Tall Betsy tales to bring chills to museum
by Special to the Banner
Oct 23, 2011 | 1169 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Museum Center at Five Points will host its sixth annual Tall Betsy storytelling night and pumpkin carving contest to be held the evening of Cleveland’s block party on Oct. 31. The festive family evening at the museum will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Families are encouraged to stop by the museum on their way to or from the block party to check out this free event.

Families coming to the museum will have a variety of things to do. They will be taken on a Halloween Storytelling Trail where they will hear family-friendly stories as told by members of the Cleveland Storytelling Guild. Between the hours of 4:30 and 7:00 p.m., visitors will get an extra special treat as they will hear the Tall Betsy Story told by Deborah Holland as she portrays Tall Betsy.

The book “The Legend of Tall Betsy & The Mystery of Sally, the Bluetick Coonhound,” a kid-friendly Halloween tale about a little boy and his dog, is available for sale in the museum store. The setting of the story is Cleveland and it is based on the legendary character Tall Betsy. The price of the book is $3 and all proceeds from the book go to the museum.

Families will be able to view the pumpkin carving contest submissions and winners. Also on view in the Museum’s lobby will be the original Tall Betsy’s authentic dress and original persimmon cane on loan for the day by Allan Jones who was able to “secure” these valuable and historic items back in the 1980s. Tall Betsy is one of Cleveland’s most enduring Halloween legends.

For more information about the contest or the storytelling evening, call the museum and ask for Tracy O’Connell at 339-5745.