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Local lore and more: Ghostly Trollwood Trail & Tales Variety Show

Theatre | October 21st, 2020

By Sabrina Hornung

sabrina@hpr1.com

We’ve all taken a stroll through a haunted house this time of year but have you ever thought about taking a guided walk through a haunted park? Trollwood Park holds both a lot of history and a lot of mystery. Before it was home to Trollwood performing arts school it was home to the Cass County Hospital and Poor Farm was once the site of the county’s “pauper cemetery.” Close to 300 graves were moved to a different location in the 1990s, yet there is still evidence of the former cemetery. According to locals, the park is said to have a few lingering spirits as well. The folks behind the Ghostly Trollwood Trail & Tales Variety show plan to share these stories with you and then some.

“I was never a Trollwood kid, unfortunately, nor have I had any paranormal experiences there. My friend and collaborator for the show, William R. Balsley could share some of his insights. When I started envisioning this show, I always had him in mind as the Tour guide as he is a natural storyteller and knows about the rich history and folklore of the Trollwood area.” says Aimee Klein, performer, and producer of Ghostly Trollwood Trail & Tales Variety Show. The show consists of two guides leading the tour. Participants can anticipate comedy, original music, ghostly stories, character actors, LED dancers, and plenty of surprises along the way.

Klein added, “We've had to be pretty flexible with our planning of the show due to COVID and Mother Nature. But it forces us to be creative on the spot.”

Klein, a local actress has worn many hats as a performer--both literally and figuratively, she’s worked in improv, sketch comedy, played keys in a killer dark cabaret band called Beware the Vine, delivered singing valentine telegrams with her trusty accordion, and heck, she even skipped town to run away with the circus last summer.

“Since I returned from my tour as Ringmaster with the Zoppé Circus, I've been trying to find creative ways to safely perform. In the spring, I had some friends perform with me with a ‘Curbside Concert Series’ in various neighborhoods in Moorhead,” she went on to say, “I've done online birthday telegrams for little kids who couldn't celebrate with their friends. Those were especially heartbreaking and sweet. Basically, I'm bound and determined to bring some goofiness and cheer to others and hopefully make some sort of difference.”

Ghostly Trollwood Trail & Tales Variety Show is strictly adhering to CDC guidelines, is free to the public but are accepting free will donations. Each tour is limited to 15 people.

IF YOU GO:

Ghostly Trollwood Trail & Tales Variety Show

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2020 AT 6 PM CDT – 9 PM CDT

Trollwood Park, Fargo

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