Library's tour will follow spooky path


How many times have you heard a ghost story and wondered if it were true?

There are plenty of ghostly tales that have roots in Carroll, especially around Westminster.

Many of these Halloween-type stories have been put to paper in the book "Ghosts and Legends of Carroll County," published in 1982.

The book was written and illustrated by Carroll countians Jesse Glass and Shirley Lippy.

Since 1982, their vivid folklore has been brought to life through the annual "Ghost Walks" sponsored by the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library.

Tonight and tomorrow evening, storytellers from the library will be conducting these walks for the 11th year.

"This is a project that we have done in cooperation with the Carroll County Historical Society," said Brenda Conaway, children's services supervisor with the library's Westminster branch.

"We developed the ghost walk with information from the book, which includes sites throughout Westminster."

The 40-page book describes 12 ghoulish tales.

The Opera House Printing Co., Cockey's Tavern, the Old Jail House and the Church of the Ascension are among the settings for frightening events.

"At Cockey's Tavern, we tell of the many stories that center around the pictures on the wall and how they do abnormal things," said Mrs. Conaway. "One story is about two ladies from Baltimore who were dining in the restaurant. They were saying they didn't believe in ghosts, and suddenly a picture fell from the wall onto their table."

The walks convene at the Westminster library after a 30-minute slide show.

After the slide show, walkers accompany a storyteller on the hourlong venture.

Ages 10 and above can participate in the walks. Children 10 to 14 must have a chaperon and a permission slip.

The presentation and ghost walk are free and begin at 6:45 p.m. today and tomorrow at the Westminster library. Openings are available for tomorrow night.

& Information: 848-4250.


The Westminster American Legion Post No. 31 will sponsor its annual Halloween parade at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The parade will form at Belle Grove Square Park, at Bond and Green streets, then move to Anchor Street and onto Main before completing its route at the city playground on Longwell Avenue.

Information: 857-7993 or 848-1180.


From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, the annual Calvary Caper will take place at Calvary United Methodist Church on Route 91 in Finksburg.

Crafts, bake table and a children's corner will highlight the day's activities.

The menu will include hot dogs, barbecue and oyster platters, available beginning at 11 a.m.

All proceeds will benefit the church.

Information: 861-8204.


The Literacy Council of Carroll County Inc. is offering a cookbook filled with 100 pages of delightful recipes, including appetizers, entrees, desserts, vegetables, beverages and more.

All recipes have been tried and tested by the Order of the Eastern Star Westminster's Door-to-Virture No. 94 and Reisterstown's Ionic No. 73, originators of the cookbook.

The cookbook is $8.25.

All proceeds will benefit the Literacy Council of Carroll County Inc.

Information: 848-6506.

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