Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Michigan's Ghostly Beacons Makes a Presence this Fall at Two Northwest Michigan Libraries

What is it about lighthouses that attract ghostly spirits? Maybe it’s simply a passion that will not go away. Lighthouse keepers were known to be extremely dedicated to their profession and it seems that many were never able to give it up — even after death.

Join Dianna Stampfler of Promote Michigan as she shares “Michigan’s Ghostly Beacons” on Monday, September 22 (7-8pm) at the Petoskey District Library and Wednesday, October 15 (6:30-8pm) at the Traverse Area District Library. Both programs are free and open to the public.

Nearly two dozen lights in Michigan are rumored to be haunted. From the smell of cigar smoke at Seul Choix Point Light to the mysterious housekeeping at White River Light Station and the antics at Waugoshance Shoal, these stories will entertain all ages — just in time for the Halloween season.

Since 1997, Dianna has been presenting lively and upbeat programs about the area’s historic lighthouses, ghost towns, islands and other unique destinations and activities in her home state of Michigan. Dianna is a passionate professional speaker, with a degree in communications from Western Michigan University and 20+ years’ experience in radio broadcasting and public speaking.

An established freelance writer, Dianna is a regular contributor to Michigan Blue Magazine and Grand Rapids Family Magazine. She has also been published in Pure Michigan Travel Ideas, Lake Michigan Circle Tour & Lighthouse Guide, Country Lines, Michigan Living, West Michigan Carefree Travel, Michigan Home & Lifestyle Magazine, Tasters Guild International and Grand Rapids Magazine, among others.

Over the years, she has held memberships in the Great Lake Lighthouse Keepers Association, Michigan One Room Schoolhouse Association and Historical Society of Michigan. She is currently active with the West Michigan Tourist Association, Kent County Lodging Association, Ferris State University Hospitality Advisory Board and Michigan Culinary Tourism Alliance, among other groups.

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