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The Outside of Stone Lion Inn - photo by Dennis Spielman

Two Spooky Encounters at the Stone Lion Inn

I have two spooky encounters/stories to tell about recording Tales Unveiled and a crossover/collaboration with the Okie Show Show at Stone Lion Inn last night.

While Brian Gililland from the Okie Show Show was setting up his recording equipment, Jeff Provine and I stepped outside to record our introduction to the place. Also outside at the time was Brain’s wife making a phone call. We went back inside. I had both my hands full, one on the mic and the other holding my recorder to capture the sound of the old wooden door opening. Jeff closed the door behind us and we went to check on Brian. About 15 seconds later, Laney tries to get inside, but the deadbolt was locked.

The second story happened toward the end of the night. Spoilers for Okie Show Show ahead as this next bit was recorded. We were doing a bit for Okie Show Show where all of the lights were turned off and Brian was asking for a ghost to talk to us. The owner of the place was in the hallway while the rest of us were gathered around a table when said she saw shadows moving upstairs. There were jokes about no one wanting to check it out when I very definitely ranted about there not being any ghosts (I was still in character of Sam Saxton). I stood up and went to look for myself and saw…Nothing. I took a seat and went on and on about there being no such things as ghosts. They gave up and turned the lights back on. I was still ranting as the lights were turned back on and one of the lights above us popped.

Those are my stories from last night on Sunday. I’ll share more about the recording process when I release the episodes. Our crossover episodes will be out next month!

The Boarding House

The Boarding House Game Lounge

No longer an obsolete form of entertainment, the viral trend of table games is officially sweeping down the plains. However, The Boarding House Game Lounge in downtown Guthrie is taking the movement a step further. Along with the hundreds of popular game titles and the snack and beverage choices typical of table game cafes, The Boarding House has created an eclectic oasis of cozy lounge areas, interesting art, and other creative touches to form a truly unique atmosphere.

Housed at 124 West Oklahoma Avenue in the heart of historic downtown Guthrie, The Boarding House is one of the key new businesses helping Guthrie make an economic resurgence. Greeting guests at the door is a large stage to the left, which is used for live music events such as their Fusion Friday nights, as well as for events. Most of the east wall is covered with shelves of every game imaginable, and over at the bar is a wide range of snacks and drinks including real-ingredient frappes and pizzas. Upstairs in the mezzanine level amidst the low ceiling, exposed brick walls, and vinyl-and-book store, is more seating and eclectic fixtures—a favorite haunt of RPG gamers playing Dungeons & Dragons. Back downstairs, peppered between the mismatched tables and comfortable lounge furniture, are homey touches like potted plants, vintage lamps, and—of course—more games.

The Boarding House’s game library currently boasts over 375 titles. Board, card, and dice games as well as vintage, classic titles, and new releases are all available for a small daily fee.

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Guthrie Haunts

Adventures at Guthrie Haunts and Not For Sale

In this adventure video, I interrogate John Pagonis of Guthrie Haunts on the electric chair and I chat with two of the artists of Not For Sale on a comfortable couch.

While I’ve done videos on both of them recently, for my adventure video I went on a different route. For Guthrie Haunts, we talk about both of the haunts and on Not For Sale, I interviewed two other artists that I didn’t interview. I wouldn’t call this video a rehash.

Happy Adventures!

Inside Guthrie Haunts

Insomnia at Guthrie Haunts

John Pagonis talks about his new haunted house attraction, Insomnia, part of the Guthrie Haunts Scaregrounds. Insomnia is their brand new interactive haunt where guests will have to interact with the actors in order to escape.

I filmed this yesterday during my trip to Guthrie. I love getting to see the behind-the-scenes of haunted houses to learn what makes them scary and fun. The video doesn’t contain any spoilers. While in Guthrie, I also did an interview with The Boarding House, which will be next week’s featured video.

Be sure to check my script horror/comedy series, Quarter Minutes.

Vultures in Guthrie

Guthrie Ghosts

Author Jeff Provine shares a collection of ghost stories and urban legends about Guthrie, Oklahoma. Jeff talks about the Lintz Department Store, the Blue Belle Saloon, Miss Lizzie’s, the underground tunnels, the train station, and where to go for ghost tours.

I’ve been sitting on this video for awhile. We filmed this back on July 25th, during a time period where I was filming a segment every day to have a pile of weekly content while I worked on Inviting Art and Yes Science. My backlog for Uncovering Oklahoma is now empty.

While I’m here, Inviting Art has been submitted to OETA’s Greenlight Committee for consideration of air time. It’s also in the process of being uploaded to Amazon for people to watch there. The standard edition on YouTube has professional subtitles now.

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