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Friday the 13th Spirit Fest to be held tonight at Mecklenburg Inn

By Staff | Sep 13, 2019

SHEPHERDSTOWN — For some, Friday the 13th is viewed as an unlucky day, based on Western superstition. But for Shepherdstown Ghost Tours founder Meredith Poffenberger Moore, Friday the 13th is a day to be celebrated.

Tonight at the Mecklenburg Inn, Moore will be holding a Friday the 13th Spirit Fest. While she has held similar events in the past, this one may be the largest to-date.

“I have done a few Friday the 13th events before. This time, because it’s a full moon, we thought we’d make it a little more special,” Moore said, mentioning she plans on discussing the significance of the full moon and Friday the 13th during the event.

“Full moons are more spiritual nights, in my opinion, along with Friday the 13th,” Moore said. “I’m not one of those that believes in superstition of Friday the 13th. I personally believes it’s good, because ’13’ is a lucky ‘angel number’ — I look at numbers as signs from the angels.

“I may just talk about it, that Friday the 13th on the full moon is a good time to pray and visualize,” Moore said. “I believe in the power of creative visualization, that we can make things happen, just by believing in yourself.”

Moore, who leads ghost tours both Shepherdstown and Sharpsburg, Md., said she will also be telling stories throughout the event.

“I’ll be talking about moonshiners, and how the number 13 mason jar used to be destroyed, because people are afraid of the number 13 and Friday the 13th. Those mason jars are very hard to find,” Moore said, mentioning she was also going to tell this particular story because of it being the full moon. “I have a story of a moonshine customer, which I tell on one of my ghost tour routes. In Sharpsburg, there’s an area called Frog Hollow that was a moonshiner district. A lot of moonshiners lived out there, so I’ll talk about the history of moonshine. They made the moonshine at night by moonlight, so that they wouldn’t get caught by the regulators.”

Doors for the event open at 5:30 p.m., with events starting at 6 p.m. Along with the storytelling, the event will include refreshments, a cash bar on inn’s first floor, tea leaf reader Anita Beatty Hoffman, tarot card reader Toni McCannon and psychic medium Bobbi Robinson, who will be doing an 8 p.m. parlor reading and private readings throughout the night, for an additional cost of $30.

A 7:30 p.m. ghost tour will also leave from Mecklenburg Inn on Friday night, costing $15 per person.

Tickets to the event can be paid for at the door or on Eventbrite for $50 per person. For more information, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/friday-the-13th-spirit-fest-tickets-71047397679?fbclid=IwAR2B9l-a9DBnuQrNQ14rcBhh7nbVrAGhLp2se55snJgHGHLTpOxLZyQ5yLw or www.facebook.com/events/2365798970129893/.