Ghost Walk – Saturday

Online ticketing is now CLOSED

Friday, October 23 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, October 24 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m. both nights

If you have not attended Ghost Walk, you might think – aren’t Ghost Walks like a haunted house attraction? Or those tours where they try to summon spirits from the past? Or just for kids?

You would be right on two out of three of those.

Just for kids? That’s a definite “no.” Ghost Walk is enjoyable for anyone over the age of 8. Summoning spirits from the past? Yes, we do that. Our spirits are real people recently returned from the grave, who enthrall you with their experiences from the darker side of Rochester’s history. Haunted house? On the walk you’ll peer at amazing architectural exteriors under the cover of darkness – on the most unusual street in Rochester. We don’t know if they are haunted by ghosts – but we promise you’ll be haunted by the experience.

The Landmark Society’s Ghost Walk is a guided nighttime walking tour. Follow lantern-bearing guides down the dark streets of a historic neighborhood, encountering “the ghosts of Rochester’s past.” This is the 22nd year of the ideal combination of history, architectural wonders, and a fun outdoor theater experience. NEW THIS YEAR: A limited number of timed tour tickets will be available to all, not just groups. Tickets for this nighttime walking tour will be available the beginning of October. One weekend only, don’t miss out!

Ticketing for Saturday, October 24th

Tickets will be available for $25 each night starting at 6:15 pm, at Incarnate Word Lutheran Church, 597 East Avenue (corner of Goodman.) Limited tickets may also be available at Parkleigh, 215 Park Ave during regular store hours.

Tours start at Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, corner of East Avenue and Goodman Street.

Non-member tickets can also be purchased in person at Parkleigh (corner of Park Ave and Goodman).

Ghost Walk – Friday

Online Ticketing is now CLOSED

Friday, October 23 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, October 24 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m. both nights

If you have not attended Ghost Walk, you might think – aren’t Ghost Walks like a haunted house attraction? Or those tours where they try to summon spirits from the past? Or just for kids?

You would be right on two out of three of those.

Just for kids? That’s a definite “no.” Ghost Walk is enjoyable for anyone over the age of 8. Summoning spirits from the past? Yes, we do that. Our spirits are real people recently returned from the grave, who enthrall you with their experiences from the darker side of Rochester’s history. Haunted house? On the walk you’ll peer at amazing architectural exteriors under the cover of darkness – on the most unusual street in Rochester. We don’t know if they are haunted by ghosts – but we promise you’ll be haunted by the experience.

The Landmark Society’s Ghost Walk is a guided nighttime walking tour. Follow lantern-bearing guides down the dark streets of a historic neighborhood, encountering “the ghosts of Rochester’s past.” This is the 22nd year of the ideal combination of history, architectural wonders, and a fun outdoor theater experience. NEW THIS YEAR: A limited number of timed tour tickets will be available to all, not just groups. Tickets for this nighttime walking tour will be available the beginning of October. One weekend only, don’t miss out!

Ticketing for Friday, October 23rd

Tickets will be available for $25 each night starting at 6:15 pm, at Incarnate Word Lutheran Church, 597 East Avenue (corner of Goodman.) Limited tickets may also be available at Parkleigh, 215 Park Ave during regular store hours.

Tours start at Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, corner of East Avenue and Goodman Street.

Non-member tickets can also be purchased in person at Parkleigh (corner of Park Ave and Goodman).

 

 

Ghost Walk-Saturday

Friday, October 24 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, October 25 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m. both nights

Online ticket sales have closed. Tickets can still be purchased in person at Parkleigh (corner of Goodman and Park Ave) or at East Ave. Auto (1656 East Ave). Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $20.

What will your Ghost Walk Experience be like?

Will you shudder at the ghastly events in our past? Will laughter burst from your lips at the “you can’t make this stuff up” unbelievable true incidents? Will your heart be touched by empathy with the experiences of the former Rochesterians, who’ve returned from the grave just for you? And will you remember to look up and look around at the fantastic architectural collection of homes on the street where Ghost Walk spirits tread among us?

We’re willing to bet the answer is “yes” to all of the above! The Landmark Society’s Ghost Walk enters its 21st year of conducting people through a theatrical performance walking tour. Join us for the ideal combination of history, architectural wonders, and a fun outdoor theater experience. Tickets for this nighttime walking tour will be available the beginning of October. One weekend only, don’t miss out!

The Landmark Society’s Ghost Walk; a nighttime guided walking tour. Follow lantern-bearing guides down the darkened streets of an historic neighborhood, and stop for theatrical performances by the “ghosts of Rochester’s past.” Each enacting a true history gory story from our past!

Advance tickets recommended, advance tickets $18 ($12 for Landmark members) and $20 at the door, if available. Group tour reservation times available. Tickets available online September 15 at www.landmarksociety.org or at (585) 546-7029 x11.

