Notice Otis Series Ghosts of the Berkshires 10/28/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Hilary Harley

Otis Preservation Trust

contact@optin.today

617.610.1564

The Otis Historical Commission and Otis Preservation Trust (OPT) are hosting the first Notice Otis Series cultural event of the 2021-22 season on Thursday, October 28th at 7 PM via zoom.

Writer and teacher Robert Oakes of Berkshire County will be speaking on his book Ghosts of the Berkshires.  [See photo insets].  Please join us via zoom to hear chilling tales of the hills.  “Before it become a haven for arts and culture, the Berkshires was a rugged, sparsely populated frontier.  From the early days of Revolutionary fervor and industrial enterprise to today’s tourism, many chilling stories remain.  A lost girl still haunts a cemetery in Washington and mysterious spirits still perform at Tanglewood.  From the ghostly halls of the Houghton Mansion to the eerie events at the Hoosac Tunnel, residents and visitors alike have felt fear and awe in these hills, telling tales of shadow figures, disembodied voices and spectral trains.”

Author Robert Oakes, who has given ghost tours at The Mount in Lenox for more than a decade, leads this spirited journey through history.  He has written for AAA, Canyon Ranch and a number of other publications and organizations.  In addition to being a writer and teacher, Oakes is also a singer and songwriter.  He performs as part of the Berkshire-based folk music duo Oakes and Smith.  Oakes has also represented The Mount museum and its ghosts on Syfy’s Ghost Hunters, Jeff Belanger’s New England Legends series on PBS and The Apple Seed, hosted by Sam Payne on BYU radio.  Oakes is currently pursuing his master’s degree in English at the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English in Middlebury, Vermont.

The Otis Historical Commission of the Town of Otis MA is dedicated to the preservation of historic buildings, landmarks, trails, cemeteries, and native burial grounds; to protect and educate about these historic assets. The Otis Preservation Trust  (OPT) works with the Historical Commission to organize and preserve the history and heritage of Otis, MA for future generations by supporting efforts to preserve, restore, repurpose, and educate about buildings, monuments, lands, and memorabilia of Otis. OPT is a not-for-profit (501 c3) organization operated for fundraising and educational purposes.

The first event will be held on line via Zoom. Donations are encouraged.

To Register for this event go to  https://optin.today or the town’s website – https://townofotisma.com