Broom making is among Ozarks traditions that will be demonstrated at an event this Saturday (Oct. 10) at Alley Spring.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways will bring the Ozarks past to life during the “Haunting in the Hills” event Saturday, Oct. 10, at Alley Spring.  The free event features folkway demonstrations, re-enactments, hands-on activities, food vendors, traditional dancing, bluegrass and folk music. 

Local skilled crafts people will demonstrate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Such traditions such as basket making, weaving, spinning, wood carving, blacksmithing, bee keeping, chair caning and the making of household supplies of soap, candles, rope, brooms and apple butter will be demonstrated.  Attendees also will learn about Ozark natural and cultural history from local organizations.

The area will be filled with bluegrass and folk music. Current River Bluegrass will perform at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., followed by Buzzard Run playing at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  There will be square dance demonstrations.  The Grand Western Squares will be dancing at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  The Hoe Downers perform at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Blankets or lawn chairs are encouraged.

Young people can become Ozark pioneers by trying their hands at dipping candles, making rope or shelling corn from the cob.  The one-room Storys Creek School will be open.  

Tales from “Ozark’s Dark Side” occur 6 to 9 p.m.  Illuminated pathways will guide through Ozark legends, folktales, mysteries, superstitions and natural wonders for spellbinding age-old storytelling. Visitors are encouraged to bring along flashlights and folding lawn chairs.  Tales and legends include:

• Ozark Tales and Superstitions:  A variety of folktales told by local storytellers

• Search for the Ozark Karkaghne Monster:  A hike to find the lurking beast

• Struggles of the Civil War: One woman’s true story

• Wreck of the Spur Line

• Shallow Graves and Lives Remembered in Stone 

Alley Mill is six miles west of Eminence on Highway 106.  For more information, call 573-226-3945 or 573-323-4236; visit the park’s Facebook page, or website at www.nps.gov/ozar.

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