Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer
Thursday, 03 October 2013 10:17
Later this month, the Bowling Green Rotary Club will scare up a selection of ghostly entertainments as its "Tales from the Tombstones" event returns.
The Oct. 25 event will run from 6 to 11 p.m., beginning and ending at the ClaZel Theatre, 127 N. Main St.
"It's back by popular demand," said Jan Knape, one of the event's organizers. The first event was held in 2011.
"We skipped last year and we had a lot of disappointed people that were hoping to come to the event again. So we decided to host it again for another year. We had a really good response last time."
This year's Tales from the Tombstones will include stories spun by Jim Willis, author of "The Big Book of Ohio Ghost Stories," and tours - bus transport will be provided - to the old Wood County Jail off of Court Street, the cemetery at the Wood County Historical Center and Museum, and the Eva Marie Saint Theatre, celebrated as one of the most haunted sites on the campus of Bowling Green State University.
"We're especially thrilled to be going to the Eva Marie Saint Theatre. The building is scheduled for renovation and the theatre will be demolished."
"We're going to have some creepy surprises there. It'll be fun."
Also on the schedule: the tale of the 1883 Carl Bach Murder Trial. Evidence from the trial - in the form of human fingers preserved in a jar - can still be seen at the Historical Museum. The story will be told at the jail, not far from where Bach was executed.
"We really wanted to have something that would reach out to the community and really be of interest to them," Knape said of the impetus for the event. "We wanted something where people could come and have a good time, and really enjoy the company of some Rotarians, and learn a little bit about the history of our town, and have a fun evening."
"And," she continued, "it seems like we really hit a nerve. There's a whole group of people out there that like a little but of spine-tingling every once in a while."
Included in the event will be a full meal with heavy hors d'oeuvres, sandwiches and creepy treats; the ClaZel will be decorated as befits the season.
Also at the event will be astrologers Janet Amid and Sue Lovett; four personal readings by them will be among the items available for raffle.
And if the spirit moves attendees to get into the Halloween scene themselves?
"People are welcome to come in costume if they so choose," said Knape. "But it's not necessary."
Tickets - offered only to those 21 and over - are $35 per person, and available at the Sentinel-Tribune, Grounds for Thought, and from any Rotarian. Proceeds from the event will benefit the BG Rotary scholarship funds; the Rotary Reads program, which provides a dictionary to every third grader in the Bowling Green City School District; Bowling Green High School Exchange students, and international learning experiences at the World Community Workshop.
"We're encouraging people to get their tickets early," said Knape, "because they are in demand. We've had a request from Jim Willis to post (the event) on his Facebook page, so we may be getting people from outside the community."
The 2011 event brought in over $7,000, said Knape, and they have a similar goal for this event.
"We're hoping to do that again this year."