Arts & Leisure

Sheldon hosts a ‘Spooky Night at the Museum’

SOLOMON W. JEWETT AND apparitions, c. 1885. Collection of Henry Sheldon Museum.

MIDDLEBURY — On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the Sheldon Museum will host Spooky Night at the Museum, an evening of pre-Halloween entertainment in conjunction with the Sheldon’s current exhibit “Conjuring the Dead: Spirit Art in the Age of Radical Reform.” Stop by for an evening of pre-Halloween fun from 6-9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Spooky Night at the Museum will offer a range of spirit-inspired activities. Curious what the future has in store? Penelope Wade and Sass Carey will provide tarot card, fortune telling, and palm readings throughout the evening.
Did you ever have a dream about someone who has died? Did it leave you curious, sad, peaceful? Would you like to learn more? If you would like to begin to explore your own particular dream of a loved one (or pet) who is gone, join dreamwork practitioner Annie Perkins for a free, short session. First-come, first served — bring your dream written down if possible.
Have you had an encounter with the spirit world? Perhaps you lived or live in a haunted house? The centerpiece of the spooky evening will be a MOTH-style ghost storytelling told by members of the community. If you’d like to share your ghost story (up to 5 minutes), contact the Sheldon at info@henrysheldonmuseum.org and you’ll be added to the program.
The evening will also feature live music from two students in the Middlebury College music department.
And of course the opportunity to explore the “Conjuring the Dead” exhibit, on view through Jan. 11, 2020, featuring spirit photographs and original spirit artwork from the Henry Sheldon Museum’s collection acquired by Solomon Wright Jewett (1808-94). Guests will have the chance to take a “spirit photograph” in the style of Solomon Jewett.
This  evening is geared toward an adult audience. Costumes are optional, but encouraged. For more information call (802) 388-2117 or visit henrysheldonmuseum.org.

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