After October 1st  you may purchase them in person at Parkleigh (corner of Park Ave and Goodman) or in person at The Landmark Society.

PURCHASE TICKETS

Friday night October 24th and Saturday night October 25th.
Ghost Walk Tours start from The Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, 597 East Avenue, Rochester NY (corner of East and Goodman)

Tickets:

Online ticket sales have closed. Tickets can still be purchased in person at Parkleigh (corner of Goodman and Park Ave) or at East Ave. Auto (1656 East Ave). Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $20.


Tickets can be purchased below or in person at The Landmark Society, Parkleigh, or East Avenue Auto.*
$20 at the door
$18 in advance
$12 in advance for members*
*Member tickets available through The Landmark Society only.

 

The 2014 Ghost Walk is sponsored by East Avenue Auto.

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Scene Sponsors for the 2014 Ghost Walk are:

Classy Cookie & Deli, The Gate House Restaurant, Park Ave. Pub & Restaurant, Jines Restaurant, and EFP Rotenberg

Ghost Walk-Friday

Friday, October 24 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, October 25 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m. both nights

Online ticket sales have closed. Tickets can still be purchased in person at Parkleigh (corner of Goodman and Park Ave) or at East Ave. Auto (1656 East Ave). Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $20.

What will your Ghost Walk Experience be like?

Will you shudder at the ghastly events in our past? Will laughter burst from your lips at the “you can’t make this stuff up” unbelievable true incidents? Will your heart be touched by empathy with the experiences of the former Rochesterians, who’ve returned from the grave just for you? And will you remember to look up and look around at the fantastic architectural collection of homes on the street where Ghost Walk spirits tread among us?

We’re willing to bet the answer is “yes” to all of the above! The Landmark Society’s Ghost Walk enters its 21st year of conducting people through a theatrical performance walking tour. Join us for the ideal combination of history, architectural wonders, and a fun outdoor theater experience. Tickets for this nighttime walking tour will be available the beginning of October. One weekend only, don’t miss out!

The Landmark Society’s Ghost Walk; a nighttime guided walking tour. Follow lantern-bearing guides down the darkened streets of an historic neighborhood, and stop for theatrical performances by the “ghosts of Rochester’s past.” Each enacting a true history gory story from our past!

Advance tickets recommended, advance tickets $18 ($12 for Landmark members) and $20 at the door, if available. Group tour reservation times available. Tickets available online September 15 at www.landmarksociety.org or at (585) 546-7029 x11.

After October 1st  you may purchase them in person at Parkleigh (corner of Park Ave and Goodman) or in person at The Landmark Society.

PURCHASE TICKETS

Friday night October 24th and Saturday night October 25th.
Ghost Walk Tours start from The Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, 597 East Avenue, Rochester NY (corner of East and Goodman)

Tickets:

Online ticket sales have closed. Tickets can still be purchased in person at Parkleigh (corner of Goodman and Park Ave) or at East Ave. Auto (1656 East Ave). Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $20.


Tickets can be purchased below or in person at The Landmark Society, Parkleigh, or East Avenue Auto.*
$20 at the door
$18 in advance
$12 in advance for members*
*Member tickets available through The Landmark Society only.

 

The 2014 Ghost Walk is sponsored by East Avenue Auto.

EastAveAuto_Alerts

 

Scene Sponsors for the 2014 Ghost Walk are:

Classy Cookie & Deli, The Gate House Restaurant, Park Ave. Pub & Restaurant, Jines Restaurant, and EFP Rotenberg

 

Time Travel at Ghost Walk

 

Do you dream of time traveling?

We can help you with that– but you have to do your part.

In theatre there is a concept called “the willing suspension of disbelief.” It’s what is asked of the audience, in order to fully enjoy a performance. They must willingly ignore the fact that they are sitting in a theatre, watching actors on a stage or on a screen, to enter into the experience of the story.

At The Landmark Society Ghost Walk, your willing suspension of disbelief will enable you to time travel with us. This nighttime walking tour will take you down Arnold Park and into the Rochester of centuries past.

Photo: David Boyer

Photo: David Boyer

Although an occasional car may pass by, your focus will be on the young woman who will draw you into an evening in 1844. She may convince you that this is the last night you will ever spend on this earth.

The glow of electric light may shine from the neighbor’s house, but the darkness of the worker’s horrifying experience will envelope you in the shrouded nights of 1894.

Crisp, dry autumn leaves will rustle underneath your feet, but the desperate pleas of two brothers will have you searching for higher ground to escape the deluge of 1865.

Is someone in the group whispering to their companion? No matter, you will be captivated by the gossip’s tale of exactly who was in that 1903 electric contraption, and why the death was such a scandal.

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The end of October can be chilly, but you’ll feel the heat of the scorching summer of 1944, and the heat of the words that started a riot in one of our most peaceful parks.

