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Well, March is almost gone - I can't believe that 2006 is
whizzing by so quickly. It'll be time for Christmas again before
we know it (actually, more about that in a second). The weather
here in Jefferson has been crazy - hot at the first of the year,
a freeze here in March, and a ton of rain in a short amount of
time. It's been keeping us guessing.
There's a lot of events coming up in Jefferson - the Chamber of
Commerce is doing a great job of planning weekends here in town.
Something always seems to be going on, which makes this an
exciting place to live. Check the Chamber's website
(www.jefferson-texas.com) to see the 2006 calendar. It's awesome!
Okay, it's official. The Grove is going to be on the Candlelight
Tour of Homes the first two weekends in December. No ghost
stories, but it will be decorated for the holidays featuring
natural greenery and candles. Docents dressed in Victorian
attire will be in every room, and we're going to do our best to
make The Grove its most beautiful ever.
Oh, and don't forget the First Annual Texas Paranormal
Conference that will be held in Jefferson, Texas on April 22,
2006! I'm going to be speaking there, and I can hardly wait. I
think that it's going to be a fun weekend. You can get the
details by going to The Grove website
(www.thegrove-jefferson.com) and scrolling down until you see
the conference banner. Click on it for all the info. As you may
know, the bigfoot conference has been held in Jefferson for the
last several years, and it has grown into a huge event with
400-500 attendees. I would imagine that this conference will do
the same thing in years to come, so don't miss out on this very
first one. I've got to get the tee shirt - the logo is very cool.
A Little More News
If you've visited the historic Oakwood Cemetery here in
Jefferson, you know that it's a fascinating place. It has graves
dating back to the 1800s, and the statuary in incredible -
angels with swords on top of the monuments. I've always been
intrigued with it, and I've spent literally hours there walking
along the paths. Because I love the place so much, it is the
topic of my latest book: Angels of Oakwood: Jefferson's Historic
Cemetery. Check out www.thegrove-jefferson.com/oakwood for more
We've got a few very cool ghost stories this month: a dog story,
a tour story, and a "scientific equipment" story.
One evening, February 23rd to be exact, I was up late doing a
little writing. Our basset Lilly was asleep on the couch there
in the den, and the last time I'd seen our other basset Delaney,
she was at the foot of the bed (Tami had already turned in).
About 11 PM I distinctly heard what sounded like dog footsteps
coming through the center stairwell and into the hall. There's
no doubt about what I heard, so I assumed that Delaney had
gotten up and was walking into the den. When the dog never
showed up, I stood up to check - she was still fast asleep at
the foot of our bed. I don't know who those little paw-steps
belonged to, but I can only hope that it was one of our departed
bassets - Murphy, Samantha or Fred.
On the 14th of March, I was doing a tour and everything seemed
to be going as normally as ever. We were in the den - the "new
room" - which if you've been to The Grove before you know is the
place where most things happen on tour. In fact, so many things
have happened in there that when I eventually write a book about
The Grove, I'll probably be able to fill an entire chapter with
events just from tours in that room. On that day, one gentleman
was standing in front of the television cabinet in the corner,
when suddenly someone started grabbing his calf from behind.
Since I always try to come down on the skeptical side of things,
I wondered whether it could be something like a muscle spasm. He
told me that it was definitely something grabbing him, though,
just a couple of feet off the ground - like a child, I guess.
We're already planning Candlelight here at The Grove, and one of
the things that we're planning is an outdoor tree surrounded by
animals - fake ones, since we probably can't get real ones to
stand still during the entire event. On March 3rd, we'd just
been given a plastic, life-sized duck to use in the menagerie.
It looks great, but it has an extra feature - it quacks when you
walk by. We had it in the kitchen to play with it, and then put
it on the kitchen floor for the dogs to experience. They had fun
barking at it to no end. I was just about to turn it off when I
had an interesting idea... I took it up front and placed it in
the parlor in the corner where the house is most active. It sat
up there for a while, and I'd pretty much forgotten about it.
Suddenly, the duck started quacking. I was in the rocker, Tami
was on the couch, and Lilly and Delaney were both curled up
asleep. I walked up front to see what was happening, but there
was nothing there - that I could see, of course. The air
conditioning wasn't on, neither was the heat, and the room was
very still. I went back to the den, and it wasn't long until it
quacked again. I went back and moved it to the very top of the
mantel - at least six feet off the floor. I went into our
bedroom for a second, and as I was walking out it quacked once
again. I stuck my head in the parlor, and I could see nothing
there. The quacking went on through the rest of the evening.
Finally, I moved it to the other side of the dining room, where
it was silent for the rest of the evening. I have no idea what
was setting it off, but it was clearly picking up some
disturbance in that corner.
Well, things continue to happen, and I'm sure that I'll have a
few new stories at the conference - and definitely for the next
GroveZine. Thanks for reading!
Okay, time to close for a cold, rainy March at The Grove.
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for your interest in the spirits of The Grove.
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