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Historic Chamberlin Observatory - Astronomy Improv Walk and Star Party

Extreme improv beginner Fran Rew is taking improv outdoors on a Topic-Talk walk with her amateur astronomer husband, Richard Rew.  Fran has played the cornerstone improv "Yes, and.." game with Richard, and discovered it can be a very educational, as well as a funny and fun way to learn what you know and don't know about the planets and stars.  All you brave and adventurous space exploring Museum Musers are invited to share this space exploration improv with us.


After our walk, Richard will set up his telescope with the rest of the members of the Denver Astronomical Society (DAS) in front of Chamberlin Observatory to share star gazing with the general public on this Open House (aka Star Party) night.


Rain or shine, there is always something to explore at Chamberlin Observatory during the DAS last Saturday of the month Open House (Star Party) events.  Chamberlin Observatory is owned and operated by the University of Denver.


We'll meet on the south steps of Chamberlin Observatory. We'll also a TTWalks duet or trio imitating Bing Crosby's dance walk singing "I'm Busy Doing Nothing" just to help us remember that the stars will still shine even if we don't plan to personally polish them.  The photo below is from the YouTube link to the video and lyrics of this song.  We have TTWalks member Arthur to thank for introducing us to this song.  You all can sing along on the chorus....or whenever.

We're planning a playful walk!  The TTWalks and Improv Comedians Meetup groups have this event on their calendars.  We'll be walking a loop-walk to Harvard Gulch Trail along Filmore Street, and then along Steele Street back to the observatory.   All ages are welcome, with a playground at each end of the walk.


In the 1980s, Richard volunteered demonstrating the 20" refractor telescope on public nights in Chamberlin Observatory.  Richard's wife Fran coordinated a special "Comet Show" event for the DAS back in 1986 when Halley's Comet made it's once-every-75-years appearance.


CANCELED POTLUCK TTWALKS PICNIC at 7:00 PM, however Fran and Richard will bring a bowls of apples, cherries, and cucumbers for everyone on a table between Chamberlin Observatory and the tennis courts.  PARKING will be a challenge.  You may need to park a few blocks away, because 2 large picnics are planned for this same area.  There will be an annual DAS members-only potluck picnic on the NW side of Chamberlin observatory from 4-7 PM.


The Open House (Star Party) begins after sunset from about 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM that evening, with lots of amateur astronomers who volunteer their time and telescopes as star guides.  There will be educational displays inside the observatory, and a guided opportunity to look through the 20" refractor telescope for $1.


If this is your neighborhood and you have stories you'd like to share, please introduce yourself in your RSVP.  Please feel free to email either one of us through Meetup, or call us at home at[masked], or call Richard's cell phone at[masked]-8000.


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  • Richard C. R.

    We enjoyed a short walk southwards, from the Observatory to a playground, at Harvard Gulch, and back. Got to see many fascinating old & new houses, often with great gardens.
    Conversations with new friends were fun.

    July 29, 2012

  • Fran R.

    Even though the clouds came to laugh at our telescopes, inside Chamberlin Observatory, I still felt the inspiration, awe and wonder of space exploration. It was wonderful being surrounded by members of the Denver Astronomical Society who shared their lover for astronomy and space exploration. I also loved the cool flower-scented breeze after the light rain during our "open topic" walk before we visited inside Chamberlin Observatory.

    July 29, 2012

  • Steve

    Like all Saturdays there is a lot of things going on. I will know later this week if I can make it and hope to meet everyone.

    July 15, 2012

  • Wendi

    This sounds awesome! I hope I am not working!

    July 11, 2012

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