ATTENTION…THE FROZEN DEAD GUY POLAR PLUNGE AND COFFIN RACE HAS BEEN CHANGED FROM SATURDAY TO SUNDAY DUE TO HIGH WINDS AND EXTREME WINDCHILL TEMPERATURES
ALL SATURDAY INDOOR ACTIVITIES WILL STILL BE AT THE SAME TIME.
GRANDPA BREDO IS OK WITH THIS.
It’s that time of year again. The time where my tiny town of Nederland turns into a mountain freak show of epic proportions.
All for a guy who isn’t even around to appreciate the big fuss over him.
This year instead of only photographing I plan on participating in the festivities.
Hunter and I will be testing our manhood(or shrinking it) as we plan to see what it’s like to be a human popsicle in the Polar Plunge.
I’ll be wear’n my Ranter jersey of course.
Of all the Frozen Dead Guy Day activities I love to photograph the Polar Plunge the most. It’s the facial expressions of the brave (mildly crazy/intoxicated), folks as they enter the frigid water that I dig. In my photographic absence Mike the Rox Addict will be getting all of our “Nippy Dip” on film…Thanks Mike.
Us hang’n by Grandpa’s Tuff Shed in 2009
Below is a list of all the activities for the weekend and a link to the official website.
If you’ve never been to Nederland this is the perfect opportunity. Be respectful up here and leave your dogs at home as there are just too many people here in too small of a space.
Friday – March 2
|3:00pm – 8:00pm||The fun starts in the ReAnimate Yourself Beer Tentin Chipeta Park • Microbrew beer from Avery and Left Hand specialty Corpse Revivers & Grandpa’s Spirit drinks• Live Musicall weekend long.• Grandpa’s Gift Shop & food vendors.|
Sponsored by:4:00pm and 6:00pm
Frozen Dead Guy Chocolate Tour! Tour to the Tuff Shed where Grandpa resides. Reservations $30, $35 day of if available, tours start location TBD more info7:00pmFrozen Dead Guy Days Opening Ceremony in Nederland’s roundabout with the famous Skeleton Dancers and unveiling of a Snow Sculpture by Cool Hand Carvers8:00pm – 2:00am
Grandpa’s Blue Ball Black Forest Restaurant Ice Queen & Grandpa Look a Like costume contest for great prizes ($10 entry fee)
Featuring: The Big Blue Ball Band, fusion of Nederland’s world class finest musicians, NoGo Gilbilles & The Square Groupers Tickets $12 at the door day of; pre-sale $10 on line or in person at Dog House Videos in Nederland till 2/29/12
Purchase $10 Blue Ball Ticket online
10:00pmLIVE MUSIC – area restaurants and bars.
Saturday – March 3
8:00am – 11:00amEvent Day Registration for the Parade of Hearses, Polar Plunge & Coffin Races. Event day registration for the coffin races, polar plunge and parade will begin at 8am at the Teen Center located at the east end of First Street at Barker Reservoir. All participants must sign a waiver and get waiver wrist band.10:00am & 4:00pmFreeze Frame Your Dead Guy Days ExperienceGet you photo taken with Grandpa at The Business Connection 1 block W of the traffic circle
Also Dead Guy Day postcards available as events happen! Dead Guy Day masks and helium balloons too!
10:30am & 2:30pm Cryogenic Work Shop at Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center Stop by Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center to meet Professor Cryo! She is such a wacky scientist and will be performing magic at the Center! We will hammer nails with bananas, shatter beautiful flowers, and make ice cream with nitrogen! Come on over for the fun and enjoy the delicious treat and bid in the silent auction.Saturday Tours: 10:00am 2:00pm 4:00pm Frozen Dead Guy Chocolate Tour! Tour to the Tuff Shed where Grandpa resides. Reservations $30, $35 day if available, tours start location TBD more info8:00am – 11:00am Sponsored by:
FDGD Pancake Breakfast at the Community Center Pancakes and more! Eggs and sausage, coffee and juice will be served alongside all you can eat pancakes for the whole family. Warm your belly for your day outdoors!11:00am – 8:00pm
Brain Freezer Tent First Street Rocks at the Brain Freezer tent with Avery and Lefthand serving up beer and Specialty Corpse Reviver and Grandpa Spirit drinks. And don’t forget the Live Music.11:00am – 8:00pm
Grandpa’s Mall CrawlDowntown Nederland
Nederland’s First Street will be transformed into a pedestrian mall so revelers can enjoy music in the Brain Freezer tent, street performers and participate in brain freezing, frozen t-shirt contests, icy turkey bowling and more.
