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Spirited Tales and Tours offered in New Windsor

The New Windsor Heritage Committee usually has a Halloween-inspired walking tour every couple of years and a home and garden tour on the opposite years, but this year they are mixing it up.

"A number of years ago, an event was done that combined the spirit walk and the house tour, so we decided to do that again this year," said Kimberlee Schultz, co-chair of the tour committee.

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The resultant Spirited Tales and Tours night will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26, with ticket sales at and tours departing from the New Windsor Museum at 207 Main St.

Four private houses will be featured on the tour and an additional three public areas: the heritage committee's museum, the cemetery at High and Church streets, and the Dielman Inn at High and Main streets.

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The tours will be self-guided, and the evening will include six or seven stories along the route, both at spots along the walk and in the houses.

"Some of them are ghost stories and some of them are just interesting tales of things that happened in New Windsor's past," Schultz said.

Homeowner Amanda Cook-Gronberg said her family's 150-year-old home was on the home and garden tour a couple of years ago and they are looking forward to being a part of this year's Spirited Tales and Tours as well.

Her home has the distinction of having served as Confederate headquarters when the Confederate army passed through town in 1863, with Brig. Gen. Bradley Johnson staying in the home with his wife.

"We knew none of this when we bought the house," Cook-Gronberg said, but learned their home's history through the New Windsor Heritage Committee.

The last home and garden tour had a great turnout, she said, and she's hoping to see the Spirited Tales and Tours be just as successful.

Schultz said the event is open to all ages, but strollers will be prohibited from entering the homes included on the tour.

While the evening event begins at 7, the coordinators are suggesting people may want to start later to prevent homes from getting too crowded and to keep lines from forming.

"It's fine to come at 8, there will still be plenty of time," she said.

The tours will run from 7 to 9 p.m., with the last tickets being sold at 8:45 p.m. The tours will officially end when the last group finishes, Schultz said.

Visitors are encouraged to make a whole night out of the event and enjoy a meal in town.

"We've talked to all the restaurants in town and they're all planning to do some kind of special that night, and we're going to have information about that on the program and maybe even some coupons," Schultz said.

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Tickets will cost $10 for adults and $5 for children and college students with student IDs. Children 3 and younger are free. Tickets will be sold in the New Windsor Museum on the night of the tour.

For more information, call 410-848-2275 or 410-635-2602, or visit http://www.newwindsorheritage.org.

Dumpling sale
With apple season in full bloom, the Union Bridge fire company auxiliary is having an apple dumpling sale.
Dumplings cost $3 each and can come baked or unbaked, with a sugar-free option available as well.
Orders must be placed by Oct. 15 by calling Glenda at 410-775-2509 or Missi at 410-775-2872.
Pickup will be between noon and 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the fire hall, 8 W. Locust St., Union Bridge.

Introduction
My name is Carrie Ann Knauer and I'm the new Neighborhoods correspondent for Linwood, New Windsor, Union Bridge, Uniontown and Johnsville.
You might recognize my name - and picture - as I am also the food columnist of "Carrie's Kitchen," which runs Wednesdays in the Life & Times section of the Carroll County Times.
I was also a staff reporter for the Times, covering New Windsor and Union Bridge, for 11 years. I had a son in March and decided I wanted to be home with him, and have served as a correspondent for the Times since then, which allows me to write from home.
I'm originally from Harford County, but have lived in Carroll for the past 10 years. My husband and I greatly enjoy being a part of this community, and I look forward to now being able to focus on more community-related news stories in my new role as a Neighborhoods correspondent.
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