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Contact: Dena Matteson, 573-323-8028
EMINENCE, MO:Ozark National Scenic Riverways will bring the Ozark past to life during the Haunting in the Hills event to be held Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Alley Spring.The FREE event features folkway demonstrations, re-enactments, hands-on activities, food vendors, and traditional dancing, bluegrass and folk music.
Local skilled crafts people will demonstrate from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Experience Ozark pioneer folkways and traditions such as basket making, weaving, spinning, wood carving, blacksmithing, bee keeping, chair caning and the making of household supplies of soap, candles, rope, brooms, and apple butter.Learn about Ozark natural and cultural history from local organizations.
The Alley area will be filled with toe-tapping bluegrass and folk music. Current River Bluegrass will perform at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., followed by Buzzard Run playing at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.Watch and learn some traditional Ozark dance moves by joining in on the square dance demonstrations.The Grand Western Squares will be dancing at 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.The Hoe Downers perform at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.Wear your dancing shoes and bring a blanket or lawn chair for the entertainment.
Young people can become Ozark pioneers by trying their hands at dipping candles, making rope, or shelling corn from the cob.Attend the one-room Storys Creek School and experience a school day from 100 years ago.Recess was a time for fun.Play with the toys and games that would have been enjoyed on the playground long, long ago.
When night falls, a very different setting emerges during the Tales from Ozark's Dark Side on Saturday evening, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.Illuminated pathways will guide your way through Ozark legends, folktales, mysteries, superstitions, and natural wonders for spellbinding age-old storytelling. Visitors are encouraged to bring along flashlights and folding lawn chairs.Tales and legends include:
- Ozark Tales and Superstitions:A Variety of Folktales Told by Local Storytellers
- Search for the Ozark Karkaghne Monster:A Hike to Find the Lurking Beast
- Struggles of the Civil War: One Woman's True Story
- Wreck of the Spur Line
- Shallow Graves and Lives Remembered in Stone
Alley Mill is located six miles west of Eminence, Missouri on State Highway 106.For more information, call (573) 226-3945 or (573) 323-4236;visit the park's Facebook page, or website at www.nps.gov/ozar.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people.