MUSIC, DODGEBALL ON THE MENU FOR HALLOWEEN FUN

It’s that time of year again...pumpkins are everywhere, including at the Mattics Orchard Farm Stand at Main Street and San Juan Avenue.

It’s that time of year again…pumpkins are everywhere, including at the Mattics Orchard Farm Stand at Main Street and San Juan Avenue.

By Caitlin Switzer

MONTROSE—(October 15, 2013)   Whether you plan be a ghost, goblin or Lady Gaga, better get your costume together and your dancing shoes ready. Because with so many events to choose from, Halloween 2013 in Montrose offers a full menu of fun that extends far beyond Oct. 31. Kick things off with a stop by the Montrose Elks Lodge at 3 p.m. Oct. 19, for a Bingo fundraiser that supports the outstanding Montrose High School Marching Band. After all, the MHS Band took first place in their division at the 36th Annual Colorado West Marching Band Festival in Grand Junction Oc. 5.

“I think the reason the kids were so outstanding at competition and doing so well this year  is because we have such a team atmosphere,” MHS Band Director Josiah St. Peter said. “The students, parents and staff are really working together—this is just a very unique year for that.”

Supporting the MHS Band Bingo Fundraiser at the Montrose Elks Lodge—complete with $250 payouts per game, silent auction items and food and beverages– is a way to keep the arts alive, extend a hand up to these hardworking young musicians, and hear some truly excellent music by the Band, St. Peter said.

“This event supports our program, which is great for kids,” St. Peter said. “Everyone in the band is a self-starter—by funding and helping the band, you are helping a huge majority of kids—this is a large organization.”

Next stop for a great time will be the Firehouse Restaurant (1136 East Main Street) on Friday, Nov. 1, where longtime favorites the Anders Brothers will play a benefit show for Montrose resident Judy Lillard, who is suffering from leukemia.

“Come by and show your support out a fabulous lady,” Firehouse Server Charlie Burch said.

Also on tap for Nov. 1 is a Blue Sky Music Presents show featuring the Damn Quails at Turn of the Century (117 North Fourth Street).

“We had the Damn Quails come to Montrose last March, and they were a hit with everybody,” said Promoter Dave Bowman of Blue Sky Music Presents. “We were asked to bring them back, so we have—get out your costume, because this will be a great, fun Halloween weekend!”

On Nov. 2, begin your day with a game of Dodgeball—give it all you’ve got, whether playing or loudly cheering on your favorite team—it’s for a great cause! CASA of the Seventh Judicial District’s 2013 Dodgeball Tournament will host adult, middle school, and high school competitions at Centennial Middle School in Montrose. Vendor booths are available the day of the tournament ($25 for nonprofits, $50 for businesses). To register teams, visit www.MontroseRec.com. For information on the event and CASA’s child advocacy efforts, visit www.casa7jd.org, email info@casa7jd.org, or call (970) 249-0337. For information about the National CASA Association, visit www.casaforchildren.org. CASA Development Pro Stacey Ryan has coordinated the event with a number of other local opportunities to entice donors to plan their annual “Dodgeball” vacation in Montrose.

And finally, don’t make a “Stupid Mistake” and miss the 27th Annual Stupid Band Halloween Dance and Birthday Bash at Turn of the Century on Saturday night, Nov. 2. Doors open at 8 p.m., and admission is $10 and a non-perishable food item.

“We’re going to play hits from the last century and from this century,” Stupid Band Drummer Brad Switzer said.   “And it’s a benefit for the local food bank!”