GHOST STORIES AROUND THE BONFIRE IN BISHOP HILL

Travel the world looking for ghosts and monsters this Saturday, October 22nd at 6:00 p.m. Storyteller and author Brian “Fox” Ellis will take listeners on a tour around the world with scary stories from many lands. The performance will be held at the campfire in the backyard of the Twinflower Inn, 110 North Olson Street, Bishop Hill, IL. If the weather is foul, the program will move to the Commons, 309 Bishop Hill Road.

Fox has toured the world for more than 40 years with performances in 26 countries and all 50 states. His specialties include historical and ecological stories, international folklore, and, of course, ghosts and monsters from many nations. He has authored more than 30 books including collections of folktales, biographies and poetry. He has also written, directed and hosted several TV series for PBS.

Fox says, “This is the tenth anniversary of our annual night of ghost stories around the bone-fire in Bishop Hill. Every year I present a different theme, but this year I will share a greatest hits program with audience favorites including Irish ghosts, river ghosts, classic tales of terror, and scary stories from around the world.” Encouraging folks to come early to get a seat, he added, “My brother was here the second year and he teased me saying I am the only person he knows who posts on social media that he is having a bonfire and he doubles the population of his town! Of course you must remember that Bishop Hill is a town of 128 people.” The program is appropriate for all ages. Fox will start with more silly scary stories and slowly turn up the heat with scarier stories as the night goes on.

The event is free and open to everyone, “costs should not be an issue” Fox said, “but I will pass the hat with the suggested donation of $5 for children and $10 for adults.” The performance is sponsored by The Twinflower Inn and Fox Tales International. Folks are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, bring a snack, and bring a friend. People can also come early to dine, shop and visit one of the eight museums in

Bishop Hill.

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