Adventures In Leopard On Capitol Hill
When Diana called last Sunday evening to invite The SC to a concert by a young man from England who would be playing at the Ogden Theatre on Monday, the following evening, I said ‘yes’ even before I knew that the outfit theme would be leopard! Without knowing the musician or the details, the thought of a spontaneous adventure in Capitol Hill was intriguing and I instantly knew that I was on board.
Capitol Hill HERE is a neighborhood that borders downtown Denver, is diverse and densely populated, and its eclectic architeture is a feast for the eyes. My own personal history includes this area and I enter its boundaries almost daily, as my home is within blocks of its dividing line. I lived in this historical district when I first moved to Denver in 1975 and I met Nelson two years later when out in the evening with a friend in a Capitol Hill bar/restaurant.
The occasion was the perfect opportunity to reveal and flaunt my new Fluevogs, as the chill in the evening air called for boots and a cape that could be wrapped to provide comfort as the evening unfolded. I recognize this time of year by the seasonal choices of fruit and its transition from peaches to apples and the lingering melancholy that I sense, which is replaced with the anticipation of felt hats that take the place of straw. It announces itself with brilliantly colored falling leaves and the sudden need for layers in response to the loss of summer’s light and warmth.
We met at Diana’s place of employment, the CHARG Resource Center HERE, where she is the Administrative and Development Coordinator. The mission of CHARG is “to advance a model of genuine partnership among individuals who live with mental illness, mental health professionals, and the larger community through respectful comprehensive services.” Having met Diana in the 70’s when working in the community mental health center system, this feels like home.
Diana invited friends who she must have known had leopard in their closets, as that was the request for the evening’s attire. In ascending order on the steps of CHARG are Juana HERE, Margaret, Diana and The SC.
After a bite to eat, we walked to the Ogden Theatre HERE just a few blocks from CHARG on Colfax Avenue HERE. Jake Bugg HERE, an English musician, singer and songwriter whose self titled debut album reached number one on the UK Albums Charts, was about to perform to a full house. His guitar tech OLI is the boyfriend of Emma, Diana’s daughter Ana’s friend. (Were you able to follow that connection?) OLI and Emma live in Liverpool, and we were his guests for the evening’s performance.
The women in leopard meet the star of the show, second from the left, who was gracious and engaging. Jake Bugg is at times referred to as ‘the new Bob Dylan,’ and who could resist the likes of that! Check out his “Lightening Bolt” video HERE. OLI, on the right, generously and with great charm ushered us to the VIP area, where we had some of the best seats in the house.
Thank you to Diana, OLI and Ana for providing a spontaneous evening of frivolity and intergenerational fun. Just say ‘yes’ to enchantingly impromptu invitations if at all humanly possible! As you can see, Diana’s daughter Ana has the radiant charisma, beauty and dazzling smile of her mother.
Photos by Diana and Ana
In the darkness of the VIP area of the Ogden, The SC is wearing her contribution to the evening’s celebration of leopard in an estate sale 40’s turban and fabric vintage belt as armlet. Enveloping the yard sale black background of leggings, tunic and knee-length skirt is the red wool estate sale cape, which can be thrown about in endless configurations to provide warmth if needed in Colorado’s fall evenings. Jewelry and black fringed scarf are estate sale/flea market finds and the green VIP bracelet is courtesy of the Ogden.
HAT ATTACK #3 will be featured on Tuesday, October 1st! THAT’S TWO DAYS FROM TODAY!
Whoever wants to can join in! Just compose a post that includes any hat, headwrap, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you love on Tuesday, October 1st. Participation will be open for one week, or until October 7th. Follow the directions HERE provided on Style Crone to post your photo and hope to see you there!