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September 5, 2013

Marble Orchard Ghost Walks rise again

Night & Day — As the calendar turns to September, there are a few reasons to get excited. But for me, the most significant may just be the start to another season of Marble Orchard Ghost Walks.

If you’re like me, a fan of storytelling and history, you’ll love these approximately 90-minute walking tours of Historic Lewiston’s 400 block of Center Street, the Lewiston History Museum’s grounds and, of course, the Marble Orchard cemetery, which gives the event its name.

Throughout both September and October, the cast, of which I’m pleased to join for a second season, brings to life the spirits of some of Lewiston’s past residents and famous visitors, who rise to tell their tales of love, loss and untimely death. Enjoy the tales of war tragedies, mysterious beauties and even the bay of a vengeful dog.

“The dead do not rest easy in Lewiston, and they like to remind the living that they refuse to be forgotten,” Eva Nicklas, artistic director of the Lewiston Council on the Arts, said.

If you took the tour last year, you witnessed me playing the role of James Fenimore Cooper, one of America’s first novelist. Cooper, famous for his frontier stories, visited Lewiston while a member of the United States Navy, and later based a character in one of his first stories, “The Spy,” on a local bar owner at the time, Catherine Hustler.

As Cooper, I spoke last year of The Griffon, a trade ship built in the 1600s to travel from the Great Lakes to the far east. The ship sank before it ever left the five lakes, returning its designer to his home in Michigan. Though no one knows exactly why the ship sank, which allows for the story to come out, the details are all true.

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