Stirring up memories
Things that go ‘boo!’ in the night
October 27, 2004
this October, nights grew dark and darker around Bainbridge. All over town, all over the county, a strange
almost eerie scratching sound filled the black air. Scary things were afoot.
don’t worry. Eighty-two Decatur
County middle and high
school students burned the midnight oil and scratched out spooky stories. Later, in the bright light of day, they took
them to the Southwest Georgia-Gilbert H. Gragg Library as entries in the Teen Read Week
“It’s Alive” Scary Story Contest. Each entry had to begin with a version of
that scary story classic beginning, “It was a dark and stormy night…”
were there ever scary stories! I
dropped by the library to hear some of the teens read their stories. Before the reading, Judge Debbie McIntyre told us about the fun of judging. The stories were full of blood, bats, owls
and spiders. Branches shook, she told
us, and heads went flying. While
imaginary creatures like werewolves and ghosts crept through the pages,
familiar things also became scary. Debbie
remarked that Bainbridge must have more long dark hallways than any town in America!
library manager, Chandra Anderson-Casteel, who put together this creepy competition,
then announced the winners. Third place
went to Hutto eighth grader Megan Wimberley, the daughter of Michelle and Ryan
Wimberley. Hutto can claim the second
place winner as well—Jordan Inlow the son of Carol and Jim Inlow.
place honors for the scariest story in the entire county went to Chelly
Justice. Chelly, the daughter of Irena
and Michael Justice, lives in Attapulgus and is a seventh grade home-school
the three prize winners had the audience spooked, Megan and Max Sorrelle and
Rhonnie Fordham topped off the grisly afternoon by reading their entries. I’m surprised the audience had an appetite
for the refreshments—but we managed.
it’s your turn. Dim the lights, pour a
cup of cocoa and share the scare!
Post-script: If you are looking for a fun way to spend Halloween
day, pack up the family and head over to Grady
County where Birdsong Nature
Center is holding its
annual Fall Festival from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (adults $5, children $3). There’ll be lots of wholesome outdoor fun, food
and music. For more information call
Birdsong at 1-800-953-BIRD, or visit their web site, http://www.tfn.net/birdsong/ . For directions, give me a call, 229-246-6766.
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Trilla Pando is a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance & the Story Circle Network