MasqueParade Play House opens

THE MASQUEPARADE Play House had its’ grand opening at the old 180 store front location last Sunday. Goldenites of all ages came out in the afternoon to sip on hot apple cider and create masks and lanterns for February’s parade.

MasqueParade planning is in full-swing, with public craft workshops at the Play House starting this week and a recently announced Masque Costume Ball on the Friday night before the Snow King descends from the mountainsand into Spirit Square.

The times for the Public Workshops, which will take place at the old 180 store front location, are Wednesdays from 3-8 pm, Saturdays from 12-4 pm and Sundays from 1-4 pm.

Joyce deBoer, Snow King equerry, a lantern making expert and one of the main organizers for the MasqueParade, emphasized that people can come to the workshops with an idea of what they want to do, or no idea at all. Play House volunteers are happy to help all levels of craft-makers.

The workshops will focus on making lanterns to carry in the parade, lanterns to light the pathway and masks and costumes for the parade and costume ball on Friday.

The Masque Costume Ball will take place at the Rec Plex on the night of February 18th and feature The Bad Uglies and Retrofied. The event will have a concession of wine, beer and goodies to help you keep your energy up as you dance the night away. Families, of course, are more than welcome to bring the kids.

Another activity added to the MasqueParade this year is a snow sculpture day at Kumsheen Park. With the success of last winter’s ice sculpture event in mind, the Town of Golden and Kicking Horse Culture will construct pillars of snow/ice for the community’s chiseling pleasure.

deBoer said she was blown away with last year’s sculptures.

“I was impressed that there was no vandalism to the sculptures, just people walking around and really looking at them,” she said. “I think it’ a collective appreciation of beautiful things.”

Teams can spend the Saturday creating a 4’ x 4’ x 6’ sculpture based on this year’s MasqueParade theme: A Marvellous Night for a Moondance. Kicking Horse Culture will have room for about 8 teams and registration opens next week. Contact Kicking Horse Culture at 250-344-6186 or for more information.