Mary Coyle Chase who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Harvey spent her leisure time at what is now part of Staunton State Park in Pine, Colorado. This year, a celebration of Chase’s legacy and life will take place on Saturday, September 11th from 10 to 3 at Staunton State Park’s eighth annual Living History Days.
Along with a host of other events, Mimi Pockross, author of the new biography Pulling Harvey Out of Her Hat, will be present to chat about Mary Chase and Harvey, a six-foot-tall invisible rabbit and the title of Chase’s award-winning play that remains a classic in American dramatic literature today. Copies of the book will be available for sale and for signing at the park’s visitors center. In addition, various historical exhibits that portray the history of the Staunton Family and the park can be seen.
Living History Days celebrates many aspects of the history of the park. Activities include a treasure hunt, log building, music, guides dressed in pioneer costumes, and authentic foods of the past. Local historical organizations and historical park families also participate in this fun event.
Staunton State Park is Colorado’s one of Colorado’s newest parks and opened in 2013. The park features some of the most spectacular scenery in the state with rising cliffs, pervasive plants and wildlife, and the magnificent Elk Falls. Among the many trails is the Chase Meadows hiking trail and the Pookah Loop. (Harvey is a “pookah,” a legend in Irish lore.) A sign indicates the cabin and the chalet where Chase and her husband Bob lived and entertained family and friends who enjoyed walking and fishing in the nearby surroundings.