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Ready for an October adventure?

Column by John Akal
Posted 10/14/20

Several years ago I thought it would be a great idea to plant a vegetable garden in my back yard. So, in the spring, I bought a bunch of seeds for various things and proceeded to plant them in a nice …

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Ready for an October adventure?


Several years ago I thought it would be a great idea to plant a vegetable garden in my back yard. So, in the spring, I bought a bunch of seeds for various things and proceeded to plant them in a nice little spot and watered them regularly. As they started to grow, one of them began doing amazing things. Little vines started getting longer and would look like they doubled in size overnight. Pretty soon they started wrapping themselves around all the other plants coming up and before long they managed to strangle and overwhelm every other plant in the garden. By mid summer, my mixed vegetable garden had transformed itself into a just a pumpkin patch. Yes, those pumpkin vines had staked out their turf and eliminated the competition.

So, I pulled out all the other dead plants and watered the pumpkins and finally, near the beginning of Fall, the fruit of my labor was ready to harvest. It was one tiny pumpkin about the size of a softball. Yes, after working diligently on this garden all summer long, all I had to show for it was that one miserable pumpkin.

Well, yesterday I went out on a shopping trip to various stores and seeing how all the Christmas stuff is starting to creep out and take over the aisles where the Halloween merchandise should be kind of reminded me of my little pumpkin patch. Pretty soon all that will be left is one bag of candy nobody really wants. The only difference is that I actually kind of treasured my stupid little pumpkin and kept it in the kitchen for months. Hmmm, come to think of it, that’s usually what happens to my leftover Halloween candy too.

Speaking of Halloween, last week I added a little teaser to my column about an upcoming event here in Golden and mentioned that you should start thinking about putting a little team together to participate.

Well, here’s the Grand Reveal.

It’s called Madame Zervanos’ Spectacle De Curiositè and it sounds like quite an adventure.

Basically, it’s an outdoor interactive theater production that you participate in. The premise is that you are traveling back to 1899 Golden and have to solve a mystery that unfolds and try to save the future world from Armageddon. You’ll watch several scenes, discover clues and navigate your team through a maze of ghosts, vampires and time traveling aliens that will ultimately lead you to the strangest sci-fi circus you have ever seen. It takes place through the streets of downtown Golden, but the start location is only revealed to you once you complete your application and get your tickets.

It’s got sort of a steampunk theme, so they encourage you to dress the part, and also advise that you remember it’s outdoors, so dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. You’re going to need to put together a team of 2-8 “detectives,” give your crew a name and together you will set off to solve the puzzle, win the game and save the world.

This is an adult event is for ages 21 and over and comes with two complimentary beverages, one at the beginning of the show, and one at the end of the show. You can choose to drink or not on the tour, that is completely up to your discretion as alcohol is not included in the ticket price. Tickets run $45, but groups of 6 or more can get discount tickets for $40. It has already gone on for a few weeks, but there are several upcoming dates left. It runs on Friday and Saturday nights, starting at 7:15 p.m. on October 16, 17, 23, 24 and 30.

Please note that there will be COVID-19 safety measures in place. First of all, most of it takes place outdoors. Also, all participants will be required to wear a mask and if you forget, one will be provided for you. You can only get closer than 6 ft. with your team mates, teams will be divided during the first two scenes and all the actors will be speaking through masks.

For more information and to order tickets go to www.madameztravelingmysteryshow.com.

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at jaimaging@aol.com


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