DuBois Spirit Walk Offers Fun Learning Experience

DUBOIS – Spirits will gather again in DuBois on Oct. 17, when the DuBois Area Historical Society stages its second “Spirit of DuBois Lantern Walk.” Last year 175 people attended the first Lantern Walk.

The first walk will leave the E.D. Reitz Museum, 28 W. Long Ave., DuBois, at 6 p.m. Admission will be $5 for adults and $3 for students, with children sixth grade and younger free if accompanied by an adult. Walks will leave every 20 minutes from that point. The walk is appropriate for all ages, is approximately 8/10s of a mile and will last about one hour.

To make advance reservations for a specific walk time, telephone 814-371-9006 during the following hours: Tuesday 2-4 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., or Friday 2-4 p.m.

“This is a completely different program, featuring new composite characters and real people from DuBois’ past,” said Tom Schott, chair of the Spirit of DuBois Lantern Walk Committee. “Some of the ‘Spirits’ will speak about DuBois’ diverse cultural background. Committee members contacted members of DuBois families and received their permission to feature their ancestors or themselves during this walk.”

Participants will leave the museum and take an entirely different route from last year’s event. Along the way they will encounter nine “Spirits” from DuBois’ past, who will entertain and educate about DuBois personalities and events. A sub-committee of the DuBois Area Historical Society’s fund raising committee has been working on the 2009 Spirit of DuBois Lantern Walk since February.

“The “Spirit of DuBois Lantern Walk” Committee believes this is a unique program/fundraiser for the Society,” said Schott. “All of the proceeds are used for upkeep of the museum and future Society projects. The Society hopes people will support this program that is both entertaining and education. No one will leave this walk without learning something new.”

The DuBois Area Historical Society Museum will be open throughout the time of the walk and refreshments will be available.

The DuBois Area Historical Society will conclude its 2009 activities with its Third Annual Luncheon, Nov. 7, at noon at the DuBois Diner, featuring guest speaker Julie Stewart, Downtown Program Manager, Downtown DuBois Revitalization Group, “The Evolution of Downtown DuBois.”

Reservations for the luncheon are due by Oct. 26 The cost of the luncheon is $13.50. The hot sandwich buffet includes: pot roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, steamed broccoli, Texas toast, beverages, and dessert. Reservations can be made by sending a check payable to the DuBois Area Historical Society to DuBois Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 401, DuBois, Pa. 15801, telephone 814-371-9006.

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