Monday, October 31, 2016

Weston adds a new Haunt to the Ghost Tour...

“Hauntingly active as they share space with the living, the dead refuse to give up their undead residency.” - Pamela K. Kinney, Paranormal Petersburg, Virginia, and the Tri-Cities Area

Prods, pokes and tugging of hair, a few notable reminders that, beyond that seeing thing, spirits have other ways of making their presence known.

Included on the Weston Ghosts Tour this year is Weston Bend Candle Company. Haunting ambiance in abundance, this Weston retail space houses deliciously fragrant wax creations, a resident pillow warmer in the form of one well nourished and very hug-able black cat and more than a few unpredictable spirits.

New in their corner store location, the owners say they hadn't experienced ghosts in the former middle-of-the-block  space and certainly didn't expect them here. But, here they are. Although it took a few encounters for everyone to be convinced, eventually, even the doubters were on board.

All can now attest that the space has residents of the unseen variety. Fortunately, that is exactly what visiting Ghost tourists want to hear - and experience - should the opportunity present itself.

If you can't make the tour, shadow Kathy Quinn of Kansas City's Fox 4 who paid Weston Bend Candle Store a visit.






Celebrating Halloween in a town where the haunts are not limited to a single season is certainly interesting, given the added potential for an up-close and personal encounter.

Verna's Dinner Theater Productions - Ghost Tales of Weston and the Ghost Walk, presented by members of the Weston Community Theater is an annual event. This year the three nights were sold out by October 12th.

It has been mentioned that another night might be added to next year's schedule. To avoid missing out, book early. Or, there now is another alternative if you missed out or if you can't make the trip.

A new book is available that includes several stories of some well known past and ongoing Weston ghost encounters. Ghost Tales of Weston by Verna Kowerts, is available for purchase online and on site at Weston Main Street Galleria.

*Revisiting an encounter from a previous visit, not really a ghost, simply one who is no longer in physical form with an interesting take on his new state - The Atheist in Heaven

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Dining with Weston Ghosts and walking tour 2016

Moon and orb over Price-Loyles House, Weston, MO
Descendants of Daniel Boone*

“Oh, very good,' interrupted Snape, his lip curling.

'Yes, it is easy to see that nearly six years of magical education have not been wasted on you, Potter.

'Ghosts are transparent.”

- J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince



Couldn't have asked for better timing this year. Center stage in October: Ghosts and a Full Super Moon. If you missed it, more Super Moons are on the way for 2016. Weather.com


Weston's 2016 Dining with Ghosts and Walking Ghost Tour kicked off the
first of three SOLD OUT nights with perfect fall weather.



Several Main Street shops host ghosts.
Top floor of this
building is now storage
- Basketballs can be heard on the old court.

Crisp and warm night air, light breezes
and the sound of an occasional walnut dropping. The highlight of the night: an Owl serenade.

Perennial favorite, Weston Cafe has been the scene
of some of the town's darker history. 

More recent sightings of the unexplained include
a guest from the 2015 Ghost Tour apologizing
for almost running into the woman volunteer 
who was working back in the kitchen. 

There were no volunteers working in the kitchen. 


To add a bit of background - 
tour volunteers have said the Cafe location
has a different feel to it and at least one who is said to have had a sighting chooses not to return.

Others simply prefer not to go any further than the front of the cafe. The 2015 guest had requested to use the restroom and met the kitchen "volunteer" in passing on her way out.

A new site earning a stop on the tour this year is the Weston Bend Candle Company. Stepping into the store one is immediately immersed in a world of wonderful aromas.

The back story: Now occupying a corner, the candle store had been in the middle of the same block. The old location still retains a very pleasant aroma hinting of its former retail incarnation.

No paranormal activity had been experienced at the prior location. Might have been due to that location being converted from an alley when the space for stores was at a premium. Different story now.

Unusual activity began shortly after the owners began moving in. While working to get the store up and running, the owner thought he saw a shadow, similar to a person crossing the room in the unoccupied front area of the store.


The movement was subtle enough he wasn't quite sure what it was he saw, except he knew whatever it was, it was an odd thing to witness in an unoccupied space. The experiences are varied and the activity continues. An eventful tour.

Great news if you can't make the tour or if Weston is too far for a visit, Verna Kowertz now has a book detailing the haunted history of Weston, Missouri. As soon as I get the photo, I'll add it. Order one from Weston Main Street Galleria.

Thank you to the Volunteer Ghost Tour Guides/Weston Community Theater
More info about the *Daniel Boone house: History Nut of Missouri Blog
More Missouri Haunts: Show Me Scary
Main Street Galleria on Facebook 
Plan now for Christmas in Weston - Father Christmas and a Magical Glow (from Christmas Past)
Visit WestonMo

Thursday, October 6, 2016

The lively spirits of Weston, MO - Haunted Highlights

“Ghosts don't haunt us. That's not how it works. They're present among us because we won't let go of them."