11:00am-8pmThe fun continues at the ReAnimate Yourself Beer Tentin Chipeta Park • Microbrew beer from Avery and Left Hand, specialty Corpse Reviver and Grandpa’s Spirit drinks • Live Music all weekend long. • Grandpa’s Gift Shop & food vendors.
11:00am – 4:00pm
Grandpa’s in the Tuff Shed Black Forest Restaurant Watch the award-winning Grandpa’s in the Tuff Shed short film. Shows approximately every 30 minutes. The Black Forest Restaurant is right behind the Shopping Center.NoonParade of Hearsesstarts the Nederland Teen Center and goes up First Street.
Check in and parade start will be at the Nederland Teen Center
Registration and Rules
1:00pm – 2:00pmCharity Polar Plunge in Chipeta Park Take the freezin’ plunge! RC Rental is providing a warming tent & changing area. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Nederland Fireworks Fund.
$20 Entry Fee Registration and Rules
Funny Films for Funeral Planning is a collection of comedy movie and TV scenes about funerals, cremation, and cryonics! Gail Rubin, presents must-know-NOW details before anyone kicks the bucket and hosts The Newly-Dead Game, quizzing couples on how well they know each other’s last wishes. Sign up to play, located in the Black Forest Restaurant – come for a snack and a break from the cold!
2:00pm – 3:30pmCoffin Races at Chipeta Park 30 teams race with a coffin and ‘corpse’ in tow race through a course full of obstacles, mud, snow, playground slides. Who will be the first cross the finish line?
Coffin Race Registration has been closed.We have a full field. Download rules and waiver. All Teams must check in at the Teen Center before 11am on the day of the race.
PRIZES FOR 1ST, 2ND & 3RD PLACE, BEST COSTUME & MOST FDGD SPIRIT
3:00pm – 5:00pm Sponsored by:
Wild Mountain Icy Turkey Bowling Test your Poultry Bowling Skills in the Ice Turkey Bowling Contest…In front of Wild Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery 70 East First Street3:00pm – 4:00pmBrain Freeze Contest Ooowwwweee!!! Be a Brain Freezer in front Brain Freezer Tent on First Street Contestants race against each other to finish downing frozen treats for great prizes5:00pm Sponsored by: Pioneer Inn’s Frozen T-shirt Contest How fast can you “get it on” at the Pioneer Inn Frozen T-shirt Contest, for great prizes. The Pioneer Inn (15 E. 1st Street)6:30pm – 1:00amGrandpa’s Pub Crawl, featuring Live Musicat local pubs and bars.
Sunday – March 4
8:00am – 11:00am Sponsored by:
FDGD Pancake Breakfast Pancakes and more! Eggs and sausage, coffee and juice will be served along side all you can eat pancakes for the whole family. Warm your belly for your day outdoors! At the Nederland Community Center10:00am & 4:00pmFreeze Frame Your Dead Guy Days ExperienceGet you photo taken with Grandpa at The Business Connection 1 block W of the traffic circle
Also Dead Guy Day postcards available as events happen! Dead Guy Day masks and helium balloons too!
10:30am & 2:30pm Cryogenic Work Shop at Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center Stop by Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center to meet Professor Cryo! She is such a wacky scientist and will be performing magic at the Center! We will hammer nails with bananas, shatter beautiful flowers, and make ice cream with nitrogen!
Come on over for the fun and enjoy the delicious treat and bid in the silent auction. Wild Bear is in the lower level of the Shopping Center.
