OLANA Shares Historic Horrors Along the Hudson: Scary Storytelling with Pamela Schembri

OLANA Shares Historic Horrors Along the Hudson: Scary Storytelling with Pamela Schembri


HUDSON, NY — Olana invites you for a special outdoor Halloween event! Join the Hudson Valley’s spookiest storyteller for a haunted, Halloween walk along Olana’s 19th century carriage roads. Author Pamela Schembri will tell five spooky tales inspired by historic ghost stories, gothic literature, folktales, and other Halloween traditions. This spinetingling tour, set in Frederic Church’s artist-designed landscape, is the perfect Halloween-time activity for all ages.


At a young age, Ms. Schembri discovered the power of storytelling. Pamela Schembri grew up listening to her father’s spellbinding stories, and her appreciation for the art of storytelling carried on into adulthood as an author and school librarian. Her 1999 book, Scary Stories You Won’t Be Afraid to Use, helps other education professionals recognize the ways in which storytelling can allow young people to better understand their fears. Hudson Valley Magazine noted her as one of the areas “Coolest Storytellers,” and for 25 years Pamela has been invited to schools, festivals, and conferences to tell her tales.


Hear the tale of a Civil War drummer boy who meets the ghost whose shoes he stole; a wife who teams up with her husband’s ghost to steal back her wedding ring; a man hung but not forgotten; a vanishing hitchhiker; and more!


This public program is a walking tour of Frederic Church’s landscape and approximately an hour long. Appropriate walking shoes are recommended. Scary Storytelling occurs on October 19that 3 PM & 4:30 PM and reoccurs on October 26th at the same times. The tour begins at the Visitor Center. Space is limited, and advance registration is highly recommended. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for members of The Olana Partnership and children (age 12 and under). To register or learn more about the many other programs and tour offerings, visit OLANA.org or call the Ticketing and Information Desk at (518) 751-0344.





About Olana and The Olana Partnership: Olana is the greatest masterpiece of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), a preeminent American artist of the mid-19th century and the most intact artist’s home, studio, and designed landscape in the United States. Church designed Olana as a holistic environment integrating his advanced ideas about art, architecture, landscape design, and environmental conservation. Olana’s 250-acre artist-designed landscape with five miles of carriage roads and a Persian-inspired house at its summit embraces unrivaled panoramic views of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains and welcomes more than 170,000 visitors annually. The house is open for guided touring, and reservations are highly recommended. The landscape is free and open daily 8:00 AM-sunset.


Olana State Historic Site, administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, is a designated National Historic Landmark and one of the most visited sites in the state. The Olana Partnership, a private not-for-profit education corporation, works cooperatively with New York State to support the restoration, conservation, and interpretation of Olana. The Olana Partnership operates Olana State Historic Site in a cooperative agreement with New York State Parks.  Keep in touch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @olanashs.



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