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Harvest Fest, Corn Maze and Craft Sale This Weekend!

POSTED October 13, 2016

It’s harvest season! Find and carve your own pumpkin at the Harvest Festival this weekend, or get spooked by local historians telling ghost stories or at the fire department’s haunted “house”! Everybody’s getting in on the entertainment act this weekend in and around Castle Rock – so don’t miss out!

Tonight, October 13


In keeping with the spooky season is an eerie presentation by Shaun Boyd, Senior Archivist, Douglas County Libraries. She’ll tell stories of mysterious and creepy happenings in local history. Heard the one about ghosts at the Old Stone Church and Cantril School? Or the telegraph operator ghosts? Who are they? Or were they? And what apparitions are hanging out in the park built on a cemetery? You’ll the goosebumps listening to these and other hair-raising tales!

Philip S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock
6:45 p.m.
Phone: 303-814-3164

Tonight-Sunday, October 13-16


Harvest Another harvest season favorite — wind your way through the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms’ eight-acre Corn Maze and help Farmer Green find his lost animals. Life-size animal cutouts are hidden throughout the maze for fun photo ops with kids age 10 and under. The maze can be viewed from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges while youngsters explore the mini-maze.

Tickets include one hayride, barrel train ride (for children 12 and under) and unlimited jumping on a giant pillow. Pony rides and hamster balls are available for an additional fee. Food vendors will be selling your favorite fall foods: funnel cakes, hotdogs, freshly squeezed lemonade and kettle corn.

Want a preview? Here’s a map of the three mazes. There’s also an AFTER DARK Corn Maze and Haunted Attraction.

Denver Botanic Gardens Corn Maze, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton
Thurs.-Sat.,10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Phone: 720-865-3501
Tickets: $8-$13

Friday, October 14

The Littleton Symphony Orchestra will be presenting some of your favorite colossal masterworks, such as Holst’s The Planets, Debussy’s La Mer, Ravel’s Bolero, Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony and Mahler’s Titan Symphony. In addition, we’ll be presenting music for instruments that aren’t often featured in a concert — the bandoneon, viola, flute and trumpet.

Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton
7:30-9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $18 Adults $18; Seniors $15 (62+); Under 21 Free

Friday-Saturday, October 14-15

Among the beautiful handcrafted creations available at the craft sale will be home décor, knitwear, jewelry, Christmas decorations, cut-glass items, baby sweaters, blankets and more. And who can pass up a bake sale with fresh, delicious homemade goodies?

Parker Senior Center, 10675 S. Longs Way, Parker
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-841-5379

Friday-Sunday, October 14-16,

Classic Acts presents this delightful play about Alice and the very unusual characters she meets in Wonderland – the White Rabbit who is always late, The Queen of Hearts who is rather grouchy, the Mad Hatter and March Hare who are quite mad, a talking Caterpillar, a Mock Turtle, A Cheshire Cat, and don’t forget Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee!  Don’t miss this wonderful adventure staged by kids for other kids!

Parker Arts/The Schoolhouse Theater, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker, CO
Fri., 6:00 p.m.; Sat., 2:00 p.m.; Sun., 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8

Tour and meet hundreds of local and national vendors with high and low tech products and services for your home, garden and family. Storage, organization, solutions, innovative pet products, plus a kids zone for the little ones. Enjoy free seminars, samples, demonstrations and more.

Financial Expo Center, 3650 N Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs
Fri., 2:00-6:00 p.m., Sat., 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Sun., 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $6.25 (Seniors Free on Friday!)

Adapted from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features beautiful showgirls, cows, killer rabbits, and French citizens. Winner of a Tony for Best Musical, the production has adult themes.

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker, CO
Fri./Sat., 7:30; Sat./Sun., 2:00
Tickets: $22-$27

Shear Madness, the longest-running play in the history of American theatre is now in Colorado. This hysterical whodunit is set in a not-so-typical hair salon and the audience gets in on the act by questioning the actors to help solve the crime. No wonder the performances vary every time!

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs
Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$45

Saturday, October 15

If you’ve wanted to find out more about your family history, here’s an opportunity to meet with skilled genealogical specialists who will help you get started on your family search or advance what you’ve already started. This drop-in event is open to everyone to discover new search techniques and learn how to use software more effectively. One-on-one help will be available.

Philip S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-791-7323

The Festival Park Pumpkin Patch will have pumpkins for purchase to carve on-site with the help of 20 volunteers and carving tools. There will be a haybale maze for the kids, face-painting and carnival games, plus delicious food and a beer garden for the adults. At the end of the Harvest Festival, don’t miss the special showing of the 25-minute movie-in-the-park presentation of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Festival Park, 300 2nd St., Castle Rock
2:00-8:00 p.m., with the movie starting at 6:45 p.m.

Sunday, October 16

The folks at Castle Rock Fire and Rescue have planned a terrifying night at the annual Castle of Terror for anyone brave enough to enter. The scream-worthy haunted house benefits police and Fire Explorer programs.

Fire Department Training Tower, 303 Malibu St, Castle Roc
7:00-10:00 p.m.
CAUTION: Children under 13 not admitted without a parent

Monday, October 17

With this peer-to-peer collaboration you’ll find friendly instruction, fresh ideas, and informal discussion with family historians as you research and discover more about your own family’s history.

Philip S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-791-7323


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