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BETWEEN HARBORS Ellie Stevens Columnist Haunted-House Project For the ninth consecutive year, Scott and Kate Panzer of Two Har- bors have spearheaded, funded and directed the construction and artis- tic design of the major Halloween event at the Isthmus. In the process they have inspired and guided a troop of eager and creative young volunteers, making the value of the Panzers' Haunted House Project exceed the final product. Through the brainstorming and building of sets a community comes together that fosters the realization of tal- ents and builds lifetime relation- ships. So far this fall the Haunted House crew has put in 1,500 hours of volunteer work on the proj- ect. Panzer estimates that before opening night the crew will have contributed somewhere between 2,500 and 3,500 hours collectively. During the early stages of the con- struction Panzer approximates that on any given day between eight and 10 volunteers showed up to a be a part of the effort. Towards the end, Panzer claims, there will likely be closer to 20 volunteers here at once. Volunteers are encouraged to bring whatever skills and gifts they have to the project. The result is that the Haunted House ends up being equipped with high-tech en- gineering, hydraulic effects, pneu- matic props, sound-proofing, infra- red cameras, latex-cast masks, 3-D effects, safety monitoring devices, not to mention the art and artisan- ship of each person involved. For many of the volunteers, the Haunted House Project marks the grand finale of their seasonal jobs on the Island. This year it also marks the ond of a permanent job season for some, due to the slew oi" recent layoffs announced last week. Kate Panzer says, "I think that what the Project gives to the community is really significant, es- pecially at the end of the season. It gives us all a sense of community; gives us focus, a project, and plus we all get to hang out and renew friendships in a Creative environ- ment. It brings the community back together." Dylan Delgado, who has worked on the Project for seven years made a special trip to the Is- land this fall just to volunteer on the Haunted House. He says of his experience, "I never knew I had these kinds of artistic skills before. Working on the Haunted House has brought out the best in me. You get to learn things you can't learn anywhere else. Scott Panzer and Ted Cary have taught me how to do so much." Delgado's room this year is called, "Illusions," and he believes that his and Cary's rooms are by far the scariest. Juan Aguilar, employee at USC, who has worked on the Project for six ing thetownget so thrilled with the Haunted House." Aguilar also notes the tg4f:;.the Project. He says, "it's challenging getting the first inspiration, but if you don't have an idea you can always go and help someone else until you get in- spired." He also says that, "without Kate or Scott we couldn't do it; they are an inspiration to all of us." Agu- ilar's room this year is called the, "Egyptian Lover Room." It will be furnished with turntables and gold records, among other surprises. Two harbors, Page 9 (L-R) Rumington Moss, Juan Aguilar, Samantha Sloane, Salvador Garcia, Brittney Waite, Dylan Delgado, Kate PanzeL Scott Panzer, Cassie-Almeroth, Ted Cary Thanksgiving at the Avalon Grille Pumpkin Soup with Maple Walnut Butter Turkey Dinner with all of .the Trimmings Chocolate Pecan Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream and Bourbon Caramel Adults $29 and Children (aged 3-12) $14 Reservations recommended 310.510.7494 Tax and gratuity not included. TheCATALINA ISLANDER ......................................................... Page 7 Fridayl october 29, 20:i0