Come hear Ghost Tales around fire

Published 11:45 pm Sunday, October 21, 2007

Ghost Tales around the Campfire. That phrase conjures up visions of specters, ghosts, ghoulies and all sorts of haints. This event has been taking place at Historic Jefferson College 22 years. Since 1985, people have been gathering to hear the storytellers share their scary tales appropriate to the season.

Storytelling is the oldest art form known to man. In the early days, the bard would travel from castle to castle telling the news/tales and everyone was interested. The tradition continued with talented writers like Hans Christian Andersen, Grimm Brothers, Edgar Allen Poe, Bram Stoker, Algernon Blackwood setting down their stories on paper. That wonderful poet, James Whitcomb Riley who wrote “Little Orphan Annie” charmed those who listened “ . . . to the goblins will get you, if you don’t watch out!” Native Americans and the wonderful tellers from the Black Culture have enhanced our world with their splendid stories. To this very day the newspaper, the television, and the radio bring us stories that we eagerly devour. In many cases the scarier the story, somehow the more enjoyable it becomes.

Bring a chair or a blanket and join the group at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 and the storytellers will entertain you with the tales of the season. Plan on a delightful evening around the campfire. Historic Jefferson College promises a great bonfire, and the storytellers will deliver the entertainment. See you there! For additional information call 601-446-2901.

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Joan McLemore is an organizer of the annual storytelling event.