Year six and going strong

For the sixth year in a row the Ghost Walk: The Ghosts of Pender's Past was a sell-out on Oct. 28.
 "Its success can only be attributed to the almost 100 volunteers who make this event happen," said Stephanie Key, the Walk's artist director.

Key is quick to add, without volunteers from the Historical Society of Topsail Island, the Pender County Historical Society, the Pender Arts Council, the Pender County LibraryPender Early College and Pender High SchoolMoores Creek National BattlefieldPender County Parks and Recreation, the Town of Burgaw, and volunteers from the Pender County Tourism Development Authority board, the Ghost Walk would not take place.

"The Ghost Walk was an idea from Pender County Tourism's offices, which are in a historic jail. We hear footsteps and sounds from upstairs," said Tammy Proctor, Pender County Tourism director. "Other groups have shared their ghost stories with us and there are many ghost stories in Pender County!"

The two-time national award-winning Ghost Walk is a program created by Pender County Tourism to spur visitation to the county and to the county seat of Burgaw.

"Many of our attendees to the Ghost Walk dine in our local restaurants," said Proctor. "Our mission is ultimately economics for the county."

Proctor credits Tourism Assistant Stephanie Key with the success of the Ghost Walk. She took discussions of storytellers to another production level with actors, scripts, costumes, and make-up.

"Every year, with new scripts, Stephanie guides the Ghost Walk volunteers into a sell-out event," added Proctor.

All proceeds from the Ghost Walk are divided equally between the Pender Arts Council, Pender County Historical Society, and the Topsail Island Historical Society.