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'Spooktacular October' at Christian W. Klay

| Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011

Ghosts and goblins will haunt the Christian W. Klay Winery in Chalk Hill during a "Spooktacular October."

The Halloween edition of the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater will take place at 6 p.m. today as well as Oct. 29 and 30. The event will feature an interactive play with a "charmingly ghoulish" theme, a buffet and complimentary wine tasting.

"This special Halloween Murder Mystery is not to be missed. Autumn is an ideal time of the year to visit the winery and we hope this event continues to be a Halloween tradition," said winery owner Sharon Klay.

Just Play Dead, a theater group from Pittsburgh, will present the murder mystery, Klay said.

"Just Play Dead has been doing this for a while," she said. "It's an interactive show with the audience. The victim comes from the audience and everyone really seems to enjoy it."

Klay said the murder mysteries began at the winery about 15 years ago when Marty Schiff, former executive director of the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Uniontown, helped to organize the first one.

"We carried on the tradition, and we've been doing it for a long time," she said. "It's the audience participation that really makes it fun. The audience members follow along and really get into it. There is a little singing involved in the shows. It's fun to see people having so much fun."

Tickets for the event are $38 per person, plus tax. Ticket prices are refundable up to 48 hours prior to the event. Amelia's Steakhouse in Mather will cater the event.

Due to the popularity of this event, early reservations are highly recommended, Klay said. This event is not recommended for children under age 16.

On Oct. 22, Marci McGuinness, a local author from Ohiopyle, will come to the winery to share haunting stories of local interest near the bonfire.

McGuinness joined Peace of Mind Paranormal Society on three investigations. She tells of her experiences, including a Titlow Tavern & Grille ghost who told her that she is normal and the Grim Reaper attaching itself to her during the writing of a book. She will explain to the audience how she won the battle for her soul.

Complimentary wine tasting will also be available and admission is free. S'mores fixings will be provided, including sticks. Participants can bring hot dogs to cook.

Two more farmers' markets featuring pumpkins, gords, Indian corn and other fall items will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 23 in the recently constructed pavilion behind the winery.

Fred Adams will provide live music at the event that is sponsored in connection with the Fayette County Buy Local Network.

"It's the tail end of the farmers' markets," Klay said. "I'm sad to see them end. It's nice to see the local farms getting more recognition. We're sort of getting ready to wind down a very busy October."

On Nov. 1, Klay said the winery will open its booth next to Santa at the Uniontown Mall where gift baskets will be sold for the holiday season.

The winery also will host a Christmas open house from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 3 when carols, light holiday fare, Santa Claus and children's activities will be featured.

For more information about these events, call the winery at 724-439-3424 or visit the web site at

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