And tonight… ghosts at Cape D!

A Book Full of Shots

A Book Full of Shots

One of my favorite summer memories is of sitting around a campfire at the beach listening to ghost stories as the night grew darker and we all got that shivery feeling that didn’t come just from the ocean breezes.  Tonight, there won’t be a campfire and it won’t be dark and I’ll be the one telling the stories.  Still, I hope that shivery feeling comes over my listeners.

From 7:00 to 8:00 at the Waikiki Beach Amphitheater (follow the signs!) at Cape Disappointment State Park I’ll be talking about some of the ghosts featured in my book Ghost Stories of the Long Beach Peninsula.  And, I’ll also be telling about some ‘new’ ghosts – never mind the oxymoron.  Like those featured in the book, these are also Peninsula ghosts and may become the subjects of a sequel.  Perhaps audience members will weigh in on that idea.

Summer talks at Cape D are open to the public… and no doubt to ghosts, as well.  I’m not at all sure how they are publicized – maybe on Park notice boards – but however it works, I was pleasantly surprised last year (when I did a similar talk) that a number of campers showed up.  And some of my friends, as well!

Oysterville Sign

Oysterville Sign

Another surprise last year was the knock on my door the following day.  A young boy and his mom, with book in hand, were following my suggestion that they take a drive through Oysterville to catch a glimpse of some of the houses mentioned in the stories.  They asked if I would sign their book and, at my invitation, came in for a few moments to see Mrs. Crouch’s domain.  I sincerely wished that Mrs. Crouch would manifest herself for them but she has never been known to perform on demand.

But… you never know.  Tonight’s talk will take place not far from North Head Lighthouse where Mary Pesonen, ghost of the first light keeper’s wife, is said to make herself known now and again.  Maybe she’ll join us at the amphitheater this evening.  We can only hope!

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