Fun and great costumes at Spellebration in Glenwood Springs |

Fun and great costumes at Spellebration in Glenwood Springs

Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Submitted photoFrom left, Hot Springs Natatorium Bathing Babes Joan Kavanaugh, Pattie Peterson and Janet Rickert.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Spellebration 2009: Make a Flap about Literacy, is a fun-filled night of spelling and friendly competition. Three-person teams, outfitted in outrageous costumes from the Roaring ’20s, will spell or buy their way to the top, but the winners must spell the final word.

Spellers with creative team names such as the Bad Dogmas and The Suffragettes are determined to bring excitement to the literary occasion, and they rarely disappoint. Contestants have been searching their closets and dragging out cloche hats, boas, long strands of beads, fedora hats and spats to win the 1920s-era costume contest.

Janet Rickert has been a Spellebration participant for at least eight years. She became involved when she moved to the valley and wanted to meet interesting people. Spellebration was just the thing she was looking for, as she had always been a strong speller and won several spelling bees in school. Now Janet is convinced Literacy Outreach does great things for the community and is happy to participate in something so fundamental for the well-being of local citizens.

Janet is the assistant manager of the Hot Springs Lodge and Pool Sport Shop. She and co-workers Joan Kavanaugh and Pattie Peterson are the Hot Springs Natatorium Bathing Babes. They researched vintage bathing attire and were able to procure authentic 1920s-era suits, tights and bathing caps for the occasion. This is too good to miss.

Janet said, “My co-workers and I spend a lot of time before Spellebration, freshening up our spelling skills. It’s a friendly competition, it energizes your spirit and gets you thinking, and feels good.”

She continued, “But I know I can’t out-spell Dave Schroeder. I don’t know if he’s just brilliant or he has a photographic memory, but its true. He’s good.”

Admission for spectators is free. Teams may be sponsored for $225, even if you don’t want to spell. Literacy Outreach will fill teams with spellers where needed. Call 945-5282 for more information.

Spellebration is the major fundraising event benefiting Literacy Outreach and CMC’s Learning Labs.

Da spectators, da gangsters, da flappers ” all are welcome at 6 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the Hotel Colorado. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

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