Storyteller to bring spooky tales to life

October 15, 2009

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Spooky stories will be on tap at Renfrew Institute's annual Halloween storytelling session on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fahnestock Barn at Renfrew Park.

The stories will be suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. The program is free and open to the public.

Local storyteller Jennifer Vanderau will spin the spooky tales. Vanderau lives in Waynesboro, but grew up in Gettysburg, where her interest in haunting stories was sparked by a summer job at the wax museum.

With a background in amateur theater, Vanderau began working as a storyteller for Mark Nesbitt's Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tours nine years ago.


Vanderau collects stories from a variety of sources. Dressed for the part, she enthusiastically involves her audience in the dramatic tales.

"Interacting with an audience is such a big part of storytelling," she said. "They may leave with some of the 'spirits' of Renfrew."

Vanderau has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in communications/journalism from Shippensburg University. After teaching for a short time, she worked as a newspaper reporter and is now director of communications for the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter.

Parking is available in Renfrew's lower lot off Welty Road. Limited parking for those needing assistance is available behind the Visitor's Center barn.

Those attending should bring flashlights and dress for the unheated barn setting.

For more information, call the institute at 717-762-0373.

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