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Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Pictured from left to right (back row) – Alison Welfling, Pam Karhan, Nancy Smail, Maxine Harrison, Nancy Bradley, Barbara Welfling, Chris Firestone, Beth Lounsbury. Click photos to enlarge.

Haunted campsite provided by Rick Hartley

Wagonload of visitors going through Haunted Campground

Photos & Story by Maxine Harrison
Friends of Lyman Run
Over 300 people attended the Halloween “Spooktacular” afternoon held at Lyman Run State Park…an excellent turn out for this first-time program.

The wind was a bit cold, but everyone braved the chill temperatures in order to take a wagon ride through the Haunted Daggett campground where witches and ghouls had set up campsites for the day. The wagon stopped at each of the sites and the cackling witches handed out candy and treats.

Access across the footbridge was blocked by two young ghouls and a spirit medium, played by Chris Firestone, Dane Firestone and Joel Brelow. Rick Hartley, who owns Endless Mountain Taxidermy was set up on a site along with many of his furred and very “wild” creatures – a black bear with a severed leg in its mouth along with a couple of squirrels – one riding a motorcycle and the other zooming around the site on its ATV. Local witches played by Barbara Welfling, Nancy Bradley, Beth Lounsbury, Alison Welfling and Pam Karhan made up the rest of the “Scare-squad” in the campground.

In the park pavilion, pumpkin painting was supervised by witches Nancy Smail and Lori Green, bobbing for apples was watched over by witch Dolores Bristol, and refreshments were served by witches Delores Potter and Jill Adami. Visitors were met in the parking lot by witch Maxine Harrison.

The kids who attended were also able to make their own apple cider thanks to a press run by Terry Simpkins as well as some great Halloween face-painting by artist Theresa Welsh.

The Friends of Lyman Run would like to that park staffers Chip Harrison, Tim Hand and Ken Button for all their hard work as well as Erway’s for their donation of pumpkins, Foodland for their contribution of apples and cider and to all the people who attended this year’s event.

Anyone interested in the Friends of Lyman Run can call the Lyman Run Park office to request a pamphlet about the non-profit volunteer group. The next activity that the Friends group plans is develop a downhill sledding area and ice skating rink at the park.

On several weekends this winter, the Friends group will be selling hot beverages to those people who come out to enjoy winter activities at Lyman Run.

The Friends of Lyman Run is a chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation.


Anonymous said...

Hey Beth, you in a witch costume! Why am I not surprised?!? (just kidding!! luv ya girl!). Kudos and dildines to the Friends for making this such a success. You go girls!
--Kath from Whispering Pines Camp

A.B. said...

We wanted to come to this event so badly but were out of down that day. I think its great what you all did and I Hope that this continues for years to come so we can enjoy it. Thank you :)

Anonymous said...

Second those kodos and dildines from Kath. This looks like so much fun!

Maxine Harrison said...

My thanks to all who attended and who volunteered their time to make this event so great for our first year...and yes! We plan to do it again next year so hope you and your kids will plan to join us. A special thank you to Environmental Education Specialist Greg Snowman for his innovative ideas, enthusiasm and participation...he's been a great addition to the Lyman Run family!

Anonymous said...

Good job to Maxine and all. You are such a bundle of energy. We are lucky to have the Harrisons keeping watch over Lyman Run and Cherry Springs. That has to be a plate full of responsibility. Kudos, dildines and thank you so much for your dedication to the state park.
Mark and Mary Jewell