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Community News: Ghost Walk guides visitors though local history

Girl Scout Sophie D’Ambrosia-Donner, 12, serves “truth serum” to a fellow Girl Scout at the last stop of the Claremont Ghost Walk Saturday. The walk took place throughout the Claremont Village, and the last stop was the gypsy caravan next to Stamp Your Heart Out on Harvard Avenue, where D’Ambrosia-Donner acted as a fortune teller for the night. / photo by Jasmin Miranda

Girl Scout Sophie D’Ambrosia-Donner, 12, serves “truth serum” to a fellow Girl Scout at the last stop of the Claremont Ghost Walk Saturday. The walk took place throughout the Claremont Village, and the last stop was the gypsy caravan next to Stamp Your Heart Out on Harvard Avenue, where D’Ambrosia-Donner acted as a fortune teller for the night. / photo by Jasmin Miranda

Veronica Orozco
Metro Editor

The Claremont Ghost Walk, held last Saturday and Sunday nights, allowed members of the community to experience a good scare while learning a bit about their city’s history.

The night began with groups of around 15 people meeting at a set location to begin their tour and then carefully guided to specific locations where a local ghost story would be told.

“We kept the groups small because we wanted it to be intimate and set a mood,” said Leah Key-Ketter, who led one of the night’s tours. “ Were hoping that it sparks some interest about their town and keeping it enjoyable for all ages.”

Stops included local businesses such as Underground Furniture and Some Crust bakery and ghosts ranged from soldiers to children just looking to have a little fun.

The tours were previously only open to Girl Scout troops and their families but after talking to Joan Bunte, organizer and owner of Stamp Now, they decided to invite the community to enjoy in the festivities.

“We were so excited when we heard we were able to come to the walk because we have done other walks before and we really enjoyed them,” said Pam Bunker, Claremont resident who was accompanied by her family.

The tours lasted about an hour and a half.

Afterwards participants were welcomed to enjoy cider and doughnut holes while getting their fortune told by other members of the participating Girl Scout troop.

“It gave us some stuff to ponder while we walk around the city,” said Bunker.

“We definitely haven’t been scared away from any of the businesses and it’s always fun to know a little story about them.”

Tickets for the event went for $15 each starting Sept. 15 and were sold out completely within the first week.

There were 12 tours throughout the two night event and consisted of both of local Girl Scout troops and groups of community members.

The event was held by the Girl Scouts and sponsored by the Claremont Village Marketing Group but decorations for the event were made by troops the previous year.

“We hope everyone had a grand time because the emphasis is and has always been family friendly,” said Bunte.

Veronica Orozco can be reached at veronica.orozco@laverne.edu.

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