Thursday, October 22, 2009

Downingtown Ghost Walk mentioned in The Community Courier

The Downintown Ghost walk is getting lots of buzz within the community thanks to the folks at The Community Courier.

Click here to read the article in the October 10/21/09 issue of The Community Courier.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Downingtown Ghost Walk makes the big time.

Just wanted to pass this little tid bit to everyone interested in Downingtown's 1st annual Ghost Walk. The Daily Local did a story on the upcoming event, and the Photographer even seems to have caught something in his photograph outside the front of the library. Click here to read the article and view the picture here.

Don't forget to purchase your tickets for the Ghost Walk on October 24th & 25th. Click the link below for information on where to buy your tickets.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Time and tickets are running out.

Hi all, just a quick reminder, October 24th and 25th are fast approaching, there is still time to get tickets for the 1st annual Downingtown Ghost Walk.. Tickets cost a mere $3.00 and can be purchased at two Downingtown area business’s.

Downingtown Country Gifts
147 E. Lancaster Ave.

(across the street from Minquas Fire Hall,
just down from Georgio's Restaurant)

Bud N Bloom Boutique
52 E. Pennsylvania Ave.
(right next to Roberts Chevrolet)

Downingtown Pinball Gallery

114 East Lancaster Avenue

Downingtown, PA 19335

484) 693-0693

Downingtown area but would still like to buy tickets, I have a limited number of tickets. Please email me @ I work in the West Chester area and could arrange meet you. .

This is the Area’s best Ghost Tour without a doubt. If you have ever been on other Ghost Tours then you know how it works. A person will walk you from place to place telling you about the ghostly happenings inside. Out tour is different. DAPI will show you real evidence captured inside each stop on the tour. And in some cases you will even be inside the actual building. So don’t miss it. You will have a hair raising good time.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Meet Your Hosts, Your GHOST Hosts!

Here's just a sample of the cast of characters who will be leading you through the haunted streets of Downingtown should you choose to partake in the Downingtown Historical & Parks Commission's first annual (we hope) Ghost Walk Of Downingtown. From left to right, please allow me to introduce one "Ella Smith", a runaway slave from the south desperately trying to make her way north of the Mason-Dixon Line via the Underground Railroad and into a new life of freedom. Then there's "Thomas Downing", the man who Downingtown is named after. And on the right meet "Madame Todorovski", a gypsy queen of dubious nature- or is she just misunderstood?
These and other ghostly tour guides will lead you to various historic locations in the borough where unexplained phenomena has been reported, where you will be introduced to Downingtown's own very real ghost hunters, Downingtown Area Paranormal Investigators, or D.A.P.I. for short. D.A.P.I. will reveal to you their findings from the investigations that they have conducted in and around our quiet little town, as well as explain to skeptics and believers alike their methods of communicating our friends in the spirit world.
The Ghost Walk is part of the ongoing celebration of the Sesquicentennial (150 years) of Downingtown. The tour will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and costs the princely sum of $3.00, and is limited to those 7 years of age and older. So come on out, learn & be entertained, as an enjoyable evening is sure to be had by all!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Ghosts & Gridiron

If you were to take a poll of the average resident of the Borough of Downingtown and ask them "what is the one day of the year that you most enjoy being in Downingtown", I would wager that hands down the #1 answer would be The 4th of July, or "Good Neighbor Day" as the 4th is also known as in Downingtown. Well folks, I am here to tell you that in my not so humble opinion, that the weekend of October 23,24 & 25 will be a weekend that make you not only want to not leave town, it will be a great weekend for you to have friends and relatives come and visit us.
What's going on you may ask? Well for starters, on Friday the 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at Kottmeyer Stadium on the campus of Downingtown West High School, the Downingtown East Cougars square off against local rivals the Downingtown West Whippets. It's Friday night lights football at it's best, Downingtown vs. Downingtown, the East/West football game. It will be absolutely electrifying!
Then on Saturday & Sunday October 24 & 25, the Downingtown150 committee along with the aid of D.A.P.I will present the first ever Ghost Walk of Downingtown, which many of us hope to make an annual event. If you could say that you were at the first Good Neighbor Day, wouldn't that be cool? Well, here's your chance to help us launch something that we hope could be just as much a part of the fabric of our community in the years to come.
So get out the inflate-a-beds, clear out the spare bedrooms, and let's all play host to our distant loved ones that we never get to see enough of, in our fair town on a weekend that many will remember for many a year to come! -Phil Dague

A Word Of Appreciation

With less than three weeks to go until The Downingtown150 Ghost Walk I wanted to stray slightly from the topic of ghosts and offer some words of appreciation for some members of our community without whom this highly anticipated event would not be possible. I am talking about our two illustrious fire departments, The Minquas Fire Co. & The Alert Fire Co.
Hopefully many of you are aware that this week is National Fire Prevention Week, and if you're not, I'm sure that your children are. All week long, members of our fire departments. will be visiting local schools to educate our young ones about the importance of fire safety. And by the time the end of the week arrives, in all probability it will be the young ones in our households who will be able to freshen up what we all think we already now know about fire safety.
Also, did you know that on this Wednesday evening both Alert & Minquas will be holding an open house at their stations? Well I'm telling you now! According to the Alert website their open house begins at 6:30, while based on what the nice gentleman who answered the phone when I called Minquas, theirs is from 6 to 9 p.m.
I think that most of us, including myself I'm sorry to say, just don't take the time to adequately think about the thousands upon thousands of man-hours spent each year by our volunteer fire departments. Unlike their counterparts in cities like Philadelphia and New York, our rescuers do not get paid. But it would be a grave mistake to assume that these men & women are any less dedicated or trained. For after all, training and maintaining a constant state of readiness are part of your average firefighters' daily existence. Maintaining a constant state of readiness for events that he or she hope never happen.
I had the opportunity to speak to Minquas Station Chief Mike Miller this past weekend. He related to me a story of a recent call to a local nursing home. The alarms went off, and Minquas Fire Co. sprang into action. Upon arriving at the scene it was quickly determined that it was a false alarm. Somebody had burned some crescent rolls. The person in charge sheepishly said to Mike, "I guess you guys are pretty mad at us", to which Mike replied, "heck no, we would rather have a thousand false alarms than to have real people (including the firefighters themselves) in danger". That's why they take time out from their busy schedules to educate not only the young, but all of us on the importance of fire safety & prevention.
So please, when you are getting in to the "spirit" of things during our Ghost Walk on the 24th & 25th, and you see a member of our fire departments during the tour, don't forget to say "thanks". Thank them for their part in bringing such a fun event to Downingtown, and thank them for the work that they do every single day in ensuring that Downingtown is as safe as a town such as ours could possibly be. - Phil Dague

Good new to all who are intersested in attending the first annual Downingtown Ghost Walk. Tickets are now availabe at:
Downingtown Country Gifts, 147 East Lancaster Ave. Downingtown. They are open today Sunday 10/04/2009.
Other ticket locations will be announced later in the week. There will only be 250 tickets available for each night, so don't wait. We are expecting an early sell out.