Journal of the San Juan Islands


Spirits featured in pre-Halloween walk & talk

October 27, 2013 · Updated 9:17 AM

Friday Harbor’s spirits of the past come alive in two pre-Halloween events, beginning Saturday, with a tour of the town’s supposedly haunted sites, and Wednesday, Oct. 30, as islanders gather at the library to share spooky stories, local legends and other-wordly lore. / Journal file art

With Halloween creepin’ up just around the corner, be sure to mark your calendar for not just one, but two spine-tingling pre-holiday events that you won’t want to miss—or, maybe you do?

The spooky legends and lore of Friday Harbor will be unveiled beginning Saturday, Oct. 26, with  the next installment of San Juan Island Trails Committee’s Know Your Island Walk series.

With jump-off point at Memorial Park, at 1 p.m., genealogoly researcher Robin Jacobson will team up with Town of Friday Harbor historic preservation coordinator Sandy Strehlou to lead a walking tour of a host of buildings and sites where, according to local lore, episodes of unexplained phenomenon took the breath away of islanders of the past, and that may still occur from time to time today: look through a window and into a century old scandal which makes that spot unworldly active today; hear about a little girl ghost, her little dog ghost and a visiting 19th century gentleman named Walter who some claim has yet to check out of the guest room of his inn; find a vanishing lady in the black duster and how identity is known.

The 3-hour spooky stroll, entitled “Ghosts Among Us!”, covers no more than 2 miles of easily negotiable terrain, come rain or shine.

And there’s more.

The day before Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 30, San Juan Island Library will host an unearthly event of its own, also entitled “Ghosts Among Us!”, beginning at 7 p.m.

Join friends, neighbors and visitors around the fireside as they share stories, local folklore and family histories about the island’s more mysterious and unexplained occurences and events (program may not be advisable for all ages).

Info, 378-2798, www.sjlib.org.


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