Popular 'Mad Hatter' event returns to Old Colorado City March 24
“Mad Hatter Saturday” will offer a variety of activities for the public throughout Old Colorado City Saturday, March 24.
The free, annual, themed promotion, which attracted more than 1,000 people last year, is sponsored by the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Included will be costumed characters from Lewis Carroll's book, “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland”; a hat-making station; ice sculptors; an Easter-themed "egg giveaway"; and tea parties with the “red queen” (reservations necessary - call 577-4112).
There will also be a book sale at the Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
This is the fourth year that OCCA has put on the Mad Hatter event.
As a side note, a unique aspect of Mad Hatter is that, unlike most annual events - which stick to certain days/weeks/months of the year - its dates fall on varying Saturdays in March or April. According to Karen Cullen, the OCCA's executive director, the reason is that the event is always scheduled a week before Easter. Easter, in turn, is probably the most prominent annual event whose date moves around (because it depends on the first full moon after March 20).
In other OCCA news... the group's annual Taste of OCC, a fundraiser for Old Colorado City improvements, is planned for September this year. In past years, it has taken place in late April.
A new event, called West Fest, is in the planning stages and tentatively slated in June.
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