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Young actor Brian Tripp has a part in Haints & Haunts.

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Haints & Haunts looks into dark past

Published 11:00am Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Step back in time with the Tombigee Haints and Haunts tour — if you dare.

The annual event, now in its fourth year, offers a look into the darker side of the City of the People’s past.

“Tombigbee Haints & Haunts itombi ikbi: a coffin maker’s tale” will be presented next Friday and Saturday night, Oct. 26-27.

Actors Gayle Spencer Flowers and Dean Booen get into character.

Each year’s production is different, but they have all been about real people, true history and ghosts. Local story tellers share folklore and facts about the Tombigbee River and the city’s early inhabitants.

Part of the tour is done on the river from the City Landing down past the White Bluffs and Riverside Cemetery.

Back on land, passengers will continue on a hay ride through the historic streets of Demopolis for more stories enacted by residents past.

“We keep the stories factual,” said Kirk Brooker, of the Marengo County Historical Society, one of the event’s sponsors.

Though not gory (the event is family friendly), the tales can be spooky.

“I can assure you this year, you will be spooked,” said Brooker.

Jennifer Roeman practices her lines.

The tours will start and end at the City Landing. The will begin hourly at 7, 8 and 9 p.m.

Tickets are now available for $15 per person at Bluff Hall. Seating for each tour is limited.

For more information and to order tickets by phone, call (334) 289-9644.

The event is sponsored by the Marengo County Historical Society, the Canebrake Players and the Corps of Engineers.

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