Ghost tour to include theater


By Patricia Ann Speelman - [email protected]



SIDNEY — People who join the 2016 Ghost Tour, the Shelby County Historical Society’s annual venture into the realm of the supernatural, will have a new stop at which to discover spooky stories.

Tours will leave from the historical society annex, 115 North St., at 6, 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m., Oct. 12 and 13. Tickets cost $10 for historical society members; $15 for nonmembers. They are available at the Ross Historical Center, 201 N. Main Ave., and by phone at 498-1653. If tours have not sold out, tickets will be available also at the door.

This year, the walking tour will include the Historic Sidney Theatre, where a local contractor will tell about the ghostly things that have been happening as the local landmark has undergone renovations. Sarah Barr, director of Raise the Roof for the Arts, will lead the participants through the facility.

The ghost tour will last an hour to and hour and a half and includes stops at the Shelby County Courthouse, the Ross Center and the Masonic lodge, as well as the theater. At each place, costumed, living history storytellers will regale with tales of people who roam the city but are no longer seen.

“We’ll meet pioneer women and hear about the horrifying things they witnessed right here when settlers clashed with Native Americans,” said historical society Director Tilda Phlipot.

Among the tale-tellers will be Sarah Steenrod, David Potts, Neil Allen and Masonic lodge members.

By Patricia Ann Speelman

[email protected]

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.

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