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Chophouse bride haunts Beaver Creek this week

Cassie Pence

BEAVER CREEK – Legend has it that a bride was to married in Beaver Creek in the location that is now the Chophouse. But before she could say “I do,” her groom’s mistress, deranged and crazy, killed her. The groom was so upset at the death of his bride, he hung himself. Now every year around Halloween, the bride rises seeking revenge and searching for her groom at the Chophouse. Eagle County Charter Academy eighth- and seventh-graders have created “The Haunted Chophouse: Where Nightmares Become A Reality,” a haunted house fundraiser. All proceeds go toward the eighth-grade trips to Washington, D.C., and New York. The students work on it during the haunted house elective course, and they promise a dead bride will be spooking the area.”It’s a full on haunted house. It’s not recommended for kids under 12,” said language arts teacher Hilary Hughes. Hughes and Spanish teacher Michelle Fisher teach the haunted house elective and help the kids organize the event. “They have done so much work. It’s all kid run. They’ve built everything and are doing all the acting.”In addition to the legendary ghost bride, the haunted house features a doll house room, a graveyard, mirror room and insane asyalam, among other scary delights. For those too young for bloody hatchets, there will also be a kids carnival going on at the same time. Face painting, cookie decorating, cake walk and fishing for prizes will be on tap for the toddlers. On Oct. 26-27, the haunted house happens from 6-9 p.m., with the carnival starting at 5 p.m. On Oct. 28-29, the haunted house happens from 7-10 p.m. with the carnival beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students.Chophouse owner Brian Nolan, who loves haunted houses, will offer a discounted menu during the scare fest. For more information, call 926-0656. Legend of the Chophouse BrideEDITOR’S NOTE: This was written by the students at Eagle County Charter Academy who are organizing the school’s haunted house which starts today through SaturdayOctober 31, 1862 was a dark day and an even stormier night. Colonel James Spindle and Capitola Luttrel were meant to be married – or were they? Spindle thought his secret affair was long forgotten -after all, it was seven years ago -until his mistress showed up at his wedding. Capitola confronted her fiancé and James that his mistress was threatening her. Hoping his distant affair could remain a secret, James told his bride that his mistress was crazy and not to worry about it. The wedding march soon played, but Capitola was nowhere to be found. After standing at the alter with no bride, for what seemed to be days on end, the groom stepped down and suspected a case of cold-feet. Perhaps a runaway bride? He walked to the back of the chapel and tripped over a white wedding veil. Spindle gently tugged on the veil, but it was attached to the closed door of the church closet. When he opened the door, the dead body of Capitola flew out and collapsed in his arms with a knife through her chest. As James held his bride’s corpse in his arms, his psychotic mistress came walking toward him with a deadly smirk on her face and blood smeared on her hands. She grabbed him and told him they could finally be together, and nobody had to know about Capitola. Disgusted by this monster of a woman, James threw her off of him and told her she had to leave.He knew there was nothing left for him to do as he stared at his bride’s motionless body lying there, dead as a doornail. Devastated, he cinched his tuxedo tie around his neck and tied the other end to the hanging cross on top of the chapel. He took one last loving look at his beautiful bride and jumped to his death, hoping to see her again. Both of lovers’ deaths were mysteries to authorities, and everyone who attended the wedding was interrogated. The only one who knew the truth was Spindle’s psychotic mistress, but she was never seen or heard from again. Unable to get any leads on their deaths, the authorities left the bodies there, as the chapel was to be torn down in the coming months. The town’s people were ready to rid themselves of this tragedy and the bodies were packed into the dirt along with the chapel. It was left as their grave site, until 100 years later, when the Beaver Creek Chop House was built in its place. Now every Halloween, on the anniversary of the lovers’ deaths, the bride rises, seeking revenge, and searching endlessly for her bride-groom.Cassie Pence can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 618, or cpence@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado


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