Sunday Tours: 10:00am 1:00pm 3:00pm Frozen Dead Guy Chocolate Tour! Tour to the Tuff Shed where Grandpa resides. Reservations $30, $35 day if available tour start is at Buffalo Bills In the Shopping Center. (101 Hwy 119) more info11:00am – 6:00pmLast Day but by no means the least fun at the ReAnimate Yourself Beer Tent in Chipeta Park • Microbrew beer from Avery and Left Hand specialty Corpse Reviver and Grandpa’s Spirit drinks • Live Musiccontinues • Grandpa’s Gift Shop & food vendors.
11:00am – 8:00pm
Brain Freezer Tent First Street is still rockin’ at the Brain FreezerTent with Avery and Lefthand serving up beer and Specialty Corpse Reviver and Grandpa Spirit drinks. And more Live Music.11:00am – 2:00pm Sponsored by:
Salmon Toss & Sunday Brunch at the Sundance Cafe Furthest Toss wins the prize. Come by Anytime! 1 mile South of Nederland on HWY 119
NEW this year!
Snowy Beach Volleyball at Chipeta Park Speed tournament, 8 teams, first come, first serve! Great Prizes! Tourney being run by Boulder Sport and Social Club. 11:00am – 4:00pm
Grandpa’s in the Tuff Shed Black Forest Restaurant Watch the award-winning Grandpa’s in the Tuff Shed short film. Shows approximately every 30 minutes. The Black Forest Restaurant is right behind the Shopping Center11:00am – 12:00pm Sasquatch Investigations Of The Rockies to speak at Voodoo Toys The SIR will be giving a talk at Voodoo Toys on their organization, research and findings.
Lower level of the Shopping Center.
12:00pm – 1:00pm Corpse Pose at Tadasana Mountain Yoga Experience Corpse Pose for yourself. Drop-in anytime between 12 and 1pm, stay for 5 minutes or the whole hour. $5 (cash appreciated). Lower level of the Shopping Center1:00pm Pioneer Inn’s Frozen T-shirt Contest How fast can you “get it on” at the Pioneer Inn Frozen T-shirt Contest, for great prizes. The Pioneer Inn (15 E. 1st Street)1:00pm – 3:00pm Sponsored by:
Wild Mountain Icy Turkey Bowling
Test your Poultry Bowling Skills in the Ice Turkey Bowling Contest…In front of Wild Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery 70 East First Street
2:00pm – 3:00pmBrain Freeze Contest Ooowwwweee!!! Be a Brain Freezer in front Brain Freezer Tent on First Street Contestants race against each other to finish downing frozen treats for great prizes2:00pm – 3:00pmCool Hand Ice Carving Demonstration We have to do something with all our snow. Come by and watch the carversas they work. In front of the Brain Freeser tent on First Street.2:00 pm The Newly Dead Game
Find out how well you know your partner’s last wishes at The Newly Dead Game. Based on elements of the “The Newlywed Game” TV show. Couples compete for “valuable prizes”! At the Black Forest (behind the Shopping Center)
2:30pm Sponsored by:
Extreme Air Guitar CompetitionCome cheer on these wanna be rockstars!
$5 entry fee 1st place: $100 Cash 2nd place: $50 Gift Card to Wild Mountain
3:00pm Sponsored by:
First Street Pub Rocky Mountain Oyster Eating Contest Race to eat as many rocky mountain oysters as possible. First Street Pub & Grill (35 East 1st Street) 5:00pmClosing Ceremony of 2012 Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland’s roundabout.
I’m “D” The Ranter, come on up to Nederland Saturday and cheer a brotha on 🙂
CHARGERS VS BRONCOS
The end of baseball season for me means Nuggets basketball (although this season is a bust), and Broncos Football. If you follow this blog you know it’s not limited to baseball. I’m a Colorado Blogger and with that said I need to be flexible, so I blog about all kinds of events from Judas Priest concerts to my little town of Nederland’s famous “Frozen Dead Guy Days”.
