(Eminence) – Ozark National Scenic Riverways will bring the Ozark past to life during the Haunting in the Hills event on Saturday, October 13 at Alley Spring. The annual 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 AM to 4 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, apple butter and cider. Attendees can learn about Ozark history through the Fur Trapping Rendezvous, exhibited by the Ozark Long Rifle Association and the Civil War Encampment.
Live bluegrass and folk music is scheduled, provided by the Alex Riffle and the Siff Riffs band, which will be playing at 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM. The Fireside Cloggers will also be dancing at 10 AM and 2 PM, with performances by the Western Grand Squares at 12 PM and 4 PM.
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’s Creek School and experience a school day from 100 years ago. Kids can also play with toys and games that would have been enjoyed on the playground then.
When night falls, a very different setting emerges during the Tales from Ozark’s Dark Side on Saturday evening, from 6-9 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 and Ozark Superstitions
The Wreck of the Spur Line
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
The Legend of Slater Mine
Alley Mill is located six miles west of Eminence, Missouri on State Highway 106.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding natural resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people. For more information, call 573-226-3945 or 573-323-4236 or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/ozar.