Bandy Center To Host Ghostly Program

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Copies of Connie Hall Scott’s “Haunted Dalton” will be available for purchase after the Bandy Center program on Tuesday at 6 pm.
Copies of Connie Hall Scott’s “Haunted Dalton” will be available for purchase after the Bandy Center program on Tuesday at 6 pm.

Dalton State College’s Bandy Heritage Center invites enthusiasts of all things paranormal to join author Connie Hall Scott on a journey through a host of spectral things that go bump in the night. In a program that is free and open to the public, the Bandy Center will sponsor a presentation of Scott’s book, “Haunted Dalton,” on Tuesday from 6 to 7 pm in Room 105 of Dalton State College's James E. Brown Center.

“Dalton is a city steeped in history and legend, and as a result many believe the town is home to an array of spirits that, for reasons of their own, refuse to leave,” says Brian Hilliard, project director for the Bandy Center.

During the program, Ms. Hall will weave tales of paranormal activity in some of Dalton’s most famous buildings, including those of the laughter of ghost children that echoes through the halls of the Wink Theater and the mischievous spirit that enjoys pranking visitors of the Dalton Little Theater.

“From the weeping girl of the former Hotel Dalton to long-dead marching ghost soldiers and beyond, Dalton abounds in paranormal activity,” says Ms. Hall.

Ms. Hall will also tell of the mysteries that surround three of the city's cemeteries, the Landmark building, and the Holly Tree House. In addition to sharing these chilling stories, she will discuss why many believe Dalton has so many hauntings and reveal clues to watch for that indicate the presence of ghostly visitors.

Connie Hall Scott is a freelance writer and content provider for regional and national magazines, websites, newspapers, businesses, and entertainers. She is also the founder and operator of Dalton Ghost Tours, a 90-minute exploration of North Georgia's legendary past and haunted present.

The night's program coincides with the celebration of Walpurgisnacht, a Central and Northern European festival traditionally celebrated on April 30, May Day's Eve, according to Mr. Hilliard. Coming six months before Halloween, Walpurgisnacht marks the last chance for witches and their cohorts to stir up trouble before spring fully re-awakens the land.

“Today, Walpurgisnacht is seen by some as a night of partying, harmless pranks, and mischievous revelry,” says Mr. Hilliard.

Copies of “Haunted Dalton” will be available for purchase at the end of the program.

For information on this and other Bandy Center programs, contact Brian Hilliard at bhilliar@daltonstate.edu or 706-272-4452.


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