After almost ten years on the Broncos season ticket waiting list our number finally came up and Krista and I were offered the opportunity to purchase season tickets a few months ago. My wife is probably a bit more of a football fan than me(and a lot less of a baseball fan), but I’ve been a solid Broncos fan since 1989.
She supports me hanging out with the Rantics at Coors Field so I didn’t hesitate to get her the Broncos season tickets.
Happy Wife = Happy Life
The plus side is I get to go too 🙂 Hunter and Mylee both were able to attend the two home pre-season games and they had a great time.
Our seats are on the fifth level and only thing in front of us is a railing. Cool thing, not too far from our seats is the Broncos fan mascot known as the Broncnater.
Here’s the Broncnator in full effect on the Big Screen.
Gotta respect a guy who puts his trademark name on his Jersey 🙂
This particular game was my third Broncos game of the season and although it was the Broncos forth loss I felt this game was blog worthy. The game kicked off the with the announcement that the skydivers were jumping out of the plane. Everyone stands there and looks up and waits for the skydivers to enter the stadium.
If you’ve never seen live before this it can get a bit tense at times as these dudes swoop over extremely close to the crowd. Once these guys manuver themselves inside the stadium they are haul’n a-ss.
Nobody took a boot to the head so I’d call this one a perfect landing.
Then there was the flyover…That never gets old…Jets will always be cool.
Ok, I was not on the Tebow bandwagon at the beginning of this game. I like Tebow but I figured he needed more time to learn the Broncos system and mature. But I’m not seeing anything I like from Mr. Orton thus far into the season.
Not long into the game the boo’s started because of Orton’s performance and not long after the Tebow chants started to echo the stadium.
I felt bad for Orton but not only did he put on a lackluster performance he just looked like he wasn’t into it. Body language says a lot. Kyle’s body language said..”Bench Me”
Coach Fox succumbed to the crowd pressure, pulled Orton, put in Tebow and the Broncos were back in the game. Something about Tebow, when he is on the field it feels electric. It’s like the Mile High Magic is back.
Say what you want, I was there and I felt it.
Here are some random game pictures.
This dude is gonna be great.
Gets the two point conversion.
This catch was one Coach Fox reviewed. He clearly had possession.
Champ Baily doing his thing.
Sends Mathews airborne.
Mathews lands and loses possession of the ball.
Rivers attempts a throw to Jackson.
Jackson thinks he has it.
I think at this point Jackson knows he’s lost it.
The Broncos had a chance to win the game with one second left close to the goal but it wasn’t to be.
Broncos lose to the Chargers. The final score was 29-24. I’ve never exited Mile High with a loss and seen the crowd still buzzing with excitement. Is Orton done and the Tebow era begun?
By the way..Have you heard of Tebowing? You’ll love this 🙂
Frozen Dead Guy Days is an annual celebration held in my town of Nederland Colorado.
Died of a heart attack cross-country skiing alone. Psychics have contacted Bredo to make sure he’s not upset over all the fuss. Bredo’s not upset, in fact he’s amused by it all.
Grandpa did have a message for us all. His message was…
“Never ski alone”
In 1989, a Norwegian citizen named Trygve Bauge brought the corpse of his recently deceased grandfather, Bredo MorstÃ¸l, back to the United States.
Trygve kept grandpa preserved in dry ice for the trip, and stored him in liquid nitrogen at the Trans Time Cryonics Facility from 1990 to 1993. In 1993 Bredo was returned to dry ice and transported to the town of Nederland where Trygve and his mother Aud planned to create a cryonics facility of their own.
Eventually Trygve was deported from the United States for overstaying his visa. Trygve’s mother Aud continued keeping her father’s body cryogenically frozen in a shack behind her unfinished house.
Here’s a picture of the unfinished house. It’s completely made of cement as it was supposed to be buried at some point making it fire proof, bomb proof and earthquake proof although the structure doesn’t suggest that with all the windows and doors.
Aud was eventually evicted from the home for because it had no electricity or plumbing.
“Here’s a shot of the flyers on the inside of the sliding glass door. When you take the tour you are allowed to go inside the house.”
