By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN
PRESIDIO – “This is going to be our biggest, our baddest, and best ever,” said Charlie Angell, founder and organizer of the Dude of the Dead Music Festival, which will take place, for the second consecutive year, at the Presidio baseball complex this Halloween weekend.
Dude of the Dead also coincides with the Texas Dark Skies Festival, formerly known as the UFO Festival on Friday. This is the first year that the city will adopt the new moniker for the festival, and PMDD executive director Brad Newton – the man behind both the festival and the decision to change its name – said it also has a brand new look.
The city has teamed up with the McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, and will shift its focus away from the supernatural and more toward a celebration of the region’s most indispensible natural resource: its dark skies.
Two astronomers from the observatory, Bill Wren and Stephen Odewahn, will hold four assemblies at the Presidio ISD’s three school campuses throughout the day on Friday, October 30, during which they will give astronomy presentations.
At 7pm, the Texas Dark Skies Festival will continue with a star party held at the Fort Leaton State Historic Site, where Bill Wren will give another talk.