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Frankenmonth Celebrates Fiction, Philosophy and Fun

October 2, 2018

Mary Shelley's masterpiece "Frankenstein," inspiration for a number of horror movies (including this one in 1931) is being celebrated with a month of events in Longmont presented by Grey Havens Philosophy.

Frankenmonth events

• Frankenpaint workshop , 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave.. Cost: $35 for Longmont residents, $42 for non-residents.

• Think & Drink 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, 300 Suns Brewery, 335 First Avenue, Unit C. Discussions on the topic of artificial intelligence. For ages 21 and older. Cost: free.

• Frankenreads , 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at Firehouse Art Center, Fourth Avenue and Coffman Street. “A deep dive into Mary Shelley’s classic using Contemplative Reading practices” All ages. Free.

• Intergenerational Discussion on Death and Dying , 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 20, Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave. Cost: $4 for resident seniors, 55 and older; $5 for non-residents and those younger than 55. Call 303-651-8411 to register or bring exact change.

• Frankenview 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 22 at Still Cellars, 1115 Colorado Ave. Film & Philosophy Discussion will feature the 2017 biopic “Mary Shelley” starring Elle Fanning. Suggested donation: $5.

• Frankentea , 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 25, Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave. Cost: $15 residents, $18 non-residents.

• Frankenwrite : A Scary Story Workshop for Young Writers 6 to 9 pm. Oct. 26 at R Space, Village at the Peaks Mall. Check-in at 5:45 p.m. Grades six through 12. Register : https://frankenwriters.eventbrite.com/ . Suggested donation: $5 at door for food and supplies. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

• Frankenparty , 4:30 to 7:30 p.m Oct. 31, Firehouse Art Center. All ages, costumes encouraged. Free,

More info: greyhavensgroup.org/frankenmonth/

A 200-year-old classic will get some modern-day love all month long as Frankenmonth is celebrated in Longmont.

A series of events presented by nonprofit Gray Havens Philosophy will celebrate Mary Shelley’s masterpiece and monster “Frankenstein” in conjunction with Frankenreads, an international celebration organized worldwide by the Keats-Shelley Association of America. Longmont’s Frankenmonth events will include a teatime, a painting workshop, a discussion on death and dying, a contemplative reading, a workshop for young writers, a film showing and a Frankenparty for all ages.

Aside from generating literary awareness, the events are designed to intertwine essences of philosophy with fiction. Kelly Cowling, executive director at Gray Haven Philosophy, explained the impact works of fiction like “Frankenstein” have on the facilitation of philosophical discussions.

“Our philosophical discussions always start with texts, and a lot of our books are science fiction and fantasy,” she said. “And those books are great for starting philosophy discussion because they ask questions we might not think to otherwise ask.”

The philosophical nonprofit hopes the events surrounding the this revered book will help spread philosophical awareness.

Many of the events are just meant to be fun community events, but the discussion on death and dying will be a thoughtful philosophical forum, Cowling said.

The discussion will “feature scenes from ‘Frankenstein’ as an invitation to explore our mortality,” according to a news release. The discussion is intergenerational and is open to senior citizens, young students and anyone in-between. The age difference among participants is what makes Grey Haven’s discussions so unique, she said.

“We do philosophical discussions like this every month. We’ve had a few discussions on death and dying with kids, young adults and senior adults,” Cowling said. “We get unexpected wisdom from kids, and unexpected wisdom from adults, and it’s remarkable watching how these different views come together.”

Coming together is one of the primary intentions for the Longmont’s Frankenmonth events.

“Our discussions help people be engaged in their community by encouraging them to come together to talk about things, and by helping them to think critically about situations,” Cowling said. “So that they can live more fulfilled lives.”

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