Monday, October 20, 2014

This is a fun time of year to study our town - KPCNews: Kpcnews

Steuben County War Memorial
I took this photo one evening at dusk.

As always, here is the link to this week's column. It is a combination of our county read, The Monuments Men, my teaching at Trine, and our first Architectural Tour.

As a post note to the story, we had a wonderful turn out for the tour. It was cold and brisk and a hint of rain, but folks came out to hear the stories. I was able to tell the story of our Steuben County War Memorial monument.

Thanks to all who came out, and look for another tour in the future.

Just click on the above KPC site for the whole story. Let me know your favorite piece of art or monument!

Until tomorrow.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Architectural Tour in my Hometown!

Come on out to our first Architectural Tour!

Tomorrow, Saturday, October 18th marks the first Architectural Tour for my Hometown. This will be a walking tour through Angola's Historic Commercial District listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Here are a few facts for you even before the tour starts!

*The Steuben County Court House was styled after Boston's Faneuil Hall. It was completed in June of 1868 at the cost of $27,000.

*Silas Doty, a well known horse thief, spent time in our jail built in 1839. Originally it was a 12 x 12 feet square of Hewed logs closely bound together. By the way, Doty escaped at least twice.

*The Croxton Opera House was built in 1890. The first floor was built for shops and the second floor for entertainment. In 1901 Sara Bernhardt and Lionel Barrymore performed. Booker T. Washington spoke there in 1899.

*Our crowning jewel of the county is the Steuben County Soldiers' Monument. It was built in 1917 and represents the memory of the 1,285 soldiers from Steuben County who fought in the Civil War.

There are many more sites on the tour, but I just wanted to give you a sampling of the stories.

I am so excited to be part of this event. I hope to see you on Saturday at 10:00!

Until tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Short Story

I was invited to a party following the ghost stories at Crown Hill Cemetery last week. I am not one to turn down an event, even if it starts at 11:00!

I was one of the last to leave the storytelling tent as I was chatting away with friends and other storytellers. Finally I picked up all my things (bag, blanket, cape, etc.) and meandered back to my Jeep. Most of the cars were gone by then which made it a bit eerie, but there were a few folks leaving late like me. The lights in the tent were still on as the sound man was wrapping things up.

I put the new address into the GPS, situated myself in the Jeep, and followed the clear instructions. "Turn left. Take a right. Turn left. Turn left.") etc. 

I trust my GPS. I need my GPS, but on that night I don't believe it knew it was nearing the midnight hour as my Jeep continued weaving around the curvy roads of the cemetery. I reached a gate, however, it was chained and locked.

Now I know there are several entrances to the cemetery as it is so large. There are over thirty miles of roads with the 200,000 folks calling it "home". 

I started over and ended up at the same gate. Now I began to panic. I locked the doors (?) and started to look for the storytelling tent. It was as if it vanished. I drove around with headlights glaring on tombstones and old trees. Where was that tent? How will I get out of here?

After 15 minutes I finally found the storytelling tent and there was one last truck beginning to leave. Quickly I followed that vehicle and made my way to the front entrance and out on to the streets.

I was thinking if I didn't find my way out, I would have to call 911. But how to explain that one?  Hmmm... I got to the party a bit late.

All in all, I now have another good story to tell.

Monday, October 13, 2014

In search of the poetry of the Great Pumpkin - KPCNews: Kpcnews

Here is the link to this week's column. As always, thank you for reading! Just click on the above link.

Matthew is waiting for the Great Pumpkin!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Coming Home!

After a lovely weekend in Indy, I drove home this morning following a trail of color. It really can't be more beautiful in Northern Indiana than it is right now. After I left the interstate, I took the back road into town. I took a short hike and this short video.

The falling leaves seemed to whisper....welcome home.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Storytelling at Crown Hill Cemetery

Storytelling Saturday Night at Crown Hill Cemetery, 7:30

This weekend I am traveling to Indianapolis for several events. One of my favorite theatre productions is "Cabaret Poe" which is this evening. I attended last year as well and just had to go again!

The entire evening is dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe. The event is held at the Indiana Repertory Theatre and presented by Q Artistry. Take a look!

On Saturday I will be telling stories at Chocolate Fest which will be held on the Indiana State Fairgrounds this year. Come on out and join us; the chocolate is divine and so are all the performers from Arts for Learning.

And finally, Storytelling Arts along with the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation and Lew  & Knappes will be sponsoring ghost stories at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Crown Hill Cemetery holds more than 200,000 souls. When it was dedicated Senator Albert S. White said of the cemetery would be for "the rich and the poor, the proud and the humble, alike may enter here." It was established in 1863. The cemetery holds remains of such folks as John Dillinger,  James Whitcomb Riley and Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President of the United States.

A reception will be held in the Gothic Chapel (above) before the storytelling event!  Hope to see you all somewhere in Indy this weekend.

Until tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The Blood Moon

The Blood Moon by Bill Eyster.

And there it was hovering over my garden in the beauty and coolness of the morning. It was sensational. My camera did not do it justice, but Bill Eyster caught it beautifully. He said he took the shot right on his sidewalk this morning.

I spent last evening in my pumpkin patch waiting for the great pumpkin to rise during the full moon. I hope you didn't miss last night or this morning.

Here I am waiting for the Great Pumpkin.