"I don't believe in ghosts," I said, faintly.

"Some people can't see the color red. That doesn't mean it isn't there," she replied.”

- Sue Grafton, M is for Malice  

October once again and the time has come to share spooky tales and feast with unseen guests.

Travelers who are curious about history and open to a few (or more) unexplained encounters will enjoy exploring Historic Weston, Missouri. Rich with Civil War history, peppered with haunted sites, there is a good chance one will have a memorable encounter after a visit here.




We of course suggest
Main Street Galleria
as the first stop

- offering several resident ghosts -
and hosting ghost investigations
for those who are up for a spirited challenge.

Reviews, ghost investigations
and encounters
are noted on some of our other blog posts.
Our ghosts are active. It isn't a question of whether one believes in ghosts.

Job applicants are asked in the interview: Are you comfortable working in a haunted building?  

 


The Main Street Galleria selection of old-fashioned candy favorites
will satisfy any sweet tooth
and the working soda fountain
offers the classic flavored phosphate.

Ghosts are reported on all three levels of the building.

However, as with most haunted buildings, they don't work on demand or follow a schedule.We can suggest there will be no doubt when you encounter a ghost.


Across the street,
The Saint George has reported sightings and encounters from employees and guests 

-- including the guest who wondered
why there were loud children
roaming the halls at night --

The guest was informed
there were
no children
staying in the building.


That's enough for a start....



For more stories of Weston ghosts
read a few of our blog posts on ghost investigations and/or plan to attend
the next Halloween Session
of Haunted Walking Tours and Dinner
- Ghost Tales of Weston ...

Our tour guides from the
Weston Community Theater joined us in 2014
to escort visitors to the sites and share
the details of the happenings behind the hauntings.

The collaboration was a success and our dinners sold out! And that looks to be the case again this year (2016) ... What can we say, plan again. The ghosts will still be here next year. And maybe you will too!

Tours are informative but an added bonus might include staying at a B&B when the locals often add a few more pieces of the puzzle. There are several homes said to be haunted that are not on our tour agenda, yet.

And we are patient...



If you have had an experience with any ghosts in Weston, Mo., please connect and let us know!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A haunting we will go ... Weston Ghosts

I'd like to see a ghost. It would confirm there's an afterlife. - Marlon Wayans


Living in a town full of ghosts may not suit everyone but a quick rundown of the local shops shows there are some who thrive in this atmosphere. Whether the locals have seen one or not, those who escort the tourists on the ghost tours say they have found it easier to linger in areas that are well lit. Enough said.


Ghosts have been encountered in numerous locations throughout the town and in the surrounding vicinity of Weston, Missouri. So not all of them are on the tour but one location that does feature an extremely active ghost at the present time is a building that was recently converted from storage to a residence.

You can see for yourself the response of the startled resident as he investigates unexplained noises with his dog in tow. He posted his encounter on Youtube: "Weston Swinging Light Ghost - *language*

 

Main Street Galleria is certainly among the thrivers of the local shops. No doubt the sweet shop is a popular draw with excellent pie and fudge as sample temptations.

This year's Dining with Ghosts is again combined with a walking tour of local haunts that offers insight and background on the featured residences and, in some cases, residents: both living and/or deceased.

One couple got the fright of their life during a stay at a local B&B. As the story goes, they had just settled in for the night with a tray full of snacks when the full blown embodiment of the deceased walked through the room.

They promptly called the host and departed. Their haste in vacating was evidenced in the up-heaved food trays and the entire room left in disarray. Note that a spirit rarely shows up on demand but that room remains available upon request.

You are invited to the final night of this year's tour. The festivities start at 7pm Friday, October 30th. No costume required but a healthy appetite is welcome.



Call for reservations. Tickets are $45 per person. 816-640-2825.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Weston Community Theatre.


Monday, December 29, 2014

Holiday Glow - Father Christmas in Weston, Mo


Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~ Norman Vincent Peale

The Annual Holiday Homes Tour in Weston, Missouri brings a special glow to the town, a timeless aura of Christmas past and present.



The purpose for the celebration, like a Norman Rockwell Christmas Card, is not to impress  a special message or serve as decorative cover for a hidden agenda.



It's a chance to share the good vibes of the season. It's about the experience.

Doors of select homes are opened for a few brief hours to entertain tourists with historic background while enjoying the unique decor of each family in residence and a glimpse into the relevant history of the house.


Shops and eateries bustling with activity, decorated for the season, fill with tourists celebrating and shoppers canvassing the goods for novelty and sentimental treasures.



Locals and visitors mix and mingle and for a time the atmosphere becomes one of a community homecoming long overdue. Tis the season of smiles, pre-Christmas elation laced with good-natured anticipation. Of something wonderful or just something nice. And pleasant. A change for the good.   

