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Haunted Monongahela: the Monongahela Witch and the Emerald Mansion

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Hey hey! Happy first day of Halloween to you all! I will be your dark hostess throughout October. :) photo credit: Rowen Poole For a full month, we will be having all kinds of spooky fun, both on the blog and the podcast. I hope you are as excited as I am and I can't wait to take you into the darkest regions of the earth where no man dare enter (or something like that). Anyway, we are kicking things off with some lore that's fairly local to where I am. See the thing is that it's sometimes the smaller towns that have the richest history, and that includes haunted history. One such town is one hidden among the Steel City (Pittsburgh, PA), just along the Monongahela River. It is the town of Monongahela. Now those of you that have been following me on social media know that in addition to all else I do, I am involved in the reenacting community. One place I have done quite a bit at is the Depreciation Lands Museum in AllisonPark (this place has its own benevole

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village (Avella, PA)

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Hey there! So about two weekends ago, I had the pleasure of performing with my Wayward Companions bandmate, Tom Crytzer at the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village for their 48th Annual Covered Bridge Festival. Most of my period music gigs tend to fall into the mid-late 18th century eras, but for this one, they wanted us to be more along the lines of mid 19th century/Civil War. Since most of my period clothing is 18th century (I also have a few Edwardian and some early-mid 20th century pieces), I had to borrow a mid 19th century dress. Thankfully, I'm in the Pittsburgh Historical Costume Society and therefore know many many people with all sorts of period clothing. So after a few rehearsals, Tom and I were set. So on the morning of September 15, I set out to meet Tom at an in between place. The drive was very scenic and gorgeous, as was the Rockshelter and historic village upon our arrival. We played in an old church in the village, as a sort of 'musical exh

Take 5 with Historical Fiction and Horror Author, William P. Robertson

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TA: First, for those not yet familiar with your work, tell a little about yourself. WR: After I graduated from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania with a BS in English, I spent several years teaching in public schools. It was then that I wrote a lot of dark poetry. Ha! Ha! Now, that I've started my own house painting business and concentrate more on my writing, I'm in a much better place. I also get to use the BS part of my college degree a lot more! When I'm not working, I enjoy taking photos of spooky McKean County where I live and trout fishing in the wild mountain streams of Northwestern Pennsylvania. TA: Who were some of your earliest influennces? WR: My earliest writing influences include Edgar Allan Poe, Ernest Hemingway, and Jim Morrison of the Doors. It was Morrison's lyrics that unlocked the power of words for me. His imagery was and is amazing! I've always enjoyed Hemingway's journalistic writing style because it makes

Inside the Labyrinth, ep 6: Researching a Persona

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In this final episode for September (before we go into the Halloween episodes!), I get into the basics of researching a persona for those new to the living history and reenactment community. Now I am coming from a female's perspective, but the basic principles generally apply across the board (though I would like to one day have a male reenactor/interpreter on for an episode to perhaps get that perspective as well). I also give a couple shout outs at the beginning of this episode: to two of my friends in the Pittsburgh Historical Costume Society, Sally Knuckles and Laura Mason Lockard (who is also in Wayward Companions and Pittsburgh Historical Music Society with me) and to Jess of Penny River Costumes (I'm wearing her Time Traveler shirt in this episode). Check out her store! https://www.etsy.com/shop/PennyRiver And also as promised, here are the list of questions that a new interpreter/reenactor must ask themself while building their pers

Inside the Labyrinth, bonus episode: Traditional Soap Making!

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This bonus episode covers the traditional soap making day at the Neville House this past Sunday. After this, we will have one more episode for September and then it is a full month of Halloween! Here are some photos of the event!   Thank you for watching! Go on a five day journey through time with me and receive a song or mystical story each day! Begin your journey here: http://eepurl.com/bdbasn WEBSITE: http://tiffanyapan.com FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/tiffanyapanmusic ANTIQUITY & ILLUSION SHOP: https://antiquityillusion.bigcartelcom/ BANDCAMP: http://tiffanyapan.bandcamp.com OTHER MUSICAL PROJECTS: WAYWARD COMPANIONS: http://wayward-companions.com PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL MUSIC SOCIETY: http://pittsburghhistoricalmusicsociety.org

Inside the Labyrinth, ep 5: Interview with Elizabeth Huxford

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In episode 5, we are back at Fort Henry Days and in conversation with Elizabeth Huxford, discussing some Native American culture (particularly the Shawnee), along with touching on how Europeans or other non Natives were integrated into tribes. Thank you for watching! Go on a five day journey through time with me and receive a song or mystical story each day! Begin your journey here: http://eepurl.com/bdbasn WEBSITE: http://tiffanyapan.com FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/tiffanyapanmusic ANTIQUITY & ILLUSION SHOP: https://antiquityillusion.bigcartelcom/ BANDCAMP: http://tiffanyapan.bandcamp.com OTHER MUSICAL PROJECTS: WAYWARD COMPANIONS: http://wayward-companions.com PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL MUSIC SOCIETY: http://pittsburghhistoricalmusicsociety.org

Fort Henry Days at Oglebay Park (Wheeling, WV)

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Labor Day Weekend brought another weekend of music and history when Wayward Companions and I traveled to Fort Henry Days in Wheeling, WV for a gig. I left ahead of everyone on late Friday afternoon and met up with my camping friends. For some 18th century style camping, of course. Not too far away from us was the Gallowglass tent. Their music could be heard across the park as they were jamming into the night. I went over to say hello and before long, there was a nice group of us drinking Irish malt and Scottish whiskey while singing a bunch of traditional tunes and talking into the night (it was a gorgeous night too!).  I believe it was 2am before the last couple of us finally retreated to our tents! Despite the very late night, I was actually able to get up early and jog as I love to do at these things. The scenery is always beautiful. It is also nice to look around at the campsite first thing in the morning. :) At the Claus and Truax Jackware