provide a bit of exhilarating respite during the downhill spurts. For those who desire a slightly less grueling ride, there is also a 30-mile option and absolutely no one will judge you for taking it. Chip-timed race with age group awards and cash awards for first through third place.

  • Courtesy Rampart Rager

Mayor's Young Leader Awards

Oct. 29, 4-6 p.m., Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave.,, $34.75,

Join the community in celebrating the achievements of the region’s top young professionals — folks under 40 making a difference in Colorado Springs. Each year, 30 finalists are selected for their work across six different categories, ranging from community and economic impact to technology and sustainability. This year also features a brand-new category recognizing military leadership. The award ceremony opens with a networking session.

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