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Hello from the Grove, and Jefferson, Texas! Things are certainly
hectic around here. We're getting ready to do candlelight tours
of The Grove for Halloween season - they will be every Saturday
in October at 6:30 PM. Like our regular tours, they'll last
about an hour, which will give people plenty of time to go take
the Ghost Walk or the Ghost Carriage... and don't forget about
the Fright Train this month! There are lots of seasonal things
to do in town right now. Of course, we will still be keeping our
regular tour times throughout October as well.
One big disturbance at The Grove has nothing to do with ghosts,
and is taking place out in the garden. We are starting the
process of re-doing the garden in preparation for it being on
the Butterfly Garden Tour during Pilgrimage next May. The first
thing that we're doing is to put a drive that will curve through
the garden - it will be blacktop lined with antique brick, and
should look very nice when we're through. After that, we will
be re-laying the brick paths, adding some new flower beds, and
if time allows, maybe a fountain or two! Wow, I'm getting tired
just thinking about all the work. It should be worth it - plan
on coming to see us during Pilgrimage next May!
If you get the chance to come into town on October 17th for the
"Taste of Jefferson", you won't be disappointed. It's a perfect
weekend: you have all day Saturday to explore, tour, shop, etc,
and then Sunday at noon just stroll down to Austin Street for
one heck of a culinary experience. Eat light on Sunday
morning... believe me, you're going to fill up.
There's one bit of equipment that you need to bring with you -
stop by your local grocery or beverage store and ask for a few
of those shallow cardboard boxes that canned drinks come
in. You've seen them, a flat piece of cardboard with a 2-3 inch
edge all the way around; it holds four six-packs of canned
drinks. Think of it as a disposable tray. As you pick up small
bowls and cups at each place, you can use this as a holding
platform as you chow down.
Here's something else to remember - occasionally a place will
give you a plastic fork and knife... DON'T THROW THOSE AWAY!
These are valuable items once you get them. This is important -
you may need them later on, so keep them with your cardboard
As you're starting out at the Taste of Jefferson, you'll find
that every place gives a different sized portion. You may get
a few small ones and wonder how and the world you're going to
get enough to eat. Believe me, I've NEVER made it to every
booth. I distinctly remember last year, sitting on the steps of
the courthouse, stuffed to my ears. Tami was saying, "Did you
make this booth or that booth?" I just shook my head and said,
"Stop talking about food!!!" You'll definitely get enough to
I would advise getting started at straight-up noon. This is a
popular event, and some places have run out of food before.
Not that you absolutely have to - there will still be enough
to go around, even if a few places fold their tables. Starting
early just gives you a little more selection.
Wow, just talking about the Taste of Jefferson has made me
hungry. We'll be doing a tour that Sunday morning at 11:00, but
believe me, we'll be wrapping up promptly at noon to get
October is full of events in Jefferson, and another one that
you might find interesting is the Bigfoot Conference on the
22nd and 23rd. There are zoologists, scientists, and explorers
there to give lectures on this legendary beast. Their website,
www.texasbigfoot.com, has all of the details. If you make it
there, stop by the lunch counter - I'll be helping to cook
burgers as a fund-raiser for the Jefferson High School Junior
A friend sent me a link to the "All About Ghosts" website, where
there is a listing for The Grove. It reads as follows:
"~*The Grove*~ in Jefferson, Texas, is definitely the Hot Spot
for ghosts but, no, the ghosts aren't friendly, they're evil.
Many people were murdered there and buried in the yard. A group
of friends and I visited the grove about a week ago. It was
around 11 P.M. and there was no moon but a clear sky full of
bright stars. No fog in the air, I might add. Well, I was
standing on the front porch when all the sudden something lifted
me onto my tippi-toes and held me there. Gently it let me back
down after a short while but almost every time we took a picture
of someone you couldn't see them due to the apparition covering
them up completely. It's a great ghost hunting place to go to
but watch out! Some people come close to death when they visit."
Well, my first reaction to her posting is that at 11 P.M., if
she was standing on the front porch without permission, it would
be the Jefferson Police Officers who would be lifting her on to
her "tippi-toes". ;) Outside of that, I have to say that the
spirits who visit The Grove aren't evil. From my experience in
the past two and a half years that we've owned the house, I
think that these spirits are former owners who are simply
getting the opportunity to return for a visit. No one was
murdered here, although the son of a former owner took his own
life by hanging on the back porch (which is now the bathroom).
In the world of paranormal investigation, there is a whole
sub-culture that studies something called "shadow people". As
you know by now, the spirits that we've seen in full-body form
here at The Grove look just like any ordinary person: The Lady
in White, the Man in the Garden, and the woman that I saw
strolling along a garden path just before Pilgrimage. Folks
describe "shadow people" as looking more like an animated
shadow. We have recently noticed some activity like this here
at The Grove, which makes me wonder what sort of manifestation
this is. One of the most interesting occurrences was one night
early this Summer, when Tami and I were sitting in The New
Room (our den) watching television and doing a little work.
Through the glass-paned doors, I saw something moving around
in The Blue Room (the game room). When I turned my head to
look, I saw a shadowy form step from that room into the center
stairwell. Before I could say anything, Tami said, "Did you see
those two people walk across the room in there?" I'd only seen
the one, but she said that there were actually two distinct
shapes that moved through the room, one in front of the other.
Last night, September 30th, there was another event. The house
was very spiritually active for some reason; I'd even joked
with Tami that maybe the ghosts had all showed up at once so
that they could watch the Presidential debate. She walked down
the side gallery, then through the stairwell toward the bedroom,
and happened to look into the parlor. There was a dark figure
standing beside the settee, and it turned around to face her.
Even though we're used to living in a haunted house, she still
screamed! I think that she was more startled than anything. By
the time I got up there it had stepped away toward the Dining
Room, and wasn't there at all when I walked that direction.
The air felt very heavy, though, and full of energy - it was
a very intense sensation, especially for Tami!
Well, that's it for now. We're already making notes for next
month's ezine, so please stay tuned. Happy Halloween, everyone!
Well, that's this month's edition of the GroveZine. We're very
happy to get to share some of the current goings-on around the
house. For some reason, supernatural activity during the tours
has picked up - hopefully we'll have a few more tales for you
by the time the next month rolls around. See you then!
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