But before you get ready to jump into the past, you must first travel to get your Ghost Walk tickets! Choose to travel virtually and get them online here or traverse actual time and space to buy tickets at Parkleigh at 215 Park Avenue, or at our NEWEST location, East Avenue Auto at 1656 East Avenue. If you go there, please thank them for sponsoring Ghost Walk!

The Landmark Society Ghost Walk: two nights only, Friday October 24 and Saturday October 25. First tour starts at 6:30 p.m., last tour at 9 p.m.

 >>Click here to purchase tickets for FRIDAY, October 24th

>>Click here to purchase tickets for SATURDAY, October 25th

 

20 Years of “Ghostly” Reminiscences

Memories of Ghost Walks past from Cindy Boyer, Ghost Walk producer and playwright

When I started this program in 1994, a “Ghost Walk” was not a well-known event, not too many people had heard of such a thing.  They didn’t know what it was or why they should sign up for it.  But all it took was an article in the newspaper describing it as “a night-time walking tour with actors portraying ghosts from Rochester’s past” and we sold our 650 tickets in one dayPeople realized we were a unique and enjoyable event, and couldn’t wait to try it.

Photo courtesy of David Boyer

Today there are dozens of “Ghost Walks” in October, including quite a few in our own region.   But guess what:  we are STILL a unique and enjoyable event!  We’re the only one to treat you to a guided evening walk in a historic, architecturally diverse neighborhood.  We’re the only one that focuses on true historic events – even though many of the stories are difficult to believe. We’re the only one to feature professionally directed actors in scenes from our past, ranging from macabre to touching to comedic. And we’re the only one that has been sharing these ghostly encounters for 20 years.

For those of us who have been involved since 1994, we have had our own “encounters.”

A funeral director (played by Tom Bohrer)  from 1888 displays the latest issue of The Casket, Rochester's national journal for undertakers

A funeral director (played by Tom Bohrer) from 1888 displays the latest issue of The Casket, Rochester’s national journal for undertakers

Actors experience unique distractions performing on porches – passing cars, parties in the next building, a wayward teenager with water balloons – but nothing topped the dog. Linda Loy was performing a solo scene when the neighbor’s dog wandered over, sat at her feet and stared up at her adoringly.  A bulldog.  Wearing a pink tutu.  He stayed for the whole scene while Loy kept the audience’s attention – and a straight face.

Actress Linda Loy tells of the horrors of the Spanish Influenza of 1918

Actress Linda Loy tells of the horrors of the Spanish Influenza of 1918

Do the people from the past want their stories told?  Researching murderer August Russell, I was searching hundreds of early 20th century “mug shots” in the City archives.  They weren’t in specific order and I was about to give up on finding Russell.  I held up an unrelated mug shot card to show my colleague across the room and a card stuck to the back fell to my feet, face up. You guessed it – Gus Russell.

The photo that found me Ghost Walk article

How do you measure success?  When we first started, people had to wait in a line outside.  The Meigs Street line stretched from East Avenue almost to Park Avenue.  When we sold out, people showed up offering to pay double to be admitted. But we knew “Ghost Walk” had really made it the night a hot dog vendor cart showed up!

Some people take “Ghost Walk” experiences very personally.  A young man asked if we would help him stage a proposal to his girlfriend at the event, since their first date had been a Ghost Walk tour. We were delighted to add an extra scene for their tour group only.  David Boyer performed as a mid 19th century gentleman who was interrupted by the groom-to-be as he pulled his girlfriend out of the crowd and proposed.  Since It was a damp evening, we even provided cardboard as a dry kneeling surface.

Another year a husband and wife waited for their tour in the church, holding a nicely carved wooden box.  “What’s that?” we asked.  “That’s our mother’s ashes.  She loved coming to Ghost Walk and we thought we’d bring her one last time.”   They gave us permission to share the story. I wonder if we should have asked at the end of their tour if the box was still occupied.

Come to Ghost Walk and make your own memories!  The Landmark Society Ghost Walk is recommended for anyone who enjoys theatre, history, architecture, a stroll in the night and ghastly, moving or humorous true stories expertly performed.  It is not recommended for children under 8, due to the content of some stories and the length of the performances.

All tours start at the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word at the corner of East Avenue and Goodman Street.  The tour is about an hour but the wait (inside the church) can be up to an hour at peak times.  To avoid a lengthy wait, visit our website for information on scheduling a reserved tour time.

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There are only two nights for Ghost Walk this year:  Friday October 25 and Saturday October 26. Tickets in advance will be $17 ($12 for members) and $20 at the door – If available. Last year’s one-weekend Ghost Walk was close to a sell-out – please don’t wait too long to get your advance tickets.  Tickets will be available online until noon on Friday, October 26. If available, tickets can be purchased day-of in person at Parkleigh or at the door at Ghost Walk, 6:30-9 p.m.

>>Click here for Friday tickets

>>Click here for Saturday tickets