With the Fall season officially beginning, it makes me think of the changing colors of the leaves, bonfires with friends, pumpkins, and the Elizabeth City Historic Ghost Walk.
This year’s 17th annual Ghost Walk event will take place downtown Elizabeth City on Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Brought to you by the Elizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Association (ECHNA), the theme for this year’s Ghost Walk is “The Entertainers.”
Local actors and actresses will portray “ghosts” from the community’s entertainment past in various historic homes and buildings downtown. Some of the venues include:
• Arts of the Albemarle where the Maguire Theatre hosts Edna Ferber and a vaudeville show reminiscent of the James Adams Floating Theatre;
• Burfoot-Toxey House where disc jockey Wolfman Jack will tell how he used to visit Elizabeth City’s WCNC;
• Wilcox-Greenleaf House where College of the Albemarle drama teacher, Lucy Vaughan tells about her years on Broadway;
• Caleb-Stevens House where the ghost of Andy Griffith appears to tell of his ties to Elizabeth City.
ECHNA’s Ghost Walk brochure invites you “to enjoy Elizabeth City’s architectural history and visit with some of its prior residents who made their mark in the entertainment industry. You will enjoy this combination home tour, history lesson and live theatre.”
Tickets are on sale for $12 each ($10 with military ID) and can be purchased at The Center (AoA) at 516 E. Main Street, Muddy Waters at 100 W. Main Street, and Page After Page Bookstore at 111 S. Water Street. Your ticket can be used over the course of both nights.
New this year, Ghost Walk is presenting a sneak preview production of “Showboat” — the vaudeville show at the Maguire Theatre — Thursday, Oct. 10 for $5 at the door. This preview performance includes free hors d’oeuvres at a 7 p.m. reception with cash bar. Show Starts at 7:30.
Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc. (ECDI) will be featuring a different Ghost Walk fundraising venue this year as well. We will host a “Speak Easy” Party with finger foods from local eateries at the former Chesson’s Department Store across the street from Ghost Walk headquarters (Arts of the Albemarle). There will be a $5 “cover charge” at the door and the Speak Easy will be open from 5:00-9:00 each night. Come enjoy live music and good food. Beer and wine will be available for purchase here as well. Proceeds will go toward ECDI’s downtown revitalization efforts.
In preparation for the Ghost Walk weekend, ECDI and ECHNA are coordinating a downtown Fall Cleanup Day. You can help us make Elizabeth City Downtown clean and beautiful by pitching in next Saturday, Oct. 5, at 9 a.m. We’ll meet at the PNC Bank Parking lot at the corner of Water and Main Streets with cleaning supplies. Please bring any supplies you may have including gloves, trash bags, rakes, brooms & dustpans, and weeding tools.
Thank you to all of the volunteers, donors, & supporters who are making the Ghost Walk possible and for a wonderful Fall Season downtown!
Rebecca Cross is executive director of Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc.