Zombies, meet Mother’s Day. That’s the strange brew – and speaking of brew, there’ll be blood red beer on offer before it’s all over – which local shops and restaurants, with inspiration from a Los Angeles movie production company, have cooked up for this month’s First Friday Stroll in Montrose.
The L.A. film folk know their monsters. Then again, so does Cherie McPherson, owner of Amazing Glaze make-it-yourself ceramics studio. She’s the majordomo of this event. Along with her husband, McPherson has thrown a huge Hallows’ Eve bash with 200-or-more-attendees at Turn of the Century Saloon for the past eight years. “Halloween’s my thing,” she says. Naturally, she leapt into action when she learned that a film company called Abstract Forces (and what better name for the disparate energies that comprise this unusual evening?) would soon be filming I Am Alone, a zombie thriller set in and around Montrose. As a result of McPherson’s energy and intiative, this Friday night on Main Street will offer something for art connoisseurs, Mother’s Day shoppers and zombie wannabes, all at the same time. In short, an intriguing feast for dead and undead alike. Among the attractions:
In addition to beautiful, eco-sensible Mother’s Day gifts like chopping blocks made of repurposed Corian (crafted by Brian Litt of Olathe), Fabula will offer a tasting of gourmet popcorn, and a sampling of smooth, sophisticated chocolate from Scharffen Berger.
She She Boutique is offering free earrings with the purchase of a bracelet and necklace from Brighton Collectibles. “We’re going down the accessory road,” says owner Kimberly McGehee of this month’s Main Street promotion. Pick up something for Mom. Or, “Diva-fy your Zombie!” Or both!
Canyon Gallery will host an appearance by Natalie Heller of Lone Cone Photography, who will speak about her work and ranching life. The Gallery will also offer carefully curated wines from The Pour House.
That washed-out, faded appearance got you down? “Tired of looking like a zombie?” asks Nina Suzanne boutique’s owner, Nina Crozier. “Come in and get your new spring outfit.” She’ll be offering 20 percent-off specials not only tonight but Saturday, after the zombies have crawled back home to bed. Or back to the grave. Or wherever.
Around the Corner Gallery will host a presentation by painter Jennifer Jung (she’s painted an eerie-looking tree, intriguingly titled Resilience), and A+Y Gallery will feature ceramics by Jacob Franck (whose bloody-hand-emerging-from-a-pot might leave your flesh crawling). For more on these artists, see Elevated in the Sports & Entertainment section.
Great Harvest Bakery is offering little ghoulish delights like dismembered finger cookies.
“If you’re sick of drinking blood, come have a margarita with us,” says Edward Garcia of Amelia’s restaurant. “And if you’re tired of flesh-eating, stay for dinner.”
And Horsefly Brewing Company will host a post-zombie-crawl party, with live music in the form of Bad Hand Bluff (decked out in their best zombie-ish attire), scary snacks like pizza-roll “fingers” and devilled egg “eyeballs,” and of course that blood-red beer. They’ll also offer up the filmmakers of I Am Alone, who will explain the Kickstarter campaign they have launched to help fund their film. (Even the undead need working capital.)
In between, there’ll be a zombie costume contest (5:30 p.m., Demoret Park). The first place winner gets “a really disturbing-looking gnome that I painted myself,” says Amazing Glaze’s Cherie McPherson. There’ll also be two zombie flash mobs. A flash mob, for the uninitiated, is an “unexpected public event” where, say, one, then five, then eventually, a whole group of people starts dancing, McPherson says. These flash mobs won’t be unexpected, though, because you’ll know where to look for them: they’ll take place at 7 p.m. at Centennial Plaza, and 8 p.m. at the Horsefly. There’ll also be a zombie crawl – dress up, come on down and wander around. All it takes is a few rags, some drops of red dye or blotches of ketchup, and a sense of humor.
Finally, a return to innocence: on May 18, A+Y Design Gallery will debut a gelateria, with 22 flavors of the Italian soft-serve available just in time for summer. After the zombies...life is sweet.