Frightfully thrilling stories prevail at Gertrude Smith House

First Posted: 10/25/2009

Ghosts, goblins and all manner of demons got the chance to come out and play at the Gertrude Smith House Sunday evening.
Storytellers Brack and Angela Llewellyn once again spooked the crowd gathered there with their haunting tales. From younger children through adults, there was a thrill for all ages.
Welcome to a night of ghosts, goblins and Gertrude Smith, said Ann Vaughn, executive director of the Gilmer-Smith Foundation. What a wonderful combination.
This is the perfect location for this, said Brack of the house, which is in its 100th year and boasts a large collection of antiques, including mirrors and paintings which give off an air of spookiness all their own.
Starting with the spooky pale green pants with nobody inside them, some of the stories were geared toward the younger age group. However, as the light grew darker, so did the tales. By the end of the two-hour event they had the audiences rapt attention.
Brack and Angela read from books about real encounters with ghosts and they told stories from their own recollections that they had either experienced or had been told about.
Even when speaking of their own experiences, they left it up to the audience to draw their own conclusions. Can babies truly see ghosts? Is that howling in the woods a bobcat? Or is it the screams of the devil as he tries to take off his horseshoes which have been nailed to his feet with railroad ties?
Angela even told a new story which left audience members a little shaken after the exclamation of a disembodied voice from the back room.
Every year I think they cannot possibly top what theyve done and every year Im blown away, Vaughn said of the storytelling.
The crew who works with the house helped to add to the evening, greeting guests in costume and making sure the house had the right ambiance for the evening, from the witchs hat sitting on the radiator to the fish bowl of gurgling eyeballs at the guest registry table. From Cindy Puckett as the devil, Brenda Golden as a black cat and Mary Botkin as a rogue mad hatter, Vaughn even had her granddaughter in on the event, posing as a flower. There were even bats casting shadows as they flew up the side of the house as guests left.
The Llewellyns will also be telling stories at the Mount Airy Public Library this Friday at 3:30 p.m.
Contact Morgan Wall at [email protected] or 719-1929.

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