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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: October 21st, 2013

Caroline Reichel in front of the Vampire Crypt at Erie Cemetery.

Looking for a few spooky tours of Erie? I have taken a few, and I can vouch for them.

We just did the Ghosts and Legends Erie Cemetery Tour Sunday afternoon with Caroline Reichel. What a blast. I’m not going to spoil any of it for you, but Caroline, an extraordinary Erie genealogist, has stories about the vampire crypt that will pretty much scare anyone.

The tours are $10 per person and $8 for kids. We strolled through the cemetery on a sunny day for about 90 minutes with 40 other people. Caroline is both entertaining and interesting. It’s like spending an afternoon with Jessica Fletcher from “Murder, She Wrote.” In another life, I think Caroline was a detective.

She shares 13 tales (get it 13?) that combine mystery and macabre. Caroline also shares some interesting cemetery symbols this week with Erie Times-News reporter Lindsey Poisson. Look for Lindsey’s story.

The next Ghosts and Legends Erie Cemetery Tour is Sunday with one at 11 a.m and another at 2 p.m. You can reach Caroline Reichel at caroline.reichel19@gmail.com or by phone at 814-868-4423. Or visit the Erie Cemetery website — click here. For additional information on the “lives and resting places of the Erie Cemetery residents,” contact the Erie Cemetery at 814-459-2463, or visit Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

haunted historyDowntown history tour
I have two free tickets for one lucky couple to visit the Saturday evening Haunted History tour from 6:30-10:30 p.m. The tour also runs Friday night, but I don’t have free tickets for that one.

The Erie Haunted History Tour will booo–ooookk through downtown, the Watson-Curtze Mansion and the planetarium. It is family friendly and includes re-enactors who share the tales of Erie’s famed ghost stories. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids (10 and under). Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $7 for kids (10 and under).

For free tickets, e-mail me with “Free tix” in the subject line. I’ll give away two tickets Tuesday morning. Send to Pam. Parker@timesnews.com.

For more fun with Erie history, take a Historic Carriage Ride

Friday and Saturday, carriage rides are at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. The rides begin and end at the Brewerie. Tickets include the carriage ride plus access to the Erie Haunted History Tour. After the ride, guests will tour Union Station. Now — that’s a tour you won’t forget. Pre-sale online tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for kids (10 and under). Tickets at the door are $30 for adults and $28 for kids (10 and under). All proceeds go to the Erie County Historical Society.

Here are a few more photos from the Cemetery tour:

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From the Witches’ Circle — tombstones mysteriously turned black.


Stories of murder, mayhem and unexplained coincidences abound, and Erie genealogist Caroline Reichel shares them in her tour.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: May 6th, 2013

BuffettIt was quite a week for the 82-year-old “Oracle of Omaha.”

He joined Twitter saying, “Warren is in the house.” He also raised the roof and told the world how valuable women are to every business in a magazine article he wrote for Fortune. Read it here. In essence, the Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO says we need women in every occupation. Women are “the key to American prosperity,” he said.

He encourages women to be confident, and so does “Lean In,” Sheryl Sandberg’s book that discusses how women often hold themselves back. Read what Erie women think right here in a great story by Lindsey Poisson.

Check out Hathaway’s interview with Rebecca Jarvis on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” here.

Here’s an article on how Gen-Y women will close the salary gap. Read it here.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom of three and step grandmom of one.

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Posted: July 2nd, 2012

Even if you can’t sing, one great connection with kids is music, music music. I learned more songs than I ever thought possible when I watched Sharon, Lois & Bram (Sharon Hampson is a three-time breast cancer survivor. She and Lois Lilienstein and Bram Morrison are all now in their 70s.) on “The Elephant Show” with my older two kids. Skinnamarinky Dinky Dink was a nonsensical favorite. “Peanut peanut butter” was another jazzy tune I recall. My youngest, Ryan, sang along with Barney to “Special” and “I love you.”

All that music flooded back to get my toe tapping over the weekend when we spent a lot of time with little people. They all love to boogie. “Shake your bootie” is the latest favorite of our 2-year-old neighbor. Our 11-month-old granddaughter shakes her bootie to almost anything, and my twin 3-year-old great nieces sing and dance on cue.

If you want to enjoy local singalongs, check out Lindsey Poisson’s article in today’s Erie Times-News about Lori Burke who hosts a sing-along series for children at Goodell Gardens & Homestead. Here’s the info:

- What: Musician Lori Burke will lead children and adults through classic songs and old folk favorites.
- When: Tuesdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 11 a.m. to noon
- Where: Goodell Gardens & Homestead, 221 Waterford St. in Edinboro
- Cost: $2 per person
- Info: Call 734-6699 or visit www.goodellgardens.org.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.


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