This weekend, the wild and wacky Frozen Dead Guy Days festival takes place in Nederland, Colorado. Yes, there is a real frozen dead guy at the center of it all, kept in a dry ice-filled crypt in a shed in this tiny mountain town west of Boulder.
The festival includes a parade of hearses, coffin races on a snowy obstacle course, costumed polar plunging, frozen turkey bowling and salmon tossing, lots of live music, alcohol, and much more – including The Doyenne of Death®! You can hear an interview about it live on Denver’s TalkRadio 630 KHOW at 7:20 a.m. MT this Thursday (tomorrow) with host Ross Kaminsky.
I’m heading there soon to present The Newly-Dead Game® (it’s like The Newlywed Game, but the questions focus on how well you know your partners’ last wishes) and to show the documentary, “Grandpa’s in the TUFF Shed,” which tells the unusual story of how Bredo Morstoel became the famous Frozen Dead Guy. A big thank you to Passages International, leading providers of environmentally-friendly and green funeral products, and their educational website, www.AGreenerFuneral.org, as the main sponsor of my activities there this weekend.
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The next Albuquerque Death Cafe is scheduled for Saturday, March 25 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at my home. Please RSVP for address and directions.
There’s lots of great information at The Family Plot Blog. Links to recent posts, upcoming events and a funny quote follow. Please call 505.265.7215 if I can be of assistance!
Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death®
The Family Plot Blog Highlights
Why Not Join the Lively Woodworkers in Coffin Clubs? According to this story in The New York Times, D.I.Y. coffin clubs bring people together to build their own burial containers, which they playfully call “underground furniture.”
Five Ways to Make Your Death More Eco-Friendly As baby boomers start facing their own mortality, the idea of eco-friendly funerals is becoming more widespread.
The latest Death Cartoons feature funnies from Bizarro, Close to Home and Non Sequitur.
Upcoming Events and a Funny Quote
Saturday, March 18, 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. — Gail Rubin keynotes the Cancer Support Now conference in Albuquerque, NM. Her talk, titled “A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die,” is sponsored by Morris Hall, PLLC, a premier estate planning law firm. Register for the free daylong conference at www.CancerSupportNow.org.
Wednesday, March 22, 2:30 p.m. — The University of New Mexico Retiree Association features Gail Rubin speaking on “Kicking the Bucket List: Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die” at the UNM Continuing Education Center North Building.
Thursday, March 23, noon — Congregation Albert Open Mind luncheon series features Gail Rubin speaking on Downsizing and Organizing. Location: The Board Room at Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM.
Saturday, March 25, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. — Death Cafe at Gail Rubin’s home. RSVP for address and directions. More information here.
“Sleep is death without the responsibility.” — Fran Lebowitz