Sounds of laughter and jovial banter add a cheerful uplift to the scene. Strangers let down their guard for a time to simply bask in the atmosphere of celebratory camaraderie. Such is the unlikely result of a simple walk through the small main street throng.

You can feel it in your heart. Joy. And it feels so good, gentle, warm and flowing. Nothing grandiose, and yet, it's enough of a something that one wants to hold onto the glow and cherish that element for the duration of the season and more if possible.

What it is? That something is an elevated sense of more. Then again, it might be the ghosts.

No words will work for this description. It's about the experience.


Fond remembering, the sights in 2014, and the annual visit from Father Christmas.



There is a quaint charm in small town celebrations and festivals that offers one a chance to experience the season's revelry in a more intimate environment amidst low key fanfare.

Memories are just as rich and the lure to return grows ever more seductive when one realizes small is by no means less.   

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

High Tea and Christmas Homes Tour

 High Tea in Weston -

Bring Your Friends and Enjoy, Relax, Take a Break, and Warm Up in Style.
We are offering High Tea just for You During the Homes Tour

$12.95 Plus Tax and Gratuity

December 6, 2014
2:00PM - 5:30PM

Tea Leaf reading. As you can see, the cow jumped over the moon... We need a new book for that one.

Accepting Reservations now
816-640-2825
westongalleria@gmail.com
Upstairs Tearoom above Main Street Galleria on the Corner, 501 Main Street, Weston, MO 

*Dec. 5, 6 & 7 - 2014  
Tour through five historic homes in Weston, Missouri – This year’s homes tour features three antebellum homes, a 1920’s cottage and a downtown loft.

To celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the “Christmas Candlelight Homes Tour”, Weston’s favorite traditions will be back.  Downtown street lamps will be aglow. Streets leading to the tour homes will be lined with luminaries and Weston’s Father Christmas will be on hand to greet visitors.

Father Christmas knows magic happens whenever wishes are involved.
*Source info and tickets.

*Updated with pics: 12/29/14. High Tea featured a complimentary Tea Leaf reading. And, indeed, Father Christmas dropped by to offer a bit of holiday cheer and paused for a photo op with Verna.

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Captain and his Desk - 10/22/99

Blast from the past ... The Ghost in the Desk - October 22, 1999, 3:42 PM

"In the picturesque little town of Weston, Missouri, there is a story tailor-made for Halloween. It's about an antique shop, an antique writing desk... and a ghost. KCTV's Steve Dawson exhumes the details. 

Civil War Captain James D. McCarty. To proprietor Virginia Treese, he's an old friend. "He's been with me four years and he is not a bad ghost. He is like a guardian angel, not a bad ghost. Doesn't walk around, doesn't make a lot of noises. But we do know he's around."

The rest of the story -- *Source 

Is Verna the only one who sees the ghost of the Captain? No. Several employees and visitors have had encounters. Could it happen to you? The answer will require a trip to Main Street Galleria in Weston, Mo.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Main Street Galleria and Tea Room in the News

Thanks for stopping by. You might have heard about our resident ghosts. If not, these interviews will fill you in. And if so, there may be a few extra details in the telling.

10/31/14 - Verna Kowertz,(owner) talks about the Ghosts of Weston and Main Street Galleria on Conscious Living with Wendy Garrett on Empower Radio. Click link here or in the top right sidebar.

10/30/14 - Ken Newton at St. Joseph News-Press interviewed Verna for a feature story. Read full story on the site.

An excerpt:  


On a corner property on Main Street in Weston reside the spirits of Frank Leon “Beno” Hillix and his wife, Creola. They for decades ran a drugstore on the site, a business inherited from Mr. Hillix’s father.
Verna presenting Ghost Tales of Weston
April 2014

Ms. Kowertz, now the proprietress of the Main Street Galleria & Tea Room, says she knows of the presence of the former occupants.

“We have some that just love this place and they want to stay,” she says.

Creola, who died in 1973, 15 years after her husband, had worked with Dr. R.J. Felling and had been a comforting presence for many relatives and people in the community.

“She’s still here watching out for us,” Ms. Kowertz says, remembering the time she climbed the stairs in the empty store and heard a female voice say, “Who’s coming up here?”

That, the Weston resident says, was Creola, who has also addressed her on two other occasions.
“She’s the only one that has ever talked to me,” the store owner says. “The other spirits, they just kind of have a feel.”

That includes Capt. James McCarty, the Civil War officer who once owned the desk that Ms. Kowertz bought in 1995. Spirits, she says, inhabit anything they like, places or things. Capt. McCarty came along with his desk, but she doesn’t mind sharing.

And the rest of the story is at this site (link). 

Thank you, Ken Newton at St. Joseph News-Press!