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Hi everyone! It's been an interesting October here at The Grove.
First of all, it was great seeing everyone who came out to the
October library event in Plano - I had a great time weaving a
few ghost stories that evening, and it was wonderful so see so
many familiar faces.
We also made it through the October candlelight tours without
catching ourselves, the house, or any of our guests on fire.
Believe me, that was an accomplishment. We had a great time,
though. We're already starting to plan for next October.
Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, though, we have
Christmas coming up, and The Grove will be all decked out for
the holidays. We're not sure exactly what the tour times will
be, but they'll be posted on the website as soon as we get
everything worked out. We are planning around Jefferson's
Candlelight Tour of Homes - we don't want to have Grove tours
during the Historic Candlelight tours. Not only do we want to
support the Jefferson Historic Candlelight, but we're going to
be docents in one of the homes.
We also have some sad news for those of you who've been
following life at The Grove for a while - "Sister", the black
cat who has lived here since about 1990, passed away this past
Friday, October 29th. We miss her already - when we used to go
out of the side door of the house, she'd be sitting on the well
meowing, looking for a little food and attention. The
consolation for us was in the fact that when we found her, she
was curled in her usual sleeping position - by all indications
it was a very peaceful passing.
We had a wonderful "Taste of Jefferson" in October. If you've
never been, start planning for next year; not only is it a lot
of fun, but the food is magnificent. Once again, I didn't make
all of the booths... I was so full that I just couldn't get in
one more line! I think that the Taste of Jefferson is one of my
all-time favorite events in town. If you decide to go, re-read
the September newsletter for tips for the day.
October also brought the annual Bigfoot Conference to town.
They've grown to having several hundred attendees, with
speakers from all over the U.S. including scientists,
zoologists, and representatives of many other respected
professions. Tami and I attended this year, but didn't get to
sit in on a single lecture. Since Tami is a Jefferson High
School Junior Class sponsor, and the Juniors were raising
money for their prom by offering a concession stand during the
conference, I spent most of the day in front of a grill cooking
"bigfoot burgers". I finished up just in time to grab a shower
before our 3:00 PM tour of The Grove. It was fun, though - I
A season of magic is just around the corner in Jefferson - the
"Trail of Lights", which includes the Candlelight Tour of Homes.
The city is a beautiful place to visit for the Christmas season.
You can find out more on the Chamber of Commerce website:
or the Historic Foundation website:
The question that everyone asks is, "Did anything happen on
Halloween night?" Actually, we've never been able to discern a
pattern to the supernatural activity. Day or night, weekend or
weekdays, dawn or dusk, the spirits here are on their own
schedule. Something is just as likely to happen on a lazy
Sunday morning as it is at midnight on Halloween... which is one
of the things that makes The Grove such an interesting place!
Nothing scary happened on Halloween,
although during the tours that weekend we had a couple of
interesting events. One lady told me that she was standing in
the Dining Room in the doorway to the Game Room, facing the
front of the house. They had a couple of children in their
group, so when someone began pulling her hand back and letting
it go, she assumed that it was one of them. It went on for
several minutes before she finally turned around to ask the
child to stop... when she did, though, no one was there!
On another tour, I led some folks into the Game Room, and a
woman suddenly gasped. "It felt like something just walked
right through me!" It took her a minute or two to get over
the sensation. Although she didn't know it, she'd been
standing right in the path of our famous Lady in White.
I have to say that the most interesting thing that happened
this month was when Jim and Brenda Two Feathers came by the
house. They were in town visiting the Jefferson Hotel, and
because they're very gifted when it comes to interacting
with the spirit world, the folks at the hotel told them that
they should stop by The Grove. When they did, it was VERY
Although they didn't know anything about the house, they were
able to tell me many things about the house - a few that only
Tami and I know and haven't shared with other people. She
also expounded on items that we knew only a little about. I
In the first few minutes they were here, Brenda began to
describe a male presence in the garden, one that she said
wasn't a gardner because he was so well-dressed. Of course,
we often see the man in a black suit walking through the
Brenda and Jim told me many wonderful stories, several of which
will be included in their upcoming book. One particular item
happened when Brenda was walking along beside the east side of
the house. She felt a phantom blow to the back of her head,
with no explanation at all.
Our former groundskeeper reported being hit in the back of the
head while on that side of the house as well, with no logical
Needless to say, I won't be strolling through that side of the
property for a while. I've made a lot of notes about their
visit, and I'll be sharing them in future GroveZines.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone - have an extra helping of turkey
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