October 13, 2015
September 22, 2015
Wow, that was quick. The summer is over and the first day of autumn was officially Wednesday, Sept. 23.
Looking back, for whatever reason, I got so little done this sunny season, especially when it comes to attending Issaquah events. I didn’t make it to a single Tuesday night Concert on the Green. My wife usually succeeds in dragging me to the Farmers Market at least one Saturday a year. Didn’t happen this time. So I’ll blame her for that one.
October 14, 2014
Halloween — it’s got to be one of the most interesting times of the year.
We’re still two weeks out from Oct. 31, but I thought it would be a perfect time to broach the subject as events are already coming up on the calendar, like Nightmare at Beaver Lake, which starts Friday, and Saturday is the annual Halloween in the Highlands festival and Zombie Walk in downtown Issaquah.
October 15, 2013
Nightmare at Beaver Lake promises hidden surprises in celebration of 10 years of Halloween spookiness
The people behind the annual Nightmare at Beaver Lake always have a few tricks up their sleeves.
For the 10th anniversary event, for example, the haunted house at the end of a dark, terrorizing walk through the woods has a special surprise awaiting guests.
However, the secret is closely guarded and won’t be revealed until the Oct. 18 opening, said Dana Young, of Scare Productions, the group responsible for bringing in more than 100 actors, makeup artists, costume designers and stage hands to make the show happen.
September 17, 2013
The 10th annual Nightmare at Beaver Lake needs youth and adult volunteers for a variety of roles, especially actors.
An orientation is from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 21-22 at Sammamish City Hall, 801 228th Ave. S.E. Besides acting, roles are available for casting assistant, construction, security, driving, line control, traffic control, ticket sales, food service and more.
Nightmare takes over Beaver Lake Park from Oct. 18-31. Nightmare is 100 percent volunteer, 100 percent charity, produced by the Rotary Club of Sammamish in partnership with Scare Productions and the city of Sammamish. Learn more by emailing email@example.com or go to www.NightmareAtBeaverLake.com.
October 23, 2012
Enciso Family Farm, featuring you-pick pumpkins and fresh Christmas trees; an old country store with snacks, cozy fireplace and a selection of specialty gourds and pumpkins; a barn from the 1800s; tractors from past and present; and more, 19417 196th Ave. S.E., Renton, 206-595-5845
Pumpkin Patch at Trinity Tree Farm, featuring pumpkins for sale in the shop or farm stand, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, open daily through Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 14237 228th Ave. S.E., www.trinitytreefarm.com
Nightmare at Beaver Lake, Oct. 24-31, Beaver Lake Park, Southeast 24th Street, Sammamish; The family scare runs from 7-7:45 p.m. nightly. The full scare runs from 8-10 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, and from 8-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets: $10 per person for a family scare; $16 per person for a full scare. Donate a can of food and receive a $1 discount on tickets. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.nightmareatbeaverlake.com.
October 16, 2012
Zombie motorcyclists, like a flock of bats out of hell, should roar from the dark to claim a Sammamish Plateau park as passers-by watch in terror.
The scene sounds lifted from a zombie flick, but Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers planned a zombie motorcycle ride to open the annual Halloween haunt.
The motorcyclists, led by former child star Danny Bonaduce, a radio host for KZOK-FM — a Nightmare at Beaver Lake sponsor — plan to open 11 nights of frights in the park. The event returns Oct. 19 and continues through Halloween.
Nightmare attendees should prepare for characters lifted from tales by Edgar Allan Poe and H.G. Wells, plus a ransacked cityscape reminiscent of “The Walking Dead” before a finale inside a haunted house.
Event organizers expect more than 10,000 people to venture into the dark forest and more than 20 scenes arranged along a trail and inside park buildings. Nightmare hosted more than 12,000 attendees last year, and organizers hope for 14,000 people to head into the haunt in the coming nights.
September 25, 2012
Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers need actors to frighten, spook and go bump in the night as the Halloween haunt prepares to terrorize the Sammamish Plateau.
Organizers plan actor training for Oct. 13-14 for actors with two or fewer years of experience in the haunt. More experienced volunteers can attend, too, because the show changes each year. Training runs from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Beaver Lake Park. Participants should bring a bag lunch and dress appropriately for the weather.
Volunteers can also register for make-up training. The make-up session runs from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 14. Previous make-up volunteers interested in participating again should email Jeeprider78@aol.com.
August 28, 2012
Nightmare at Beaver Lake can continue the scares, thanks to community donations to buy a trailer.
Organizers’ previous trailer and several props disappeared from a Kent warehouse. Scare Productions, a nonprofit theater group and partner in the annual Halloween-themed event at Beaver Lake Park, discovered the 18-foot Wells Cargo-brand cargo trailer had been stolen June 19.
Organizers purchased a replacement trailer last week, using thousands of dollars in community donations.
Kelcey Hendricks, Scare Productions promotions director, said the group raised $1,700 by creating zombie makeup during the Red, White & Dead Zombie Walk in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, plus $400 at a garage sale.
Organizers used the fundraiser dollars and community donations to meet a $3,000 goal.
Nightmare at Beaver Lake is the largest Halloween haunt in the Puget Sound region and, perhaps, in the West. The annual event runs from Oct. 19-31.
The annual event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sammamish and over the years has raised tens of thousands of dollars for area charities.
July 3, 2012
Nightmare at Beaver Lake organizers asked the public for donations to replace a trailer stolen from its Kent headquarters June 19.
Scare Productions, a nonprofit theater group and partner in the annual Halloween-themed event at Beaver Lake Park, discovered the 18-foot Wells Cargo-brand cargo trailer had been stolen.