Frankenmonth

In a mansion darkened by an ominous thunderstorm rolling in off the tumultuous waves of Lake Geneva, infamous poet, Lord Byron, and his writerly houseguests, including Percy Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (later Mary Shelley), challenged one another to compose tales of gothic horror and the supernatural. The one who created the most bloodcurdling would be declared the winner. 200 years later in events throughout Longmont, Colorado, we celebrate the victor, Mary Shelley, and her tale of a scientific experiment gone horribly wrong.

Tuesday, October 2, 1-4 p.m.: Frankenpaint at Longmont Senior Center

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Paint your own Frankenstein-inspired masterpiece! All materials provided.

$35 for local seniors, 55 and up. $42 for non-residents and those under 55.

Call 303-651-8411 to register. 

 

 

Monday, October 8, 6-8 p.m.: Think & Drink  at 300 Suns Brewery, 335 1st Avenue, Unit C

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Join us for one of our signature Think & Drink discussions on the topic of Artificial Intelligence. Will technology create a new kind of monster?

21 and up. Drop-in, free. 

 

 

Thursday, October 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m.: Frankenreads at Firehouse Art Center, 4th and Coffman 

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Take a deep dive into Mary Shelley’s classic using Contemplative Reading practices such as Lectio Divina and Havruta. You will leave with the tools you need to continue the practice on your own.

All ages. Drop-in, free. 

 

 

Saturday, October 20, 2:00-4:00 p.m.: Discussion on Death & Dying at Longmont Senior Center

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October’s Intergenerational Philosophy Discussion will feature scenes from Frankenstein as an invitation to explore our mortality.

$4 for local seniors, 55 and up. $5 for non-residents and those under 55.

All ages. Perfect for families. Call 303-651-8411 to register or bring exact change on October 20. 

 

Monday, October 22, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Frankenview at Still Cellars: a distillery and arthouse, 1115 Colorado Ave. 

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October’s Film & Philosophy Discussion will feature the 2017 biopic, Mary Shelley starring Elle Fanning.

$5 suggested donation at the door. You are welcome to bring dinner or a snack. Still Cellars serves unique and delicious beverages, both spiritous and non-spiritous.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, October 25, 4:00-6:00 p.m.: Frankentea at Longmont Senior Center

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Celebrate Mary Shelley’s classic over tea and treats!

55 and up. $15 for residents. $18 for non-residents. Costumes or tea attire encouraged.

Call 303-651-8411 to register. 

 

 

Friday, October 26, 6:00-9:00 p.m. (check-in at 5:45 p.m.): Frankenwrite: A Scary Story Workshop for Young Writers at R Space, Village at the Peaks Mall 

lined-journal-page-frankensteinLike Byron and his poetic companions, Grey Havens YA (Young Adult) challenges you. Join us to explore and partake in the gothic writing process. We’ll delve into elements such as suspense building, character development, and the creation of foreboding settings and moods. All of our efforts will culminate in a Frankenwrite reading on the most frightening night of the year — Halloween.

Grades 6-12. Register here for free. $5 suggested donation at door to cover the cost of food and supplies. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

 

Wednesday, October 31, 4:30-7:30 p.m.: Frankenparty at Firehouse Art Center, 4th and Coffman

frankenstein silhouette greenFrankenstein-themed fun for the whole family featuring scary story readings by young authors and, of course, lots of treats!

All ages. Drop-in, free. Costumes encouraged. 

 

 

 

Aaaaand…there will be a fascinating, bonus Frankenmonth event in November!

November 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Mary Shelley, Mother of Memes with special guests Cait Coker at Firehouse Art Center, 4th and Coffman

cait cokerWe commonly think of Mary Godwin Shelley as a nebulous “mother of science fiction”—famous for Frankenstein and little else—or as a tragic gothic girl whose life effectively begins and ends with her marriage to Percy Bysshe Shelley. These views have been reinforced by numerous biographies, films, and popular posts on social media. However, they do a disservice to a woman whose prodigious literary output contributed not only to the history of genre but to the history of literary studies and popular science. This lecture will examine Mary Shelley as the center of literary circles that would prove vastly influential, and reconsider her legacy as the mother of monsters — and memes.

Cait Coker is an Associate Editor of Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction and former Curator of the Science Fiction Research Collection at Texas A&M University.

All ages. Drop-in, free.

 

Past Events:

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Grey Havens Philosophy’s Summer of the Mind is a series of thinking adventures for the whole family. Register for one event or all five!

Ages 10 and up. Younger children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. $5 suggested donation for each event. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

June 22, Thinking Games at Village at the Peaks

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In a world where…

–words are a limited commodity

–all memories fade after three days

–people are born with all the knowledge they will ever need

What would YOU do?

Join a team to explore scenarios like these and create your own! Thinking Games are perfect for ages 10-adult. Bring the whole family!

July 23, Outdoor Thinking Games at Rogers Grove

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Exercise your mind and body this summer! Join the search for hidden symbols in Rogers Grove Nature Area. Who could have left them there? What does it all mean?

Outdoor Thinking Games on July 23 is an exploration of language and meaning that will get the whole family engaged in creative and critical thinking! Part of Grey Havens Philosophy’s Summer of the Mind. Ages 10 and up.

July 25, Pop Culture and Philosophy at Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Avenue

All ages, $4 for local senior adults (55+), $5 for everyone else. Call 303-651-8411 to register or just drop in! Please bring exact change.

This discussion series is based on the belief that philosophy can and should be practiced by anyone, anywhere! Come think with us as we use film and television clips from popular culture and sci-fi for our inspiration.

August 9, Pop Culture and Philosophy at Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Avenue

All ages, $4 for local senior adults (55+), $5 for everyone else. Call 303-651-8411 to register or just drop in! Please bring exact change.

This discussion series is based on the belief that philosophy can and should be practiced by anyone, anywhere! Come think with us as we use film and television clips from popular culture and sci-fi for our inspiration.

August 11, Family Philosophy Walk at Rogers Grove

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Walking and thinking just go together! Join us at Roger’s Grove as we walk, think, talk, and explore the big ideas of philosophy. This activity is great for ages 10+ and perfect for families. We make philosophy fun!

Part of Grey Havens Philosophy’s Summer of the Mind. $5 suggested donation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Remember to stay hydrated!

The Summer of the Mind is coming to a close, but you can open your mind to new possibilities with our fall philosophy programs for families. Visit greyhavensgroup.org or find Grey Havens Philosophy on Facebook to keep up-to-date!

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