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Blue skies, blue waters for Parrotheads’ luau

Northwest Colorado group hosts yearly event at Elkhead Reservoir

From left, Marilyn Rieser, Lynn Barclay, Janele Husband and Dory Brown display the traditional dance routine of the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads during the group's Luau at the Lake Saturday at Elkhead Reservoir. The troupe was also joined by Julie Sperl and Katie Johnson.

There are hundreds of islands across the globe, and for just one day, Elkhead Reservoir was an honorary member of that list.

The fifth annual Luau at the Lake, hosted by Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads brought a taste of the tropics to the area Saturday, as the local service group flocked to the Eats Beach part of the state park. brought a taste of the tropics to the area Saturday, as the local service group flocked to the East Beach part of the state park.

Hitting the water in speedboats during the morning, Parrotheads and guests then took to the warm sand for a cornhole tournament, flying of kites and a meal fit for the gulf coast that included a catfish fry and crawdad boil, as well as a pot of gumbo, but not before the women took over the beach with a dance routine complete with grass skirts, leis and coconut bras.

Robert Schenck, who serves as captain of the group, said it was a great opportunity to gather as an organization.

"Can't ask for a nicer day, beautiful spot, great people," he said.

The luau, free to all beachgoers, also attracted the interest of several prospective members.

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Bernadette Roper said the reservoir was a quick trip and an enjoyable one at that, as she learned more about the Parrotheads' projects throughout the year, ranging from river cleanup to local scholarships to the upcoming Art'N the Park'N Lot.

Roper added she may end up joining the group as a result.

"I'm very impressed with their efforts and what they do," she said.

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