In the Seymour spirit

Legend has it when the infamous Reno brothers of Seymour were hanged in New Albany for committing the first U.S. train robberies, their little sister vowed revenge.

That’s just one of the spooky tales to be shared Friday night during Seymour Main Street’s first Ghouls and Goblets event in downtown Seymour.

Participants age 21 and older will have the opportunity to visit several downtown businesses and hear ghost stories and tales of local hauntings and be able to sip on locally produced wines and brews.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 the day of the event.

Organizers are expecting around 300 people to show up.

Those planning to attend should arrive at the former PNC Bank building, now the location of Reno’s cigar bar, at the southwest corner of Second and Chestnut streets between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Identifications will be checked.

Stories will be shared every half hour at the PNC Bank building, Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce, Seymour City Hall, the third floor of the Vehslage Building and The Tribune office.

Seymour Main Street Executive Director Becky Schepman is expecting a frighteningly fun time Friday.

“I came up with the idea as I was visiting all of the stores downtown when I took the job,” said Schepman, who took over as executive director at the beginning of the year. “Everyone had a story about a ghost. I thought it would be fun to join the sip and stroll and the spooky story.”

Some of the businesses came up with their own stories about real spooky occurrences that have happened in their buildings, Schepman said.

“A few of the stories are things that have happened around Seymour in the past but not necessarily in that particular building,” she said.

Local historians Charlotte Sellers and Kevin Greene also provided material for the stories so they would have some historical accuracy.

Craft beer and wine are being provided by Chateau de Pique Winery, The Seymour Brewing Co., Power House Brewery, 450 North Brewing Co. and First Miracle Winery. Drinks will be available at Tiemeier’s Jewelry, Lea Boutique, Java Joint, Beautiful Chaos, TekHead and Quirky Living.

Schepman said events like Ghouls and Goblets are beneficial to the downtown because they attract people who might not come downtown otherwise.

“A struggle we see is that the downtown has been forgotten about,” she said. “Events like these get people down here, and they see the storefronts and windows and realize how much there is to offer. They see where the parking is and are not so intimidated by coming downtown.

“I feel like it makes them comfortable in the downtown and starts to put the downtown in the forefront of their mind for events, eating and shopping,” she said.

If you go

What: Seymour Main Street’s inaugural Ghouls and Goblets event

When: 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Downtown Seymour; check-in at the former PNC Bank building at the southwest corner of Second and Chestnut streets

Cost: $10 in advance or $15 the day of the event

Craft beer and wine are being provided by Chateau de Pique Winery, The Seymour Brewing Co., Power House Brewery, 450 North Brewing Co. and First Miracle Winery.

Stories will be shared every half hour at the PNC Bank building, Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce, Seymour City Hall, the third floor of the Vehslage Building and The Tribune office.

For information, visit facebook.com/seymourmainstreet.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.