Why do legend and lore fascinate us? Be they tales of ghosts that haunt our towns, myths of creatures that roam our forests or sightings of the unexplained in our skies, these stories have the power to both unite and enthrall people around the world. Listen with the Lights On is a deep dive into the mysterious, the occult and the unknown, and how it connects us.
The Rose Ghost
Stories of ghosts and the afterlife were a popular obsession during the Victorian Era. This was particularly true for the residents of New York's Hudson Valley. On this episode of Listen with the Lights On, we sat down with Gardiner Town Historian A.J. Shenkman, author of Wicked Ulster County, to discuss another supernatural Victorian Era legend from Ulster County.
An Orange County Christmas
Every year, during the first weekend in December, a small Hudson Valley town carries out an old tradition. We traveled to Rhinebeck, New York, to see it unfold. The annual Sinterklaas festival is a celebration that's based the Dutch celebration of St. Nicholas Day. Dutch settlers brought it to the region over 300 years ago. Today it's a colorful parade featuring costumes and puppets and paper lantern stars that draws crowds of thousands.
After dodging roving Grumpuses and decorating crowns and branches along the quaint streets of Rhinebeck- the branches are a modern day twist on the birch rod St Nicholas used to carry - we ran into Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk. And he was kind enough to bestow us with another seasonal tale. (more…)
Around the turn of the 20th century, the lumber industry spanned the continental United States, and lumber camps dotted the countryside.
When they weren't harvesting timber to feed the booming post-Civil War industrialization, working lumberjacks could often be found sitting around campfires together, telling tall tales of creatures that supposedly lurk in the dark woods. (more…)
Terror Behind The Walls
With more than one hundred thousand guests each year, the 27-year-old tradition of Terror Behind The Walls is scarier than ever. It is a fundraiser for Eastern State Penitentiary, located in the Fairmount neighborhood, in the historic city of Philadelphia, for the nation’s first penitentiary.
Theatre Ghosts: Proctors
Every theater has a story to tell. And not just onstage. Theater legends abound worldwide, from ghosts in the wings to phantoms of the opera. In this episode of Listen with the Lights On, we step into the historic Proctors Theater in Schenectady, New York.
Tales From The Tavern: Live From The Olde English Pub
The Original Albany Ghost Tour founders Maeve McEneny Johnson and Paul Nooney join us at the Olde English Pub in Albany for a seasonally appropriate discussion of Albany legends and lore. We touch on the Shadow People of the Lincoln Park Gully, the ghosts of area theaters and get a surprise story from an audience member who grew up in a certain legendary local house that has been featured on a previous episode of Listen with the Lights On.
I enjoy this podcast tremendously! It’s entertaining and educational, and I so enjoy hearing both the folklore and the stories of the paranormal from the Hudson Valley. I wish WAMC would bring this show back into production!
Like the local stories
It’s nice to hear the local legends of the Hudson/Mohawk region of New York State. I hope they plan on putting out more stories.
Local lore buff
I so enjoy local stories, especially ghost stories!