Celebrate Haunting in the Hills October 11th at Alley Spring

Craftsman Terry Wyatt makes brooms the old fashioned way.

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News Release Date: September 16, 2014

Contact: Faye Walmsley, 573-323-4844

Contact: Jamie Cleaver, 573-226-3945

Continuing the 50thAnniversary celebration, Ozark National Scenic Riverways will bring the Ozark past to life during theHaunting in the Hills event to be held Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at Alley Spring.  This 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 am to 4:00 pm. Experience Ozark pioneer folkways and traditions such as basket weaving, bobbin lace making, spinning, wood carving, blacksmithing, chair caning and the making of household supplies of soap, candles, rope, brooms, and apple butter. Learn about Ozark history through the Fur Trapping Rendezvous, exhibited by the Ozark Long Rifle Association. 

The Alley area will be filled with bluegrass and folk music played by
Alex Riffle and the Stiff Riffs. The toe-tapping performances are at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Watch and learn some traditional Ozark dance moves by joining in on the clogging demonstrations.TheCountry Fire Cloggers will be dancing at 10:00 am, 12:00 noon, and 2:00 pm. 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 Storey 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 theTales from Ozarks' Dark Sideon Saturday evening, from6:00 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.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
  • Shallow Graves and Lives Remembered in Stone: A Graveyard Tour
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.


Alex Riffle and the Stiff Riffs
Emilio Villafuente demonstrates how to weave a rug.
The Haunting in the Hills is one in a series of events celebrating the Ozark National Scenic Riverways' Fiftieth Anniversary. Join us!

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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