Aud was about ready to head back to Norway and she was worried that her dad would thaw out so she contacted a reporter from “The Mountain Ear” newspaper who passed on this crazy story to the local constabulary and an investigation was undertaken by the Marshall’s office.
A town meeting was held and Aud was in appearance.
Nederland’s town council,(being as cool as it is) passed Section 7-34 of the Municipal code regarding the “Keeping of Bodies”. Which basically states it’s illegal store a frozen dead body on your property. However Grandpa Bredo was “Grandfathered” in .
The Ice Man has been delivering dry Ice to pack around Grandpa Bredo’s sarcophagus since 1995. Every month The Ice Man and a few volunteers deliver 1600 pounds of dry ice to keep Grandpa at negative 120-160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Volunteers get paid 20 bucks and Bo buys them lunch. Sweet deal!
Grandpa is kept in a Tuff Shed specially designed and donated by Tuff Shed. It’s one of a kind. (Serial # GRANDPA1)
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“B” enjoying the festivities.
Hunter and Mylee chillin on the ice.
They were showing the Movie “Grandpa’s in the Tuff Shed” all day. There was a frozen t-shirt contest in which the winner was the first one to put on a balled up frozen t-shirt. There was Ice Turkey bowling, tours to see the Frozen Dead Guy, Grandpa’s Mall Crawl, Frozen Salmon Toss and a…
Below is a music video I made from all of my video footage. Please check it out.
Next year we plan to enter the Coffin Races because the Polar Plunge is totally out of the question.
Thanks for checking out my little town and the world famous Frozen Dead Guy Days.
HELL YEAH !
I so wanted to be there welcoming the players and wishing them good luck. My smiling face was doing just that the first game of spring training last season and look how far the Rockies went…I’m just say’n 🙂
The Hotstove.com has been sending out questions to Rockies Bloggers and they’ve been posting my responses along with several other Rockies Bloggers.
Here’s the question from Feb 24, 2010:
If free agent infielder Felipe Lopez can be had for a bargain price, should the Rockies consider bringing him in to give Clint Barmes some competition at second base?
The other question was from today and it was:
The Rockies have been notoriously slow starters in the past few seasons, often digging a deep hole for themselves in April. Is it the cold weather in Colorado, or something else that keeps the team from performing well early in the season?
Answering questions about the Rockies is fun in anticipation of the regular season but thank god for basketball, it fulfulls my need to watch live sports and take pictures in the baseball off-season and doesn’t break the bank(Thanks B).
In a month we’ll be watching the Rockies play the Mariners. I have several goals for those two special games.
You ask why is it a special game? Honestly I’m not sure but the ticket prices suggest something special so when I figure out exactly what it is that justifies the extremely high cost of tickets for these two games I’ll let you know. (The cheapest ticket is $25.00)
First I’d like to get Ken Griffey Jr’s autograph(Yeah I know who wouldn’t). It’s doubtful he’d sign for me dressed up in my Rockies gear but my wife Krista will be with me and that levels the playing field.
Second I’d like to catch a batting practice homer and/or possibly a game foul ball.
Third, I’d like to get Jason Giambi’s autograph. Yes I know I have all season to do that but I figure I’d get ‘er done early and that’s one less thing to do.
By the way if you’re attending this game and would like to trade your BERM tickets for tickets in section 120 give me a shout.
I attended the Nuggets/Pistons game on Feb 26th with my buddy Tom and Vanilla Ice was the half-time show. This is the second time I’ve seen Vanilla Ice at the Pepsi Center as he did the same thing last season.
I’m not a fan, the video was shot only for future laughs.
This is a No-No, c’mon dude this was a good game.
George Karl, being a trooper and working through his illness.
If you’ve ever wondered why they call Chris Anderson “The Birdman” here’s why.
The Nuggets beat the Pistons 107-102.
Next weekend is Frozen Dead Guy Days in my town of Nederland, Colorado.
I plan to do a huge entry with pictures on FDGD explaining exactly what it is so you’ll have to check back to read it.
The games have begun, and I’m ready for some fun in the sun.
D..The Rockpile Ranter