Altamont Library Notes for Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Enterprise — Ron Ginsburg

A walk on the spooky side: Ephraim, the constantly lost warlock, played by Patrick Thomas, left, looks a little undone by an encounter at the Altamont Free Library on Oct. 29, at the start of a historical tour presented by the library and the Village of Altamont Archives and Museum.

The Enterprise — Ron Ginsburg

Leading the way with lantern light, the spirit of Roger Keenholts, Altamont’s beloved historian, played by Marc Smith, sojourns to the Severson Cemetery on Brandle Road where John Van Aernam, Jacob’s brother, is buried. About 50 people participated in the walk through history.

The Enterprise — Ron Ginsburg

Reading history, the spirit of Altamont’s first fire chief, Harry Fellows, portrayed by Tom Person wears tall rubber boots and the original 1919 Altamont fire helmet during the Oct. 29 walk through the village’s past.

The Enterprise — Ron Ginsburg

The spirit of Jacob Van Aernam, played by Norman Bauman, leads a tour on Oct. 29, starting from the Altamont library and taking in historic sites, people with ghostly spirits, throughout the village.

The Enterprise — Ron Ginsburg

A graveyard comes to life during Altamont’s Ghosts, Witches, and Warlocks Oct. 29 tour as Gitty Severson, right, played by Connie Rue who owns the Severson Cemetery property, has a mirthful exchange with the witch Agatha, portrayed by Marijo Dougherty, the village archivist who helped organize the tour.

The Enterprise — Ron Ginsburg

A dance with the past: The spirit of historian Arthur Gregg, played by Dan Brown, is confronted by a witch, portrayed by Alexa Brown, who, right in front of the Gregg home tries to hide his book notes. The scuffle was all part of the fun on the Oct. 29 mile-long tour of the village.

Question: What was the first library in the eastern United States to give young patrons the opportunity to play Kids’ Trivia? 

Answer:  (Could be) The Altamont Free Library (Maybe). 

And we’re planning to play again this Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m.  We’ll be offering fast, fun questions on all topics, and also providing – this is Not Trivial – snacks.

If a weekday without school sometimes starts getting boring toward the end of the day, stop in.  Play with your head.

Something to consider

If you make a donation to the library in memory of a loved one, their name will be read at our annual gazebo lighting ceremony in December.  The Library Lights form is available on our site and at the library.

Foody news

We’ll have to go some to surpass last month’s Potluck Around the World stop in France.  But our recipes are rich, our noses are keen, our confidence secure, and our paprika freshly ground.  This month we’re headed to Hungary.  The date is Monday, Nov. 25, starting at 7 p.m.  There are appropriate cookbooks here at the library.