By Nancy Clark

Spencer Penrose and his wife Julie pinned their intentions on The Broadmoor, spending $2 million (equivalent to $32,539,823 in 2017) building the resort when it opened in 1918.

Pinning in general became a Post-WWII ritual signifying a couple’s eventual engagement and later marriage. It said, “She’s mine.”  

At Play at the Broadmoor, my family got “pinned” in January in a weekend-long celebration of someone’s 65th birthday (I’m not telling whose.) By my experience, bowling is the ultimate way to engage an extended family fresh off the highway, particularly the youngsters who have been patient car passengers. Best yet, Play offers bowling shoes for the littles (and, of course, adults) plus balls of varying weights so no one is schlepping more than necessary while on vacay. Bowling, after all, is a surprisingly inclusive sport.

Reserve ahead to get a private lane in Play. Or you can reserve a table to dine before or after your session on the lane. The menu at Play…well, I can pin my palate to that. Call it Comfort Food or Retro fare. Refreshing beverages appeal to all ages: CAKE BATTER $6.75 Just like mom used to make! and Shaved Ice—the original summertime Americana thirst quencher. Build Your Own Burger, Spirits & Playful Adult Cocktails, Wood Fired Oven Flatbread (read: Pepperoni & Cheese Pizza New York Style). No complaints here.

When couples get pinned, they often declare their song, one that means something to them in particular. Maybe it’s the song playing when they first exchange glances. Maybe it’s the music playing in the background when the first of the two declare their affection for the other.  To honor our Clark Convention, we wanted an everlasting reminder…a photograph of all 10 of us.

Photo by

Photographer Becky Kercher has earned her pixels as Best of the Knot Winner 2013, Wedding Wire
Bride's Choice Winner 2009 & 2010, Best of Colorado Springs Winners, Photographer: 2007 & 2008 Colorado Springs Independent Newspaper.

She quotes Lewis Wickes Hine, American sociologist and photographer in the late 1800s and first four decades of the 1900s: “If I could say it in words, then I wouldn’t need to photograph.”

She adds, “No truer words could be spoken in my case.” She was given a camera at age 13 and hasn’t put it down since. She formed Black Forest Photography in 1999 and strives to capture a moment that tells the store. She’s one of the handful of photographers allowed on the Broadmoor property and managed to capture all 10 of our group in Play. It’s the single photo each group in our entourage shares as a reminder of this special weekend.

We didn’t keep score in our 1.5 hours on the lane. Instead our appetites and souls were filled with hugs and bowling misses. Play offers a bowling ball ramp so that even the kids can push a ball from the top of the ramp that has enough power to reach the pins. The satisfied grin on the face of the three year old in our group was, to use an overworked word, priceless when his bowling ball edged oh-so-slowly toward 10 standing pins, veering right and taking out three. It was a victory no matter what the math said.

The Broadmoor has dozens of events and activities for couples, singles, families and groups. Reserve ahead at Play and fall in love with family time all over again.

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