For the second weekend in a row, Theater Off Jackson is presenting haunted tours in the old Rainier Brew House. I took the 8 p.m. tour on Halloween night. (You still have a chance to go if you're free tonight!)
First I milled around and drank some Manny's while waiting for the tour to start.
TOJ and Friends of Georgetown History teamed up to create a presentation of old Comet Lodge Cemetery materials, including grave rubbings and photocopies of old articles.
Some of my neighbors live on ground that used to be the baby section of the cemetery.
This old photo shows how big the cemetery used to be. A bunch of houses stand there now.
They also posted a photo of the Brew House back in its glory days. It's worth the tour admission just to see the inside of this building -- the music and performances are bonus.
The performances were fun, though. This guy strung solid metal rings together with the help of some magical Rainier beer.
And up the stairs, Ensemble Sub Masa played spooky songs.
The accordionist (my pal and former Eastlake neighbor, the lovely Marchette!) wandered among the crowd like a ghost.
I spent the rest of the tour trying to stand as still as possible to get photos of the dark empty spaces.
Though some of them weren't as empty as they first seemed.
I was one of a couple tour stragglers, both us of fighting over who got to be last one so we could get good shots of all the creepy shadows. Sabey's Jim Harmon patiently waited for us to finally make our exit.
After I finally left, one of the TOJ folks directed my attention to this old poster that Sabey provided for the event. She even showed me how to use the flash on my camera (someday I will learn how to use that thing!) so I could get a picture of it.
"Malt Rainier -- The pure malt tonic for mothers who require additional nourishment and strength."
I hope the Manny's I drank last night has a similar effect. Because it's a heavy burden to be in charge of a baby who measures up in the 99th percentile of CUTENESS.
* Daytime photos of the Georgetown Brew House
* Last year's Georgetown Haunted Tour
* About the Comet Lodge Cemetery