Lately you might have noticed a red-headed woman wandering around in Denton muttering to herself. Don’t be alarmed; it’s only me practicing ghost stories. I promise I am not just answering the voices in my head. In fact, stop me and I might tell you one ghostly tale.
Better yet, join me for a ghost tour of Denton on Memorial Day Weekend. I’ll be thrilled to tell you lots of stories.
I told y’all back in October about the tour that “Doc T” offered. His tour was one of my favorite ever except perhaps The Ghost Tours of Galveston with Dash Beardsley … but then, Dash has Galveston as a backdrop and you can’t beat that. Doc T (aka Shaun Treat) did an outstanding job of weaving history with mystery.
In Denton during the dead of winter it’s too dang cold to do a walking tour. I wondered if the tour itself was dead. It was only sleeping. I saw Shaun at the coffeehouse and asked when the next tours would be; he said he was “busier than a three-legged dog” as he prepared his final articles to receive his tenure from UNT. Though Shaun still writes on the blog, he wasn’t planning any tours until next fall.
I couldn’t stand for that, people. The stories are too good to just let them languish. So, I begged, and whined, and promised to scrub his toilets if he would let me take people on the tours this summer. He agreed! Hot dog!
Most of the stories I will be telling were collected by Shaun, but he gave me his notes. I’ve been doing more research to be able to tell the stories my way. I loved hearing Shaun’s versions of the stories, but every storyteller is different. I need to make the stories fit my mouth, and I hope to “do him proud,” as we say in these parts. Don’t worry, I am a professional storyteller. I don’t brag often (even though I AM a 5th generation Texan … which means braggin’ is in my blood), but the National Endowment for the Arts named me an “American Masterpiece.” That and $5 will get me a cup of coffee.
So, here is “the scoop:”
- On Friday, May 25th there will be a Denton Haunts Ghost Tour at 7:30 p.m.
- On Saturday, May 26th there will be a tour at 5:00 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m.
- Thereafter, through the summer, tours will be offered on Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m.
- IF you have a group of 10 or more and want to make special arrangements, I can offer tours from Sunday through Thursday.
There you have it. Be there, on the square, on Memorial Day weekend. While you are thinking about it, Here is hoping that I see some of you as we share some mystery and history with the ghostly tales of Denton.