Submitted by the Lewiston Council on the Arts
Whether you're just out to have some fun or learn something of the paranormal, the Marble Orchard Ghost Walks showcase Lewiston's rough and tumble frontier past as well as its gloriously creepy present. Lurking behind Lewiston's serene facade lies a shadowy past filled with nightmarish spirits, ominous events and haunted buildings.
The Marble Orchard Ghost Walks are one of WNY's most popular tourist attractions, unmatched when it comes to presenting both historical truths and ghostly legends.
The Marble Orchard Players are a talented cast of volunteer actors. They include Claudia Carnes as Mrs. Smith, who knew all about William Morgan's murder; Don Batalaris as the man who saw Skedatti, the “Screaming Killer of Dogs”; John Jacoby as Judge Sherborne Piper, the "Hangin' " judge; Tim Henderson as Josiah Tryon, who is inclined to tell goat stories rather than ghost stories; Kathryn Serianni as Catherine Hustler, inventor of the cocktail; Anna Frankovitch as Frozen Charlotte, who froze to death because she didn't want to wear a coat and cover up her pretty dress; Eva Nicklas as the infamous Sally Tryon – and she plays herself as Witch Hazel; and Justin Higner as Capt. James Van Cleeve, who cursed anyone who would bring harm to sailors on Lake Ontario. New this year, we welcome Marc Melzer, who comes back to life as the spirit of Rodney Dangerfield who, no matter what, just can't get no respect!
During the 90-minute walk, the Marble Orchard Players will take you back in time as they share ghost stories, myths and tales of tragedy, crime, mayhem and murder, the grim and ghastly deeds of Lewiston's best ... and worse. You'll hear secrets, both funny and sinister, of events that happened a long time ago. Apparitions and witches still haunt Lewiston!
The Marble Orchard Ghost Walks begin promptly at 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 18 through Oct. 30. Meet in the Peace Garden, 476 Center St, for the rain-or-shine event. No reservations are necessary, but facemasks are required. And, oh yes, be sure to bring a flash light. … It gets dark early in the grave yard.
The Marble Orchard Ghost Walks are sponsored by Century 21 Winklhofer. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children under age 12, and $10 for LCA members.
For more information, visit www.artcouncil.org.