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Haunted tours of historic Grass Valley, Nevada City return


WHAT: Haunted Nevada City and Haunted Grass Valley: A historical walking tour exploring the stories behind the many colorful ghosts said still to reside among us.

WHEN: Grass Valley tours on Friday evenings: Oct. 11, 18 and 25, at 7:30 p.m.; Nevada City tours on Saturday evenings: Oct.12, 19 and 26, at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Grass Valley tours depart from the Grass Valley Library at 207 Mill St. Nevada City tours depart from 210 Broad St. (directly across the street from the National Hotel.)

WHO: All tours are hosted by Mark Lyon from Nevada City

TICKETS: Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Admission fee is paid at the tour location. Reservations are not taken.

INFO: 265-6877, mlyon@hauntedisles.com or http://hauntedisles.com/walking%20tours.html

When, back in 2004, a friend suggested that Mark Lyon lead an historical walking tour devoted to Nevada City’s haunted heritage, he had doubts as to whether anyone would come to the two tours he decided to lead as a one time event.

“I had no idea,” Lyon said, “that I would still be offering ghost tours 16 years later or I would add a Haunted Grass Valley tour which would lead to the production of the film, Phantoms of the Holbrooke, or that I would be honored with the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce’s Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Performing Arts Award for my efforts.”

Lyon, who has been hailed as “a Master Storyteller” by the Times Colonist of Victoria, Canada, is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, studied acting under the late Lynn Redgrave, and has performed his original one-man plays across the United States, Canada and Ireland for over 20 years. His local tours have offered him the opportunity to combine his love of acting with a lifelong passion for collecting, investigating and relating true ghost stories.

“I knew from the very beginning,” Lyon said,“that I wanted my tours to be more than just a dry recitation of facts. I wanted each tour to be a theatrical performance in which I could tell the stories in as dramatic a manner as possible and I have been both amazed and extremely gratified to see how this synthesis of theatre and the paranormal has been embraced for so many years by our community.”

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As the number of attendees on both tours seems to increase with each successive year, Lyon suggests that guests wishing to avoid a crowd consider choosing one of the earlier tour dates.

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