On Saturday, October 25, 2008, the Southern Indiana Writers participated in Corydon, Indiana’s 200th birthday Halloween on the Square celebration. We wrote ghost stories set in and around Corydon, including seven set at landmark locations around the square. On the afternoon of the 25th, Leah Porter led a Ghost Walk to each of the locations, where volunteers read the story for that location. Listeners were invited–nay, encouraged–to finish up outside Cafe on the Square, where SIW members were waiting to sell copies of GHOSTS: ON THE SQUARE–AND ELSEWHERE and other SIW anthologies.
Here is SIW member Joanna Foreman’s report, along with pictures:
The Ghost walk began on time at 4PM with Leah and her staff having already situated themselves at the settings. They had first gone off into the crowd to drum up business ahead-of-time. Leah led the group (writers Joanna, Bonnie, Teddi, Glenda and Ardis in tow, along with quite a few others. I forgot to count. The crowd traveled to each location where the stories were read, and we ended at Star Cleaners. Leah had the readers prepared by giving them hard copies of the stories, and they each had a stool to sit on, and an easel with a nice sign with the story name and the author on it. Trick-or-treat candy was given out after the readings at some of the locations. The woman who narrated Joy’s story was so dramatic, the audience shivered with delight! That lady was a real actress, although in reality she teaches fourth grade.
I set up at Noon with Craig’s help (Thank God for him!) and the guy in Magdalena’s offered the sidewalk if we’d prefer. It was warm then, so we set up there. Then a cloud-cover came, wind began to blow, and everyone else came in around 1:00 with more table and chairs, books, etc…and we had all the books laid out with a good turn-out as far as sales go. We opted not to set up inside due to the good visibility we were having, and lots of people were coming over to our table all the time. We sold probably 10 or 11 Ghost books, and a few re-prints, maybe 3? I’m not sure. The entire thing was a fabulous success as far as I’m concerned. Sounds like we had a successful weekend all the way around. GO US!