Ghost of the Little Cities Event October 31
Sure to Delight Any Age
Ghost stories told by historical figures, traditional Halloween games, a haunted theater and a hayride are on tap for the second annual “Ghost of the Little Cities” event set for Thursday evening, October 31 right after trick or treat at the Tecumseh Commons located on the first floor of the Tecumseh Theater in the historic southern Perry County mining town of Shawnee.
Event organizer Dayton Willison promises, “There will be stories that are sure to delight any age, along with other haunting spectacles!” An actor, Willison is spending his second year as a Serve Ohio- Ohio History Americorps associate with non-profit community development organization Sunday Creek Associates (SCA). SCA owns the Tecumseh Theater and is sponsor of the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council which shares the historical, cultural and natural assets of the Hocking Valley Coalfields. His work will emphasize development of heritage and cultural arts programing for the Tecumseh Commons, located in the first floor of the Tecumseh Theater, and for the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council. He encourages townspeople and visitors “to experience spooky things that creep and go bump in the Ohio hills!” He adds, “Who knows? You may also run into a few visitors from the other side!”
The event begins 7PM and is expected to last two hours. The Tecumseh Commons is located at 116 West Main Street in Shawnee. Content will be appropriate for all ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. A suggested donation of $2 for children, $3 for adults, or $5 for a family of three or more is asked, although no one will be turned away for lack of admission fee.
Sweet Misery Returns November 9
Another Sell Out Expected!
Our year of fundraising concerts continues on Saturday evening, November 9 as Sweet Misery returns to the Tecumseh Commons for a Fall Jam! We had by far our largest crowd (a sellout!) of the year for their visit in May, and we expect the same this time. The group’s hard driving rock and roll covers and originals traverse the decades so that all ages are up and dancing. High energy, great fun! Sweet Misery returns!
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door (if available). Purchase tickets on-line here for this not-to-be missed concert. Please note that a Pay Pal account is not needed to purchase tickets. Just hit the “don’t have Pay Pal account” button and you can use any major credit card.Advance tickets are also available at Dodson’s On Broadway and Newlon Tire in New Lexington and Hannah Bros. Furniture, the Community Exchange and the Tecumseh Commons in Shawnee.
Doors open at 7PM. Music begins at 8PM. As always, Cold Beer and Good Food will be available. The Tecu mseh Commons is located at 116 West Main Street in Historic Shawnee reached via State Routes 155 & 93 in southeastern Ohio’s Wayne National Forest. Thank you in advance for your support our on-going effort to maintain and restore this historic venue for future generations.
A Busy Summer!
This Place Rocks
The Tecumseh Commons has had a busy summer to date with concerts, tours and youth activity keeping us hopping.
We began the season with a sold out May concert featuring the rock and roll music of Sweet Misery.
In June, the Commons became home base for the Southern Perry County Youthshops program. Week long workshops for area youth have included Improv: Theater @ The Theater, Dance and Flags, Ships Ahoy Matey!, and Artists @ The Theater. The final Youthshop to be held at the Commons will be Passports & Paint Brushes beginning on Monday, August 5.
We’ve hosted visitors from a variety of tour groups this summer including the Study of the Unites States Institute which brought 18 journalists from around the world to our town. They are attending a six week workshop hosted by the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. Thanks to Judy Fankhauser and Cindy Hartman for preparing a great luncheon and to Sandra Landis who gave them a fine overview of community development activities in the Little Cities of Black Diamonds region.
Our Summer Jam concert featured the country and western music of Ray Bond and the Black Diamond Band on July 12. Concerts are becoming an important part of our annual calendar. Thanks to volunteer George Biggs for leading the concert effort!
Stop by and see the saved and restored medicine bottle display in the Commons. These bottles were from the old Blaire Drug Store in Shawnee and have been stored in the top floor of the building for over 30 years, many with outdated syrups and medicines still in them. The restoration of these bottles and many other artifacts, including stage scenery backdrops, has been undertaken by Ohio History Corps member Dayton Willison and other Ohio History Corps members from the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus. We thank them for their effort!
As you can see, there are many uses for our space. Consider getting involved in the effort to save this historic building by visiting the Tecumseh Theater Friends link on this website!
The Tecumseh Commons is located in the first floor of the Tecumseh Theater at 114-116 West Main Street in Shawnee, Ohio. Shawnee is located in the Wayne National Forest at the intersection of State Routes 93 & 155 in southern Perry County. For more information call us at 740-394-2660.