Sparks Correspondence – November 2017


For those that aren’t quite over Halloween, consider visiting the new Key and Code Escape Rooms at The Outlets at Legends. What is an escape room, you ask? If you’ve ever watched or played the game of Clue, then it’s kind of like the true-life form of that. Teams of 2-10 people enter a theme-based room and try to solve puzzles to unlock the door within 60 minutes.

                                                                               Do you dare enter Dr. Ensaine’s office?

The Dr. Ensaine Room is known to be the most popular yet scary room, while the Chain Reaction is the most adventurous room. Try out the legendary Tahoe ’64 room or Family Secrets (if you can deal with confined spaces and rising temperatures). Open Thursday-Monday, the escape rooms at The Outlets are a creative way to spend the evening. Book your escape online at

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean softball season has to be! Registration opens up for the Deep Freeze Softball League to start on January 10. Adults ages 18 years and older who aren’t afraid to brave the elements will play eight weeks of games in all kind of weather conditions including snow, sleet, rain, and hail in an attempt to win the coveted Ice Cube Trophy. For more information about signing up a team, visit the City of Sparks website. If playing softball out in the cold isn’t your thing, fortunately you can practice year-round at Tommy’s Grandstand indoor batting cages on Meredith Way.

Although snow this deep at Golden Eagle Regional Park sports complex is unlikely, you should always be prepared. (Image courtesy of Mankato Free Press)

If this photo makes you chilly just looking at it, then head over to Iron Skillet at 1950 East Greg Street for a little warm up. A little over a year ago, Iron Skillet put forth a $2.5 million renovation to revamp the restaurant to include a 24/7 buffet and full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Even though it may feel a little strange eating a USDA Choice steak at 11:30am, it definitely gives you enough energy to go out and brave the cold.

                                                                               Choices abound at the Iron Skillet buffet

Calling all turkeys! Before you settle in for a day of family, football, and feasting, head over to Scheels for the 19th Annual Turkey Trot. On November 23 starting at 8:30 a.m., runners and walkers of all ages are invited to trot around the Sparks Marina and beyond. Participants can choose to do either a 2-mile untimed walk/run, or more competitive folks can opt for the 10k timed run which winds through neighborhood streets as well as the bike path around the marina. Pay only $25 if you register by November 16, or otherwise it costs $60 cash on race day. Every entrant receives a commemorative T-shirt, fruit and refreshments. Costumes are encouraged!

— Kayla Anderson